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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden greeted G7 leaders on the beach in Cornwall Friday for the official start of the summit to rebuild relationships that were 'frayed' during four years of President Donald Trump.  

Biden put his arm around French President Emmanuel Macron after cracking jokes with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson.


During the summit the leaders will pledge 1 billion shots in arms of the COVID vaccine for the world, support a 15 per cent global minimum corporate tax, and target Big Tech with a new tax. 

Of those billion shots, half will come from the United States and 100 million from the U.K. 

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (center) holds up his hands as the G7 leaders pose Friday for the family photo. He's joined by (from left) Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of the European Council Charles Michel, President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Italy's Prime minister Mario Draghi, France's President Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (center left), his spouse Carrie Johnson (left) and President Joe Biden (center right) and first lady Jill Biden (right) arrive Friday at the G7 to take the so-called family photo 

British Prime Minister (center right) Boris Johnson gives a fist bump to first lady Jill Biden (center left) as their spouses look on during opening greetings during Friday's G7 summit in Cornwall 

President Joe Biden (left) walks hand-in-hand with first lady Jill Biden (right) as they arrive for the official start of the G7 summit 

President Joe Biden (left) is seen walking alongside French President Emmanuel Macron (right) 

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (second from right) led the pack of world leaders to the beachy scene where they would take this year's G7 family photo 

The world leaders stayed socially distant for the G7 family photo, taken on the beach in Cornwall 

'We're going to help lead the world out of this pandemic working alongside our global partners,' Biden said on Thursday, adding that the G7 nations would join the U.S. in outlining their vaccine donation commitments at the three-day summit. The G-7 also includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.  

The leaders gathered for opening greetings and a socially-distanced family photo, before pivoting to a session 'Building Back Better From COVID-19.' 

The world leaders of the seven industrial nations will also second an agreement made earlier by their finance ministers on the global minimum corporate tax. 

The update to international tax law is intended to end a global competition that has led some countries to cut their corporate taxes much lower than others in order to attract multinational companies to their shores. 

President Joe Biden and leaders of the G7 will pledge 1 billion shots in arms of the COVID vaccine for the world, support a 15 per cent global minimum corporate tax, and target Big Tech with a new tax as the summit begins 

Big Tech critics say the major multinational firms often avoid or minimize taxes by shifting profits and taking advantage of investment credits offered by governments

It's a big win for Biden's administration, which has proposed the global minimum tax as a way to pay for infrastructure projects. Biden wants to hike corporate taxes in the US and a global minimum will help combat fears his move could cause jobs to move overseas. 

The leaders will also announce a plan to replace Digital Services Taxes, which targeted the biggest American tech companies - such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google - with a new tax plan linked to the places where multinationals are actually doing business, rather than where they are headquartered. 

Later the leaders will meet Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal Family at the Eden Project, a lush, domed eco-tourism site built in a former quarry pit. 

Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge will join the G7 leaders at the reception. 

On Thursday, world leaders from G7 countries arrived in Britain.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived at Cornwall Airport in Newquay wearing a face mask and waved from the exit of his jet beside his country's coat of arms and maple leaf flag. 

European Council President Charles Michel also arrived ahead of the G7 meeting at the airport on June 10, and was met by a selection of British soldiers, sailors and airmen. 

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko Suga arrived in Newquay in the early hours of this morning. A typical flight from his country to Britain takes roughly 12 hours. 

Prime Minister Johnson will host leaders from the USA, Japan, Germany, France, Italy and Canada at the G7 Summit to be held in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, beginning today. 

Britain has invited Australia, India, South Africa, and South Korea to attend the Leaders' Summit as guest countries - as well as the EU, amid trade tensions with the bloc.  

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives ahead of the G7 Summit at Cornwall airport in Newquay, Britain, 10 June

European Council President Charles Michel (C) arrives ahead of the G7 meeting at Cornwall airport on June 10, 2021 in Newquay

President of the European Council, Charles Michel (centre) is welcomed as he arrives at Cornwall Airport Newquay ahead of the G7 summit, June 10 

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko Suga arrive at Newquay Airport on June 11, 2021 in Newquay

Joe Biden, pictured with Boris Johnson yesterday, has stressed the need for the world's democracies to stand together as he arrived in the UK on his first overseas trip as US president

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Law firm hired by Lincoln Project clears leaders of wrongdoing

A law firm hired earlier this year by The Lincoln Project to review harassment allegations against one of its co-founders, John Weaver, said it had found no information indicating that leaders of the anti-Trump political group were aware of the accusations before they were reported by news outlets. 

The Lincoln Project on Tuesday tweeted a memo that was also shared with Lincoln Project supporters announcing that following a four-month investigation led by law firm Paul Hastings, LLP, attorneys “found no evidence that anyone at The Lincoln Project was aware of any inappropriate communications with any underage individuals at any time prior to the publication of those news reports.” 

The New York Times reported in January that 21 men had accused Weaver of sending them unwanted messages and pressuring them for sexual favors in exchange for jobs and career advice. One of the people who received the messages said they began when he was 14 years old. 

According to the Lincoln Project, lawyers at Paul Hastings also “found no communications nor conduct reported to The Lincoln Project or its leadership involving Mr. Weaver and any employee, contractor or volunteer that would rise to the level of actionable sexual harassment.” 

However, the political group noted that as part of its “own separate organizational review,” it has “identified areas for improvement as we evolve from a newly formed super PAC focused on defeating Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE to a long-term organization dedicated to upholding the principles of democracy.” 

“These include formalizing human resources, implementing trainings for staff and senior leadership, changes to the hiring and promotion process, and professionalizing management,” the group added. 

The memo concluded, “We are appreciative of everyone’s support and participation throughout this process.” 

The Lincoln Project has shared the following statement with its supporters.

— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 22, 2021

The announcement comes even after some news reports indicated that people at the Lincoln Project may have previously been aware of the allegations. 

In February, The 19th’s Amanda Becker reported that multiple sources, including the group’s former executive director, Sarah Lenti, said that co-founders knew about the allegations as early as March 2020. 

Among those who reportedly knew were co-founders Steve Schmidt and Reed Galen, who said in a statement to the 19th at the time, “We are committed to creating a positive, diverse, and inclusive workplace environment at The Lincoln Project and inappropriate behavior by anyone associated with the organization will not be tolerated under any circumstances.”

“We have already taken decisive action to address internal concerns,” he added. 

Schmidt resigned from the group’s board in February after its Twitter account posted screenshots of private messages between Becker and former Lincoln Project member Jennifer Horn. 

The probe findings come as many have raised questions on the independence of the investigation, with Becker noting Tuesday that some lawyers employed at Paul Hastings had made financial contributions to the Lincoln Project in the past. 

The Hill has reached out to the law firm for comment. 

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