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News roundup: Trump’s White House facing crisis after crisis

First Published      Last Updated May 17 2017 12:43 pm

Trump’s White House facing crisis after crisis. Chaffetz requests Comey memo. Hatch: Trump-Russia conversation ‘overblown.’

Happy Wednesday. The Trump White House is facing its worst crisis so far. White House aides feel under siege, unsure who in the intelligence community was leaking, how much damaging information was out there, when the next proverbial shoe would drop and what Trump might say. "Nobody knows where this really goes from here," the White House official said. "Everyone is walking around saying, ‘What is next?’ [Politico]

Topping the news: House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz requested a memo written by former FBI Director James Comey detailing a reported request by President Donald Trump to stop investigating former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4] [FOX13] [KUTV]

-> After reports that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials, Rep. Chris Stewart said the president needs to be more careful when discussing classified information. [DNews] [ABC4] [FOX13]

-> Sen. Orrin Hatch said that reports that President Donald Trump shared highly classified information with Russian officials were "blown out of proportion." [Trib]

Tweets of the day: From @bkerogers: "The history books written about the Trump presidency are going to be 90 percent Twitter screenshots."

-> From @KevinMKruse: "If Trump follows the Watergate script any more precisely, the Nixon library will be able to sue him for plagiarism."

-> From @RobertGehrke: "James Garfield was president for six months. Synchronize your watches."

-> From @benpershing: "Trump’s dramatic cross-examination on Law & Order: MCCOY: Mr. President, isn’t it true ... TRUMP: I did it. (CREDITS)"

-> From @bradheath: "White House reaction cycle 1 - It never happened 2 - POTUS tweet 3 - It happened; NBD 4 - Nobody cares but you 5 - No more questions on this"

In other news: Utah was awarded $7.5 million in a federal settlement regarding Volkswagen vehicles that cheated emissions tests. Gov. Gary Herbert said the state will use this money to buy new school buses that put out less emissions. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4] [FOX13]

-> The Transportation Governance and Funding Task Force launched Tuesday. It will decide where funding for future projects comes from and how to govern transportation agencies like the Utah Transit Authority. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Experts on transportation, water and power estimate that Utah will have to spend $60 billion on its infrastructure over the next 20 years. [ABC4]

-> At Salt Lake City Police Department’s annual fallen officer’s tribute, detective Andrew Pedersen presented the name of his great, great grandfather. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4] [FOX13]

-> Sen. Orrin Hatch took to the Senate floor Tuesday to honor fallen Utah law enforcement. [DNews]

->A large chunk of Salt Lake County’s whooping cough cases are at American International School of Utah, where the Salt Lake County Health Department says there are approximately 32 students with the illness. [Trib] [FOX13] [KUTV]

-> An Envision Utah event to find ways to maintain the growth of Utah’s technology and advanced industries businesses discussed air quality and diversity as its main priorities. [DNews]

-> The Salt Lake City Council was unaware that the city attorney has been blocking the public release of recordings of council meetings regarding homeless shelter locations since February. [Trib]

-> A homeless man filed a second federal lawsuit against Sandy City challenging its panhandling laws. [DNews]

-> Weber County commissioners proposed that alcohol be banned at Pineview and Causey Reservoirs. [FOX13]

-> Some members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are upset about a genealogy app published by the church that they say is culturally insensitive. [Trib]

-> The University of Utah is raising money to create an endowed chair position to honor the late Sen. Bob Bennett. [Trib]

-> Robert Gehrke writes that the Utah Republican Party controls every major elected office in the state but its finances are downright dismal and debt-ridden [Trib]

Nationally: Former FBI Director James Comey wrote in a memo that President Donald Trump asked him to halt an investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s involvement with Russia. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [Politico]

-> The source of the intelligence that Trump shared with Russian officials last week is reportedly from Israel. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [Politico]

-> Whistleblower Chelsea Manning will leave prison 28 years early on Wednesday and will remain on active duty.  [NYTimes] [WaPost]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Mia Love participates in a legislative planning meeting with GOP members, votes on legislation at the Capitol, then meets with the Pro Life and Congressional Black Caucuses. Later, she speaks with Utah realtors.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert meets with legislative leadership, attends a Silicon Slopes board meeting and the Governor’s Public Safety Summit, then speaks with Spence Eccles. He later takes part in the Tax Academy Banquet and the Teacher Feature Banquet.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox sits down with legislative leadership, then meets with staff. He presents an AP Award Trophy to Davis High School and participates in the Governor’s Public Safety Summit.
  • State Auditor John Dougall talks with a lawmaker then reviews a draft audit report.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams speaks with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, attends the BioFire building dedication and ribbon-cutting, then meets with County Councilman Jim Bradley.

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-- Thomas Burr and Emily Anderson

Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/emilyinorgandy