Republicans Say Russia Probe Will Continue Despite Nunes Memo

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In a last-minute decision, senate Democrats agreed to pass a spending bill that would fund the federal government through February 8, as well as would fund the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years.

Citing claims in the memo, Republicans said the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant on a Trump campaign adviser in 2016 based on the dossier compiled by a former British intelligence officer retained by an opposition research firm and financed by Democrats.

In the House, moderate and conservative Republicans have been far apart on immigration, and many hardliners on the right have rejected the White House proposal as too liberal, meaning a compromise in that chamber will also likely require Democratic votes. "Not about anyone's national agenda, but what we need here, and not about the special interests".

But he made that offer contingent on new curbs for other types of legal immigrants, and on a $25 billion fund to pay for his long-promised wall along the border with Mexico.

In what amounted to a pep talk, Trump told the lawmakers Thursday that passing the tax cuts "was like putting it all in a box and wrapping it with a lovely ribbon".

President Donald Trump stood in a packed ballroom, grabbed the podium and grinned before a crowd of Republican lawmakers.

Amid concerns from some conservatives, during last month's DACA negotiations with Democratic leaders, Trump outlined four pillars - requirements - of any immigration deal he makes.

Trump also sought to pushback on Democrats framing of the immigration discussions as working to protect "Dreamers", a term used to refer to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, a program that protected undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. He says, "I don't think they want to solve" the problem.

"I do not see eye to eye with President (Donald) Trump and Republicans in Congress on many issues", she said at the beginning of her three-minute talk. "We're not pretending that this will go against the trend to keep the majority in the house".

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The deep-red 18th Congressional District in the southwest corner of the state voted for Trump over his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, by double digits in 2016. The program will remain in effect until the Supreme Court resolves the case, which is unlikely to happen by March 5.

Trump's critics said they believe Trump may use the Nunes memo a pretext to dismiss Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - who appointed Mueller as special counsel -- and ultimately Mueller himself.

The three-day retreat for congressional Republicans, held at a West Virginia resort, is aimed at rallying around legislative priorities before the November elections that will be seen as a referendum on the party's ability to govern and on Trump's presidency. Bush broke an eminent campaign by pledging not to raise taxes.

About 700,000 young immigrants signed up for Obama's DACA protections.

"I'm asking that the framework we submitted, with great flexibility, great flexibility working with both parties, that something very positive will come out of it for our country", Trump said about the Senate vote.

Democrats also warned that any attempt by Trump to use the memo to remove Mueller and short-circuit the Russian Federation investigation would trigger a constitutional crisis. In his speech, the prepared remarks suggested Trump would explicitly call for the Senate to bring his framework to the floor and instead he stopped short of that.

Trump believes he can argue his offer was entirely reasonable, ceding Democrats a big victory by making citizenship possible for almost 2 million immigrants.

There are 34 Senate seats up for re-election, but Democrats are defending incumbents in 26 of them. Republicans doubt they can even pass a budget providing for the powerful party-line "reconciliation" procedure used to pass tax reform last year, much less take on the politically perilous task of rewriting health care laws in an election year. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have to get moving fast, or they'll disappoint you again.

Page came to the FBI's attention as early as 2013, when he met in NY with Russians who were officers of the Kremlin's foreign intelligence service, sources have said.