Michael R Turner

A Brief History of Calls for an Independent Prosecutor
Republicans have previously embraced calls for special counsel

Indiana’s Dan Coats was among Senate Republicans calling for an independent counsel to investigate alleged ties between the Clinton White House and China in 1997. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Calls from Congress for a special prosecutor to investigate alleged foreign meddling in U.S. elections aren’t all that new.

Back when the old independent counsel law was still in effect, Republican senators called for just such an appointment to probe alleged efforts by the Chinese to influence President Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign, and House Republicans, as recently as last year, pushed legislation to make it easier for Congress to empower independent prosecutors.

Word on the Hill: Sasse Goes Junk Food-Free
‘Wait a minute, I’m under oath’

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse accepted a challenge from his child. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

You may see Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., binging on chips and candy on Feb. 1.

He tweeted that one of his three kids challenged him to not eat junk food for the rest of January. And, he agreed.

Pence Previews Trump Priorities While GOP Seeks to Punt Funding Debate Into New Year
VP-elect tells members they should expect to work more next Congress

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan had a private meeting with Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President-elect Mike Pence previewed some of the incoming Trump administration’s priorities on Capitol Hill Thursday while Speaker Paul D. Ryan sought to accommodate the next president by laying plans to punt a government funding debate into next March.

With Pence present, Ryan told a House Republican Conference meeting that they would vote on a short-term continuing resolution in the lame-duck session.

Georgia Runoff Will Decide State's Next Congressman
Two Republicans face off in race to replace Lynn Westmoreland

The House race in Georgia between Mike Crane, above right, and Drew Ferguson is getting attention from far outside the state. (Mike Crane for Congress/YouTube)

One of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s first stops after his controversial speech at the Republican National Convention last week, in which he didn’t endorse GOP nominee Donald Trump, was in Georgia’s 3rd District.

Cruz has endorsed state Sen. Michael Crane, who’s running in a Tuesday runoff against Drew Ferguson, the former mayor of West Point, Georgia, to fill the open seat being vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland.