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Archive for December 4th, 2017


Huckabee: Mueller’s investigation needs to be investigated after FBI agent fired

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) is calling for an investigation into special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing Russia probe.   “There needs to be an investigation of the investigation,” Huckabee said Sunday on Fox News.
He said that if the investigation into the president and his former campaign aides stemmed from the allegations detailed in the unverified “Steele dossier,” then that is “entrapment.” 
“Was in fact this whole thing based on a phony dossier that was financed by the Hillary Clinton campaign and then the [Democratic National Committee]? If that’s the case, if something that was totally manufactured was then presented to federal investigators, to the FBI and said, ‘You need to investigate Donald Trump and his campaign.’ ”  “And they use that as a way to go after, electronically surveil members of the campaign including President Donald Trump and/or his staff, and that’s how they got all this stuff? That’s entrapment,” he said.
His remarks come a day after it was reported that Mueller removed Peter Strzok, a veteran FBI agent, from his team over the summer after an investigation revealed that he shared negative feelings about Trump over text messages.  Huckabee, a vocal supporter of the president, also questioned the credibility of the other investigators working on Mueller’s team because of their ties to the Democratic Party.  “A whole bunch of the investigators … are Hillary Clinton donors or supporters,” he said, adding that Mueller is a “close pal” of ousted FBI Director James Comey.
Trump has also publicly attacked Mueller’s integrity and investigation, which appears to be picking up steam.   Mueller on Friday brought charges against Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his contacts with top Kremlin officials.  Mueller and his team are broadly investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election, including whether Trump campaign aides’s colluded with the Russians.

White House Daily Briefing direct from the White House

Sent: Monday, December 04, 2017 12:37 PM
Subject: White House OPA Daily Briefing 12.4

Good afternoon, please see below for today’s daily briefing.

Today: The President’s Daily Schedule

This morning, President Donald J. Trump departed the White House for Joint Base Andrews, en route to Salt Lake City, UT.  The President will then arrive in Salt Lake City, UT, meet with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Leaders, and tour The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Welfare Square.  In the afternoon, the President will give remarks at the Utah State Capitol.  The President will then depart Salt Lake City, UT for Washington, D.C., en route to the White House.

 Today: 3 Articles to Read

Republicans push for final version of tax cut bill to meet year-end goal

Congressional Republicans say they are pressing forward after the Senate passed its $1.4 trillion tax cut bill late last week and that its differences with the House version shouldn’t create major roadblocks in the process as they look to send a bill to President Trump’s desk before year’s end.

November jobs report highlights economic news

After a couple of months of hurricane -related volatility, this week’s report on November payrolls could provide the first largely untainted reading of the labor market since summer. A relatively light week of economic news also features data on the service sector and consumer credit.

Dow soars 230 points higher to record as Street cheers Senate passing tax bill

U.S. stocks traded sharply higher on Monday as investor sentiment was boosted the Senate narrowly passing a major tax bill over the weekend.

Today: 3 Things to Know

The road ahead for tax reform

  • After a busy week of discussions and compromise, Senate Republicans backed up a major promise to the American people by passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act early Saturday morning.
  • The bill now advances to a congressional conference committee, which will reconcile any differences between the Senate’s version and similar legislation passed by the House last month. This process—an indispensable component of American democracy—will ensure that all voices are heard and that the final product sent to President Donald J. Trump later this month is the bill’s strongest version yet.
  • The President applauds the Senate for its work and looks forward to signing this momentous tax cut into law in time for Christmas.
  • Click here to read the full statement on the Senate vote.

What President Trump will tell Utah today

  • President Trump is traveling to Salt Lake City, Utah, today to deliver an important message at the State Capitol. In April, the President ordered an extensive review of all large federal land expansions made since 1996 under the Antiquities Act—a 1906 law intended to safeguard national monuments that’s become a pretext for massive federal land grabs.
  • That report will be released this week. When the President goes to Utah today, he will lay out his proclamation to modify the boundaries for both the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments, explaining how certain past abuses of the Antiquities Act have harmed local communities.
  • It’s an important decision worth illuminating clearly. Here’s what the President’s proclamation does:
  • Corrects past federal overreach
  • Protects objects of national significance and prioritizes public access
  • Facilitates infrastructure upgrades and maintenance
  • Ensures tribal cultural use
  • Protects hunting and fishing rights
  • Here’s what it doesn’t do:
  • Sell public lands wholesale
  • Close or shrink national parks
  • Drill for oil in national parks
  • Leave tribal artifacts or fossils unprotected

Watch the President’s speech live at 3:30 p.m. EST today.


December update on the President’s nominations

  • On Friday, President Trump sent 12 nominations to the Senate for approval, including Jeffrey DeWit of Arizona to be chief financial officer of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, James Williams of Utah to be chief financial officer of the Department of Labor, and Mark Schneider of the District of Columbia to be director of the Institute of Education Science at the Department of Labor.
  • Last week, President Trump nominated respected monetary economist Marvin Goodfriend of Pennsylvania to become a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • View the full list of nominations here.



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