President Donald Trump has spoken privately with confidants and advisers in recent days about the possibility of using a recess appointment to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions if the former Alabama senator leaves his post atop the Justice Department. Trump’s lawyers have urged him against publicly threatening Sessions.
The House voted 419-3 to pass legislation that includes sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. The bill requires a Senate approval before it can be sent to the White House, where President Donald Trump is said to be undecided on whether he would sign the measure into law.
The House is set to vote today on a bill that would curb President Donald Trump’s ability to roll back sanctions. The package, which was finalized over the weekend, would codify sanctions against Russia for its alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
Jared Kushner — President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser — is scheduled to speak privately with the Senate Intelligence Committee today as part of the panel’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible ties to the Trump campaign. In a prepared statement, Kushner said: “I did not collude.”
Sean Spicer announced his resignation as White House press secretary, citing disagreements with President Donald Trump’s hiring of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. Spicer told Trump that hiring him was a major mistake. Scaramucci said deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will take over when Spicer leaves in August.
Lawyers and aides to President Donald Trump are investigating the investigators hired by special counsel Robert Mueller, scouring their records for potential conflicts of interest in an attempt to discredit their work. Trump has said Mueller’s team would be outside its mandate if they moved beyond Russia and into his personal finances.
President Donald Trump said he never would have nominated Jeff Sessions to be U.S. attorney general had he known the former Alabama senator would recuse himself from overseeing the investigation into alleged ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government.
Fifty-two percent of registered voters said in a new poll that a June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-linked attorney was inappropriate. When voters were told the meeting was set up so that the lawyer “could allegedly provide official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary Clinton,” support for the meeting increased to 28 percent, from 23 percent.
Two more GOP senators — Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas — said they oppose the latest iteration of the Senate’s health care bill. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the chamber would now turn to “a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period.”
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said a vote on the chamber’s health care bill will happen “as soon as we have a full contingent of senators.” But with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) recovering from surgery — a process that could take weeks — critics of the legislation are taking advantage of the delay by lobbying senators to oppose the measure.