Senate leader McConnell asks for "little less drama" from White House

Appearing Tuesday morning on Bloomberg Business, Sen.

Ann Coulter, conservative social and political commentator, represented the right wing outrage when she tweeted on Sunday that she thought Lee was proposing Garland in order to gain support from Democratic opponents. "Obviously, we'd like to see that with appropriate redactions".

"It may surprise people, but he has a deep background in criminal law, he was the prosecutor in the Oklahoma City bombing case", McConnell said.

Asked if he was concerned about Trump's handling of the intelligence information, McConnell laughed before telling reporters, "No". And the Senate Intelligence Committee is also meeting for a regularly-scheduled weekly briefing, which was supposed to be on a different topic but has devolved into a discussion on the latest controversy. McCain, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, could potentially hold hearings on the impact of the military's fight against ISIS. If Trump refuses, Schumer says Americans will doubt that their president is capable of safeguarding critical secrets.

No president in recent memory has proposed such austerity to non-defense programs - with Trump's proposed cuts averaging more than 10 percent before inflation. "We need to do better than the status quo".

Trump said Saturday that he could name a Comey replacement by the end of this week.

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Later, the White House national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, defended Trump's conversations as "wholly appropriate", but he declined to discuss whether the information shared by the president was classified. McConnell said the first step he'll take is to try for a bipartisan agreement on how much money to spend next fiscal year, a necessity in a Senate that Republicans control with 52 votes but where 60 votes are needed to advance legislation.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday weighed in on the reports from the previous night about President Trump's sharing of classified information with Russian officials at the White House last week.

"I've heard the allegation. I don't know the whole story", Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley said when asked for a response.

McConnell told Bloomberg TV that he did not think any tax-reform plan should increase the federal deficit, a principle that stands in contrast with Trump's outline for reform.

The Washington Post first reported Monday that Trump shared details about an Islamic State terror threat, related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

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