The headlines this week have been dominated by the impending release of a memo prepared by staffers for Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee. The FBI and the Justice Department are strongly opposed to making the memo public. President Trump is eager to have it released. Devon Nunes, the Committee chair, also wants it made public, despite refusing to share it with his counterpart, Richard Burr, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 campaign
This comes after news that Robert Mueller is negotiating with the President’s lawyers to interview the President in connection with his investigation.
In an 80-minute State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, the President touched on a long list of issues, including trade. A little later in the News Wrap, we’ll talk about the future prospects for NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and other economic issues, with Don Lee, who covers economic developments for the LA Times.
But first, we begin with David Smith, the Washington bureau chief for the Guardian. He joins us from NPR studios in Washington, DC.