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July 21, 2017

7-21-2017 Political Nuggets….

Today in 5 Lines

During a news conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he will continue to serve in his position “as long as that is appropriate,” a day after President Trump told The New York Times that he never would have nominated Sessions had he known he would recuse himself from the Russia investigation. The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously advanced the nomination of Christopher Wray for FBI director. Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley threatened to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, if they don’t show up to testify before the panel on July 26. On Twitter, Senator John McCain thanked his well-wishers for their support and added that he’ll “be back soon,” following the news that he has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Senators Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin introduced a new version of the Dream Act, which would grant legal status and a path to citizenship to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Washington Brief

  • Lawyers and aides to President Donald Trump are investigating the investigators hired by special counsel Robert Mueller, scouring their records for potential conflicts of interest in an attempt to discredit their work. Trump has said Mueller’s team would be outside its mandate if they moved beyond Russia and into his personal finances. (The New York Times)
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) went to a factory in Massachusetts to pitch his tax reform plan, calling a 20 percent business tax rate “realistic.” Republicans are aiming to pass comprehensive tax reform this year. (CNBC)
  • The United States is said to be preparing a ban on Americans traveling to North Korea. The reported policy shift follows the death of Otto Warmbier, a U.S. student who died after being imprisoned in North Korea, where he was on a tour. (Reuters)

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