Morning recap: New FBI director & White House downplaying report that Trump crafted his son's statement

08/02/2017 10:55 AM

Christopher Wray will be the next director of the FBI, the U.S. Senate confirming his nomination on Tuesday.

Only five Democratic Senators voted against Wray’s confirmation, the final vote was 92-5.

According to CNN there have only ever been six no votes against an FBI director’s confirmation, and five of them were cast on Tuesday. Senator Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, cast the only other no vote in 2013 against James Comey.

The confirmation of Wray is one agenda item Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, can check off his list.

On Tuesday McConnell laid out what the upper chamber will take up for the remainder of their work period.

“We have legislation to address over the remainder of this work period as well,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “Our veterans deserve the best care the country can provide. Under the last administration’s VA scandal the veterans were let down in a big way. Congress came together to pass the veteran’s choice program.”

McConnell went on to say that the Senate needs to shore up that program, as well as renew the FDA user fee program.

Video courtesy: C-SPAN

White House downplays reports Trump told his son what to say about 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer

The White House is downplaying a report that President Donald Trump crafted a statement his son made on a 2016 meeting with a Russian Lawyer.

The administration says the president was acting as any father would in a similar situation.

Our Washington bureau reporter Alberto Pimienta has the details.

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