Here’s where things stand heading into Day 70 of the Trump administration:
The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee stood side by side on Wednesday to address its investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 election and possible ties to the Trump campaign. They stood in contrast to the political discord on the House side, announcing that as soon as Monday, they’ll begin privately interviewing 20 people on the matter.
Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the Republican chairman of the committee, said staff is “within weeks” of completing a review of “thousands of pages” of documents the intelligence community has made available to them.
IVANKA TRUMP OFFICIALLY JOINS HER FATHER’S TEAM
Ivanka Trump’s attorney, Jamie Gorelick, said she will submit all financial disclosure and conflict-of-interest forms required of federal employees within 30 days. She also will seek a security clearance.
“We are pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as first daughter and in support of the president,” the White House said in a statement. “Ivanka’s service as an unpaid employee furthers our commitment to ethics, transparency, and compliance and affords her increased opportunities to lead initiatives driving real policy benefits for the American public that would not have been available to her previously.”
A ROLE FOR CHRIS CHRISTIE, AFTER ALL
He isn’t chief of staff or attorney general, but the New Jersey governor is the head of a newly launched commission charged with combating drug addiction.
Trump campaigned on ending the nation’s opioid crisis, and the formation of the Christie-led commission represents a step toward keeping his promise.
“Opioid abuse has become a crippling problem throughout the United States,” Trump said during a listening session at the White House on Wednesday. “This is a total epidemic. And I think it’s almost untalked-about, compared to the severity that we’re witnessing.”
This move to fulfill a campaign promise comes on the heels of Trump’s failure to fulfill one of his biggest pledges, the quick repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Will voters see it as an adequate consolation prize?