Today in 5 Lines
During his Senate confirmation hearing for FBI director, Christopher Wray pledged that he’ll “never allow the FBI’s work to be driven by anything other than the facts, the law, and the impartial pursuit of justice.” Democratic Representative Brad Sherman introduced articles of impeachment against President Trump. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said he plans to ask Paul Manafort, the former chairman of Trump’s presidential campaign, to testify before the panel. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a Senate-wide meeting on Thursday morning to discuss the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Trump will depart for Paris Wednesday evening to join French President Emmanuel Macron in celebrating Bastille Day.
- President Donald Trump said he did not hear “until a couple of days ago” about a June 2016 meeting between his son, Donald Trump Jr., and a Russian lawyer who might have had damaging information on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He also said he spent more than 20 minutes of his two-hour meeting last week with Russian President Vladimir Putin pressing him on election meddling. (Reuters)
- Elizabeth MacDonough, the Senate’s parliamentarian, said the House-passed health care bill complies with Senate rules, meaning the chamber can take up the House measure and amend it with a revised Senate GOP proposal that’s set for release today. (Roll Call)
- Speaking at his Senate confirmation hearing, Federal Bureau of Investigation director nominee Christopher Wray said he had not been asked to pledge his loyalty to Trump, who nominated him, and said he would report any attempts to interfere with the FBI’s Russia investigation to the special counsel. Wray received bipartisan praise at the hearing, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said he would like to see Wray confirmed before the August recess. ( Politico)
- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will be back on Capitol Hill today, this time on the Senate side, for a Banking Committee hearing that could be her last. Trump is considering replacing her when her term expires in February. (The Wall Street Journal)