This Week on Washington Week: Shutdown stalemate, Pelosi's power move on Trump's State of the Union, and Giuliani talks collusion
BuzzFeed reported Friday morning that President Donald Trump directed his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about the development of Trump Tower in Moscow, and there is continuing fallout from two stories about Trump's conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. One revealed a previously unknown FBI investigation into whether Trump wittingly or unwittingly worked on behalf of Russia and the other explained that Trump seized interpreter notes from all five of his private meetings with Putin. This week Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani suggested the possibility that some members of Trump's campaign may have colluded with Russia but insisted not President Trump.
As the partial government shutdown enters its fifth week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has asked President Donald Trump to postpone the State of the Union Address until after the government is reopened. President Trump responded by canceling Speaker Pelosi's trip to Afghanistan and Brussels. If lawmakers don't strike a deal by January 22, furloughed federal workers will miss another paycheck next week.
Michael Schmidt of The New York Times
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Laura Jarrett of CNN
Kelly O'Donnell of NBC News
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