Senate leader McConnell asks for "little less drama" from White House

Cameron Gross
May 17, 2017

WASHINGTON ― Amid reports that President Donald Trump revealed classified intelligence to Russian leaders in the Oval Office, Republicans reacted with a now-familiar refrain: some expressions of dismay, some shrugging, and no suggestion from anyone in authority ― including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ― that Congress respond.

The interview was not the first time that McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, has expressed exasperation with Trump. A former intelligence official told CBS News Mr. Trump discussed "something inappropriate" in the meeting with Russian officials last week.

"As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety", Trump tweeted.

Garland's name began to surface as a possible replacement last week when GOP Sen.

Sen. John McCain called the reports "deeply disturbing".

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"The administration and intelligence community must immediately and fully brief the House Intelligence Committee on what, if anything, was shared with Russian officials, and whether it could impact either our sensitive sources and methods, or our intelligence-sharing relationships", he said in a statement. Reagan followed the custom of picking a judge, though not from across the aisle, with Republican William Sessions, a former judge in the Western District of Texas.

"Obviously they're in a downward spiral right now and they've got to figure out a way to come to grips [with] all that's happening", the chairman added. Aides have said he hopes for a full explanation from the White House.

Lee said Garland's political popularity among Democrats and his judicial record make him a flawless candidate to receive bipartisan support in the Senate. He said Congress will "fully fund" legislation passed previous year to address the nation's opioid-addiction crisis and to streamline the development and approval of new drugs by the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. Nearly eight in ten people - 78% - said they would prefer an investigation led by an independent prosecutor or independent commission.

One House Republican considered vulnerable in next year's midterm elections called the "inexplicable stories" from the White House "highly troubling". Another Republican whose name had been mentioned as a possible candidate, Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC, said Monday that he also had taken himself out of the running.

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