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The charges shine an even brighter spotlight on Trump's treatment of Putin, who has repeatedly denied that Russian Federation sought to skew the election that Trump, a Republican, unexpectedly won.

The president is spending the weekend at his golf property in Scotland before leaving on Sunday for Helsinki, where the meeting is scheduled to take place.

Under Trump, the department has issued regular stinging critiques of Russian Federation, including on human rights and press freedom.

On Friday, the US Justice Department issued grand jury indictments for 12 Russians on charges of hacking the emails of senior Democrats.

The announcement that the Russians had been charged with hacking Democratic officials during the 2016 presidential election sparked a heated war of words between Washington and Moscow. The New Jersey Democrat, a member of the Senate's foreign relations and judiciary committees, is considered a potential contender for his party's presidential nomination in 2020.

Barry Bennett, a former Trump campaign adviser said it was not a "smart move".

Podesta said in an interview that at the summit "maybe he should ask Putin to turn over the 12 people indicted to the United States for trial". But to do it the Friday before the Monday meeting? But he predicted Putin wouldn't confess. I don't think he'll have any 'Gee, I did it, I did it, you got me, ' Trump predicted of his meeting with the former KGB colonel. Referring to a TV courtroom drama of the 1950s and 1960s that often featured a dramatic, last-minute confession, he added, "There won't be a Perry Mason here, I don't think, but you never know what happens, right?"

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Her own interior minister, Horst Seehofer , has threatened to resign. "Both the chancellor and (Bavaria's Horst) Seehofer are damaged".

Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain, a leading Republican senator and Trump critic, has said Trump must hold Putin accountable or else he should not proceed with the meeting.

Trump declared "I am the evidence" when Scottish lawmakers asked him to back up his assertion that the wind farm would "destroy the financial wellbeing of Scotland". But successive USA presidents had refused to recognize Jerusalem as part of Israel (until Trump did so earlier this year), and so the petition was denied. "He will come in with his facts, with maps, and I'm afraid that actually the President could be taken advantage of". The Trump administration has been reviewing its position, so it's unclear whether Trump and Putin will do more than agree that their staffs should study the possibility of an extension.

Trump, a 72-year-old former NY real estate developer who praises his own dealmaking skills, and Putin, a 65-year-old former KGB spy and judo black belt, are due to have some time alone at the summit.

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., admonished Trump not to meet with Putin, saying the Russian leader "will undoubtedly take full advantage of an ill-prepared President".

"So you shouldn't buy Russian gas, you must stop energy cooperation with Russia and cooperate with the United States". Trump has denied any collusion with Russia and has repeatedly cited Putin's denials of any Russian interference in the campaign, suggesting there is little or nothing he can do to demand accountability.

"Former Secretary of State John Kerry issued a scathing statement about what he called a "disgraceful", "disgusting" and downright "strange" appearance by President Trump at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels".

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