July 11, 2017

7-11-2017 Political Nuggets….

Today in 5 Lines

Reuters reports that Donald Trump Jr. hired New York lawyer Alan Futerfas to represent him in the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. On Twitter, Trump Jr. said he’s “happy to work with” the Senate Intelligence Committee, after Republican Senator Susan Collins suggested he be interviewed about a meeting he had with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign. Senate Republicans are reportedly planning to introduce a new draft of their health-care plan as early as Thursday. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed sanctions during their meeting last week, despite Trump’s tweet to the contrary. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared “total victory” over ISIS in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.

Washington Brief

  • A majority of senators have seen significant negative swings in net approval in their home states since the first three months of 2017, according to a new nationwide poll. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) remains the most popular lawmaker in the chamber, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is still the least popular. (Morning Consult)
  • President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was told in an email of a Russian government effort to assist his father’s campaign before he set up a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer who has ties to the Kremlin. (The New York Times)
  • After Trump accused former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey of leaking classified information, Comey’s longtime friend and adviser, Daniel Richman, said the memo detailing Comey’s conversations with Trump was not classified when he described it to The New York Times. (Politico)

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