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DC Daily: Trump administration faces deadline to back wiretapping claims

Posted at 8:57 AM, Mar 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-13 15:11:45-04

President Trump started his Monday morning with tweets on two topics that continue to impact his administration.

Trump's media comment was likely in reference to ABC's interview with adviser Kellyanne Conway on Monday.

What's going on in the political world:

California joins effort to block travel order
-- Count California among the states that are working to block President Trump's revised travel ban.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the order, despite being changed, represents an attack on people based on their religion or national origin.


Deadline set for wiretapping evidence
-- Trump administration officials were asked to provide evidence of wiretapping by Monday -- a request made following the president's claims that former President Barack Obama's administration wiretapped Trump Tower.

The House Intelligence Committee made the request Sunday, and Sen. John McCain backed the request, saying: "I think the president has one of two choices: either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve, because, if his predecessor violated the law, President Obama violated the law, we have got a serious issue here, to say the least."


Conway says she has no evidence to back Trump's wiretap claims
-- President Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told ABC's "Good Morning America" that she did not have evidence that supports the president's wiretapping claims.

In an interview Monday, Conway said: "The answer is I don't have any evidence and I'm very happy that the House intelligence committee (is) investigating."


Partial release of Trump budget to come this week
-- A portion of President Trump's budget is set to be released Thursday, and while it includes a significant boost in military/defense spending, as well as a proposal for funding of a border wall, it will also involve cuts to various government programs and the slashing of thousands of federal jobs.


Schwarzenegger rules out Senate run
-- Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger went on social media this weekend to say he would not run for Senate in 2018.

In a Facebook post, the actor-turned-politician said: "I'm deeply flattered by all of the people who have approached me about running for Senate, but my mission right now is to bring sanity to Washington through redistricting reform."