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June 14, 2018

6-13-2018 Political Nuggets….

Washington Brief

  • Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said the NRSC has “no plans” to spend any money in support of Virginia Republican Corey Stewart, who won his party’s nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine this year. President Donald Trump congratulated Stewart in a tweet this morning, saying he has “a major chance of winning!” (Politico)
  • The Trump administration is preparing to levy tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of Chinese goods in the coming week,possibly as soon as Friday, according to U.S. officials. The move – an escalation of the administration’s global trade offensive– is likely to spark retaliation from Beijing. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Trump’s former longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen, who has been under criminal investigation for months, is likely to cooperate with federal investigators, according to sources. Cohen’s lawyers – Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison – are expected to leave the case, one source said. (ABC News)
  • Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), one of President Donald Trump’s most outspoken Republican critics in Congress, lost his primary election to state Rep. Katie Arrington. In Virginia, state Sen. Jennifer Wexton won the Democratic nomination to take on Rep. Barbara Comstock, one of the House’s most vulnerable Republicans, while Corey Stewart secured the GOP nod to challenge Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.). (Politico)
  • A group of moderate Republicans effectively agreed to drop an effort to force the House to take up immigration legislation that would protect young people who were brought to the country illegally as children. Even though there isn’t yet an agreement on legislation that can pass the House, a spokeswoman for Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the chamber will consider two bills next week “that will avert the discharge petition and resolve the border security and immigration issues.”(Roll Call)
  • Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) accused fellow GOP senators of blocking his proposed amendment that would roll back Trump’s trade authority, saying they fear upsetting Trump in an election year. Corker – who is retiring at the end of this term – said other Republican lawmakers are not objecting to the substance of his amendment, which would give Congress a check on the president’s ability to impose tariffs on national security grounds, but that they are worried they “might poke the bear.”(CNN)
  • Republican voters were evenly split at 34 percent when asked whether Trump should pardon himself, according to a new poll. The nationwide survey of registered voters found a 48 percent plurality of all respondents said Trump has tried to impede or obstruct the probe into whether his 2016 campaign had ties to Russia, up 4 percentage points since a February survey and 1 point higher than a similar March poll. (Morning Consult)

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