Merrick Garland doesn't want to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Republicans tried to highlight their push to replace ObamaCare during a weekly leadership press conference, but they were immediately peppered with questions about Trump.

I read the Washington Post story, and I read General McMaster's response, which tends to refute the story-rebut the story.

FOX Business was first to report that Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) pitched Garland as a possible Comey replacement on Wednesday during a private gathering at the White House with senior administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Don McGahn, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter.

"We have no way to know what was said, but protecting our nation's secrets is paramount", he said.

At least one Republican, Utah Sen. McCain also said in a statement that reports that the information was provided by a USA ally and shared without the country's knowledge could mean that other countries won't share intelligence with Americans in the future.

The information Trump relayed, officials said, was provided by a USA partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the US government.

And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now expressing his desire that he would like to see "less drama" coming from the White House.

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., described the entire episode as "weird" but cautioned that the president appeared to have operated within his authority. Like many congressional Republicans, McConnell didn't run to Trump's side - but didn't outright criticize the president either. He said the agenda is deregulation, tax reform and repealing and replacing the health care law.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell downplayed on Tuesday the startling reports that President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to a pair of Russian diplomats in the Oval Office.

Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, had been promoted for the job by some of the same Senate Republicans who blocked his nomination and refused to give him a Senate hearing.

Trump revealed to the Russians details about the Islamic State militant group that had been provided by allies, according to The Washington Post. And Trump himself admitted Tuesday morning to sharing certain "facts" with Russian Federation.

Several hours later, lawmakers were shaken anew by reports that the president had asked then-FBI Director James Comey to stop investigating ousted adviser Michael Flynn.

That won't happen either, though, because Trump's goal in firing Comey was to make the FBI's Russian Federation investigation go away.

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