Trump to tout apprenticeships as way to fill jobs gap

Lauren Perry
June 14, 2017

Though the Justice Department maintains that it has fully disclosed the extent of Sessions' foreign contacts past year, lawmakers have continued to press him for answers about an April 2016 event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, where both Sessions and Kislyak attended a foreign policy speech by Trump. He told reporters last week that he would discuss the possibility "in the very near future".

Yesterday, Schumer also said he would like to clear up the matter of whether Trump does indeed have tapes of his conversations with Comey, as the president has suggested.

Officials hoped that Ivanka Trump's involvement would make it less likely Trump would undermine the messaging of the week.

Mr Trump denied having asked for Mr Comey's loyalty or for an inquiry into his former national security adviser to be dropped. But he says the president "believes that the sooner we can get this addressed and dealt with" the better.

The Justice Department says Sessions looks forward to answering the committee's questions. He recused himself in March from a federal investigation into contacts between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign after acknowledging that he had met twice previous year with the ambassador. He said under oath at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign. The White House has repeatedly tried to shift the focus away from the content of Comey's allegations and onto the manner of their release.

"The Nixon example itself teaches us that executive privilege can be overcome, especially when the relevant information is potentially material for an ongoing criminal investigation", Vladeck said.

Conway stressed that Democratic Sen.

But also, Trumps private attorney Marc Kasowitz noted after the hearing, Comey admitted that he leaked memos of privileged conversations with the president in order to influence the investigation.

The Trump administration has yet to spell out how it would close the completion gap. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., once called him “sanctimonious” – the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation chief has enhanced his credibility by admitting to his role in leaks that supported him.

Comey testified that the FBI investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign did not extend to Trump himself during the time Comey was leading the FBI.

"It's great if we can all agree that apprenticeships are good", she said.

It would the second consecutive week in which the White House will make a push to show Trump is moving ahead on his top domestic priority - jobs - in spite of investigations into whether he had anything to do with possible Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Trump has remained relatively media shy since the Justice Department tapped former FBI Director Robert Mueller to be the special counsel looking into Russia's meddling into the 2016 election and the Trump campaign's possible ties to it. But few Democrats voiced such respect in 2016 when Comey reopened an investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clintons use of a home-brew server for government emails days before the November 2016 election.

Sessions is scheduled to testify Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee and was due for sharp questioning.

"By talking about the content of those conversations publicly by tweeting, the President has already disclosed in substance what happened", Lisa Kern Griffin, a professor at Duke University School of Law, told CNN.

Fellow Republicans, meanwhile, pressed Trump to come clean about whether he has tapes of private conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey and provide them to Congress if he does - or possibly face a subpoena.

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