Happy Monday, June 3. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s public statement last week has a growing number of Democrats ready for impeachment, and now, after a holiday, they’re well-rested and raring to go. Here’s more on that and the other stories we’re following.
Three Things We’re Watching Today
Mueller’s brief press conference — during which he emphasized that he did not exonerate President Trump and that another entity beyond the justice system held the responsibility to bring charges — swayed at least a few more Democrats to push for an impeachment inquiry. At least one member of the leadership team said over the weekend that impeachment proceedings are inevitable. Now that Congress is back in session this week, we’ll look for a better sense of where the Democratic caucus stands.
The McCain ship story that will not end
An incident involving a White House order to hide from Trump’s view a ship named for the late senator John McCain and his family has been hounding acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan for days. In the latest development on that story, Shanahan reportedly dispatched an aide Friday to warn the White House to stop politicizing the military. We’ll be watching to see if this tension between the White House and the acting secretary endangers his confirmation.
Cheerio, old chap
Trump is in the UK today for a meeting with the Queen. The royal family is no fan of the American President, and probably less so now after a weekend debacle during which Trump called Megan Markle “nasty.” We’ll be on the lookout for any overseas snafus.
8:35 a.m. ET President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in an official welcome ceremony with Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom at Buckingham Palace.
11:15 a.m. ET Trump lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey in London.
2:00 p.m. ET House gavels in.
3:00 p.m. ET Senate gavels in.
4:10 p.m. ET The President and the First Lady participate in a presentation of guests and a royal procession with the Queen.
4:45 p.m. ET The President and the First Lady participate in a State Banquet with the Queen.
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