Russian agent reaches plea deal
Maria Butina, a Russian woman accused of being an unregistered foreign agent, reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors Monday.
Butina plead guilty to a single charge of conspiracy and could face a maximum of five years in prison. She will be sentenced next year. She has also agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, including to testify in front of a grand jury.
Since her arrest in July, Butina has been detained by authorities and is currently in Alexandra, Va. being held in solitary confinement.
Supreme Court gives Planned Parenthood the win in case
Justice Brett Kavanaugh cast the deciding vote in a Supreme Court case Monday.
The Supreme Court decided to stay out of the battle to block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood by rejecting review of appeals from two separate states.
These states are arguing Planned Parenthood should not receive any public funding after a series or videos surfaced showing the provider engaging in illegal sales of fetal tissue.
Planned Parenthood currently does not receive any federal funding for abortion, but it does provide a range of other medical and health services for families, including contraception.
Pelosi discusses term limits
Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, has recently been discussing ideas about term limits for party leaders in the House.
This all comes as she seeks to win the bid for speaker with a small group of critics hoping to block her from getting the role. By proposing term limits for party leaders, Pelosi is attempting to form a compromise with her critics.
She’s already been in talks with Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, just one leader who has been trying to stop her. However, it is unclear if this proposal will go anywhere at this point in time.
A spokesperson for Pelosi declined to comment.
Pelosi’s presidential meeting
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer met with President Trump Tuesday morning.
Democratic leaders had planned to offer $1.3 billion in funding for a fence along the southern border. That is significantly smaller than the $5 billion President Trump wants for a wall.
Currently, Congress and President Trump have until December 21 to reach a final budget deal if they want to avoid a partial government shutdown. Currently, there is no sign of budging from either side over funding for the border wall.
In a joint statement released Monday evening, Pelosi and Schumer said the country cannot afford “a Trump Shutdown” at this time. This is the first time the three have met with the looming government deadline.
FBI sued over Giuliani leak
The FBI was sued Monday by an ethics watchdog group for failing to fulfill a records request pertaining to a leak to Rudy Giuliani.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington announced the lawsuit stating information, regarding James Comey’s decision to reopen the Hillary Clinton’s email investigation, was leaked to Giuliani during the final weeks of the 2016 presidential election.
Giuliani has previously admitted to hearing about the investigation on Fox News.
Giuliani now serves as President Trump’s personal attorney and represents him in the special counsel investigation into Russia’s interference.
Former senators write op-ed piece
A total of 44 former Republican and Democratic senators wrote an op-ed piece for The Washington Post that urges the current Senate to defend democracy.
The op-ed piece discusses these former senators “obligation to speak up” as a dangerous time lies ahead for this nation.
They continue to write, “at times we were allies and at other times opponents, but never enemies.”
They ask the Senate to set aside party affiliation and personal interests and to defend our democracy during this critical time of need.
To read the entire piece, click here.
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