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June 12, 2017

6-12-2017 Highlights from last week…

Week in Review

  • President Donald Trump declaredtotal and complete vindication after former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. But Trump’s initial frustration that led to Comey’s firing may darken a cloud that has formed over his administration, including questions about whether he attempted to obstruct justice.
  • Trump said he would nominate Christopher A. Wray to be the next FBI director. Wray was an assistant attorney general under President George W. Bush who later served as personal lawyer to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) during the Bridgegate scandal.
  • Trump pressed congressional leaders to pass health care overhaul and raise the debt ceiling before the August recess. If successful, that would clear the way for lawmakers to consider tax reform and government spending bills in the fall.
  • Fifty-nine percent of voters said Trump’s use of Twitter is a “bad thing,” and 69 percent said he tweets too much, according to a Morning Consult/POLITICO poll.

Congress

  • The Republican Steering Committee endorsed Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to lead the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) leaves Congress at the end of the month. Gowdy still needs approval from the House Republican Conference.
  • In a 233-186 vote, the House passed a bill that would overhaul the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act by loosening regulations put in place after the 2008 financial crisis. The Senate is unlikely to pass the measure.
  • When Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, he said he leaked his memos detailing conversations he had with Trump. The committee’s staff is looking to meet with Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.
  • Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.), the congressman-elect who was charged with assaulting a reporter a day before the special election, apologized and said he would contribute $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists as part of a settlement.
  • Voters in California elected Jimmy Gomez (D) in a special election to replace former Rep. Xavier Becerra (D), who left Congress to become California’s attorney general.

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