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Weekly Washington Wrap
- The House and Senate are not in session this week but will return to Washington next week. After marking Memorial Day in Washington on Monday, President Obama is spending much of the week outside of DC with stops in Indiana, Colorado and Florida.
- The IT expert who set up Hillary Clinton’s home rigged email server in the basement of her New York house when she served as Obama’s top diplomat will once again assert his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination and refuse to answer question as an open records lawsuit against the US State Department continues. Bryan Pagliano’s lawyers said this week he will decline to answer questions from a conservative watchdog group on Monday. Pagliano likewise invoked his Fifth Amendment rights before the House Select Committee on Benghazi and has remained silent in the months since he accepted a deal for immunity from the federal government as part of his cooperation with the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Clinton’s email setup. Last month, the State Department claimed it had lost the email archive from the time Pagliano worked for Clinton at State. It’s been a week since the State Department’s inspector general released a scathing report on Clinton’s email arrangement. The report found that while other secretaries occasionally used private email, Clinton stands alone in maintaining a homebrewed private server to conduct all official business and bypass the government system. The report found that Clinton neither asked for – nor would have received – permission to use the home system. Clinton admits the server was a “mistake” but maintains the majority of her emails were preserved in the government system through copies to others.
- Meanwhile, GOP presumptive presidential candidate Donald Trump is under fire this week from former employees of “Trump University” who, according to CNN, complained in a federal lawsuit of unethical sales techniques, unqualified instructors and widely unsatisfied students. Trump, who has been repeatedly hit by questions about the university on the campaign trail, has said repeatedly that attendees were very satisfied with the experience. Trump University closed in 2011. According to USA Today, Trump or his companies have been involved in some 3,500 legal filings over the last three decades – what the newspaper calls an “unprecedented” number for a presidential candidate.
Notables in Nashville
So last week we told you that David Wilkins and some of the Team including our own Ashley Martin Aldebol were joining friends from across Canada and the southeastern US in legendary Nashville, TN – home of all things country music to be sure, but also the location of this year’s SEUS-CP conference.
Just as a reminder to all our faithful CCC followers who have summertime on your brilliant minds (Editor’s note: it is June in Canada, after all, we get it!) SEUS-CP stands for the Southeastern United States – Canadian Provinces Trade Alliance and brings together member states including Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Member provinces include Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Québec.
Delegates representing companies and government get together every year to discuss how we can all do bilat business better.
Heads of delegations pose for an official SEUS-CP photo last week in Nashville.
It was great to see Nelson Mullins’ Buzz Burwell there, as well as South Carolina Commerce International Trade Director Clarke Thompson, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslem, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Business Mark Furey, Michelin’s Sheryl Wilkerson, as well as so many other friends and colleagues.
Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey and your former US ambassador to Canada.
By all accounts, the 2016 Nashville confab was a big success and delegates are looking forward to the 2017 conference.
This week, Wilkins winged his way up to Quebec. He spent the front end of his week in various parts of the beautiful province meeting with the board of Resolute Forest Products. From there, he’ll spend today in Washington, DC for various meetings before flying home to sunny South Carolina.
They Said What?
- “I like scrutiny, but you know what when I raise money – excuse me excuse me, I’ve watched you on television and you’re real beauty – when I raise money for the veterans and it’s a massive amount of money, find out how much Hillary Clinton has given to the veterans, it’s nothing. I don’t want the credit for it but I don’t want to be lambasted,” – Donald Trump blasting CNN anchor Jim Acosta and the “political press” in general in a news conference where reporters questioned Trump’s donations to veterans’ groups.
- “Donald Trump — or you — don't have to like the media. That's fine. But I would caution you that casting aspersions on the media for asking questions of one of the two people who will be the leader of the free world is a dangerous game,” – Washington Post columnist Chris Cillizza defending the media and beating up Trump for Trump’s news conference berating the media.
- “That was a press conference. That was the kind of press conference Republicans voters have been dying to see for who knows how many years. Say what you will about Donald Trump -- how many years have people been begging for a Republican to just once take on the media the way Trump did?” – Conservative radio talk show, Rush Limbaugh, in his show open after the Trump news conference berating the media.
- "(Trump) is definitely taking the approach that all publicity is good publicity. But he commands the news coverage because of his willingness to traffic in offensive statements, demeaning and insulting comments, and outrageous conspiracy theories. That is a recipe for commanding attention. But it is not a strategy for making inroads with the key voter groups he needs in order to improve his standing for the general election,” – Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon regarding the Clinton camp’s take on Donald Trump and the news media.
- “Actually, Chris, there was a debate where he was actually asked if his campaign was a clown act, so of course he has been attacked personally by the media. And you see it in social media too -- by reporters. It is not just Mr. Trump that doesn't trust the media, believes that they are dishonest,” – Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson answering CNN’s Chris Cuomo who challenged her on Trump’s “invective.”
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