Cornyn, McConnell (UC), Schumer

Executive Session (Bounds Nomination)

Senator Cornyn: (11:58 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the recent meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "Mr. President, reserving the right to object, let me first thank the senator from Arizona and the senator from Delaware for expressing all of our concern about Russian interference in the 2016 election. It's absolutely clear they did, and the president has said as much on a number of occasions. Now, I agree in Helsinki he was less than clear about that, but he came back and said that he'd misspoke and reaffirmed his earlier position that, yes, the Russia government had attempted to interfere in the election, although nobody disputes the fact that they were successful in changing a single vote or affecting the outcome."


Senator McConnell: (12:07 p.m)

  • Unanimous Consent –
    • Notwithstanding Rule XXII, all post-cloture time on Executive Calendar #903, Ryan Wesley Bounds, of Oregon, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit expire at 1:45 p.m. today.
    • Following disposition of the Bounds nomination, the Senate will then VOTE on the Schumer resolution that is at the desk.
    • Further, the Senate will immediately VOTE on the Schumer resolution at the desk.
    • (Without Objection)


Senator Schumer: (12:08 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the recent meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "And I'd say one more point. From what I am told, one of the major objections from the other side was the including of contemporaneous notes, that congress wished that contemporaneous notes in that secret meeting for two hours be made available. That is key. What are they hiding? What are they afraid of? Don't the American people have a right to know what went on in that meeting, particularly when president Putin gets up and talks about some agreements that it seems not even our high-ranking officials in the state, defense, intelligence departments know about? This is amazing."