5-19-2017 Political Nuggets….
- President Donald Trump said former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman is the top contender to be nominated as the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. An announcement could come as soon as today. (The Washington Post)
- House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said he will leave Congress on June 30. Republicans view Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) as Chaffetz’s likely successor as head of the oversight panel, and some GOP lawmakers want Chaffetz to relinquish the committee gavel before his departure next month. (Politico)
- Trump’s first overseas trip as president begins today, when he heads to Saudi Arabia. The multi-country trip is likely to be overshadowed by domestic concerns about the firing of James Comey as FBI director. (Bloomberg News)
- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee broke its April record for fundraising by bringing in more than $9 million. Still, the figure was about $1 million less than the amount raised by the National Republican Congressional Committee. ( Roll Call)