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Indictment: Congressional Candidate Sought Info From Russians
Request for info from Russian operatives came in August 2016

The indictment of 12 Russian military officers for attempting to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election revealed that a candidate for Congress sought information from Russia.

The indictment stated that on Aug. 15, 2016, the conspirators posing as the “Guccifer 2.0” online persona received a request for stolen documents from a congressional candidate.

Clark Bill Would Keep Guns From Those Convicted of Animal Cruelty
Massachusetts Democrat cites study linking animal abuse and future violence

Massachusetts Rep. Katherine M. Clark has proposed legislation that would prevent people convicted of animal cruelty from accessing firearms.

Clark said her bill would close an existing loophole and cited a study from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Northeastern University linking animal abuse and future violence, MassLive reported.

Trump Tweets Endorsement for Gaetz From London
Freshman Florida congressman who has been ardent Trump supporter faces primary challenge

President Donald Trump tweeted his support of Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz ahead of Florida’s primary.

Trump tweeted that Gaetz is “one of the finest and most talented people in Congress.”

Louie Gohmert Jabs at Strzok With Extramarital Affair Callout
‘You need your medication,’ Watson Coleman yells at Texas Republican after his remarks

Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert made his questioning of FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok personal Thursday when he brought up Strzok’s extramarital affair.

Strzok was testifying before a joint hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, where he defended himself against claims he allowed his personal biases to affect his investigation into alleged ties between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia.

Goodlatte Says Page Will Meet With Judiciary Committee Friday
Former FBI lawyer in Russia investigation controversy refused to meet Wednesday

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte said former FBI lawyer Lisa Page will meet with the committee for a “private interview” on Friday.

Goodlatte told CNN that he heard from Page’s lawyer Wednesday evening and that she agreed to the meeting. It was not clear if she will be under oath.

O’Rourke More Than Doubles Cruz’s Fundraising in Second Quarter
Democrat challenger raised $10.4 million compared to incumbent’s $4 million

Sen. Ted Cruz’s Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke raised more than double the amount the Republican incumbent raised in the second quarter of 2018.

O’Rourke’s campaign announced he raised $10.4 million in the most recent fundraising quarter from 215,714 individual contributions. 

Ryan Defends Jim Jordan, Criticizes Lisa Page
Says Ethics Committee doesn’t investigate accusations like those against Jordan

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan defended Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan on Wednesday as Jordan faces allegations he ignored sexual abuse while he was a college wrestling coach.

Ryan said he spoke with Jordan last weekend amid news Jordan’s nephew, a wrestler at the University of Wisconsin, was killed in a car accident.

Renacci Promises Not to Serve More Than Two Terms
Sen. Sherrod Brown’s campaign calls challenger’s pledge a ‘gimmick’

Ohio Senate candidate Rep. Jim Renacci pledged he would serve only two terms if he beats Democratic incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown.

Renacci signed a pledge in Cincinnati saying he would limit himself to two terms and tweeted a photo of himself.

Page’s Attorney Slams House Republicans’ ‘Bullying Tactics’
Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte says former FBI lawyer appears to have ‘something to hide’ in refusing subpoena

Updated 10:33 a.m. | The attorney for former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who refused to testify Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee, said her client plans to testify and that the committee’s “bullying tactics” are unnecessary.

In a statement released Wednesday, Amy Jeffress said Page requires more time.

Analysis: Why Conservatives Tolerate a Stormy Presidency
Kavanaugh picks shows why they were willing to tolerate him, while what they tolerate was performing across town

On Monday night, President Donald Trump held the big reveal of his Supreme Court reality show.

Ever the one for ratings, Trump knew he won “big league” with social conservatives last year when he nominated Neil Gorsuch to the high court.

Republicans in Ohio Stick by Jordan Amid Allegations
Timing looks fishy, state GOP leaders say

Republican leaders in Ohio’s 4th District are sticking by Rep. Jim Jordan amid allegations that he did not report sexual abuse while an assistant wrestling coach.

Matt Gilmore, chairman of the Mercer County Republican Party, said the allegations did not affect his opinion of Jordan and said as a lawyer, there is no way he would take the case of the accusers.

Schweikert Chief of Staff Resigns Amid Ethics Probe
Oliver Schwab is accused of being paid by Schweikert’s campaign more than what is allowed

Oliver Schwab, Arizona Rep. David Schweikert’s chief of staff, resigned as they both face an investigation by the House Ethics Committee

Schwab announced his resignation Monday, saying he was having surgery and will work as a U.S. Coast Guard licensed maritime captain, AZ Central reported. 

Gohmert Defends Jordan, Criticizes Accusers
Says one of the law firms investigating allegations is tied to Democrats

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert defended fellow Republican Rep. Jim Jordan from accusations that he knew about sexual abuse, praising Jordan’s character compared to that of his accusers.

Seven former wrestlers are accusing Jordan of having known about sexual abuse from Ohio State University team physician Dr. Richard Strauss, who committed suicide in 2005.

Connecticut Democrat Switches Parties Because of Blumenthal’s Son
Said he was forced out of state House race by state party after senator’s son announced candidacy

A Democratic candidate for Connecticut’s state legislature switched parties after he said the state party favored Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s son in the primary.

Anzelmo Graziosi told the Stamford Advocate that he filed to run for the House seat in February, but when Blumenthal’s son Matt Blumenthal announced he would run the following month, the state party stopped returning his calls.

Ethics Experts Request Investigation Into Jordan in Ohio State Scandal
Comes as Freedom Caucus told to stand by their man

Former Obama administration ethics czar Norm Eisen has filed a request with the Office of Congressional Ethics for the House Ethics Committee to launch an inquiry into Rep. Jim Jordan.

Eisen, who is chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, sent a letter to OCE on Monday asking it to investigate if Jordan is lying about whether he knew about sexual abuse while he was an assistant wrestling coach at The Ohio State University.

Warren Smacks Trump Back Over DNA Test
Says president is ‘too incompetent’ to reunite migrant families in time to meet court order

Sen. Elizabeth Warren ripped President Donald Trump on Twitter after he insulted her at a campaign rally in Montana.

On Thursday, Trump repeated his use of “Pocahontas,” a slur that he has used to demean Warren’s claiming Native American heritage.

Another Former Wrestler Says Jordan Knew of Abuse
Investigators looking into accusations Ohio State sent emails intended for Jordan to wrong address

A fourth former wrestler from Ohio State University is accusing Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of knowing about sexual abuse when he was an assistant wrestling coach there.

Shawn Dailey told NBC News he was groped several times by the team physician Dr. Richard Strauss. While Dailey said he did not directly report the abuse to Jordan, he said Strauss’ abuse was mentioned several times in locker room conversations that Jordan was involved in.

DNC Announces Hiring and Training Initiatives
One will match volunteers with the right campaign and the other will focus on organizing organizers

The Democratic National Committee announced two new initiatives to hire and train organizers for the 2018 midterm elections.

The first initiative, called the DNC Talent Bank, will allow anyone interested in working on a campaign to submit their resume and fill out a questionnaire to be matched with an appropriate campaign.

Jordan Denies Allegations, Says Accuser Is ‘Bullying’ Him
‘Never heard of abuse, and if we had, we’d have reported it,’ Ohio congressman says

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan denied allegations he knew of sexual abuse while he was an assistant wrestling coach and said the volume of email he’s getting from one accuser amounts to bullying.

Speaking at a tea party rally in Fremont, Ohio, on Wednesday Jordan said allegations made first by former wrestler Mike DiSabato to NBC News were false.

Hoyer Expected to Make ‘Full Recovery Quickly’ From Pneumonia
House minority whip was admitted to George Washington University Hospital on Tuesday

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer is expected to make a “full recovery quickly” after being hospitalized for pneumonia

Hoyer was hospitalized Tuesday at the George Washington University Hospital for pneumococcal pneumonia, spokeswoman Katie Grant said a statement.