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Congress punctures Trump’s infrastructure and aviation plans, in one day

John Cornyn punctures Trump's infrastucter and aviation plans

President Donald Trump’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan may not pass Congress this year, a key GOP lawmaker said Tuesday — shortly before a Trump-backed proposal to split up the Federal Aviation Administration collapsed as well.

Though expected, the two developments delivered major legislative blows for an administration that rolled into office banking on big populist wins on transportation.

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Key Trump aide Hope Hicks doesn't answer questions on time at White House

Hope Hicks refused to answer questions of her time in the WHWhite House communications director Hope Hicks is not answering questions about her time in the White House or the presidential transition during her closed-door House Intelligence Committee testimony Tuesday, according to lawmakers on the committee.

A source familiar with her testimony says the attorney for Hicks told the committee that she will not discuss matters after the campaign in accordance with the White House request. When asked about certain matters, her attorney says she will "take it under advisement" but not answer those questions, the source said.
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Senate intelligence panel may miss target for election security recommendations

Burr and Warner: Senators hold hearings at intel committee session

The Senate Intelligence Committee may miss its target for making election security recommendations to states facing potential Russian disruption during the midterms — but its GOP chairman is eyeing a contingency plan.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and the panel's Democratic vice chairman, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, have long eyed next week's first congressional primaries as their ideal date to release election-protection recommendations. The intelligence committee's counsel to states would amount to the first formal fruits of their yearlong bipartisan investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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House Democrats release intelligence memo defending DOJ, FBI investigation

Adam Schiff authors Memo refuting GOP liesHouse Intelligence Committee Democrats on Saturday released their memo defending the Justice Department (DOJ) and FBI against allegations of surveillance abuses made in a memo by committee Republicans.

The 10-page Democratic memo charges that the Republican memo was wrong to assert that the FBI's investigation of Russian election meddling resulted from the creation of the so-called Steele dossier — an unverified private intelligence document detailing Trump's ties to Russia.

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Democratic memo: Here are 6 key points in Schiff's rebuttal

Democratic memo released

A redacted version of the Democratic response to a memo alleging that the FBI and Justice Department abused their power to conduct surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was released Saturday.

The 10-page document compiled by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., pushes back on a number of claims Republicans made in a memo that was released earlier this month, throwing details of the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election into an almost he-said-she-said story.

The memo's release was initially blocked by President Trump but was made public after a number of redactions. Here are some key takeaways:

1. FBI didn't rely solely on dossier

Democrats say the FBI did not rely on the controversial dossier written by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, which was in part funded by Democrats, when they started investigating Page.

The FBI was already investigating Page, who had been assessed to be an "agent of the Russian government," prior to the FBI receiving the dossier.

The timeline in the Democratic memo says the FBI decided to start its investigation into Carter in late July 2016. It received Steele's dossier in mid-September, more than six weeks later.

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Senate defeats Trump’s immigration plan

Durbin: senators defeat Trump's immigration billThe Senate defeated a GOP proposal based on President Donald Trump's immigration framework.

The plan would have offered a path to citizenship for "Dreamers" and increased border security while also cutting legal immigration.

The vote was 39-60, with 60 votes needed for approval.

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House panel launches investigation of Rob Porter's security clearance

Gowdy Committee to probe clearance in WHThe House Oversight Committee launched an investigation into the security clearance for former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter on Wednesday, escalating a growing controversy into what the White House knew about domestic violence allegations against President Trump's senior aide.

Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., sent letters to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and FBI Director Christopher Wray, demanding answers about who in the White House knew of the accusations by two ex-wives.

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