“Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is expanding his efforts to unseat sitting Senate Republicans in primaries next year. … Bannon has added” Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) “to the ranks of incumbents he plans to take on.’”
“And that’s ‘just a partial list,’ a source familiar with Bannon’s plans said.”
“Bannon’s efforts to unseat Barrasso are an indication that he is willing to break from Trump.”
“A White House official said Trump and Barrasso are tight. They talk frequently on the phone, particularly during the health care fight, and the President appreciated how Barrasso was willing to go on TV and defend efforts to repeal Obamacare.” (CNN)
MONEY. In the Wisconsin Senate race, state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R) “is one of a growing number of Republican candidates around the country who spent the first months of this year courting megadonors and even announcing their support before formally launching campaigns, in the same manner that Jeb Bush and others did for months during the last presidential race.” In Missouri, state Attorney General Josh Hawley ‘(R) “has not officially entered the race against” Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) — but the Club for Growth has already lined up a donor pledging to match donations of up to $5 million to support Hawley. “The identity of the donor is unknown, but billionaire business executive David Humphreys has donated millions to Hawley in the past.” And when “celebrated author J.D. Vance (R) considered mounting a bid for Senate in Ohio earlier this year, he lined up $15 million in pledges for a supportive super PAC before deciding not to go through with a campaign, according to a strategist with knowledge of Vance’s plans.” (Politico)
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"A federal judge has found a witness in contempt for refusing to testify before the grand jury hearing evidence in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl Howell made the ruling Friday after a sealed hearing to discuss Andrew Miller’s refusal to appear before the grand jury. Miller is a former aide to longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone."
Paul Manafort's former business partner Rick Gates said in court today that "he conspired with Manafort to falsify Manafort’s tax returns. Gates said he and Manafort knowingly failed to report foreign bank accounts and had failed to register Manafort as a foreign agent."