Monday Briefing: McCain Surgery, Revelations in the Don Jr. Meeting
The new Healthcare Bill is on the brink of collapse according to major speculations inside Capitol Hill. There is now a weeklong delay after news broke that Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) underwent surgery to remove a blood above his left eye.
The surgery was announced Saturday night causing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday to postpone the hearing on the health bill. McCain’s absence would have insured the bill’s failure seeing that two Republican senators, Susan Collins (Maine) and Rand Paul (Ky.), have said they would vote no given that the bill keeps Obamacare mandates and is not a full repeal. The bill requires 50 votes to pass and it is likely that no Democrat in the senate will vote yes.
There are also at least seven Republican Senators that have doubts about the new bill.
McCain’s office suggested he will only miss a week, however, the surgery of the craniotomy, according to Dr. Nrupen Baxi of New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine, suggests the recovery time is “usually a few weeks.” The surgery involves removing open the skull and proceeding to insert an “eyebrow incision.”
The Republicans will face enormous backlash if the bill cannot get passed. Since Obamacare was voted on in 2010, Republicans have criticized the bill and have long talked about repealing and replacing it. A failure to put the bill forward will demonstrate the Republicans ineffectiveness to get things done in Washington and remove gridlock.
On Bastille Day, while in France, President Trump sent out a series of Tweets to attack “failed obamacare” and prop up the leadership of Republicans.
New Revelations in the Donald Trump Jr. Meeting
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) finds that President Trump’s reelection campaign paid the lawyers representing Donald Trump Jr. in the Russia-Probe days before the story broke that he arranged a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer.
The timing may suggest that those in Trump’s inner circle were aware the story was going to break. Journalists were coming out on Social Media saying that the emails Trump Jr. released were being sought after for months so it could suggest that the reported meeting was imminent to all parties involved.
On June 27, the FEC filed the records. This showed that Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., made payments of $50,000 to Alan S. Futerfas for “legal consulting.” The New York Times broke the story on July 8.
Donald Trump Jr. was promised dirt on Hillary Clinton, but the Secret Service was never notified of the meeting. The security clearance of the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya has come under question. There are now suggested to be eight people who were in attendance at the meeting though only five have been confirmed, Trump Jr. Natalia Vetlitskaya, Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and Rob Goldstone. The personal lawyer of Trump Jr. said that it had vetted the meeting between the president’s son and Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign.
On ABC’s “This Week” Jay Sekulow, Trump’s personal attorney raised the question, “Well, I wonder why the Secret Service, if this was nefarious, why the Secret Service allowed these people in. The president had Secret Service protection at that point, and that raised a question with me.”
Secret Service spokesman Mason Brayman said the younger Trump was not under Secret Service protection at the time of the meeting.
“Donald Trump, Jr. was not a protectee of the USSS in June, 2016. Thus we would not have screened anyone he was meeting with at that time,” the statement said.
Though the Russian story interludes into hot waters, there is no evidence or grounds to indict Trump’s son. The focus by the mainstream left could be argued as contributing to the enormous chaos inside Capitol Hill given that they are exclusively involved with speaking to Politicians. The Democrats have still pushed the ‘Resist’ narrative showing their bitter disdain and lack of willingness to cooperate with Republicans on passing amendments.
The Republican on the other hand yell double standard raising questions as to why more serious actions made by the Hillary Clinton Foundation and her camp have not received any media coverage given instances such as Ukraine collusion and the Uranium-1 deal with Russia. It is also important to note that CBS, CNN, and many other Mainstream Left news organizations openly colluded with the Clinton Campaign in defeating Donald Trump during the election.