Political Insider: Latest on Budget Negotiations at State Capitol; Trump Intel Share Controversy

May 16, 2017 07:46 PM

In tonight's Political Insider, Tom Hauser and our analysts discuss:

The Latest on Budget Negotiations at the State Capitol


With less than one week to go until the end of the legislative session, Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders are trying to nail down a budget deal. On Tuesday, Dayton made a significant budget offer to Republican leaders. He proposed $624 million less in spending, with $208 million more in tax cuts. That brings Dayton's total tax cut proposal to $500 million, less than half the GOP proposal. However, Dayton proposes $321 million increase in auto license tab fees through 2019 and another $638 million in 2020-21. 

Republicans call license tab fees "unacceptable." However, they're encouraged by movement in other areas. Republicans did say Tuesday afternoon they reduced their tax cut proposal from $1.1 billion to $875 million.

Report: Trump Asked Comey to End Flynn Probe 

A person familiar with the situation said FBI Director James Comey wrote in a memo after a dinner with President Donald Trump that Trump had asked him to shut down an FBI investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The person had seen the memo but was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. The existence of the memo was first reported Tuesday by The New York Times. The memo followed a Jan. 27 dinner between Trump and Comey.

More Controversy from the White House: Did President Trump Leak Classified Information to Russian Officials?

White House press secretary Sean Spicer says unauthorized leaks of sensitive or classified information are "frankly dangerous," after President Donald Trump reportedly shared classified information with two Russian diplomats during a meeting in the Oval Office. Spicer said in a White House briefing Tuesday the unauthorized leaks are a threat to U.S. national security. He drew a distinction between those leaks and Trump's conversation with the Russians.

President Trump's national security adviser said Trump didn't know where information that he shared with Russian officials came from. The adviser, H.R. McMaster, said at a White House briefing that the information was available through "open-source reporting." Trump was later informed that he had broken protocol. White House officials then reached out to the National Security Agency and the CIA in an effort to contain any damage.


Tom Hauser and Amanda Theisen

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