Today in the Trump Administration
President Trump meets with Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings about lower prescription drug prices, 2:30 p.m.
GOP health-care plan
Two House committees — Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce — mark up the Obamacare replacement plan, 10:30 a.m.
What you missed yesterday
Rod Rosenstein dep AG says he’s “not in position” to make decision on special prosecutor yet
Ranking Judiciary Committee member Sen. Dianne Feinstein told Rosenstein in the hearing that she wanted to see a special prosecutor appointed, arguing that it would be in the public interest. When she asked him whether he would appoint a special prosecutor, he responded that Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch had been faced with a question on appointing a special prosecutor, and she rejected the request. She had confidence in the career attorneys at the Justice Department to look into the matter, he noted. Rosenstein also pointed out that the acting attorney general in the matter, Dana Boente. “He currently has full authority to appoint one,” and he has not.
Asked whether that could be taken as a “no,” Rosenstein said that he’s “simply not in a position to make that decision.” He also said, however, that he doesn’t presume that Lynch and Boente are correct in not appointing a special counsel. If he were to determine they’re wrong, “I would overrule them,” he told the panel.
Jeff Sessions updates Senate testimony on Russian contacts
After Attorney General Jeff Sessions came under fire for not disclosing two election-season meetings with the Russian Ambassador — a move that resulted in his recusal from investigations involving the Trump campaign and Russian contacts — Sessions on Monday sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee to update his testimony.
As he said during a press conference last week, Sessions defended the answers he gave during his Senate confirmation hearing in January, saying he answered the question correctly, as he’d interpreted it.
What you need to know about appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Trump – q & a
Who’s calling for a special prosecutor, and why?
Congressional Democrats, mostly. And they want one because they don’t think the Trump administration is capable of investigating itself when it comes to President Trump’s ties to Russia.
“We need a special prosecutor totally independent of [Attorney General Jeff Sessions],” Elizabeth Warren tweeted last week, after it was revealed that Sessions had an undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador before the election. “We need a real, bipartisan, transparent investigation into Russia.”
Trump incorrectly claims 122 Gitmo detainees released under Obama returned to battlefield
President Trump incorrectly claimed Tuesday that 122 Guantanamo Bay detainees who were released under the Obama administration have returned to the battlefield.
Jason Chaffetz says people have to choose between new iPhone and health care
In defending the new Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz suggested in an interview with CNN on Tuesday that lower-income Americans could face a choice between a new iPhone and their health-care insurance.
Citing the Kaiser Foundation, host Alisyn Camerota had asked Chaffetz whether it worried him that fewer people would be covered under the Republican bill.
Nancy Pelosi blasts House GOP health plan, discusses wiretapping claim
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday blasted House Republicans’ plan to replace Obamacare that they rolled out Monday evening.
“Just when you’ve seen it all, the Republicans go to a more extreme place. This will make millions of people — it’s a question of 10, 15, 20 million people off of having health insurance. It will be the biggest transfer of wealth from low-middle income people to wealthy people in our country,” the California Democrat said in an interview on “CBS This Morning.”
The measure would still include coverage for preexisting conditions and allow children to stay on their parents’ plans until age 26. Pelosi said that in order to cover preexisting conditions, you have to have a pool of people.
Fact-checking Trump linking 2013 Exxon plan to his policies to grow jobs
President Donald Trump is again citing corporate investments planned before he took office as evidence that his policies are growing jobs and business.
“We are already winning again, America!” he tweeted Monday after Exxon Mobil announced the latest details of an expansion initiative that actually began in 2013. “Buy American & hire American are the principals at the core of my agenda, which is: JOBS, JOBS, JOBS,” he said in another tweet thanking Exxon Mobil for the announcement.
It’s the latest in a string of corporate announcements about jobs and investments that date back to plans companies largely made when Barack Obama was president.