5-11-2017 Political Nuggets….
- Former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey had requested more resources for the FBI’s Russian investigation shortly before President Donald Trump fired him. Congressional probes have been relying, in part, on the FBI’s efforts, and the Senate Intelligence Committee stepped up its pace on Wednesday by issuing its first subpoena, to former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. (The New York Times)
- House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) asked the Justice Department’s inspector general to expand its probe of the FBI’s pre-election actions to include Comey’s firing. (Politico)
- GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Ben Sasse (Neb.) said they will vote against Robert Lighthizer, Trump’s nominee for U.S. trade representative, citing his “advocacy for protectionist shifts in our trade policies.” Lighthizer is still expected to be confirmed, with a Senate vote likely next week. (The Wall Street Journal)
- Two Texas Republicans – House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn – are working with the Trump administration to craft an immigration and border security bill. (CNN)