Top News Stories For Today – June 13, 2017

Top News Stories For Today – June 13, 2017

Sessions to testify today

Jeff Sessions Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. Sessions indicated in a letter Saturday he will appear before the committee to respond to fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony about him; Sessions is implicated in the committee’s Russia probe. In a statement Monday, the Justice Department said Sessions hopes the hearing will be public, as he “believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him,” but ABC’s Mike Levine reported Monday that Sessions may invoke executive privilege to avoid answering questions about his discussions with President Trump before Trump abruptly fired Comey on May 9. Reuters, The Associated Press, The Week

Trump Considering firing Robert Mueller

Robert MuellerPresident Trump might order the Justice Department to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is heading an investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and any ties to the Trump campaign, longtime Trump friend Christopher Ruddy told PBS NewsHour on Monday. Ruddy, chief executive of the conservative Newsmax Media, told PBS’ Judy Woodruff he thinks Trump is “considering perhaps terminating the special counsel. I think he’s weighing that option; I think it’s pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on televisions recently. I think it would be a very significant mistake.” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Ruddy was at the White House on Monday but did not meet with Trump. “Chris Ruddy speaks for himself,” he said. Trump could order Mueller fired, though there would be a political cost. The New York Times, The Washington Post , The Week



Senate GOPs won’t release draft health-care bill

Senate GOPs won't release draft health-care billSenate Republicans do not plan to publicly release their draft health-care bill, two senior Senate GOP aides tell Axios. The draft is expected to be completed Monday evening. One of the aides explained that Senate Republicans are “still in discussions about what will be in the final product, so it is premature to release any draft absent further member conversations and consensus.”

By not releasing a draft of the GOP-backed American Health Care Act, Republicans will likely further enrage Democrats already irked about the lack of transparency surrounding the writing of the plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Senate Republicans are eyeing a vote on the bill before the July 4 recess. Axios



Dennis Rodman to visit North Korea

Dennis RodmanRetired basketball Hall-of-Famer Dennis Rodman is to land in Pyongyang on Tuesday, according to a report from CNN. Two officials who spoke to the news network said Rodman, 56, is visiting the country ruled by dictator Kim Jong Un.

Rodman described Kim as his “best friend” in January 2014, the last time he visited the country. Tensions have increased dramatically between the United States and North Korea since that time. North Korea has already launched several missiles in 2017 – most recently firing four anti-ship cruise missiles that each flew about 124 miles. A senior Trump administration official told Fox News that Rodman is “going as a private citizen.” UPI


Lawmakers Press for Release of Trump-Comey Tape

James Comey FBI confirm Russia probe, debunks Trump’s wiretapRepublican lawmakers are pressing the White House to release tapes of key conversations President Donald Trump had with fired FBI director James Comey, if the recordings exist.

The tapes would likely settle the issue of whether Trump at a White House dinner in February urged Comey, then leading the FBI’s probe of Russian meddling in last year’s U.S. presidential election, to drop the agency’s investigation of Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. VOA


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Top News Stories For Today - June 13, 2017
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Top News Stories For Today - June 13, 2017
Sessions to testify today Trump Considering firing Robert Mueller Senate GOPs won't release draft health-care bill Dennis Rodman to visit North Korea Lawmakers Press for Release of Trump-Comey Tape
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