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February 28, 2019

2-28-2019 Political Nuggets….

Washington Brief

  • Talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un fell apart, with Trump blaming the breakdown on Kim’s insistence that sanctions on Pyongyang be lifted without his commitment to eliminate the country’s nuclear arsenal. Longstanding U.S. policy has insisted that sanctions remain in place unless the North commits to complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization – a goal Trump declined to restate, saying he preferred a more flexible approach to the talks. ( The Associated Press)
  • Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) won’t run for Senate next year against GOP Sen. John Cornyn and is likely to announce a campaign for president, according to sources. In a statement, O’Rourke said he has made a decision about how best to serve, and was “excited to share it with everyone soon.” (The Dallas Morning News)
  • Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office appeared to correct part of its allegations that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied about his contacts with a Russian business associate whom prosecutors have linked to Russian intelligence, citing new evidence obtained less than two weeks ago from former Trump campaign official Rick Gates. The revised account should not change the recent ruling that Manafort was untruthful about his interactions with the Russian associate, but could give new ammunition to Manafort’s defense team, which has argued that prosecutors overreached. ( The New York Times)

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