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Kellyanne Conway Disses Special Counsel: 'Mr. Mueller and His Band of Democratic Donors'

Source: Mediaite

by Justin Baragona | 12:06 pm, July 23rd, 2017


During a highly contentious and combative interview this morning on CNN’s Reliable Sources which began with host Brian Stelter asking how attacking CNN “makes America great again,”, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway criticized the network for focusing so much attention on Russia. She responded with indignation when Stelter pointed out that even though she was Trump’s campaign manager, much of what is in the news about potential collusion between Trump and Russia occurred before she joined the campaign.

Are you alleging there was active conversations with Russians trying to change the election results?” Conway asked. “Because very few people are saying that. Are you saying that or just trying to put it out there because you guys are so invested? What is there? What constitutional crisis are we facing right now?”

When Stelter brought up the Mueller probe and how many are concerned there’d be a crisis if Trump fired the special counsel and that Trump should want Mueller to get to the truth instead, Conway tossed out a snarky comeback.

“Isn’t Mr. Mueller and his band of Democratic donors doing that?” Conway claimed.


Read more: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/kellyanne-conway-disses-special-counsel-mr-mueller-and-his-band-of-democratic-donors/

UPDATED - Schumer: Democrats were 'namby-pamby'

Source: Politico

By KEVIN ROBILLARD 07/23/2017 11:22 AM EDT

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday promised a bolder economic message for the Democratic Party, including the potential for single-payer health care.

"We were too cautious, we were too namby-pamby," Schumer said on ABC's "This Week." "This is sharp, bold and will appeal to both the old Obama coalition, let's say the young lady who's just getting out of college, and the Democratic voters who deserted us for Trump, the blue-collar worker. Economics is our strength, and we are going to get at it."

The New York senator said the new Democratic agenda, set to be unveiled on Monday, would include proposals to "just go after these drug companies when they raise prices so egregiously and people can't afford these drugs" and a plan to "change the way companies can merge," mentioning the cable, airline and gas industries.

"How the heck did we let Exxon and Mobil merge?" he said. "And that was Democrats."

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/23/schumer-democrats-namby-pamby-240857


SUNDAY, JUL 23, 2017 11:49 AM EDT

Chuck Schumer says single-payer health care is “on the table” for Democrats

The Senate Minority Leader said the Democrats have been "too namby-pamby" in the past


Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer D-N.Y., talked about the new economic agenda for the Democratic Party moving forward and said that a single-payer health care system is an option that’s on the table.


Regarding health care Schumer said that the Republican health bill in the Senate is “very unlikely to pass, because it’s rotten to the core.”

“People are not for reducing taxes on rich people or getting rid of Medicaid, which is a very, very middle class, now, thing, as well as for poor people,” he said. Schumer said he hopes that the Republicans will work with the Democrats and slammed the secretive nature in which only a few Senate Republicans designed the health bill that has yet to receive enough support from within the party.

Schumer said the Democrats will also look at “broader things” and that “single payer is one of them.”

“Many things are on the table. Medicare for people above 55 is on the table. A buy-in to Medicare is on the table. A buy-in to Medicaid is on the table. However health care will not be addressed in the economic agenda that will be rolled out on Monday. But according to the Senate Minority Leader, the party will continue to put forth substantive agendas that reach out voters.

“Week after week, month after month, we’re going to roll out specific pieces here, that are quite different than the Democratic Party you heard in the past. We were too cautious. We were too namby-pamby,” Schumer said.


Trump backers eye GOP primary challenges for Flake, Heller

Source: The Hill

BY LISA HAGEN - 07/23/17 10:00 AM EDT

Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) could soon face primary challenges from allies of President Trump.

Flake and Heller — considered two of the most vulnerable GOP senators up for reelection in 2018 — were critical of Trump during the 2016 campaign and have shown a willingness to buck him during his first six months in office.

It remains to be seen whether Trump will support or fund primary challenges against sitting GOP senators, especially since Trump-backed infighting could upset Republicans’ slim, 52-seat Senate majority. But there’s early indications that Trump or his allies could wage war against members of his own party, especially if the Senate GOP’s ObamaCare repeal completely falls apart.

The White House has met with three declared or prospective candidates who could face Flake in Arizona. That list includes former state Sen. Kelli Ward, who announced last fall, as well as Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit and former Arizona Republican Party chairman Robert Graham, both of whom worked on Trump’s state campaign and are mulling bids. Politico first reported the White House meetings.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/343243-trump-backers-eye-gop-primary-challenges-for-flake-heller

Paul says president likely has authority to pardon himself

Source: The Hill


Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday said he thinks President Trump can pardon himself.

Paul was asked on CNN's "State of the Union" if he thinks the president has the authority to pardon himself. "I think in all likelihood he does," Paul said.

"I think that some of this hasn't been adjudicated." His comments come after President Trump tweeted tweeted on Saturday about his "complete" authority to pardon.

"While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us," Trump tweeted.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/343359-paul-says-president-likely-has-authority-to-pardon-himself


Paul still supports repealing, replacing ObamaCare at the same time


Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday said he still supports repealing and replacing ObamaCare at the same time.

During an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Paul was asked about his comments earlier this year, when he said it would be a mistake for Republicans not to vote for replacement on the same day as repeal.

"I still like that guy from January and I still agree with him," Paul said about his past comments. "Really, I've always been talking about replace at the same time. The problem is, Republicans can't seem to agree on what replacement means."

Paul said he thought Republicans agreed on what replacement meant, but found out many didn't.

"If we could do both at the same time, absolutely I'm still for that," he said. "I can even say you can do it in separate bills. I'm looking for a way to get this done."


Franken: Trump Jr., Manafort need to testify under oath

Source: The Hill


Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said on Sunday that Donald Trump Jr. and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort should testify under oath. During an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Franken was asked whether it was good enough for the two to testify behind closed doors and not under oath.

"No, that's not good enough," Franken said. "It should be under oath." Franken said he would like to ask questions about whether they had any other meetings with the Russians.

The comments come after lawmakers announced last week that Trump Jr. and Manafort reached a deal with the Senate Judiciary Committee to avoid appearing at a public hearing.

Manafort and the president's eldest son are the focus of new attention after reports that they attended a meeting, along with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, with a Russian lawyer. An email setting up the meeting promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton that would be provided by the Russian government.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/343354-franken-not-good-enough-for-trump-jr-manafort-to-not-testify-under-oath

Jeb Bush calls out Republicans silent on Trump's Russia probe

BY JOHN BOWDEN - 07/22/17 06:31 PM EDT

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) on Saturday called out Republicans for not speaking out about the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Speaking at the OZY Fest in New York City on Saturday, the Florida Republican and former opponent to President Trump gave the crowd a series of rules for politics, what he called "Jeb's rules."

The first rule wasn't caught on camera, but Bush's second "rule" spoke directly to the Russia investigation swirling around the Trump administration.

"If your opponent does things that you, your head explodes on, if Barack Obama did something as it's related to Russia, you say 'this is outrageous,' all this stuff, then when your guy does the same thing, have the same passion to be critical," Bush said.

The remark caused the room to erupt in cheers.


GOP senator: It is in Trump's 'best interest' to sign Russia sanctions bill

Source: The Hill


The Senate's third-ranking Republican said on Sunday that President Trump should sign the Russia sanctions bill expected to pass Congress, saying it is in the president's "best interest."

“I think that in the end the administration will come to the conclusion that an overwhelming majority of congress has and that is that we need to sanction Russia for their meddling in the U.S. election. That I think will pass overwhelmingly again in the senate with a veto proof majority," Sen. John Thune (South Dakota) told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."

“I think it is in his best interest for a lot of reasons to sign it, and I believe he will," he added. Thune's comments come before the House votes on the legislation aimed at limiting the Trump administration's ability to lift sanctions on Russia.

The legislation passed 98-2 in the Senate last month. The White House has expressed trepidations about the legislation, saying it could hinder its diplomatic relationship with Russia. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who appeared with Thune, said that the Senate would override a Trump veto.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/343361-gop-senator-it-is-in-trumps-best-interest-to-sign-russia-sanctions

Schiff: Trump 'clearly worried' about his finances in Russia probe

Source: The Hill


Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday that President Trump is “clearly worried” that the special counsel investigation could include his finances in the Russia probe.

“The president is clearly worried,” about accusations that Russia laundered money through the Trump Organization, Schiff told CBS’s Face the Nation. “What concerns me the most is anything that could be help over the president’s head that could influence US policy,” Schiff added.

Schiff’s concerns come after Trump in an interview last week said it would be “a violation” for special counsel Robert Mueller investigate his or his family’s finances beyond looking for potential ties between Trump’s campaign staff members and the Kremlin.

“I think that’s a violation. Look, this is about Russia,” Trump told The New York Times.


Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/343363-schiff-trump-clearly-worried-about-finances

New WH Comms Director Tries To Cast Doubt On Russia Probe, Cites...Trump

Source: Talking Points Memo

By ESME CRIBB Published JULY 23, 2017 11:14 AM

Anthony Scaramucci, newly appointed White House communications director, on Sunday tried to cast doubt on the basis for the federal investigation into possible collusion by members of President Donald Trump’s campaign with the Russian effort to interfere in the 2016 election.

“I worked intensely on that campaign and I think that the Russian situation is completely overblown,” Scaramucci said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Scaramucci cited senior White House adviser Jared Kushner’s upcoming testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“I’m confident that tomorrow when Jared Kushner speaks, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed in saying this to you, it’ll probably be the last time he has to talk about Russia,” he said.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/anthony-scaramucci-tries-to-cast-doubt-russia-probe


Sanders, Scaramucci On Different Pages About WH Support For Sanctions Bill

By ESME CRIBB Published JULY 23, 2017 10:54 AM

Top White House communications staffers on Sunday gave differing statements on whether President Donald Trump will sign legislation imposing tough new sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 election and its annexation of Crimea.

Congressional leaders on Saturday reached an agreement on a sanctions bill, despite the White House’s reported push to ease sanctions as recently as March. According to the New York Times, the House is scheduled to vote on the legislation on Tuesday.

“He hasn’t made the decision yet to sign that bill, one way or the other,” newly minted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

On CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Scaramucci said he did not “know the answer to whether or not” Trump will sign the legislation. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on ABC News’ “This Week” nevertheless indicated that Trump supports the legislation as it currently stands.

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