Good Monday morning!
Here’s your Morning Briefing:
Arrest Related To Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Investigation Could Happen As Early As Today:Embed from Getty Images
CNN reported Friday night that a grand jury has approved the first indictment in Mueller’s investigation. However, there is very little know about who will be indicted. A lawyer for Paul Manafort, the former chairman of the Donald Trump campaign who’s been a central figure in the probe, said they were not aware of Manafort being indicted.
However, after FBI agents raided Manaforts house in July, reports said that Mueller warned Manafort he could be indicted.
CNN says the arrests could happen as soon as Monday, however because of the secrecy of the investigation and the grand jury process, we won’t know until the individual (or individuals) are arrested.
Conservatives pointed out that news of the indictment came within hours of a different report that said the conservative Washington Free Beacon retained Fusion GPS to compile research on Republican presidential candidates.
And days after The Washington Post reported that the Clinton campaign retained Fusion GPS to conduct anti-Trump research.
Speaking Of Indictments:
President Trump fired of some angry tweets Sunday morning, calling for “something” to be done about the alleged corruption of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.
For their part, Democrats were quick to say that Trump was simply trying to distract from the impending indictment related to Mueller’s investigation.
Tax Reform Bill Could Actually Be Coming Soon:
Now that the House of Representatives and the Senate have approved of a budget, the Congress can now begin work on tax reform legislation — and we may see a version of the legislation as soon as the week.
While passing the budget allows the Senate to pass legislation through the budget reconciliation process, requiring only 51 votes, there’s still a long road ahead before it gets to the President’s desk.
And as we saw with the Obamacare repeal and replace bill, the budget reconciliation bill may not may matters any easier.