June 2017

National Journal: Ransomware Hearing Skirts Issue of NSA’s Cyber-Vulnerabilities Program

One month after the glob­al “Wan­naC­ry” ransom­ware at­tack hit com­puter sys­tems in over 150 coun­tries and tem­por­ar­ily crippled the Brit­ish health care sys­tem, cy­ber­se­cur­ity ex­perts warned law­makers that busi­ness and gov­ern­ment net­works in that United States only nar­rowly avoided a sim­il­ar fate.

The Hill: Dem presses State official: Does Trump know about Qatari jet sale?

One of President Trump’s most vocal critics in the House questioned Thursday whether the president was aware of a deal to sell Qatar up to 36 F-15 fighter jets.

“I don't mean to be facetious about this, but does the president know that?" Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) asked Tina Kaidanow, acting assistant secretary of State for political-military affairs, at a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing.

The Hill: Lieu fired back at RNChead for denying Trump obstructed justice

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) hit back at the Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel for dismissing a report that President Trump is under investigation for obstruction of justice.

McDaniel responded to a Washington Post report Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, saying that there's "no proof."

“Mueller's unfounded accusation against [Trump] changes nothing. There's still no proof of obstruction of justice,” she tweeted.

The Hill:Dem leaders: Cool it on impeachment

Democratic leaders are ramping up the pressure on Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and other lawmakers to abandon efforts to force an impeachment vote on President Trump.

The leaders are worried that an aggressive push for impeachment could both undercut the ongoing investigations into the Trump campaign’s Russian ties and politicize those probes in ways that might damage Democrats in their districts.

Still, Sherman’s push is forcing Democrats to toe a delicate line, with the party’s liberal base demanding that they oppose Trump at every turn.