As President Donald Trump goes to Capitol Hill tonight for his first address to a Joint Session of Congress, both parties fully expect him to again sound the call for action on a repeal of the Obama health law, though GOP lawmakers in Congress admit they still don’t have an internal agreement on how best to replace the Obama health law.
Back from a ten day break, the U.S. Senate on Monday evening easily approved President Donald Trump’s nominee for Commerce Secretary, but Democrats again made clear they would not allow swift action on several other Trump Cabinet nominees, as Republicans again protested the extended delays.
The accounting firm responsible for tallying Oscar votes and keeping up with envelopes containing the winners has apologized for the Best Picture gaffe at the end of Sunday’s Academy Awards, but President Donald Trump believes the mix-up was actually about him.
The FBI released on Monday another 100 pages from the investigation into the private email server used by Hillary Clinton during her time as Secretary of State, with some of the documents laying bare a battle between the State Department and FBI over the handling of some of Clinton’s possibly classified emails.
Maybe the most interesting items involves a dispute with Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy, whom the FBI says pressured agents to change the classification of a document from “classified” to “unclassified.”
The document claims Kennedy offered a “quid pro quo” to the FBI for the classification change, saying the State Department would then allow the FBI “to place more Agents in countries where they are presently forbidden.”
The FBI documents redacted the name of someone who told investigators, that the belief was the State Department was trying to ‘minimize’ political fallout over Clinton’s emails, and any classified material contained therein.
Other documents indicate the dispute involved a document related to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi – as the FBI accused Kennedy of wanting to change the classification to “allow him to archive the document in the basement” of the State Department, “never to be seen again.”
The newly released FBI documents also detail the investigation into the private companies that dealt with Clinton’s email server.
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.