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Credit: Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) -- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the most recent version of the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare would cut the deficit by $420 billion over the next decade -- although 15 million people would lose their health insurance by 2018.

The estimate indicated that 22 million less people will be insured 10 years from now than would be insured under current law.

The CBO posted its latest analysis early Thursday afternoon after the Senate Budget Committee posted the GOP’s latest tweaks to its health care plan.

Even before the score was posted on Thursday, Democrats mocked Republicans for having "a new plan every day."

"We have now the plan-of-the-day that's put in front of us," Rep. Richard Neal, the ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, said today. "I don't know how CBO has time to do anything else but score plans on a daily basis."

On Wednesday, the CBO projected that the GOP's "repeal-only" measure would cut the deficit by $473 billion over 10 years, but would result in an estimated 32 million more uninsured Americans by 2026, including 17 million more in 2018 alone.


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US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- At home recovering from surgery and after his office announced Wednesday he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor, Arizona Sen. John McCain tweeted that he'd be back soon on Capitol Hill.

"I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support," the Republican senator tweeted out, adding, "Unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon, so stand-by!"

I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support - unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon, so stand-by!

— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 20, 2017

McCain's office and the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix announced Wednesday night that McCain had surgery on Friday to remove a blood clot in his left eye.

"Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot," the hospital said in a statement.

According to the hospital, McCain and his family are reviewing further treatment options, which may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.

McCain's Senate office said he is in "good spirits" and recovering at home in Arizona with his family.

"Further consultations with Senator McCain's Mayo Clinic care team will indicate when he will return to the United States Senate," the statement said.

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JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he plans to continue as attorney general a day after President Donald Trump said in an interview that he would not have nominated the former Alabama senator if he had known he would recuse himself in the Russia investigation.

"I have the honor of serving as attorney general. It's something that goes beyond any thought I would have ever had for myself. We love this job. We love this department and I plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate," Sessions said at a press conference Thursday morning on cyber security.

Trump criticized Sessions' decision in March to step away from matters related to last year's election in a lengthy interview with The New York Times Wednesday, going so far as to express regret over appointing him to lead the Department of Justice.

"Sessions should have never recused himself and if he was going to recuse himself he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else," Trump told the Times.

He added: "If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair -- and that’s a mild word -- to the president.”

Sessions steadfastly maintained Thursday that he would continue his work, even as reporters asked about Trump's comments.

"We in this Department of Justice will continue every single day to work hard to serve the national interests and we wholeheartedly join in the priorities of President Trump," said Sessions.

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Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Meghan McCain shared a moving message about her father shortly after news broke Wednesday night that the Arizona senator's doctors had found a brain tumor during recent surgery -- calling him her "hero" and saying "my love for my father is boundless."

Meghan McCain is known to have a close relationship with her father.

Tissue analysis after a blood clot was removed from the senior Arizona senator's head revealed that he had glioblastoma, which has a five-year survival rate of 4 percent for patients over 55, according to the American Cancer Society.

A statement from the Mayo Clinic said: "Scanning done since the procedure (a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision) shows that the tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria."

Meghan McCain shared her thoughts on her father's diagnosis in a screenshot posted on her Twitter account and later on her Instagram account.

The text of the message reads:

"The news of my father's illness has affected every one of us in the McCain family. My grandmother, mother, brothers, sister, and I have all endured the shock of the news, and now we live with the anxiety about what comes next. It is an experience familiar to us, given my father's previous battle with cancer - and it is familiar to the countless American families whose loved ones are also stricken with the tragedy of disease and the inevitability of age. If we could ask anything of anyone now, it would be the prayers of those who understand this all too well. We would be so grateful for them.

It won't surprise you to learn that in all this, the one of us who is the most confident and calm is my father. He is the toughest person I know. The cruelest enemy could not break him. The aggressions of political life could not bend him. So he is meeting this challenge as he has every other. Cancer may afflict him in many ways: but it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has.

My love for my father is boundless, and like any daughter I cannot and do not wish to be in a world without him. I have faith that those days remain far away. Yet even in this moment, my fears for him are overwhelmed by one thing above all: gratitude for our years together, and the years still to come. He is a warrior at dusk, one of the greatest Americans of our age, and the worthy heir to his father's and grandfather's name. But to me he is something more. He is my strength, my example, my refuge, my confidante, my teacher, my rock, my hero - my dad. - MMM"

She wasn't the only one in the family to share support and personal memories online. Meghan's mother, the senator's wife Cindy McCain, posted a picture from their wedding in May 1980 on her Instagram account.

The caption reads: "Thank all of you for the wonderful thoughts. @senjohnmccain is doing well. We as a family will face the next hurdle together. One thing I do know is he is the toughest person I know. He is my hero and I love him with all my heart."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The Republican junior senator who serves with Sen. John McCain representing Arizona described how he learned of his elder colleague's brain cancer diagnosis through a casual comment in a conversation Wednesday.

"I called him before we heard of the diagnosis and spoke to him for several minutes about what was going on on Capitol Hill and what he was missing," Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Thursday with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America.

"And only at the end of the conversation, I asked him how he was feeling today, and he said, 'I'm feeling fine but I might have some chemotherapy in my future,'" Flake said. "And that's how I learned of it. So it was almost in passing about his diagnosis."

Flake added, "He's optimistic, obviously. He's John McCain; that's what we expect."

Wednesday night, the Mayo Clinic and the Arizona Republican's office officially announced McCain's diagnosis, a primary brain tumor of a type called glioblastoma which was related to a blood clot above the senior senator's eye that he had removed last week.

"On Friday, July 14, Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix," reads a statement from the clinic, released at the request of McCain. "Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot."

The statement continues, "The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation."

McCain's doctors say he is recovering from surgery "amazingly well" and "his underlying health is excellent," according to the statement.

Flake, who began his career in Congress as an intern decades ago, said it's unclear when and if McCain will return to Capitol Hill. Flake said he can't imagine a Senate without him.

"He is a steady force; one who stands for the institution and bipartisanship, and I cannot overstate what an impact he has in the Senate," Flake said on GMA Thursday. "We need him back here and he wants to be back here."

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The White House(WASHINGTON) -- Thursday marks President Trump’s 182nd day in office, capping six-months since he was inaugurated.

While reporters don’t catch wind of every meeting Trump holds, the daily guidance that the White House releases on the president’s schedule often shows more depth than President Obama’s schedule regularly revealed. Trump frequently releases information on not just events open to the White House press pool, but also his closed events -- even mundane appointments with his chief of staff or meals with officials and lawmakers, the most common dining companion being Vice President Mike Pence, who has broken bread with the president at least 20 times.


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has had 24 noticed meetings with the president, the most of any confirmed administration official. So the former Exxon CEO may be Trump’s favorite cabinet secretary, or they simply have a lot of pressing diplomatic concerns to talk about.


The president has held at least 41 meetings with members of Congress, including at least 14 on health care reform. The reality is likely far higher, as lawmakers frequently accept invitations or visit privately. Trump has even held a few meetings with Democrats, including Rep. Elijah Cummings, another with the Congressional Black Caucus, and senators from both parties for cocktails and a performance from the U.S. Army Chorus and U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra.


Trump has signed 42 pieces of legislation, including 19 resolutions and 23 laws, even though Republicans have been blasted as a do-nothing Congress since health care repeal still has not reached the Resolute Desk for the president’s signature.


During his first 100 days, Trump did not take an international trip. But in the interim, he has made three trips abroad, touching down in eight countries: Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium, Italy, Vatican City, Poland, Germany and France. The president has also traveled across the United States for five campaign rallies, and has a sixth planned in Youngstown, Ohio next week on July 25. He’s also taken 11 trips to Mar-A-Lago and Bedminster, New Jersey, and spent one weekend at Camp David.

Air Travel: 59 flights on Marine One; 52 flights on AF1 across 20 total missions on Air Force One.


Trump’s six-month job approval is the worst of any president ever in polling, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll. Thirty-six percent of Americans approve of Trump’s job performance, down six points from his 100-day mark, which also marked a record low. The previous president closest to this level at or near six months was Gerald Ford, at 39 percent, in February 1975.


Thirty-seven is the number of days on which Trump has visited one of his golf courses (20.3 percent). The White House does not regularly read out Trump’s golf partners, or even if he’s hit any balls, though aides often detail his official business he conducts from the club, such as phone calls with foreign leaders.


President Trump has never been shy about using the phone, and he’s communicated on 102 occasions with foreign leaders. British Prime Minister Theresa May and the president have spoken at least eight times on the phone, including several calls after terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom.


The president has had 47 bilateral meetings with foreign leaders, including one formal bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


This figure represents the number of encounters the president had with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Beyond the July 7 bilateral meeting, Trump has had at least two other one-on-one encounters with Putin in person at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, and the duo have exchanged words on three phone calls.


Trump has held just one solo news conference -- when he announced his labor nominee. In addition to that solo press conference, Trump has taken questions at 12 joint news conferences with foreign leaders, pushing his total to 13. Trump is behind the pace of President Obama, who held a whopping 42 news conferences during his first year in office, including five solo newsers.


White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has conducted 58 on-camera press briefings, although he has held just one so far in July as the White House has shifted its communications strategy off-camera.


Trump has been called upon as Consoler-in-Chief in the aftermath of gun violence once, after a gunman targeted a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on June 14, which was also the president’s birthday. The president spoke from the Diplomatic Room, telling a national audience, “We may have our differences, but we do well, in times like these, to remember that everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because, above all, they love our country. We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans, that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace, and that we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good.” President Obama first spoke in the wake of a mass shooting on Nov. 5, 2009 after the Fort Hood shooting.


The number of town hall meetings the president has held.


The number of days left in Trump’s first term.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- President Donald Trump criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe in a lengthy interview with The New York Times Wednesday.

"Sessions should have never recused himself and if he was going to recuse himself he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else," Trump told the Times.

He added: "If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair -- and that’s a mild word -- to the president.”

The investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election -- and any possible ties to the Trump campaign -- was a central focus of the interview, with the president repeating past assertions that he is not personally being scrutinized.

“I don’t think we’re under investigation,” he said. “I’m not under investigation. For what? I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Sessions did not immediately comment on the interview.

The Times also quotes the president as saying that Sessions "gave some bad answers" during his testimony before Congress. "He gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren't," he said.

In the same report, President Trump says that special counsel Robert Mueller would cross a red line if his probe delved into Trump family finances not related to Russia, and that former FBI Director James Comey lied under oath, a claim he has made before.

The president additionally argues the Comey told him about a dossier of compromising material in an effort to implicitly threaten the commander-in-chief and keep his job.

President Trump also goes after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and acting FBI director Andrew McCabe. Noting Rosenstein being from Baltimore, Trump said that there "are very few Republicans in Baltimore, if any." He went on to say that Rosenstein recommending the firing of Comey, but also appointing Mueller to investigate whether the firing constituted obstruction of justice is "a conflict of interest."

The president also cited money acting FBI director McCabe's wife received during a failed bid for Virginia state Senate from a political action committee affiliated with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe -- a friend of Hillary and Bill Clinton.

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US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Senator John McCain, who underwent surgery on a blood clot above his left eye, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix said.

McCain had the blood clot removed on Friday, and subsequent tissue pathology showed a primary brain tumor, called a glioblastoma, associated with the clot. Scanning done in the days since the procedure showed that the "tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria."

McCain and his family are considering further treatment options, which could include chemotherapy and radiation.

His doctors say he is recovering from surgery "amazingly well" and "his underlying health is excellent," according to the statement.

In a statement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called McCain "a hero to our Conference and a hero to our country."

"He has never shied from a fight and I know that he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterized his life," McConnell added.

McCain's daughter, Fox News host and contributor Meghan McCain, said that her father is "the toughest person I know," and that "he is meeting this challenge as he has every other. Cancer may afflict him in many ways, but it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has."

Many others, including former President Barack Obama and McCain's 2008 running mate Sarah Palin also wished McCain well:

John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I've ever known. Cancer doesn't know what it's up against. Give it hell, John.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 20, 2017


Karen & I are praying for @SenJohnMcCain. Cancer picked on the wrong guy. John McCain is a fighter & he'll win this fight too. God bless!

— Vice President Pence (@VP) July 20, 2017


Just spoke to @SenJohnMcCain. Tough diagnosis, but even tougher man.

— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) July 20, 2017

John McCain is as tough as they come. Thinking of John, Cindy, their wonderful children, & their whole family tonight.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 20, 2017

.@SenJohnMcCain has always been a warrior. It's who he is. All of us, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans, are behind him. pic.twitter.com/B6iDpPultM

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 20, 2017


John and I have been friends for 40 years. He's gotten through so much difficulty with so much grace. He is strong - and he will beat this.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 20, 2017

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Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has agreed to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russian election meddling on Monday, July 24, ABC News has learned. The closed-door session sets up what could be one of the most highly anticipated interviews for lawmakers to date.

Kushner's lawyer Abbe Lowell confirmed the meeting to ABC News. “As Mr. Kushner has been saying since March, he has been and is prepared to voluntarily cooperate and provide whatever information he has on the investigations to Congress," Lowell said. "Working with and being responsive to the schedules of the committees, we have arranged Mr. Kushner's interview with the senate for July 24. He will continue to cooperate and appreciates the opportunity to assist in putting this matter to rest.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee has said since March that Kushner is one of many within the Trump administration it planned to question and Kushner has always maintained a willingness to cooperate.

The appearance by Kushner, who has kept a low public profile since joining the administration, marks a new phase in the investigation as one of the president's closest confidantes is called to answer questions.

Congressional investigators are expected to focus on Kushner's contacts with Russians during and immediately after the campaign. All contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials have come under intensified scrutiny following repeated denials from the Trump administration that there were no undisclosed meetings with Russians -- statements that have since been proven false.

Additionally, investigators are likely to ask about Kushner's failure to disclose some of those encounters on his security clearance application, as required by law. Another attorney for Kushner, Jamie Gorelick, has previously stated that Kushner's security clearance form, known as an SF-86, was "prematurely submitted" and that "among other errors, [it] did not list any contacts with foreign government officials." Kushner has since updated that form with all relevant meetings, including "over 100 calls or meetings with representatives of more than 20 countries," Gorelick told ABC News.

Wednesday morning, 22 House Democrats sent a letter to the acting director of the FBI raising questions about whether or not Kushner's wife, Ivanka Trump, may also have failed to disclose some of her husband's foreign contacts, as well as some of her own.

It was just over a week ago that reports surfaced that Kushner took part in another meeting connected to Russia, arranged in part by his brother-in-law Donald Trump Jr.

Trump Jr. agreed to meet with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya with the expectation of receiving incriminating information about then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian government effort to help his father's campaign, according to emails Trump Jr. publicly released on Twitter. Those emails were forwarded by Trump Jr. to Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who also attended the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower. Donald Trump Jr. stated during an interview with Fox News that Kushner left that meeting about 10 minutes after it started. Additionally, sources with knowledge of the meeting told ABC News that Kushner did not read to the bottom of the four-page email chain that mentioned the pretext for the meeting.

The email chain shows a detailed conversation between Trump Jr. and Rob Goldstone, a music producer and acquaintance of Trump Jr. who had initiated the contact and helped arrange the meeting. Goldstone tells Trump Jr. in the emails, among other things, that he could provide "official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia.”

Trump Jr. responded to the request for a meeting positively, saying to Goldstone, “if it’s what you say I love it.”

Members of both the Senate Intelligence Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee have said they also plan to call both Trump Jr. and Manafort -- the two have been invited to testify on July 26. Both Trump Jr. and Manafort have said they will cooperate, but have not confirmed their appearance on that date.

Kushner and now-former national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn met with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak at Trump Tower in New York last December. ABC News also confirmed that a meeting occurred, at Kislyak's request, between Kushner and Sergey N. Gorkov, the chief of Vnesheconombank, one of the Russian businesses affected by sanctions imposed by the Obama administration in the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin's illegal annexation of Crimea.

Senate Intelligence Committee aides declined to comment on the Kushner interview.

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Minerva Studio/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Congressional Budget Office's estimate of Senate Republicans' latest push to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a concurrent replacement plan indicates the strategy would result in a major increase of the country's uninsured when compared to current law.

The number of uninsured persons would increase by 17 million in 2018 under the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act (ORRA) compared to the rules already in place. That amount increases to 27 million in 2020, then 32 million additional uninsured by 2026.

The CBO estimates that the plan would decrease deficits by $473 billion by the end of the next 10 years.

An effort to simply repeal Obamacare was proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Monday evening after Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, signaled their opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act, Senate Republicans' replacement plan.

The CBO previously estimated that proposed law would result in 22 million more uninsured persons and a deficit reduction of $321 billion by 2026.

In addition to those who will not be covered by insurance, the repeal-only act will increase premiums for those who hold plans, according to the CBO.

The office estimates that "average premiums in the nongroup market (for individual policies purchased through the marketplaces or directly from insurers) would increase by roughly 25 percent" in one year. That average premium increase would hit 50 percent by 2020 compared to projections of rates under the current law, and double by 2026, the CBO said.

Despite the CBO's efforts to issue the estimate of the ORRA Wednesday, it appeared unlikely Tuesday that the act had enough support to pass. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, all signaled their opposition to a straight repeal, enough "no" votes to stop the legislation when combined with a Democratic blockade.

As White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's preference is still to simultaneously repeal and replace the ACA -- even as Trump has promoted both a repeal-only strategy and said the GOP should "let Obamacare die" in the last two days -- a group of Senate Republicans will meet Wednesday night to attempt to bridge the diverging plans, ABC News has confirmed.

The group, which will meet in Sen. John Barrasso's office, will also include representatives from the White House.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump's controversial Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is holding its first meeting Wednesday morning amid pushback from state election officials and legal challenges from privacy and civil rights groups.

Through an executive order signed on May 11, the president created the commission "in order to promote fair and honest Federal elections," according to the order. The commission will review "improper" and "fraudulent" voter registration and voting.

Critics of the newly-formed panel say that its true purpose is to validate repeated false claims by Trump that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election, and that its review could lead to restrictive voting laws that will suppress votes nationwide.

The commission is headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, both Republicans. Seven of the commission members are Republican, and five are Democrats.

"They're claiming that it's bipartisan -- but it is led by Republicans, dominated by Republicans and stacked with the nation's strongest proponents of voting restrictions,” said Wendy Weiser, director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, which called the commission a "sham."

Commission's request for voter data met with pushback and legal challenges

On June 28, Kobach sent election officials in every state an unprecedented request to turn over to the commission "publicly-available data from state voter rolls and feedback on how to improve election integrity" by July 14.

In response, election officials in 21 states and the District of Columbia refused to submit any data, citing privacy concerns, while eight states said they won’t submit data unless the commission pays them or goes through a formal request process, according to a review by the non-profit, non-partisan Brennan Center for Justice. Seventeen states agreed to submit publicly available voter information to the commission as requested.

So far, 14 lawsuits have been filed against the commission over its request to collect nationwide voter data that is typically held only by state and local authorities, and not by the federal government.

Marc Rotenberg, the President and Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), which filed for a temporary restraining order in a Washington, D.C. federal court, said "the commission has violated the constitutional right to informational privacy” and “poses an imminent risk to registered voters across the country."

EPIC claims that the commission's demand for detailed voter histories violates privacy laws and that directing state election officials to send voter records to an unsecure website and proposing to publish partial social security numbers could enable identity theft and financial fraud.

In response, the administration claimed in court filings that the requested data is “already made publicly available by the states” and that the commission “has established reasonable measures to protect the security of the voter data by using a secure method to transfer the data and storing any data in the White House’s information systems.”

Nonetheless, the commission on July 10 asked states to hold off submitting their data until a court has ruled in the Washington, D.C. case. A ruling could come any day, said experts.

It’s been reported that hundreds of voters across the country have withdrawn their voter registrations out of fear of hacking or misuse of their personal data.

For example, Amber McReynolds, the Denver Director of Elections, told ABC News that there had been a 2,800 percent jump in voters unregistering since the commission’s request for voter data. Denver tracked a record of 600-plus voter withdrawals in the lead-up to July 14, when Secretary of State Wayne Williams released to the commission information such as a voters' names, party affiliations and where they voted. A normal week typically sees eight, McReynolds noted.

“Colorado is the number-one state in terms of registration rate across the country,” said McReynolds.

Between June 28 and July 13, 3,394 Coloradans had withdrawn, a spokeswoman for Williams confirmed to ABC News.

Chris Winters, Vermont's Deputy Secretary of State, said 372 voters asked to unregister via written authorization, despite the office’s discouragement of it.

In Florida, Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Michael Ertel told the Orlando Sentinel that he received 15 calls from voters wanting to “unregister,” and convinced them against it by reminding them that the June 30 voter rolls had already been provided to the commission.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said his office had received a “number of emotionally-charged responses” from voters to unregister, and said the concern comes from a lack of information surrounding the commission.

Merrill said constituents haven’t been presented with the necessary data to “make an informed decision on their personal position,” because of the state's lack of knowledge “from the commission as a whole.”

But voters may get more clarity from the Wednesday meeting, expected to “consist of a ceremonial swearing in of commission members, introductions and statements from members, a discussion of the commission's charge and objectives, possible comments or presentations from invited experts, and a discussion of next steps and related matters,” according to the White House website.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- After watching the Senate GOP's efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare flail and then flop, a seemingly frustrated President Donald Trump told Republican senators they "shouldn't leave town" until they "hammer" out a health care plan for him to sign.

Senate leadership is pushing for a vote on a measure that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and give lawmakers two years to work on a replacement. But on Wednesday, the president made clear he thinks Republicans should go the path of repeal and replace.

"We can repeal, but we should repeal and replace," Trump said to Senate Republicans, who took a field trip from Capitol Hill to have lunch with him at the White House.

"We shouldn't leave town until this is complete and until we all go over to the Oval Office. I'll sign it and we can celebrate for the American people."

The president seemed exasperated that Senate Republicans haven't been able to deliver on one of his top legislative goals.

"I've been here just six months. I'm ready to act," said Trump. "I have pen in hand, believe me, I'm sitting in that office."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already delayed the Senate's August recess to continue working on health care. But late Monday night, McConnell conceded that the effort to repeal and immediately provide replacement legislation for Obamacare "would be unsuccessful."

"People are hurting, inaction is not an option, and frankly I don't think we should leave town unless we have a health insurance plan, unless we can give our people great health care," Trump argued Wednesday.

Trump in a tweet Tuesday pointed the finger largely at Democrats but also acknowledged that "a few Republicans" were partly to blame, apparently referring to GOP Sens. Susan Collins, Rand Paul, Jerry Moran and Mike Lee, all who announced their opposition to the health care bill.

The president appeared to threaten -- though jokingly and with a smile on his face -- the Republican senators who defected.

"My friends, they really were and are. They might not be very much longer, but that's OK," Trump said to chuckles from the room.

He singled out Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada seated next to him, who had opposed the original version of the Senate health care plan before it was revised and who is undecided on the newer version of the bill.

"He wants to remain a senator, doesn't he?" Trump said.

Trump added that any "senator who votes against starting debate is really telling America that you're fine with Obamacare."

A senior White House official told ABC News the lunch was entirely Trump's idea, since he wanted "one last shot" to persuade GOP senators to reconsider pushing an Obamacare replacement legislation immediately.

Trump also told reporters at the White House Tuesday that he was "disappointed" with the failure of the Senate health care bill but said he doesn't "think it's dead."

He proposed that his party should let the health care system "fail" so that Democrats and Republicans can "come together and fix it and come up with a new plan."

Trump last hosted a group of GOP senators for lunch to talk health care on June 13 at the White House.

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US Senate(NEW YORK) -- Sen. Bernie Sanders told ABC's The View that Donald Trump Jr.'s emails are not a part of "politics as usual" and "we have some very strong evidence" of possible collusion in the Russia probe.

Sanders said that while "politics is ugly" and "there is ... effort to try to destroy candidates personally," he believes Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 emails with Rob Goldstone are not "politics as usual."

"Presidential candidates do not have emails chains with foreign governments who are talking about how they can elect you and have dirt on your opponent," Sanders said. "That is a clear violation of campaign finance law."

"It is not true that this is politics as usual," Sanders continued. "This is very, very unusual. And that is why these investigations are taking place."

Sanders did not say mounting evidence in the Russia probe showed a smoking gun, but that there is "very strong evidence about the possibility of collusion."

He said focus should be placed on Americans' trust in the investigation.

"What is important is that every American, whether they're conservative or progressive, you like Trump, you don't like Trump — that they believe this process is objective and it is fair. That it is methodical," Sanders said.

"Let the process continue," Sanders continued. "We'll reach judgment after the evidence is accumulated."

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- In opening remarks at the first meeting of the White House’s voter fraud commission, President Donald Trump repeated a suggestion that states that have been unwilling to hand over information on their voters have something to hide.

“If any state does not want to share this information, one has to wonder what they are worried about, and I asked the vice president, I asked the commission, what are they worried about?” the president asked rhetorically. "There's something, there always is."

Many of the states that refused to fully comply with the controversial commission’s request for a swath of information on voter profiles are barred by their state laws from doing so. Criticism of the commission centers around evidence of voter fraud being extremely rare and the belief that it was created to support Trump's unsubstantiated claims about occurrences during last year's election.

The president Wednesday emphasized the need to root out voter fraud, even as there continues to be no proof of widespread instances of voter fraud and the allegations have been discredited by multiple state election officials.

“Every time voter fraud occurs, it cancels out the vote of a lawful citizen and undermines democracy. We can't let that happen,” the president said. “Any form of illegal or fraudulent voting, whether by non-citizens or the deceased and any form of voter suppression or intimidation must be stopped.”

Trump has claimed that the only reason he lost the popular vote to his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton is because "millions" voted illegally -- a stance from which the president has not backed down.

He didn't mention that specific claim in his remarks Wednesday but he did say that the issue is of great importance to him because, during the campaign, people would come up to him with concerns about voter inconsistencies and irregularities “in some cases, having to do with very large numbers of people in certain states," he said.

The president touted the commission as transparent and urged its members to approach their work without set conclusions.

“This is not a Democrat or Republican issue, it's an American issue,” Trump said. “This will be a very transparent process. It's going to be very open for everybody to see. We will approach this important task with a very open mind and with no conclusion it's already drawn. You will fairly and objectively follow the facts wherever they may lead. I look forward to the findings and recommendations your report will produce and I share your report.”

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The White House(WASHINGTON) -- Convinced there's a way to move forward on the Republicans' promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump hopes to change the minds of Republican senators over lunch at the White House Wednesday.

Trump and Republican senators will talk health care and other issues two days after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded that the effort to repeal and immediately provide replacement legislation for Obamacare "would be unsuccessful."

A senior White House official told ABC News the lunch was entirely President Trump's idea.

"He wants one last shot" to persuade the GOP senators otherwise, according to the official.

The president plans on making the case that the repeal and replacement of Obama's signature health care law is a promise the Republican Party made and they need to keep it.

When asked if President Trump could or should have done more to help GOP senators' efforts, the official said, "We're not done yet."

President Trump and the White House on Tuesday deflected responsibility for the failure of the Senate GOP's health care plan, largely blaming Democrats.

Trump acknowledged Tuesday in a tweet that "a few Republican" defectors were partly to blame. Trump appeared to be referring to Republican Sens. Susan Collins, Rand Paul, Jerry Moran and Mike Lee, who each announced their opposition to the Senate health care bill.

"For seven years, I've been hearing repeal and replace from Congress, and I've been hearing it loud and strong," Trump told reporters at the White House Tuesday. "And then when we finally get a chance to repeal and replace, they don't take advantage of it."

Several lawmakers, on the other hand, have opted to privately scold Trump for his lack of involvement and interaction with senators as they sought to bolster public support for the bill.

The president revealed Tuesday that he was "disappointed" with the failure of the Senate health care bill, but said he doesn't "think it's dead."

Trump also proposed that his party should let the health care system "fail" so that Democrats and Republicans can "come together and fix it and come up with a new plan."

McConnell plans on holding a vote in the Senate "early next week" on a measure that would repeal Obamacare while giving lawmakers a two-year period to work on a replacement.

Already, three GOP senators have come out against moving forward with this vote, and Arizona Sen. John McCain is still recovering from surgery at home.

The president last hosted a group of GOP senators for lunch to talk health care on June 13 at the White House.

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