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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump revokes security clearance for former CIA Director John Brennan

  • Giuliani: Trump's lawyers are ready to fight subpoena 'before the Supreme Court'

  • Jury to begin deliberations Thursday in Manafort fraud trial

  • Democrats win turnout battle in Tuesday primaries

  • Generic ballot polls find solid Democratic advantage

President Trump has revoked security clearance for John Brennan, the former director of the CIA. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the decision Wednesday, reading a statement from Trump at the press briefing that claimed Brennan had displayed "erratic conduct," including "wild outbursts on the internet and television." Brennan has been a frequent critic of Trump. Per Sanders, the White House is additionally considering rescinding clearance for other officials, such as former FBI agent Peter Strzok; former national security officials Susan Rice, James Clapper, and Michael Hayden; and current Justice Department official Bruce Ohr. Sanders denied that revoking the security clearances was a form of retaliation against those who have chosen to publicly criticize Trump.

Source: CBS News, The Week

Rudy Giuliani told The Washington Post on Wednesday that President Trump's legal team is waiting to hear back from Special Counsel Robert Mueller about terms for a presidential interview, and they are preparing a rebuttal in case there is a subpoena. "We would move to quash the subpoena," Giuliani said. "And we're pretty much finished with our memorandum opposing a subpoena." Giuliani, Trump's lead lawyer when it comes to the Russia probe, said his colleagues are prepared to "argue it before the Supreme Court, if it ever got there." Mueller's team and Trump's lawyers have been trying for months to come to an agreement over interviewing Trump, and last week, Trump's attorneys sent Mueller a letter stating Trump would not answer any possible obstruction of justice questions.

Source: The Washington Post

On Thursday morning, the jury in Paul Manafort's federal trial will start deliberations. President Trump's former campaign chairman is facing 18 charges of tax evasion, money laundering, and bank fraud. On Wednesday, they heard closing arguments from both sides, with prosecutor Greg Andres saying Manafort "lied to keep more money when he had it, and he lied to get more money when he didn't," and the defense arguing that Manafort was so rich, he didn't need to hide money. The trial is being held in Alexandria, Virginia, and the jury is comprised of six men and six women. If convicted, Manafort could be sent to prison for the rest of his life.

Source: The Washington Post

Democrats outperformed Republicans with regards to turnout in all four states that held primary elections Tuesday, boosting the party's hopes for a blue wave this fall. NBC News specifically cited Wisconsin as a troubling sign for Republicans: Democratic voters outnumbered Republicans by nearly 82,000 in the Badger State on Tuesday, despite the ultra-competitive GOP Senate primary there. Minnesota, Connecticut, and Vermont also held primaries Tuesday. In Minnesota, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty lost the Republican gubernatorial primary to underdog Jeff Johnson, while Rep. Keith Ellison won the Democratic primary for state attorney general just days after he was accused of domestic abuse. Christine Hallquist won Vermont's Democratic gubernatorial primary, becoming the first transgender candidate to win a major party's nomination for governor.

Source: The Week, NBC News

Just one day after another round of primary elections, two polls found Democrats enjoying a solid lead over Republicans on the generic ballot. Per a CNN/SSRS poll released Wednesday, if congressional elections were held today, 52 percent of registered voters would pick the Democratic candidate compared to just 41 percent who would choose the Republican. A second poll, from Quinnipiac, found similar results albeit with a slightly slimmer margin, with 51 percent of respondents opting for the Democrat and 42 percent for the Republican. Democrats are banking on their generic ballot lead to translate to victory come fall, and they're additionally hoping to benefit from high voter turnout. Back in June, a nationwide poll using a generic ballot found Democrats with an 8-point lead.

Source: Quinnipiac University, CNN
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