Early Warning for 8 June 2018

Good morning. Here’s your Early Warning for Friday, 8 June 2018. (All times Eastern.)

 

Advanced Early Warning: The Justice Dept. is reneging on a previous pledge to provide documents to investigating congressional committees pertaining to the FBI’s investigation into allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. DoJ promised lawmakers last month the department would hand over the documents by Thursday of this week, but in a late-night statement said officials will only meet with a group of select lawmakers to discuss the matter on the same day the North Korea summit opens in Singapore, according to sources who’ve seen it. Furthermore, DoJ has issued new stipulations for briefing congressional members: The meeting is now limited to only the Gang of Eight, which is comprised of eight leaders within Congress who are briefed on classified intelligence matters. Some lawmakers are critical of the new stipulations, claiming that the information they seek does not rise to that level of classification.

 

ALSO: European leaders are criticizing President Trump for his decision to leave the upcoming G-7 meeting in Canada several hours early. The White House said Trump would depart mid-morning on Saturday, skipping sessions on climate change and the environment; an aide will take his place. The announcement came as Trump engaged in a bitter back-and-forth with French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over Twitter, both of whom he’ll meet face-to-face on Friday. POTUS Trump expects a lot of pushback from U.S. allies over his trade policies.


White House:

At 7:25 a.m., Trump departed the White House enroute to the G-7 summit which is being held in a remote part of Quebec, Canada. At 11:15 a.m. he will arrive at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu; Charlevoix, Quebec.

At 11:20 a.m. Trump is scheduled to participate in a bilateral meeting with French President Macron, and at 12:30 p.m. he will participate in a working lunch and Session I of the G7 Summit.

Session II of the G7 Summit begins at 3:00 p.m. At 5:00 p.m. POTUS will participate in an expanded bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau.

Session III of the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.; Trump will participate in a cultural event at that time.


State Department:

Secretary Mike Pompeo will officiate the 153rd Civil Service Swearing-In Ceremony at the State Department building at 10:30 a.m.

Deputy Secretary John Sullivan attends meetings and briefings at State throughout the day.


Defense Department:

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. are traveling.

Earlier, Mattis met with German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen at the NATO Defense Ministerial to reaffirm the longstanding defense relationship between the United States and Germany. The leaders discussed a broad range of defense issues, including Germany’s recent increase to its contributions to Afghanistan and the importance of NATO.

There are no changes is aircraft carrier activity from 7 June 2018 and there does not appear to be a conflict imminent that requires a carrier strike group.


Congress:

House of Representatives:

9:00 a.m.: The Speaker designated the Honorable Roger W. Marshall to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

9:00 a.m: The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

Senate:

There are no committee hearings scheduled for today.


Economy:

(1) The Trump administration says it will no longer defend the Affordable Care Act from a challenge filed by 20 states in a brief filed Thursday night because it agrees that the law’s individual mandate is unconstitutional and that key parts of the act — including the provisions protecting those with pre-existing conditions — are invalid. The Justice Department does not join the 20 states in the lawsuit in saying that this invalidates the entire law. Rather, in the brief, the Justice Department says that only the section of the law dealing with the individual mandate is unconstitutional. However, the Trump administration believes that the provision of the ACA guaranteeing affordable rates to those with pre-existing conditions must be thrown out with the individual mandate.

(2) POTUS Trump is calling for Russia to be included in all future G-7 meetings. Moscow was pushed out of the group of G-8 nations following its annexation of Crimea in 2014. The move prompted global condemnation and multilateral economic sanctions. “They threw Russia out. They should let Russia come back in. We should have Russia at the negotiating table,” the president said Friday as he prepared to leave for the G-7 summit in Quebec City.


Yesterday’s Significant Reporting:

Reporter says AG Sessions is refusing to investigate a massive espionage scandal tied to Pakistani IT workers employed by Democrats

DHS report claims airliner hacking just a matter of time

China warns U.S. after ‘provocative’ B-52 flyby


Notable Quotable

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate warned that policies and practices are not adequate to deal with the “immediacy and devastating consequences that could result from a catastrophic cyber attack on an airborne commercial aircraft.” — Excerpted from a report detailing vulnerabilities with commercial aircraft and risk assessments.

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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