June 7, 2017

6-07-2017 Political Nuggets….

Washington Brief

  • President Donald Trump said he will nominate Christopher A. Wray, a former assistant attorney general under President George W. Bush, to be director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Wray recently served as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s lawyer during the fallout from the Bridgegate scandal. (The New York Times)
  • Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told associates that Trump asked him to urge then-FBI Director James Comey to back off the investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Coats is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee today. (The Washington Post)
  • Fifty-nine percent of voters say Trump’s use of Twitter is a bad thing, while 69 percent say he tweets too much, according to a new poll. (Morning Consult) Trump has been spoiling for a fight, according to his confidants and associates, and may take to the social media platform during Comey’s congressional testimony on Thursday. ( The Washington Post)
  • Democrat Jimmy Gomez won a special election in a California congressional district to replace former Rep. Xavier Becerra (D), who left Congress to be his state’s attorney general. (Los Angeles Times)
  • Fifty-seven percent of registered voters say the United States should remain part of the Paris climate agreement, according to a poll taken after Trump announced that he would withdraw the U.S. from the international accord. (Morning Consult)

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