McConnell Backs Garland for FBI, Garland Not Interested

by Ben Pena May 17, 2017, 13:12
McConnell Backs Garland for FBI, Garland Not Interested

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday morning in an interview with Bloomberg News that "we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things".

That deal boosted defense spending while ignoring the White House's proposed $18 billion in cuts for the environment, health care and other domestic needs.

Republicans tried to highlight their push to replace ObamaCare during a weekly leadership press conference, but they were immediately peppered with questions about Trump.

"My major concern right now is that I don't know what the president said", Burr said.

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Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said selecting an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent to lead the agency would allow the nation to "reset".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) responded to the Washington Post's reporting that President Donald Trump had shared highly classified information with Russian Federation by saying that "we could do with a little less drama from the White House". "If you've ever wondered what you'd do if forced to decide between party and country, this is that moment", No. 2 Senate Democrat Dick Durbin of IL said in a tweet directed at Ryan.

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"The administration and intelligence community must immediately and fully brief the House Intelligence Committee on what, if anything, was shared with Russian officials, and whether it could impact either our sensitive sources and methods, or our intelligence-sharing relationships", he said in a statement.

McConnell seemed to have a change of heart about Garland now that his potential job title would change-echoing several other lawmakers who have come out in support of the idea in recent days. John McCain, who called the reports "deeply disturbing".

"It's very hard for a president to break laws related to classification", Sasse said Tuesday on Fox News.

Most Republican leaders - including McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and House Ways and Mean Committee Chair Kevin Brady - favor a deficit-neutral tax plan.

Senate Democrats have called for the White House to release a transcript of Trump's conversation with Kislyak and Lavrov.

The developing story is expected to consume Congress's attention, particularly as House members return later Tuesday from a week-long recess.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday dismissed the reports as "yet more nonsense" and said that Moscow doesn't "want to have to do anything with it", adding that "there is nothing to confirm or deny".


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