Donald Trump: Release of Robert Mueller Questions is 'Disgraceful'; DOJ Files Criminal Illegal Entry Charges Against 11 People
By: StaffMay 1, 2018
Here is the Daily Briefing for Tuesday, May 1, where we round up the day's biggest headlines for your perusal. Take a look.


Donald Trump: Release of Robert Mueller Questions is 'Disgraceful'

President Trump protested a news report Tuesday about questions that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would like to ask him concerning Russian interference in the 2016 election. While calling it "disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were 'leaked' to the media," Trump also alluded to the fact that most of the potential queries deal with possible obstruction of justice rather than Russian hacking of Democrats during the campaign. "No questions on Collusion. Oh, I have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally leaked classified information. Nice!" Trump said in an early morning tweet. Mueller "has at least four dozen questions on an exhaustive array of subjects he wants to ask President Trump to learn more about his ties to Russia and determine whether he obstructed the inquiry itself, " the Times reported. The story broke as the Trump and Mueller teams are negotiating possible testimony from the president. It is still unknown whether or not Trump plans to testify before Mueller.


DOJ Files 'Criminal Illegal Entry' Charges Against 11 People

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed criminal charges against 11 people believed to be part of the "caravan" of Central American migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. The DOJ said in a press release shared by ABC News that the 11 people would face charges for criminal illegal entry after border patrol agents found them in locations 2 to 4 miles west of the designated border crossing in San Ysidro, California. "The United States will not stand by as our immigration laws are ignored and our nation's safety is jeopardized," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. 


U.S. Delays Decision on Tariffs for EU

The U.S. government will take another 30 days to decide whether to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada, and Mexico, extending a period of uncertainty for businesses in those regions. The delay helps the U.S. avoid a potential trade war with allies as it prepares for tense trade talks in China this week. But the EU slammed the decision as bad for business that "prolongs market uncertainty, which is already affecting business decisions." On Tuesday, the EU said in a statement, “As a longstanding partner and friend of the U.S., we will not negotiate under threat.” The Trump administration said Monday it had reached an agreement with South Korea on steel imports following discussions on a revised trade agreement. And the administration said it had also reached agreements in principle with Argentina, Australia, and Brazil on steel and aluminum that will be finalized shortly.


Poll: Democrats Have Lost Support of Millennial Voters by Nearly 10 Percent

Democrats have lost the support of millennial voters by a nearly 10 percent margin as midterm elections loom, a Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll said. The poll surveyed 16,000 registered voters ages 18 to 34 and found that participants’ support for Democrats over Republicans in congressional races dipped to 46 percent overall. That’s a loss of about 9 percentage points over the last two years. In addition, those polled said that the GOP is better with the economy, Reuters reported.


Some Migrants from Caravan Allowed into U.S.

Approximately eight migrants from Central America who crossed Mexico in a caravan were granted access to the U.S. on Monday for processing of their asylum claims, according to multiple reports. The caravan is currently camped out while awaiting room at the San Ysidro crossing for more asylum applicants, according to officials. The crossing can withstand about 300 asylum-seekers at its temporary holding facility, which was already at capacity when the caravan arrived.


Trump Considers John Kelly to Head the VA

President Trump is weighing nominating his chief of staff John Kelly to take over the Department of Veterans Affairs after Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson withdrew his name from consideration. “There have been discussions among the senior staff and the president directly about the possibility of Gen. Kelly going there [to the VA],” according to the Wall Street Journal. Prior to serving as chief of staff, Kelly was the secretary of Homeland Security and, before that, a Marine general. Other possible candidates to take over the VA include former Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida and hospital executive, Anthony Tersigni.


Israel's Iran Documents Show Nuclear Deal 'Was Built on Lies'

On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent several minutes outlining more than 100,000 files that Israeli spies took from Iran that show Iran lied years ago when it said it was not pursuing a nuclear weapons program. Supporters of the agreement from the Obama administration said his speech revealed nothing the world didn't know about Iran's intentions. But Netanyahu said the documents show the Iran deal was built on lies and said Trump will have to decide by May 12 whether to stay in the deal. Netanyahu said later that “The whole premise that this deal somehow guarantees a safer, more moderate Iran is wrong.”


White House Correspondents Think About Changing Dinner for Trump Era

There is a lively conversation among the White House Correspondents’ Association's members about possibly changing the format and the tone of future dinners. The dinner is a key date on Washington's social calendar, but its organizers admit that it needs to be rethought in an age of increasing political polarization and constant attacks on the media. The main reason for the change is due to Michelle Wolf’s performance this past weekend. Wolf's speech has become an object of partisan warfare, with conservatives claiming it proves the press corps' hatred of Trump. The president himself tweeted on Monday that the dinner was "embarrassing”, and the event is "dead" indicating he won't be attending next year either.


Actor Robert De Niro Calls Republicans ‘Pretty F***ing Stupid’

On Saturday, Robert De Niro took the stage on the closing night of the Tribeca Film Festival and blasted Trump, yet again. While that might not come as a surprise, De Niro also ripped Republicans. “I’m not so much concerned about Republicans believing Trump’s bellowing bulls**t about fake news,” De Niro said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “They’re not that stupid, most of them, but they’re pretty f***ing stupid.” De Niro added, “I’m very concerned about Republicans’ gutless acquiescence to Trump dismissing facts and creating his own alternate reality. This will never, never be right.”


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