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Chaffetz Wants Charges for Former Clinton Aide
Former State Department employee who set up private email server refused to testify

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, was criticized by ranking Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, who said apparently Chaffetz and President Donald Trump “are the only two people in Washington today who think we should still be investigating Secretary Clinton.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz is seeking charges for a former State Department employee who helped Hillary Clinton set up her private email server.

Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking to convene a grand jury or charge Bryan Pagliano, The Associated Press reported.

Congress Split on How to Proceed on Flynn
House, Senate lawmakers differ on probe of former national security adviser

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., center, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., conduct a news conference Wednesday in the Capitol on investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Lawmakers who oversee intelligence are struggling with how to investigate reports that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had inappropriate contact with Russian officials and later misled the White House about it.

The top Republican and Democrat on the House Select Intelligence Committee offered dueling perspectives on a path forward on their panel’s probe; Senate Democrats coalesced around a plan with the Intelligence Committee taking the lead, something their GOP colleagues support; Senate Democrats also said the Judiciary Committee could play an investigatory role, and some lawmakers are still sending signals they want an independent commission in on the action.

Tim Kaine on the Constitution’s ‘230-Year Checkup’
Virginia senator says Trump presidency is ‘living experiment’ on overreach

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine said last Friday that the Constitution is being tested under Donald Trump’s presidency. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

FAIRFAX, Va. — Sen. Tim Kaine says that with President Donald Trump in office, Americans are in a “living experiment” to see whether or not the Constitution still works to check executive power. 

Given the roles that sons of the commonwealth played in crafting the Constitution, perhaps it is no surprise that a Virginia senator would make the case that the relevancy of the document itself will be tested by the 45th president.

Justin Trudeau’s Day of Trump and Trade
Canadian PM gets an earful about dairy industry from Paul Ryan

President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed trade issues on Monday at the White House. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump signaled Monday after meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that his promised revisions to a decades-old trade pact among the United States, Canada and Mexico would hit his southern neighbor harder than the one to the north.

The president’s remarks came as House Speaker Paul D. Ryan was also wading into trade issues with the Canadian leader, especially ones that affect industries near and dear to Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin. 

Did McConnell Put Warren Right Where He Wants Her?
Senate GOP boss elevates left‘s hero, maybe because she‘s not strongest 2020 Democratic option

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may be hoping that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren becomes the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in 2020. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sure, he’s a really buttoned-down guy working to prevent the Senate from getting totally bottled-up, but there are solid reasons to suspect Mitch McConnell wants a “Nevertheless, she persisted” hoodie as much as anyone.

The majority leader is obviously much more Brooks Brothers than Raygun. Still, he may well realize that his latest grandmaster move in the never-ending game of electoral chess requires ditching the rep stripe tie in favor of some printed-on-demand slogan swag.

Democrats Try to Reconcile Positions on Travel Ban, 2015 Measure
2015 legislation would have strengthened the vetting process

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., was one of the members of Congress who voted for the SAFE Act but says President Donald Trump’s order goes further. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Virginia Democrat Gerald Connolly was among many elected officials at Washington Dulles International Airport who wanted to speak to detainees after President Donald Trump issued an executive order that severely restricted travel from seven majority-Muslim nations.

Connolly tweeted numerous photos of himself, along with fellow Democratic Reps. Don Beyer Jr. of Virginia and Jamie Raskin and John Delaney of Maryland.

Ryan Dodges Trump’s ‘Tweet of the Hour’ — Again
Speaker says he does more than hang out on Twitter all day

President Donald Trump’s tweets are growing on House Speaker Paul D. Ryan. The two are seen here with Vice President Mike Pence at the congressional Republicans’ retreat in Philadelphia last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is continuing to to brush off addressing near-daily controversial tweets from President Donald Trump.

On Thursday, Ryan dismissed questions asking him to respond to a tweet by Trump, which called an agreement by the Obama administration to take refugees from Australia a “dumb deal.”

In Gorsuch, Trump Saw Plenty of Scalia-Like Qualities
President hopes ‘Democrats and Republicans can come together’ around nominee

President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with Judge Neil Gorsuch after nominating him to the Supreme Court during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday evening. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump’s own description of what he wanted in a Supreme Court nominee sounded a lot like the late Justice Antonin Scalia. And though he opted for reality show-like drama, Trump made it clear he believes his pick, Neil Gorsuch, would follow Scalia’s example.

Trump, the former “Apprentice” host and executive producer, used some reality television-like flair to announce his pick, keeping Gorsuch and his wife, Louise, sequestered just outside the White House’s East Room. He came out alone, and minutes later, summoned them from behind an ornate brown door.

John McCain Wants Tough Talk From Trump About Russia
Senate Armed Services chairman wants Trump to call Ukraine incursion illegal

Arizona Sen. John McCain, left, shown here with Defense Secretary James Mattis, said he has some questions for President Donald Trump on Russia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

PHILADELPHIA — Ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to the Republican issues retreat on Thursday, Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain said he wants to hear from the president about Russia.

“I want to hear him say that Vladimir Putin has illegally annexed Crimea and … taken parts of the Ukraine. He has used his aircraft with precision weapons to attack hospitals in Aleppo — the clear definition of a war crime,” the Arizona Republican told reporters.

Trump Orders Taxpayer Funds to Pay For Border Wall
Democrats call Mexico reimbursement idea ‘a broken promise’

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed two executive orders related to domestic security and to begin the process of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

In a much-anticipated move, President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a directive ordering federal funds to be diverted to begin building a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

While Trump long promised during the presidential campaign to build a wall, he insisted Mexico would pay for it, and the decision to use taxpayer funds and later seek reimbursement from Mexico is a hugely contentious move.