Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Thursday huddled in classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of meetings prompted by partisan allegations that the bureau spied on the Trump campaign. Democrats emerged from the meetings saying they saw no evidence to support Republican allegations that the FBI acted inappropriately in its early investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News he had learned “nothing particularly surprising,” but did not go into detail.

Trump on Thursday inducted a new member into “the world’s most exclusive club of heroes” by awarding a Medal of Honor to a Navy SEAL who led a daring assault and rescue mission on a snowy Afghanistan mountaintop in 2002.Trump presented the nation’s most prestigious honor for selflessness on the battlefield to Master Chief Special Warfare Operator Britt K. Slabinski of Northampton, Mass. The president said Slabinski is a “special man, a truly brave person.” Trump recounted how Slabinski risked his life by repeatedly exposing himself to “horrendous” fire from more heavily armed al-Qaida forces in March 2002 during the Battle of Takur Ghar while leading a reconnaissance task force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Trump is asking the government to make it easier for private companies to get to and from space. He signed the space policy directive Thursday. He was joined at the White House by Vice President Mike Pence, who heads the National Space Council. In a meeting at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center in February, Pence and other council members recommended the government ease restrictions on private U.S. companies such as SpaceX and Blue Origin. The reforms are meant to get businesses moving faster and farther into space.

Source: Associated Press

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