Friday March 3, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Friday March 3, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. Thursday,Trump Administration released a statement in support of Attorney General Jeff Sessions who was found to have had 2 meetings with the Russian Ambassador while also serving as a Trump campaign surrogate. One meeting occurred during the Republican National Convention. There was also another meeting at the Trump Tower in September. Sessions, while being questioned by the confirmation committee for his seat as Attorney General, said he did not have any meetings with the Russian Ambassador. Trump called the investigation into Sessions and the Russian connection a “witch hunt.” Sessions, at a press conference Thursday, did recuse himself from any investigations into the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia.

2. The Indianapolis Star reported Thursday evening, that while Governor, Vice President Pence used a private email account, AOL, to conduct government business including updates from the FBI. Pence communicated with advisers about issues including homeland security in Indiana and the security of gates at the governor’s mansion, the paper reports. The Indianapolis Star also reports that the Pence’s email account was also hacked. The newspaper stated that they received 29 pages of email records from current Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office in response to a public records request. Some of Pence’s emails were deemed too sensitive to release as part of the Star’s public records request.

3. President Trump on Thursday, laid out his vision for the military which includes a $54 billion increase in their budget. Trump stated that, “I am calling for one of the largest defense spending increases in history.” Trump also stated that, “Our Navy is now the smallest it’s been since, believe or not, World War I. Don’t worry. It’s going to soon be the largest it’s been.” Trump’s statements though, when fact checked, were not accurate. According to Defense Department figures, three times in recent years, Congress raised military spending by larger amounts, such as in 2002 when the budget was increased by y $41 billion, or 14.3 percent along with the year 2003 when the budget was increased by $37 billion, or 11.3 percent. Trump calls for a 10 percent increase which is not the largest budget increase for the military.

4. U.S. Representative Adam Schiff told reporters Thursday, after a briefing with FBI head James Comey that, “At this point we know less than a fraction of what the FBI knows.” Schiff also stated that the FBI had yet to give the panel a full intelligence briefing and they will call Comey back. “There were very large areas that were walled off, and those walls are going to have to come down if we are going to do our job,” Schiff said. Schiff and other Democrats are fighting to have a full investigation into meetings with Russia during the campaign for President with members of the Russian government.

5. The European Parliament released a statement about visitors from the United States to nations in the European Union. The statement included that “US citizens should be refused visa-free access to the EU in response to American visa rules affecting citizens from five EU countries.” Citizens of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania are currently denied visa-free access to the US.

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