July 12, 2018

7-12-2018 Political Nuggets…

Washington Brief

  • Peter Strzoka Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who exchanged anti-Trump text messages from 2015 through 2017 with a former FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair is set to testify before a joint hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees. His appearance before the committees comes a month after the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General said the text messages “cast a cloud” over the FBI and “sowed doubts” about its work. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • President Donald Trump forced the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit into an emergency session and suggested the United States could leave the alliance, before taking credit for having secured firmer commitments from member countries to up their defense spending. It was not clear whether any of the other 28 member nations have actually made such commitments, with French President Emmanuel Macron saying no new commitments had been made. (Los Angeles Times)
  • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly asked the country’s 93 U.S. attorneys to provide up to three federal prosecutors each to help review the government papers of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Former federal law enforcement officials described the move as a troubling precedent, as the request for assistance marks an unusual insertion of politics into federal law enforcement. (The New York Times)

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