CONCORD — Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld says he’s leaning toward challenging President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary, and expects to make a decision in April. Weld gave the clearest sense of his intentions yet, and laid out a path to the GOP nomination during an appearance on the New Hampshire radio talk show Pints & Politics on Monday afternoon.Story Continued Below "I'm leaning towards doing it unless something changes, and set myself an informal deadline of the month of April to pull the trigger," Weld told reporters here during a stop. The former two-term governor said he’ll focus on the early-voting state of New Hampshire, which shares a media market with Boston and is located a short-drive away from where Weld lives in Canton, Mass. If he runs, Weld said he expects to be competitive across New England and in the mid-Atlantic states. He’ll also expects his challenge could gain traction in California, which votes the first week in … [Read more...] about Weld sets April deadline for Trump primary challenge
Congress The House Intelligence Committee postponed its scheduled public interview with Felix Sater, the chief negotiator for the Trump Tower Moscow project, a spokesman for the panel said, citing lingering questions from Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings. “In light of the cursory letter from the Attorney General, and our need to understand Special Counsel Mueller’s areas of inquiry and evidence his office uncovered, we are working in parallel with other committees to bring in senior officials from the DOJ, FBI and SCO to ensure that our committee is fully and currently informed about the SCO’s investigation, including all counterintelligence information,” the spokesman said. “With the focus on those efforts this week, we are postponing Mr. Sater’s open interview.”Story Continued Below The postponement comes a day after Mueller concluded that the Trump campaign did not conspire with … [Read more...] about House Intel postpones interview with Felix Sater after Mueller findings
The prospect of a Republican Senate removing President Donald Trump from office is now further away than ever. Just ask Susan Collins. With special counsel Robert Mueller clearing the president on collusion with Russia and the Justice Department dismissing questions of obstruction of justice, the moderate Maine Republican sees no need for even a discussion of whether to convict the president should he be impeached by the Democratic House.Story Continued Below “He has been exonerated on the issue of conspiracy or coordination with the Russians,” Collins said in an interview, adding that she wants to read the full Mueller report and get a classified briefing on the obstruction of justice issue. She added: “But it seems to me that we have seen no grounds, at all, for impeachment proceedings to be started by the House. When even Speaker Pelosi says that it would not be the right route, I believe that puts it to rest regarding these allegations.” Collins was among … [Read more...] about Mueller’s moves doom impeachment in Senate
The Monday morning quarterbacks are out to get Robert Mueller. Fresh off the revelation that the special counsel decided to skirt the question of whether Donald Trump obstructed justice in the Russia probe, Mueller is getting hit with abrupt criticism over his decision not to press more forcefully for an in-person interview with the president.Story Continued Below The second guessing is a new phenomenon. For nearly two years, Democratic lawmakers and legal experts appeared largely willing to give the widely respected former FBI director the benefit of the doubt over his handling of the politically sensitive probe. But the dynamic changed in the wake of Attorney General William Barr’s decision Sunday to publicly release his summary of Mueller’s work. The four-page document’s topline findings explained that Mueller had not found any Trump campaign conspiracy to work with the Russians and that the special counsel opted to not say definitively whether the president … [Read more...] about Mueller boosters turn critical over absent Trump interview
The space launch industry is poised to grow exponentially in the coming years. That means more work for the Federal Aviation Administration, which licenses each launch and keeps the airspace clear. Rep. Rick Larsen, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, questions whether the FAA has enough manpower and technology to handle such a load. The Washington Democrat told POLITICO he’s visiting the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center in New Jersey this week to see for himself what sort of investments the agency is making in the technology that ensures planes and space launches don’t cross paths. Story Continued Below “Does the FAA have the capacity to manage the numbers of launches we expect to see?” Larsen said. “That’s a budgetary item that will be worth looking at, whether they need more manpower or investment in technology to help them manage launch and reentries with the people they have.” Larsen, who also … [Read more...] about Can the FAA handle the space launch boom?