Week in Review
- Robert Mueller, the Justice Department’s special counsel, expanded his investigation to include both President Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice and the business dealings Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. Trump’s transition team was ordered by its general counsel to preserve documents related to the government’s Russia investigation.
- Trump traveled to Miami to announce a major rollback of former President Barack Obama’s efforts to begin normalizing relations with Cuba. The Obama administration had taken steps to ease business and travel restrictions.
- Trump signed a presidential memorandum delaying the start date for his 90-day travel ban in an attempt to prevent the Supreme Court from ruling that the executive order has expired. The ban was initially slated to take effect on March 16 but has since been stalled in federal courts.
- Among Trump’s 2016 voters, support for him is growing while his approval has flatlined nationally, according to a new poll.
- Democrats sometimes speak longingly about the idea of a 2020 presidential run by former Vice President Joe Biden, and a new poll found he is the most popular Democrat on a list of 19 potential candidates. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren came in second.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise – along with a House staffer, lobbyist and Capitol Police officer – “an attack on all of us.” In addition to the show of unity at the 56th annual Congressional Baseball Game, lawmakers raised concerns about their own security and that of their district offices.
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he called allegations of collusion between him and the Russians a “detestable lie.” The panel’s leaders later met privately with Mueller to discuss their respective investigations.
- The Senate voted 98-2 to pass an Iran sanctions bill that includes sanctions for Russia in retaliation for the former Cold War adversary’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The House has yet to consider the legislation.
- Led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), almost 200 congressional Democrats signed on to a lawsuit accusing Trump of violating the emoluments clause, a constitutional provision banning the president from taking gifts from foreign governments. A similar lawsuit was filed by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia.