Amid a week of explosive headlines with talk of impeachment swirling, the Trump reelection team is in fundraising mode.
After crying “sabotage” in email and text fundraising messages yesterday, the campaign cashed in, raising $314,000 between the campaign and Republican National Committee’s joint fundraising committee. According to a release from Trump’s campaign, it’s a “one-day record for digital fundraising.”
Meanwhile, House Democrats announced that their campaign arm has smashed fundraising records ahead of midterms, raising $20 million since the start of the year.
A top Republican has clarified that while former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn hasn’t yet cooperated with the Senate Intelligence Committee, his lawyers have “not yet indicated their intentions” regarding a subpoena issued last week for documents relevant to the panel’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
North Carolina Republican and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr made the clarification after earlier asserting the committee believed he was refusing to comply with the Congressional subpoena. He said this was not a surprise, as Flynn had been giving the committee radio silence on previous requests even before the subpoena was issued last week.
The committee has heard from fired FBI Director James Comey, but has not yet received documents from him.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan wants everyone to know that the turmoil currently roiling the White House will not imperil Congress from tackling the issues.
“We can walk and chew gum at the same time,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said at a press conference, attempting to turn the conversation back to the GOP agenda.
He didn’t get far: a reporter asked if he’d prefer to be working with Vice President Mike Pence.
“Good grief,” Ryan said, refusing to answer the question.
Leading Republicans are struggling to defend the president’s decision to hire Michael Flynn as national security adviser in the wake of news that Flynn had warned the transition team he was under federal investigation.
Here, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Rep. Jason Chaffetz is pressed on the matter not once, not twice, not thrice, but four times, before finally conceding that Flynn “probably shouldn’t have” been hired.
Looks like Russia isn’t the only story of the day.
News broke Thursday morning that former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes had died. The TV mogul left the company he built earlier this year in the wake of a former anchor’s lawsuit and numerous allegations of sexual harassment.
The cause of death is not yet known publicly.
“I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning surrounded by his beautiful family,” wife Elizabeth Ailes said in a statement.
Did you sleep last night? Well, then you might have missed a lot of news, because this media storm isn’t taking a break.
Here are the must-read stories you might have missed overnight.
“With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel appointed!” the president Tweeted this morning. (And it’s spelled “counsel,” by the way.)
A survivor of one of the more contentious periods in recent U.S. political history, Mueller, 72, commands rare bipartisan support for someone who has been so prominent in national affairs for so long.
“Despite this warning, which came about a month after the Justice Department notified Mr. Flynn of the inquiry, Mr. Trump made Mr. Flynn his national security adviser. The job gave Mr. Flynn access to the president and nearly every secret held by American intelligence agencies.”