Jul 20, 2017

Grassley to subpoena Trump Jr., Manafort if they don't agree to testify

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is ready to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort if they do not agree to testify on Wednesday, RealClearPolitics reports. So far, neither has responded to the request and the deadline is this Friday.

Why this matters: Both of these scheduled testimonies would take place in a public setting (whereas Jared Kushner's on Monday will be private). Plus, the WSJ just raised the stakes for Manafort's potential testimony, with a report tonight that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating him for possible money laundering.

The only other time a sitting president's son has appeared before Congress was Neil Bush, George H. W. Bush's son, who appeared before the House Banking Committee in 1990, per RCP.

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Sanders requests recount of Iowa recanvass after results show shrunken margin

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Sen. Bernie Sanders said in a statement Tuesday night he will request a recount of the Iowa Democratic Party's recanvass results.

Where it stands: Both Buttigieg and Sanders requested partial recanvasses in Iowa last week after results were delayed and showed several errors following a software malfunction on caucus night.

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Energy deputy secretary nominee faces heat after contradicting Trump

Mark Menezes speaks at a forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 12. Photo: Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Trump administration officials are internally raising concerns about President Trump’s nominee for Energy deputy secretary, who appeared to openly contradict the president on nuclear waste storage at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain last week.

Driving the news: While speaking at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing last Wednesday, Mark Menezes told members of the panel that the Trump administration is still interested in storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain and that “what we're trying to do is to put together a process that will give us a path to permanent storage at Yucca."