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Trump Warns U.S. Could Follow Path of Germany on Immigration
President wants to meet with members of both parties on matter, spokesman says

President Donald Trump on Monday used Germany's immigration problems to defend his own hardline policies. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 10:05 a.m. President Donald Trump on Monday appeared to defend his administration’s policy of separating migrant families by warning that Germany’s and Europe’s immigration issues could be replicated here.

He used several tweets Monday morning to blast not only German and European immigration laws, but also Democratic lawmakers. The GOP president claimed anew that the opposition party is withholding the votes needed to pass a sweeping immigration overhaul measure that would address a list of unresolved matters.

Trump Uses Justice IG Report to Continue Attack on Comey
Dems’ counter-narrative: Report shows FBI aided Trump’s campaign

President Trump says a Justice Department IG report is a “total disaster” for former FBI Director James B. Comey]. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump on Friday suggested a Justice Department inspector general report that faulted the FBI for its actions during the 2016 campaign shows James B. Comey is not credible as the president tries to sow doubts about the agency’s Russia probe.

The department released the IG’s final report on the FBI’s handling of a probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of State, which contained an anecdote from one senior agent involved in that case texting another about the prospect of then-businessman and reality television star Trump becoming president: “We’ll stop it.”

Iowa Rep. Blum Spends Big on Taxpayer-Funded Mass Mailings
Republican is fighting to hold onto hotly contested seat

Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, spent more on taxpayer-funded “franked” mailings than any other House member. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Rod Blum, an Iowa Republican waging a tough battle for re-election, has spent more on taxpayer-funded mass mailings to constituents than any other House representative.

Blum spent more than $400,000 in taxpayer money on mass mailings and mass communications to his district from January of 2017 through March 31, according to expense records reviewed by the Associated Press.

Analysis: Trump Wanted a Fight. He Found One — With His Allies
Lawmakers are split over president’s tough-love approach for Europe, Canada

President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron had a warm state visit in April. But since, relations have soured after Trump slapped  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump was looking for a brawl with some of America’s closest allies Thursday morning. By evening, he had found — no, provoked — one. And lawmakers are split on his tough-love approach.

“Fight.”

Former Rep. Tim Murphy Honorably Discharged After Scandal, Outcome of Review Unknown
Pennsylvania Republican left Navy amid reports of an extramarital affair

Former Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., attends a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center to call on the Senate to pass mental health reform legislation. Murphy was honorably discharged from the Navy in September 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After reports of an extramarital affair torpedoed former Rep. Tim Murphy’s congressional career, the Navy launched its own review of his conduct.

Murphy, a commander in the Navy Reserves, was honorably discharged. That officially happened on Sept. 11, 2017, according to the Navy.

What Lawmakers Do When They Leave After Harassment Allegations
Six have left so far this Congress

Former Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., here at a news conference in December 2016, resigned his seat last October amid revelations of an extramarital affair. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Six members of Congress have left office in the past few months after allegations ranging from firing female staffers who rejected sexual advances to pressuring a lover to get an abortion.

While their resignations mean they no longer have a vote in Congress, that doesn’t mean their careers are over. Former lawmakers are moving forward by flying under the radar, grabbing the sides of a lectern or sticking with politics.

Sanders Sidesteps Questions On Don Jr. Memo, Her Own Credibility
White House spox had denied president dictated misleading statement

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was under fire Monday, but opted against defending herself. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday declined to clarify a matter that could bring legal trouble for President Donald Trump while also sidestepping questions about her own credibility.

Sanders and Trump’s personal legal team for months denied the president, while returning from an overseas trip on Air Force One, dictated a misleading statement about a June 2016 meeting his oldest son had at Trump Tower with a Russian attorney claiming to have dirt on Hillary Clinton. But that claim was directly contradicted by a confidential memorandum sent earlier this year by the president’s lawyers to Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Grimm Has Some Advice for Trump After Not Getting Endorsement
Former congressman suggests president should stay quiet in primaries

Despite his attempts to align himself with President Donald Trump, former New York Republican Rep. Michael Grimm saw the president last week endorse Rep. Dan Donovan in the GOP primary. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former New York Rep. Michael Grimm had some advice for President Donald Trump on Sunday about not playing favorites during GOP primary elections, saying it’s a a “no-win” situation for the president to choose sides.

Trump has endorsed Grimm’s opponent for the Staten Island seat in New York’s 11th District, Rep. Dan Donovan.

Trump Claims ‘Absolute Right’ to Pardon Himself
Democratic Rep. Beyer: President believes he is ‘above the law. He isn’t’

President Donald Trump contends he has the legal power to pardon himself. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump, echoing his legal team, on Monday asserted that his office gives him the “absolute right” to pardon himself.

The president made the claim, which is a matter of dispute among former Justice Department officials and legal experts, in a tweet that also stated he ultimately will not have to because he is innocent of any crimes.

Top Comstock Challenger Criticized for Fake Cops in Ad
Jennifer Wexton’s field director dressed in a ‘Party City’ police uniform

Virginia House candidate Jennifer Wexton’s field director Matt Leslie, in glasses, is one of three people playing police officers in one of her ads. (Jennifer Wexton for Congress via YouTube)

A new ad for Jennifer Wexton, a top Democratic challenger to Virginia GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock, briefly features three police officers signing a poster promising “Change is Coming.”

But none of them are actual law enforcement. In fact, one of them is Matt Leslie, Wexton’s field director, who, according to his LinkedIn profile, has never been and is not currently police.