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DC Daily: Trump announces FBI director nominee on eve of Comey Senate testimony

Posted: 8:10 AM, Jun 07, 2017
Updated: 2017-06-07 15:10:24Z

What's happening in the political world:

Anticipation builds ahead of Comey's Senate testimony
-- Just under 24 hours before former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee, sources told CNN that Comey will refute President Trump's claim that he was told multiple times he was not under investigation.

According to a CNN report, a source said Comey is expected to tell the panel he never assured the president he was not under investigation.

A source told ABC News the fired FBI director will likely stop short of saying Trump interfered with the bureau's investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey's testimony is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. Pacific time Thursday. 10News will carry the hearing live on 10News.com and the 10News mobile app.


President to visit Obamacare "victims," talk infrastructure
-- President Trump will be in Cincinnati, Ohio, Wednesday to speak on his administration's efforts to improve the country's infrastructure.

The president's $1 trillion plan calls for nationwide upgrades to waterways, but complete details of the plan have not been disclosed.

In a tweet Wednesday morning, Trump said he would also be meeting with "victims" of Obamacare and talk about other health care issues.


Trump announces FBI director nominee
-- One day before former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee, President Trump announced who he wanted as Comey's replacement.

Christopher Wray is the former assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department's criminal division. He served in that role from 2003-2005 under President George W. Bush's administration.

Comey, who was fired by Trump in May, is expected to provide insight into the investigation into possible Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election and the probe of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

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Report: Trump suggests solar panels on proposed border wall
-- President Trump has offered a new way for the proposed border wall to pay for itself -- solar panels.

In a CNN report, citing sources, Trump suggested the idea during a Tuesday meeting with several lawmakers.

According to the report, Trump said the wall would be covered with solar panels and electricity generated would be sold to Mexico.

So far, Congress has not allocated funding for the construction of the wall, which is expected to cost nearly $20 billion.

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