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February 26, 2019

2-26-2019 Political Nuggets….

Washington Brief

  • Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said in an op-ed that he would join Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, along with 47 Senate Democrats, to reject President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border, meaning the president can afford no more defections in order to avoid an embarrassing rebuke by the chamber. The House is expected to pass the disapproval resolution today, which will put senators on a clock to take up the measure. (Politico)
  • Michael Cohen, Trump’s former longtime personal attorney, is in Washington for testimony before three congressional committees this week, including privately before the Senate Intelligence Committee today and a high-profile public appearance tomorrow before the House Oversight and Reform Committee. In his testimony, Cohen will accuse Trump of racism, lies, infidelity and criminal misconduct while in office, according to sources. (Vanity Fair)
  • The House Judiciary Committee believes it has evidence that Trump asked then-acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker whether Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, could regain control of his office’s investigation into Cohen and Trump’s real estate business. Berman, a former law partner of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and a donor to the presdient’s 2016 campaign, had recused himself from the case, and there’s no sign that Whitaker acted on any request from Trump. ( The Wall Street Journal)
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