Gov. Bruce Rauner’s (R) “campaign Wednesday responded to a new attack ad from” venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker (D), “labeling it ‘dishonest and shameful’ for contending the wealthy governor made money from President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policy that separated children from their families at the border.”
“Rauner’s campaign noted that the governor late last month called for an end to Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy that labeled migrants entering the country as a criminal rather than civil matter. … The ad also asserts Rauner profited from the firm Correct Care Solutions. The firm is being used to provide health care at some federal Department of Homeland Security migrant detention centers. Rauner previously was a partner in the equity investment firm GTCR and has said his current investments have been delegated to a power of attorney. … Rauner left GTCR in 2012, his campaign said, and the equity firm didn’t invest in Correct Care Solutions until 2014.” (Chicago Tribune)
PENCE POPS IN. “Vice President Mike Pence hits Chicago on Friday to raise money for Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., facing a tough re-election race, and to tout President Donald Trump’s tax policies at an event, the Sun-Times has learned, where he will be introduced by GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner. Usually a Republican governor introducing a Republican Vice President wouldn’t be worthy of highlighting in the first paragraph. In this case it is, because Rauner has gone to some effort – until lately – to distance himself from President Donald Trump. What’s changed? Rauner needs to repair relations with the Republican base in Illinois as he battles J.B. Pritzker.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
What We're Following See More »
"The mercurial veteran GOP political operative, Roger Stone, has acknowledged that he is the unnamed Trump campaign regular who corresponded with an alleged Russian hacker, as described in a new indictment against a dozen Russians returned Friday by a federal grand jury." He told ABC News that he previously admitted to the contact to House investigators. He called the correspondence "benign."
"A dozen Russian intelligence officers have been charged with conspiring" to hack into Democratic organizations, the Hillary Clinton campaign, and state election boards and private companies providing ballot verifying software for the 2016 presidential election, announced Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The Russians corresponded "with several Americans," Rosenstein said, who clarified that there was "no allegation in this indictment" that the Americans knew they were speaking with Russian hackers.
"President Trump described the European Union as 'a foe' in an interview with CBS News on Sunday, ahead of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland. "I think we have a lot of foes," Trump said. "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now, you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they are a foe."