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July 17, 2017

7-17-2017 Political Nuggets….

Today in 5 Lines

Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lobbyist, said he attended the June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. Yahoo News reports that Jamie Gorelick, a lawyer representing Jared Kushner in the Russia probe, will hand over her responsibilities to Abbe Lowell, another criminal-defense lawyer. Ty Cobb, a veteran criminal defense lawyer, will reportedly join the White House legal team to handle issues related to the Russia investigation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department will appeal a federal district court decision that allows grandparents and other close relatives of U.S. residents to enter the United States. The Pentagon announced that U.S. forces killed Abu Sayed, the leader of ISIS’ Afghanistan branch, this week.

Washington Brief

  • Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said a vote on the chamber’s health care bill will happen “as soon as we have a full contingent of senators.” But with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) recovering from surgery – a process that could take weeks – critics of the legislation are taking advantage of the delay by lobbying senators to oppose the measure. (The New York Times)
  • Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, called for an investigation into the data firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Warner raised questions about the company and Trump’s “digital campaign activities” because of the way fake news was disseminated and circulated by online “trolls.” (Bloomberg)
  • The White House is dubbing this week “Made in America Week,” part of an effort to focus on U.S. manufacturing jobs. (ABC News)

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