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Trump doesn't have Comey tapes

After President Donald Trump first hinted that he might have recordings of his private conversations with fired FBI director James Comey, he admitted Thursday on Twitter that he had no such tapes.

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“With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea ... whether there are 'tapes' or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings,” he wrote.

The news was first reported by Bloomberg News.

Rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep dies at 42

Rapper Albert Johnson, best known by his stage name Prodigy and as one-half of highly acclaimed rap duo Mobb Deep, died Tuesday, according to multiple reports. He was 42 years old.

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A publicist for Mobb Deep confirmed to XXL that he was found unconscious Tuesday morning and later died.

Trump tweets: 'I am being investigated for firing the FBI director'

President Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time Friday that he is under investigation for firing former FBI director James Comey.

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“I am being investigated for firing the FBI director by the man who told me to fire the FBI director!” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Witch hunt.”

It was not immediately clear who he was referring to by “the man who told me to fire the FBI director.”

An unidentified source confirmed to Fox News that the president was referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in his tweet. Rosenstein last month appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election.

Trump’s Friday morning tweet is the first explicit statement by Trump confirming that Mueller is investigating allegations that the president’s firing of Comey last month was an attempt to obstruct the Russia probe, The New York Times reported.

It was one of a string of messages posted to social media by Trump Friday morning. In another tweet, he decried "the phony witch hunt going on in America." He blasted the "fake news media," who he claimed "hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful social media."

Blimp crashes at U.S. Open, pilot expected to be ‘OK’

At least one person was injured Thursday when a blimp crashed during the U.S. Open golf championship at Erin Hills Golf Course in Wisconsin, according to multiple reports.

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The blimp’s operator, advertising company AirSign, said on social media that the pilot was “expected to be OK.” The unidentified pilot was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Escaped Georgia inmates accused of killing officers captured in Tennessee

Two Georgia inmates described as a danger to the public and wanted in connection with the deaths of two guards on a prison bus have been captured.

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said that Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose had been captured in Tennessee following a car chase. Earlier in the day, they had been spotted in Shelbyville, Tennessee. 

What is the Congressional Baseball Game?

The Congressional Baseball Game has been a tradition in Washington, D.C., since 1909.

Members of the House and Senate -- usually sporting the uniform of a team from their home state or district -- play a game as a fundraiser for charity. Teams are divided by political party.

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District of Columbia charities that have benefited from the game have included The Washington Literacy Center, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

This year’s game was scheduled for Thursday night at Nationals Park. A moment to recognize the victims of the Manchester and London terror attacks is planned.

Republicans won the 2016 game, breaking a streak of wins from the Democrats that started in 2009. Overall, Republican have won 42 games to the Democrats' 39, with one tie.

These are the members of Congress who were participating in this year’s game:

DEMOCRATS

Pete Aguilar, California

Nanette Diaz Barragan, California 

Don Beyer, Virginia

Brendan Boyle, Pennsylvania 

Tony Cardenas, California

Joe Crowley, New. York

Joe Donnelly, Indiana 

Mike Doyle, Pennsylvania

Ruben Gallego, Arizona

Jared Huffman, California

Hakeem Jeffries, New York

Daniel Kildee, Michigan

Ruben Kihuen, Nevada

Chris Murphy, Connecticut 

Jimmy Panetta, California 

Bill Pascrell, New Jersey

Ed Perlmutter, Colorado

Jared Polis, Colorado

Cedric Richmond, Louisiana 

Raul Ruiz, California

Tim Ryan, Ohio

Linda Sanchez, California 

Marc Veasey, Texas

Tom Suozzi, New York 

Eric Swalwell, California

Timothy Walz, Minnesota

REPUBLICANS

Joe Barton, Texas 

Jack Bergman, Michigan 

Mike Bishop, Michigan

Kevin Brady, Texas

Mo Brooks, Alabama

Mike Conaway, Texas 

Ryan Costello, Pennsylvania

Rodney Davis, Illinois

Ron Desantis, Florida

Jeff Duncan, South Carolina

Jeff Flake, Arizona

Chuck Fleischmann, Tennessee 

Matt Gaetz, Florida

Bill Johnson, Ohio 

Trent Kelly, Mississippi

Darren LaHood, Illinois

Doug LaMalfa, California

Barry Loudermilk, Georgia

Roger Marshall, Kansas

Pat Meehan, Pennsylvania

John Moolenaar, Michigan

Steve Palazzo, Mississippi

Gary Palmer, Alabama

Rand Paul, Kentucky

Erik Paulsen, Minnesota

Steve Pearce, New Mexico

Thomas Rooney, Florida

Dennis Ross, Florida

Steve Scalise, Louisiana

John Shimkus, Illinois

Mark Walker, North Carolina

Brad Wenstrup, Ohio

Roger Williams, Texas 

Kevin Yoder, Kansas

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he was never briefed on Russia probe

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was never briefed on alleged Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election, even after becoming the top law enforcement officer in the country, he said Tuesday in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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Under a line of questioning by Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, Sessions declined to say whether he believes Russia attempted interfere in last year’s election.

“The intelligence community seems to be united in that,” Sessions said. “But I have to tell you, Sen. King, I know nothing but what I’ve read in the paper. I’ve never received any detailed briefing on how hacking occurred or information that was alleged to have influenced the campaign.”

He told King that he never sought details on the Russia investigation because of his close connections to Trump’s presidential campaign.

>> Related: Trump Jr. tweets: Jeff Sessions 'crushed it' in opening statement

“You might have been very critical of me if I, as an active part of the campaign, was seeking intelligence relating to something that might be relevant to the campaign,” Sessions said.

“I’m not talking about the campaign, I’m talking about what the Russians did,” King responded. “You received no briefing on the Russian active measures in connection with the 2016 election?”

"No, I don't believe I ever did," Sessions said.

>> Related: Sparks fly at the beginning of Jeff Sessions hearing

Sessions recused himself in March from a federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign after acknowledging that he had met twice last year with the Russian ambassador to the United States. He had told lawmakers at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.

He denied allegations Tuesday that he perjured himself with that statement.

“Sen. (Al) Franken asked me a rambling question after some six hours of testimony,” Sessiona said. “I was taken aback by that explosive allegation ... I wanted to refute that immediately.”

>> Related: Read Jeff Sessions opening statements

Sessions is the highest-ranking official to be called to testify in the ongoing investigation into possible ties between Russian hackers and the Trump presidential campaign.

The attorney general's testimony comes days after Comey told congressional investigators that FBI leaders expected Sessions to recuse himself from the Russia investigation before the attorney general's March announcement, however, he declined to publicly say what led to that assessment.

>> Related: Who are key players in the Russia/Trump saga?

"Our judgment, as I recall, was that he was very close to and inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons," Comey said. "We also were aware of facts that I can’t discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Court upholds order blocking parts of Trump's revised travel ban

A federal appeals court on Monday declined to lift an injunction that blocks part of President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify publicly amid ongoing Russia probe

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify publicly Tuesday in a hearing before one of the congressional committees tasked with investigating alleged Russian meddling in November’s presidential election, the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence announced Monday.

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Trump won't say if tapes of Comey conversations exist

President Donald Trump declined on Friday to say whether recordings of his private conversations with fired FBI director James Comey exist, one day after Comey told congressional investigators that the president tried to pressure him to drop the bureau’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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"Well, I’ll tell you about that maybe sometime in the near future,” Trump said during a news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. “You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry.”

Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday about his private conversations with Trump and the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in November’s election and possible links to the Trump presidential campaign.

Trump said Comey confirmed that there was “no collusion (and) no obstruction.” The president added that he would be willing to speak to as much under oath.

>> Related: Read James Comey’s complete testimony before the Senate committee

Comey on Thursday declined multiple times to answer questions about whether he believed Trump obstructed justice, saying that the decision would be made by special counsel Robert Mueller following an investigation.

Comey said Trump spoke with him alone in the Oval Office on Feb. 14, one day after Flynn was forced to resign amid revelations that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russian officials.

>> Related: Report: Trump attorney to file complaint against Comey

According to the ousted FBI director, Trump said “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy I hope you can let this go.”

Trump said Friday that he was “very, very happy” with Comey’s testimony.

"Frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said, and some of the things that he said just weren't true,” Trump said.

>> Related: Trump tweets: Fired FBI director is ‘a leaker’

Comey confirmed that he told Trump three times that he was not personally under investigation as part of the Russia probe.

He said he would also welcome news of tapes of his conversations with Trump, saying, “Lordy, I hope there are tapes.”

Trump hinted that tapes of his conversations might exist in the days following his dismissal of Comey.

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