“Amid new signs that special counsel Robert Mueller is pursuing an obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump, Republicans in Congress have intensified their own investigations of the Justice Department’s and FBI’s handling of inquiries into Trump’s ties to Russia.
Tuesday brought several dramatic developments in the Russia saga, including the news that Mueller recently interviewed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the first Cabinet official known to be questioned in the investigation. The New York Times also reported that former FBI Director James Comey was interviewed by Mueller last year.” MORE
“There is no one, absolutely no one, in Congress who is more of a champion” for Trump, said former GOP Rep. Tom Reynolds, who, like Collins, represented suburban Buffalo and rural areas stretching east to Rochester. “It’s not just the state: I’ve known of members of Congress from other states who look to him for advice in trying to work through some issues.” MORE
“Sources familiar with the proposed merger told POLITICO that the DOJ issued an ultimatum to the companies Monday — that they either sell Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting, which includes CNN as well as networks like TBS and TNT, or shed satellite television provider DirecTV. The sources said it’s clear the real sticking point for the government is CNN, whose coverage of the administration has become a frequent target of Trump’s anger.” MORE
“Once again, Trump is perpetuating an offensive lie and stirring up minority resentment to please his base, and GOP members of Congress are too spineless to reject it.” MORE
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a vocal opponent of the Obama-era program, will do the job instead on Tuesday. And he won’t be taking questions.” MORE