June 14, 2017

6-14-2017 Political Nuggets….

Today in 5 Lines
 During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Attorney General Jeff Sessions denied “stonewalling” when senators accused him of not fully answering their questions, and vowed to defend himself “against scurrilous and false allegations” related to Russia. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told lawmakers that he has not seen any evidence of “good cause” to fire special counsel Robert Mueller amid questions about Mueller’s possible dismissal. House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters that the “smartest” thing President Trump can do is “let Robert Mueller do his job.” Virginians head to the polls to vote in the primary election to replace Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. American college student Otto Warmbier has been medically evacuated from North Korea in a coma, according to a statement from his parents.

Washington Brief

  • House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was one of several people shot Wednesday morning during a congressional baseball game practice in Alexandria, Va. He is said to be in stable condition at a hospital. (The New York Times)
  • Almost 200 congressional Democrats agreed to file a lawsuit that accuses President Donald Trump of violating constitutional restrictions on taking gifts from foreign governments. (The Washington Post)
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions said allegations that he colluded with the Russians are a “detestable lie.” He said during his Senate Intelligence Committee testimony that he did not remember a third meeting with Russia’s ambassador during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. (Politico)
  • During a meeting with 15 Republican senators on Tuesday, Trump called the House GOP’s health care bill “mean.” He said the Senate should pass a “more generous” measure. (The Associated Press)
  • Support for Trump is on the rise among people who say they voted for him in 2016, even as the president’s overall job approval remained underwater for the seventh consecutive week, according to a new poll. (Morning Consult)

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