5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Mueller to investigate Trump business transactions in Russia probe

  • Sen. John McCain diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer

  • Sessions vows to stay on as attorney general after Trump criticism

  • Polls show Americans want GOP to work with Democrats on ObamaCare

  • O.J. Simpson strikes defiant tone in highly anticipated parole hearing

Special Counsel Robert Mueller will investigate President Trump's business transactions as part of his probe into Russia's election interference, Bloomberg Politics reported Thursday, citing a person familiar with the matter. Mueller is specifically interested in a few developments, Bloomberg said: "Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump's involvement in a controversial SoHo development with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, and Trump's sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008." The probe will also investigate deals involving the Bank of Cyprus, of which Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross previously served as vice chairman, and efforts undertaken by Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner to secure financing for certain real estate ventures. In an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday, Trump said that any probing by Mueller into his or his family's finances would be a "violation."

Source: Bloomberg Politics, The New York Times

A week after undergoing a procedure to remove a blood clot above his left eye, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. McCain's office released a statement Wednesday from the Mayo Clinic saying that after the procedure, "subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot. The senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation." Glioblastoma multiforme tumors are an especially aggressive type of brain cancer, and the five-year odds of survival are low. McCain, 80, has represented Arizona since 1987.

Source: The Associated Press

In an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday, President Trump said that if Attorney General Jeff Sessions had told him he would recuse himself from leading the investigation into Russian election meddling, Trump never would have appointed him. "Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president," Trump said. He also accused Sessions of giving "some bad answers" during his Senate confirmation hearings. During a press conference Thursday, Sessions vowed to stay at the helm of the Justice Department despite the president's criticism. "I plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate," Sessions said. When asked if he feared being seen as a "zombie attorney general," Sessions did not respond.

Source: The New York Times, Washington Examiner

After Senate Republicans huddled Wednesday night to try and figure out a way to pass some kind of bill repealing ObamaCare, two new polls were released Thursday showing that a sizable bipartisan majority wants the GOP to work with Democrats on health-care legislation. In a CNN/SSRS poll, 77 percent of respondents said they want to see Republicans work with Democrats to pass a health bill with bipartisan support, while only 12 percent wanted the GOP to continue going it alone. In an Associated Press/NORC poll, 8 in 10 respondents said they wanted Republicans to approach Democrats to negotiate, and almost 90 percent wanted Democrats to take the GOP up on that prospective offer.

Source: CNN, The Associated Press

On Thursday, O.J. Simpson appeared before the Nevada Board of Parole to request an early parole. The 70-year-old former football star, who was last seen at a 2013 parole hearing, has served nine years of a 33-year sentence for kidnapping and armed robbery. The charges resulted from a 2007 incident in which Simpson and five other men confronted two sports memorabilia collectors. Simpson insisted he did not know the other men were carrying guns and claimed "nobody's ever accused me of pulling any weapon on them." "I've basically spent a conflict-free life," he said, insisting he was a "good guy," though he "had problems with fidelity." In 1995, Simpson was acquitted for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Source: CNN, The Washington Post
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