AZ-02: Rep. Ron Barber (D) announced that he raised $550,000 in the second quarter of the year, finishing with $1.55 million cash on hand. (release)
Barber’s challenger, retired Air Force pilot Martha McSally (R), has not announced her fundraising figures yet. She had about $847,000 cash on hand at the end of the first quarter.
AZ-09: Rep. Krysten Sinema (D) announced that she raised nearly $582,000 in the second quarter, finishing with about $1.59 million. (release)
Sinema’s opponents have not announced their fundraising totals. Retired Air Force Col. Wendy Rogers (R) had nearly $404,000 cash on hand at the end of the first quarter, and former Arizona State University and NFL quarterback Andrew Walter (R) had less than $42,000 in cash at that time.
FL-02: Attorney Gwen Graham (D) announced that she raised $563,000 in the second quarter, finishing with $1.57 million cash on hand. Graham is challenging Rep. Steve Southerland (R), who has not announced his fundraising figures yet but had $1.18 million cash on hand at the end of the first quarter. (Roll Call)
MI-01: Rep. Dan Benishek (R) announced that he raised $487,000 in the second quarter and had $942,000 cash on hand — a major improvement over the first quarter, when he only raised $145,000. Benishek’s challenger, veteran and former sheriff Jerry Cannon (D), had $270,000 in cash at the end of the first quarter. (Roll Call)
NJ-02: Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R) announced that he raised about $411,000 in the second quarter, finishing with $1.5 million cash on hand. LoBiondo’s challenger, attorney Bill Hughes (D), had $328,000 cash on hand at the end of the first quarter. (PolitickerNJ)
NY-18: Former Rep. Nan Hayworth (R) announced that she raised $256,000, plus a $500,000 personal loan, in the second quarter. She had $1.07 million cash on hand at the end of the quarter. Hayworth is challenging Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D), who raised $550,000 and finished the quarter with $1.75 million. (Roll Call)
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As the Russia investigation heats up, "the role of Marc E. Kasowitz, the president’s longtime New York lawyer, will be significantly reduced. Mr. Trump liked Mr. Kasowitz’s blunt, aggressive style, but he was not a natural fit in the delicate, politically charged criminal investigation. The veteran Washington defense lawyer John Dowd will take the lead in representing Mr. Trump for the Russia inquiry."
President Trump's attorneys are "actively compiling a list of Mueller’s alleged potential conflicts of interest, which they say could serve as a way to stymie his work." They plan to argued that Mueller is going outside the scope of his investigation, in inquiring into Trump's finances. They're also playing small ball, highlighting "donations to Democrats by some of" Mueller's team, and "an allegation that Mueller and Trump National Golf Club in Northern Virginia had a dispute over membership fees when Mueller resigned as a member in 2011." Trump is said to be incensed that Mueller may see his tax returns, and has been asking about his power to pardon his family members.
In addition to ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, Robert Mueller's team is also "examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe. FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development in New York with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008, the person said. The investigation also has absorbed a money-laundering probe begun by federal prosecutors in New York into Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort."
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team is "is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates", including "Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008."
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