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June 5, 2017

6-05-2017 Last Week’s Highlights….

Week in Review

  • President Donald Trump said the United States will withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. The move irked U.S. business leaders and prompted 30 states to say they will adhere to commitments to reduce emissions. Trump’s decision also may have emboldened China.
  • The administration asked the Supreme Court to immediately reinstate Trump’s travel ban, which would temporarily prohibit entry into the United States from citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries.
  • Trump said the United States will not immediately move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, bucking a campaign promise. Almost six in 10 U.S. voters are pessimistic Trump will be able to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
  • The White House instructed government agencies to ignore oversight requests from Democratic lawmakers. The administration said its policy is to accommodate “the requests of the chairmen,” all of whom are Republican.
  • The administration took a step toward returning to Russia two diplomatic buildings in New York and Maryland that were shuttered by the Obama administration in retaliation for meddling in the 2016 election. Russian President Vladimir Putin denied the existence of any backroom deals on lifting sanctions.

Congress

  • The House Intelligence Committee issued subpoenas to Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn as part of its Russia probe.
  • Democratic Sens. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) and Al Franken (Minn.) said they asked then-Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey to open a criminal probe into Attorney General Jeff Sessions. They were interested in whether Sessions perjured himself before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing.
  • Voter appetite for impeachment is growing, according to a poll that found 43 percent of Americans said Congress should begin impeachment hearings – up 5 points since the previous survey.
  • Senate Republican leadership staff met with committee staffers to begin drafting the chamber’s health care plan. Significant policy disagreements remain, and leaders have not announced a timetable for their work.

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