5-12-2017 Political Nuggets….
- President Donald Trump’s decision to fire James Comey as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is supported by more than six in 10 Republicans – twice as many from an April poll that asked if Comey should be dismissed. Overall, voters are split on the issue, according to a new poll. (Morning Consult)
- Trump contradicted White House explanations for why he fired Comey, saying he had always planned to terminate the now former FBI director. White House officials have said Trump’s decision stemmed from a recommendation by top Justice Department officials, whereas Trump said he was going to dismiss Comey regardless. (The Associated Press)
- Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that he and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have invited Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to brief all senators on Comey’s firing. Rosenstein has yet to accept the invitation. (Politico)
- The Senate voted 82-14 to confirm Robert Lighthizer to serve as the next U.S. trade representative. He was the last Cabinet-level nominee to be confirmed for the Trump administration. (The Wall Street Journal)
- Trump signed an executive order that seeks to strengthen digital infrastructure to defend the United States from cyberattacks. (Reuters)