June 13, 2017

6-13-2017 Political Nuggets….

Today in 5 Lines

The attorneys general for Washington, D.C., and Maryland sued President Trump for allegedly violating the Constitution by accepting payments from foreign governments through continued ownership of his company. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a federal law granting citizenship based on parents’ gender is unconstitutional. A second appeals court ruled against Trump’s revised executive order limiting travel from six Muslim-majority countries, citing the absence of a genuine rationale. Montana Representative-elect Greg Gianforte was sentenced to community service, anger management classes, and a fine for assaulting a reporter in May.

Washington Brief

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to testify publicly this afternoon before the Senate Intelligence Committee. It will be his first public appearance before a congressional committee since he recused himself from the Justice Department’s Russia investigation. (CNN)
  • Christopher Ruddy, the Newsmax Media chief executive and close friend of President Donald Trump, said Trump is considering whether to fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Russia probe. (The New York Times)
  • The Secret Service said it does not have any tapes from the Trump White House. The administration has not confirmed or denied their existence after Trump suggested tapes might exist. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Senators struck a bipartisan deal to include Russian sanctions in an Iran sanctions bill. The measure would give Congress the power to review administration-led efforts to scale back sanctions before they could be implemented. (The Washington Post)
  • The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Trump’s travel ban violates the Immigration and Nationality Act. (The Los Angeles Times)

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