Happy Tuesday, May 7. The Justice Department is waiting for the House Judiciary Committee’s answer on its offer to negotiate, the next move in what’s become a sprawling game of political chess over Attorney General William Barr’s reluctance to testify or release the unredacted Mueller report. Here’s more on that and the other stories we’re following today.
Three Things We’re Watching Today
Mueller report negotiations
On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee scheduled a Wednesday vote on a contempt order for Attorney General Bill Barr after the Justice Department refused to turn over the fully unredacted Mueller report to Congress. The DOJ responded by offering to hold a meeting for negotiations on the same day. We’ll be watching for the committee’s reaction to this move.
Tax return ball is back in Congress’ court
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday officially denied the House Ways and Means Committee request for President Trump’s tax returns. The committee will now likely issue a subpoena, which we’ll be on the lookout for today. We’re also expecting to see the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel’s written opinion on the matter soon, and we’ll take a look at that when it lands.
McConnell will take to the Senate floor to declare the Mueller report “case closed”
Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has prepared a speech to declare the Mueller investigation over once and for all, and to scold Democrats for their continued investigations. We’ll see how Democrats respond.
10:00 a.m. ET Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks on the Mueller report.
11:00 a.m. ET President Trump attends a ceremony for First Lady Melania Trump’s Be Best initiative in the Rose Garden.
2:15 p.m. ET Senate Democrats and Republicans speak separately with press following party luncheons.
3:00 p.m. ET Trump meets with Republican Senators in the Cabinet Room of the White House.
Yesterday’s Top Story
Two Reuters reporters freed in Myanmar after more than 500 days in jail — Simon Lewis, Shoon Naing, Reuters
A New Version Of The Mueller Report Has Been Released In Response To A BuzzFeed News Lawsuit — Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier, Buzzfeed
Pompeo: Melting sea ice presents ‘new opportunities for trade’ — Jennifer Hansler, CNN