Early Warning for 05 June 2018

Good morning. Here’s your early warning for Wednesday, 5 June 2018. (All times Eastern.)


Advanced Early Warning: FBI counterintelligence chief William Priestap is set to provide closed-door testimony on Capitol Hill today. Priestap was anti-Trump FBI counterintelligence No. 2 Peter Strzok’s boss. He also headed up the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information and the Russian collusion investigation into the Trump campaign. Word is that he’s a “cooperating witness.”


ALSO: Special counsel Robert Mueller has leveled new charges against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort — witness tampering. The Mueller team alleges that Manafort contacted two persons important to the ongoing investigation in violation of his conditional release while he awaits trial. The Mueller team reportedly accessed Manafort’s iCloud account and found that Manafort and one of his associates “repeatedly” contacted two witnesses in an effort to influence their testimony. The Mueller team is requesting a judge order Manafort to jail before trial.

White House:

The president will receive his daily intelligence briefing and then meet with U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley at 11:30. At noon he will have lunch with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and at 3 p.m. he will participate in a celebration of America in lieu of a ceremony honoring the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, who he has disinvited, on the South Lawn.

At 3:30 p.m., POTUS meets with members of Congress in the Roosevelt Room. At 5:15 p.m. Trump will host a signing ceremony for S. 292 – The Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act of 2018.

State Department:

At 8:00 a.m. Secretary Pompeo meets with Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq Jan Kubis, at the Department of State.

At 9:15 a.m. he meets with Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso, at the Department of State.

After lunching with POTUS at noon, Pompeo will host a working lunch at 1:00 p.m. with Singaporean Foreign Minister Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, at the Department of State.

Then, at 3:00 p.m. SECSTATE meets with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, at the Department of State.

Defense Department:

SECDEF James N. Mattis and Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan have no public or media events on their schedules. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. is traveling.

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William F. Moran speaks at 9 a.m. EDT at the 2018 Sea of White ceremony commemorating the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Midway at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Army Col. Thomas Veale, director, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) Public Affairs, briefs the media by video at 11 a.m. in the Pentagon Briefing Room to provide an update on operations.

Aircraft carrier movement/activities:

Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) passed out of the Mediterranean Sea into the Adriatic Sea on routine patrol.

Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) has completed carrier qualifications in waters south of Japan and is continuing its routine Western Pacific patrol.

George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) is operating off the coast of Virginia, having left port at Norfolk.

Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is operating off the coast of Virginia, having left port at Norfolk.


The House The Committee on Rules will meet at 5:00 p.m. to discuss the following measures:

  • Senate amendment to H.R. 3249 — Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2018
  • H.R. 8 — Water Resources Development Act of 2018
  • H.R. 5895 — Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019 [Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019] [General Debate]

The Senate will convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Robert Earl Wier to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Yesterday’s Significant Reporting:

Ailing Sen. McCain still pushing for illegal alien amnesty

Democrats give Trump ‘list of demands’ for North Korean denuclearization deal

Navy planning for low-yield sea-launched nuclear missile

Notable Quotable:

“Appointed in 1987, with the end of the Cold War near, Secretary Carlucci was a transformative leader. He changed the way the Department worked with Congress, and managed critical defense issues, such as procuring major weapon systems, and rebalancing military priorities and resources under dynamic and challenging geopolitical circumstances.” — A portion of SECDEF Mattis’ statement commemorating the passing of former Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci.

Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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