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Latest Twist in Russia Investigation Involves Unnamed Member of Congress
Rick Gates’ pleaded guilty to lying about meeting that matched dinner with Rohrabacher

Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates leaves the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse after a court hearing on the conditions of his release on Nov. 6, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The wide-ranging investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign took an unexpected diversion to Capitol Hill on Friday, when former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about a meeting between his boss Paul Manafort and an unnamed member of Congress.

Gates admitted, according to court documents, that the 2013 meeting was part of a secret multimillion-dollar lobbying campaign for the Ukrainian government and its Russian-backed president, Viktor Yanukovych. Gates also pleaded guilty to conspiring with Manafort to hide the millions of dollars they were paid by the Ukrainian government.

House Cancels Votes for Billy Graham to Lie in Honor in Capitol Rotunda
Senate will remain in session Wednesday and Thursday

Hawaii Sen. Daniel K. Inouye lies in state on Dec. 20, 2012, on Capitol Hill. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House is shortening its Feb. 26 work week, canceling votes that Wednesday and Thursday, for the late Rev. Billy Graham to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda.

“As is traditional, votes are no longer expected in the House on Wednesday, February 28, or Thursday, March 1,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office announced. “Last votes next week will now occur during the evening hours of Tuesday, February 27.”

This Is Why Republicans Can’t Get Women Elected to Higher Office
GOP keeps throwing up roadblocks in front of credible candidates

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., speaks at the 2016 Republican National Convention in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

I’m starting to wonder why any Republican woman would attempt to run for higher office.

Last year, GOP Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri all but announced her challenge to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill before getting the cold shoulder from GOP strategists in Washington and the Show Me State who preferred a candidate who wasn’t even hustling to get in the race.

Trump Blocks Release of Democrats’ Intelligence Memo
Pelosi sees a 'desperate pattern of cover-up on the part of the president'

President Donald Trump had said earlier Friday he would release the memo.(Mark Wilson/Getty Images file photo)

Updated 6:47 a.m., Feb. 10 | Despite his commitment earlier Friday, President Donald Trump is blocking release of a Democratic House Intelligence Committee memo rebutting one from the Republican side, and senior Democrats are now accusing him of a "cover up."

The Russia matter took an incredible new turn Friday night when Trump's top White House lawyer informed the House Intelligence Committee that the president could not allow the Democrats' document to be made public “because the memorandum contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages."

John Kelly, Democratic Lightning Rod — Again
Abuse allegations surrounding Rob Porter latest controversy

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly knew of the abuse allegations against Rob Porter but still kept Porter in a senior aide role. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly became the latest West Wing lightning rod for Democrats on Wednesday and Thursday after senior White House aide Rob Porter resigned over physical abuse and assault allegations.

Kelly was reportedly aware of the allegations against Porter as the 40-year-staff secretary struggled to gain his security clearance over the allegations.

What’s Going on With the Missouri Senate Race?
Some have raised questions about GOP candidate Josh Hawley’s campaign

Missouri Rep. Ann Wagner has reportedly been asked to reconsider her decision not to run for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Missouri is playing host to one of the year’s most competitive Senate races, and Attorney General Josh Hawley is supposed to be among the top Republican recruits. But some Republicans from the Show-Me State are starting to raise questions about his campaign’s performance so far. 

Republicans are still optimistic about their chances of defeating Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in a state President Donald Trump won by 20 points. And they’re generally still confident in Hawley, who garnered more votes than Trump in his run for attorney general in 2016.