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  • Transcripts of Trump’s calls with Mexican and Australian leaders published … Report claims Mueller has grand jury … Everyone goes on vacation. Today’s politics news by Lauren Gambino

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Donald Trump was not happy on calls with Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, and Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, according to leaked transcripts of their private conversations.

‘Putin was a pleasant call. This is ridiculous’

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Donald Trump told his Mexican counterpart that his demand that Mexico pay for a border wall was political speak but he’d really prefer Enrique Peña Nieto to go along with it.

‘Psychologically, it means something’

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Senators launch bipartisan effort to ensure Trump cannot fire Mueller

In first bipartisan attempt to keep president in check amid Russia inquiry, two bills would take steps to prevent president from directly firing special counsel

US senators from both parties are seeking to protect the special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by Donald Trump, marking the first bipartisan bid by lawmakers to impose a check on the president against the backdrop of the Russia investigation.

A pair of bills were unveiled on Thursday, co-sponsored by both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate, that would take measures to bar the president from directly firing the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US election and any involvement by the president and his team.

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