Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office is preparing to reveal to the public a different side of his investigation after focusing on Russia, the Daily Beast reports.
In court filings that are set to drop in early 2019, prosecutors will begin to unveil Middle Eastern countries’ attempts to influence American politics, unnamed sources told the Daily Beast. The report says that while one part of the Mueller team has indicted Russian spies and troll-masters, another has been spending its time focusing on how Middle Eastern countries pushed cash to Washington politicos in an attempt to sway policy under President Donald Trump’s administration.
Freshmen steering clear of finance panel: The Washington Post writes the biggest Democratic freshman class of lawmakers since Watergate is mostly steering clear of seeking seats on the House Financial Services Committee. One reason behind it: more than half the Democratic members of the incoming class — 36 of 63 soon-to-be lawmakers — campaigned on pledges to refuse corporate PAC money, as the Post writes. That has diminished the allure of the Financial Services Committee as a post offering the opportunity to fundraise from the banking, insurance, and real-estate sectors.
Christie, Trump meet: Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie met with Trump Thursday evening and is considered to be a top contender for White House chief of staff, Axios reports. Trump said Thursday that he’s down to five finalists.
No plan to avoid shutdown: With a partial government shutdown a week away, the Hill reports congressional Republicans don’t have a plan to avoid it. “There is no discernable plan, none that’s been disclosed,” Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn said when asked how Trump and GOP leaders would avoid a shutdown. The Hill reports Republican lawmakers are waiting on Trump to signal what kind of funding bill he’s willing to sign into law in the face of Democratic opposition to spending any new money on a border wall.
“Everybody is looking to him for a signal about what he wants to do and so far it’s not clear,” Cornyn said of the president.