Countdown to the State of the Union- McCabe steps down from FBI amid pressures

McCabe Resigns

As President Trump prepares to give his State of the Union Address, FBI Deputy Andrew McCabe has resigned from his position as Deputy to the chief of the FBI.

We reported last week as Jeff Sessions was summoned by the Special Counsel investigation that there were suspicions that Sessions had pressured Christopher Wray, the FBI director to fire his deputy after it surfaced

McCabe’s wife was a Democratic candidate for a Virginia Senate seat in 2015 and received funding from Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton ally. 

McCabe was subject to pressure from the president as well as other members of the Justice Department and abruptly resigned on Monday.

McCabe served as the agency’s top official in the months after James Comey was fired until the current director, Christopher Wray, was confirmed.

State of the Union- Ticket Controversy and Anticipation

The State of The Union Address will be on Tuesday, and there was controversy regarding a typo in the ticket designs. A Tweet from the Hill shows that the Ticket mentions the “State of the Uniom”.

According to USA Today, 

The Office of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper is responsible for the tickets, CNN reported. A source in that office told the cable news network that the tickets have been reprinted and are in the process of being redistributed.

The State of The Union will be the first major address of the year, and we expect the President to announce details regarding his plans for infrastructure, immigration, defense, and foreign policy. 

At a White House meeting with mayors from different US cities last week, the president said the plan to help build and update infrastructure projects including roads, bridges, airports and sewers would be estimated at $1.7 billion, larger than the initially promised $1 billion that President Trump estimated earlier.

The White House also released the outline of an immigration plan which provides a path to citizenship for the 1.8 million so-called Dreamers and other individuals affected by DACA — while also allocating $25 billion to bolster border security enforcement, including building a wall along the southern border, and strengthening border security forces. Democrats are opposed to the wall and other enforcement provisions, while many Republicans support the wall, some are opposed to how it will be funded.

One of the other upcoming issues will be the upcoming budget decision as the February 8th deadline approaches for Congress to approve new spending provisions.

FBI Memo

The House Intelligence Committee voted Monday to release a GOP memo that alleges the FBI and DOJ used improper surveillance against Donald Trump during the campaign process. DOJ objects to the release of the document stating that it contains classified information that is not ready to be declassified. The panel voted against releasing a counter memo Democrats authored. Many Democrats have argued that the memo is merely a distraction from the Russia investigation.

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