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May 18, 2017

5-17-2017 Political Nuggets…

Washington Brief

  • A memo written in February by now-former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey says President Donald Trump urged him to abandon an FBI investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) demanded that the FBI turn over all documents related to meetings between Trump and Comey. (The New York Times)
  • National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said it was “wholly appropriate” for Trump to share information with Russian officials that was provided to the United States by Israel, despite fears raised that it could compromise intelligence sources. Congressional Democrats say they want to see transcripts of the meeting. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • A Republican runoff in South Carolina’s 5th District is likely heading to a recount, with Ralph Norman leading Tommy Pope by 200 votes. The race for the seat previously held by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has pitted the conservative Club for Growth, which is backing Norman, against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s support for Pope. (Roll Call)
  • Almost half of Americans said Obamacare replacement legislation should leave in place the opportunity for states to expand their Medicaid rolls, according to a new poll. (Morning Consult) The same survey found that voters support many of the pillars of Trump’s tax plan. (Morning Consult)

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