Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Garland friend: Judge happy in job, no interest in Federal Bureau of Investigation job

Garland friend: Judge happy in job, no interest in Federal Bureau of Investigation job

McConnell said an absence of drama would let the Republican Congress focus on its agenda of deregulation, tax reform and repealing and replacing Obamacare.

But two US intelligence officials told NBC News that many people inside the USA intelligence community dispute McMaster's characterization. Richard Burr, R-N.C., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in an email Tuesday that the committee had requested "additional information on recent reports about alleged dissemination of intelligence information" from the White House.

By late Monday night, no GOP leaders in the House or Senate had released statements supporting Trump after the disclosure, which was confirmed by multiple other media outlets. That event was already unsettling Republicans on Capitol Hill, but McConnell's reaction appeared created to mute any notion that GOP lawmakers might begin abandoning Trump. "And he certainly thinks he would be somebody that he could support", Josh Holmes, a former advisor to Mr McConnell, said on Fox News.

As the White House spread the word that they aren't interested in nominating Garland to be the next Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters on Capitol Hill that he recommended the former prosecutor to President Trump. McConnell's comments on his recommendation to the president came during an appearance Tuesday morning on Bloomberg Business.

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Trade Representative (USTR) tariff on motorcycles with an engine size of 50cc to 500cc imported from the European Union. The U.S. sugar lobby wants Mexico to export less refined sugar and has become emboldened since Trump took office.

The Post, citing current and former U.S. officials, says Trump shared details about an Islamic State terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, a Democrat, is the only member of Kentucky's congressional delegation besides McConnell that has commented on the issue. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., a former Army captain, said Tuesday during an interview on Hugh Hewitt's radio show. Turnbull called it "the bedrock of our national security". Brownlee said a resolution to the situation in Syria requires a concerted effort from the USA and Russian Federation. Comstock is one of the more vulnerable House Republicans, facing a tough re-election campaign in a district that voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton over Trump last fall by 10 points.

Democrats badgered Republicans to stand up to the president, and demanded access to the transcripts of Trump's meeting last week with two Russian diplomats. Administration officials denied claims that the move jeopardized American "sources and methods", but could not refute the substance of the Post's allegations.

Garland might be out, but Senate Republicans are actually on the right track here.

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