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A 22-minute en­counter on Tues­day between White House press sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders and as­sem­bled jour­nal­ists was flinty, par­tic­u­larly when Mrs. San­ders ad­dressed the me­dia’s on­go­ing fas­ci­na­tion with pos­si­ble links between the 2016 Trump cam­paign and Rus­sian of­fi­cials in all its per­mu­ta­tions. This time around, ques­tions fo­cused on a meet­ing last year between Don­ald Trump Jr. and a Rus­sian at­tor­ney.

Mrs. San­ders would have none of it.

“You guys are fo­cused on a meet­ing that Don Jr. had that was of no con­se­quence — when the Democrats ac­tu­ally col­luded with a for­eign gov­ern­ment like Ukraine. The Demo­crat-linked firm, Fu­sion GPS, ac­tu­ally took money from the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment while it cre­ated the phony dossier that’s been the ba­sis for all of the Rus­sia scan­dal fake news. And if you want to talk fur­ther about a re­la­tion­ship with Rus­sia, look no fur­ther than the Clin­tons,” she told the group.

“Bill Clin­ton was paid half-a-mil­lion dol­lars to give a speech to a Rus­sian bank and was per­son­ally thanked by Vladimir Putin for it. Hil­lary Clin­ton al­lowed one-fifth of Amer­ica’s ura­nium re­serve to be sold to a Rus­sian firm whose in­vestors were Clin­ton Foun­da­tion donors, and the Clin­ton cam­paign chair­man’s brother lob­bied against sanc­tions on Rus­sia’s largest bank and failed to re­port it. If you guys want to talk about hav­ing re­la­tions, which you seem ob­sessed with do­ing, look no fur­ther than there.”

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