Feb 26, 2018

GOP committee heads don't want to investigate Trump's finances

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Six Republican leaders of congressional committees with a stake in the Russia investigation told CNN that they have no intention of investigating the finances of President Trump or his family. Their statements come as top Democrats have begun to push the issue, calling Trump's potential financial links to Russia a key part of any investigation.

I don't see the link at this stage. Deutsche Bank is a German bank — I don't see the nexus. ... I bet every big bank has a Russian customer somewhere.
— Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), leader of the House Russia investigation, to CNN

Their main defense: Redundancy. Top Republican leaders say that other investigations or committees are already handling that question, thus clearing them of the responsibility. That's the line from Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chair of the House Financial Services Committee, and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chair of the House Oversight Committee — who deferred, respectively, to the Intelligence Committee and Mueller investigations.

Be smart: No Congress is ever going to move to increase the scope of an investigation against a president of its own party. But should Democrats take back the House this fall, everything could change.

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Cuomo: Engaging in politics during coronavirus crisis is "anti-American"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a Monday press briefing that he won't get into a political tussle with President Trump — calling it "counterproductive" and "anti-American" — as his state deals with the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the country.

The backdrop: Trump said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" earlier Monday that Cuomo has received high polling numbers during the outbreak because New York has received federal aid.

Maryland and Virginia issue coronavirus stay-at-home orders

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued stay-at-home orders on Monday, with exceptions for residents engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: The states are the latest to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay home as of last week.

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