Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) penned a fundraising email for former CFPB director Richard Cordray (D) on Wednesday.
Warren: “I’m going to miss Rich in Washington, but I couldn’t be happier for him or the people of Ohio. Time and again, Rich has fought for working families everywhere, and now is our chance to fight for him. … Will you stand with Rich and be one of the first supporters of his campaign to take back Ohio for working families?” (release)
Former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett: “At the CFPB he gave us the strongest consumer protections in history. Now, he’ll be a fearless voice for ALL Ohioans.” (Twitter)
Former Cincinnati Mayor Jerry Springer (D), a once-possible candidate for governor: “It’s hard to imagine anyone with a more impressive set of skills & experiences, along with a successful record of fighting for working people, than @RichCordray. He brightens the prospects for all Ohioans.” (Twitter)
Cincinnati Councilman and former Senate candidate P.G. Sittenfeld (D): “Proud to support a true champion for the [people] of Ohio as our next Governor.” (Twitter)
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (D) on Thursday announced endorsements from local elected officials. (release)
REPUBLICANS. “Cincinnati City Councilwoman Amy Murray is expected to be named” Rep. Jim Renacci’s (R) “running mate. … Renacci plans to announce his lieutenant governor candidate in the coming days, barring Murray doesn’t get cold feet at last the minute.”
“Like Renacci, Murray comes from a business background and is neither a career politician nor a Columbus insider. The addition of Murray to the ticket could help underdog Renacci distinguish his outsider-vs.-insider message in the GOP primary. But Murray is a moderate who’s not known as an outspoken Trump supporter, making her a curious pick for Renacci.” (Cincinnati Enquirer)
The Franklin County Republican Party central committee voted Wednesday to endorse state Attorney General Mike DeWine (R). (Columbus Dispatch)
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The indictment, filed in the District of Columbia, alleges that the interference began "in or around 2014," when the defendants began tracking and studying U.S. social media sites. They "created and controlled numerous Twitter accounts" and "purchased computer servers located inside the United States" to mask their identities, some of which were stolen. The interference was coordinated by election interference "specialists," and focused on the Black Lives Matter movement, immigration, and other divisive issues. "By early to mid-2016" the groups began supporting the campaign of "then-candidate Donald Trump," including by communicating with "unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign..."
"Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is finalizing a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller's office, indicating he's poised to cooperate in the investigation, according to sources familiar with the case. Gates has already spoken to Mueller's team about his case and has been in plea negotiations for about a month. He's had what criminal lawyers call a 'Queen for a Day' interview, in which a defendant answers any questions from the prosecutors' team, including about his own case and other potential criminal activity he witnessed."
"The Senate on Thursday rejected immigration legislation crafted by centrists in both parties after President Trump threatened to veto the bill if it made it to his desk. In a 54-45 vote, the Senate failed to advance the legislation from eight Republican, seven Democratic and one Independent senators. It needed 60 votes to overcome a procedural hurdle. "
"The House Intelligence Committee has scheduled a Thursday meeting to hear testimony from Steve Bannon—but it's an open question whether President Donald Trump's former chief strategist will even show up. The White House sent a letter to Capitol Hill late Wednesday laying out its explanation for why Trump's transition period falls under its authority to assert executive privilege, a move intended to shield Bannon from answering questions about that time period." Both Republicans and Democrats on the committee dispute the White House's theory, and have floated charging Bannon with contempt should he refuse to appear.