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White House rejects request for documents on Trump-Putin meetings

Putin and Trump
Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Image

White House counsel Pat Cipollone sent a letter to top House Democrats on Thursday rejecting their request for documents related to President Trump's conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Politico reports.

Details: Addressing the chairs of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees, Cipollone argued: “The committees’ letters cite no legal authority for the proposition that another branch of the government can force the president to disclose diplomatic communications with foreign leaders or that supports forcing disclosure of the confidential internal deliberations of the president’s national security advisors."

Felix Sater to face House hearing on Trump Tower Moscow project

Felix Sater
Donald Trump, Tevfik Arif and Felix Sater attend the Trump Soho Launch Party on Sept. 19, 2007, in New York. Photo: Mark Von Holden/WireImage

Russian-born real estate developer Felix Sater will publicly testify before the House Intelligence Committee on March 27 after previously delaying his appearance due to scheduling issues.

Why it matters: Sater is expected to discuss his work with Michael Cohen on building a Trump Tower in Moscow — a project that helped land Cohen a 3-year prison sentence after he lied to Congress about how long negotiations extended into the 2016 presidential campaign.

Donald Tusk: Short Brexit extension only if Parliament backs May's deal

Donald Tusk
Photo: Aris Oikonomou/AFP/Getty Images

European Council President Donald Tusk said at a hastily arranged press statement on Wednesday that a Brexit extension until the end of June, requested by U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May earlier in the day, would only be possible if Parliament backs May's proposed deal.

Why it matters: Tusk's position — at least right now — effectively forces the U.K. to choose between May's deal and no deal as Brexit Day looms in 9 days. The House of Commons has twice rejected May's deal by significant margins, and Speaker John Bercow ruled this week that the chamber cannot vote on "the same proposition or substantially the same proposition" a third time.

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