Today in 5 Lines
Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, told reporters that he “did not collude with Russians, nor do I know of anyone in the campaign who did.” The remarks came after Kushner met privately with the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its probe into Russian interference in the presidential election. During a press conference at the White House, Trump encouraged Senate Republicans to “do the right thing,” and vote to repeal and replace Obamacare this week. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi unveiled the Democrats’ new agenda, “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.” The driver accused of smuggling dozens of suspected migrants in an overheated tractor-trailer was charged and could face the death penalty.
- The House is set to vote today on a bill that would curb President Donald Trump’s ability to roll back sanctions. The package, which was finalized over the weekend, would codify sanctions against Russia for its alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. (USA Today)
- The office of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he will return to the Senate today as the chamber’s Republican leaders plan to press ahead on a health care vote. This will be McCain’s first time back in Washington since being diagnosed with brain cancer. (The New York Times)
- Trump has publicly berated Attorney General Jeff Sessions and is privately discussing replacing him. (The Washington Post) On Monday, Trump called Sessions “beleaguered,” and on Tuesday, he tweeted more criticisms of the former Alabama senator. (Politico)
- Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) released a campaign commercial featuring the audio of gunshots at a Congressional Baseball Game practices that seriously injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). The ad, which Scalise’s chief of staff said made his “stomach turn,” highlights Brooks’ support for gun rights as he challenges Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) in the Aug. 15 GOP primary. (AL.com)