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February 27, 2019

2-27-2019 Political Nuggets….

Washington Brief

  • Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, will tell the House Oversight and Reform Committee that Trump knew his longtime associate Roger Stone “was talking with Julian Assange about a WikiLeaks drop of Democratic National Committee emails” during the 2016 campaign, according to his prepared testimony. Cohen is also expected to present the committee with one of 11 checks he says Trump wrote as president to reimburse him for a hush-money payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, which Cohen plans to call part of “a criminal scheme to violate campaign finance laws.”Politico)
  • In a 245-182 vote, the House passed legislation to overturn Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the southern border, forcing a Senate vote in the coming weeks. Thirteen Republicans sided with the Democrats, though it fell well short of the two-thirds majority required to overcome Trump’s threatened veto. (The Washington Post)
  • Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker agreed to meet again with lawmakers to clarify public testimony he gave to the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month, according to chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.). A Justice Department spokeswoman said the hearing would be behind closed doors “at some point over the next few weeks.” (The Wall Street Journal)
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