This week's edition of The 45th newsletter.
Washington continues to be captivated by ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Following last week’s highly anticipated testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey, Attorney-General Jeff Sessions offered a fiery testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee overnight (Australian time). Sessions immediately refuted charges that his interactions with the Russian Ambassador last year were improper, declaring “I have never met with or had any conversations with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States.”
Many Republicans in Congress would rather focus on other priorities – like health care – but the Russia story is unlikely to go away soon. Fresh reports indicate that Russian cyberattacks hit systems in 39 US states last year, and President Trump’s surrogates are starting to attack and even openly discuss firing Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller
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