* David Nakamura has the deets on the administration’s next immigration proposal:
President Trump’s immigration proposal to Congress will include a path to citizenship for an estimated 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants, White House officials said Thursday, more than twice the number of “dreamers” who were enrolled in a deferred action program Trump terminated last fall.
The figure represents a significant concession to Democrats but is likely to produce sharp blowback among conservative Republicans, even as the White House cast the move as one piece of an immigration framework that would significantly tighten border control laws.
Trump’s plan, which will be formally sent to the Senate on Monday, also includes a $25 billion “trust fund” for a border wall and additional security upgrades on both the southwest and northern U.S. borders. And the president will propose significant curbs to legal immigration channels, restricting the ability of U.S. citizens to petition for visas only for spouses and minor children and ending categories for parents and siblings. Both of those provisions are likely to engender fierce objections among liberal Democrats.
Democrats should just suggest inserting a provision provided for the word TRUMP to be written on the wall every mile, and he’ll give them whatever they ask for.
* Matt Zapotosky and Devlin Barrett report that another part of the Republican FBI conspiracy theory is going down:
The Department of Justice inspector general says he has recovered missing text messages from two senior FBI officials who investigated both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and exchanged notes critical of the president.
In a letter to congressional leaders, Inspector General Michael Horowitz said his office “succeeded in using forensic tools” to recover messages between senior FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page during a key five-month period ending the day special counsel Robert S. Mueller III was appointed to investigate possible coordination between the Kremlin and Trump’s campaign. The missing messages have sparked a political firestorm in recent days, as GOP leaders and the president himself have raised questions about how the FBI could have failed to retain them.
I look forward to Republicans taking totally mundane texts out of context and going crazy over them. “He said ‘Let’s go out for drinks after work’! What is that code for?!?!”
The Senate Judiciary Committee intends to release transcripts of its interviews with President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., and others who participated in a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer allegedly promising damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said Thursday that the committee would disclose “all witness interviews that we have done related to that meeting,” making them available to the public “for everyone to see.” The committee’s interviews, which were conducted behind closed doors, are complete, he added.
Grassley said the transcripts must be redacted first. It was not immediately clear when that process will be complete. Two of the five transcripts still require legal vetting as well, he said. When asked whether public testimony from these witnesses has been ruled out now, the senator said, “I wouldn’t say anything’s off table, but (it’s) not likely.”
I’m sure that a genius like Donny ran circles around the Democrats on the committee. Should be interesting.
* A new Quinnipiac poll finds Trump’s approval at a soaring 36-58, even as 63 percent say he does not supply the U.S. with moral leadership, and 67 percent say he is not a good role model for children.
* Jia Tolentino reports on how the backlash to #MeToo is already in full swing.
* Robert Schlesinger tracks the descent of Trump’s defenders into full blown hysteria.
* And that new Quinnipiac poll we mentioned above also finds that 72 percent of Republicans say Trump is a good role model for children. I just…I mean…sigh.