Highlights: The Trump presidency on March 8 at 1:45 P.M. EST

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Posted: Mar 08, 2017 1:49 PM

(Reuters) - Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday:

WIRETAPPING

Two senior members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee are asking the FBI and Justice Department for any information they have on Trump's claim that his predecessor, Barack Obama, ordered wiretaps of him during last year's presidential campaign.

FBI Director James Comey says he has no plans to step down any time soon, days after he reportedly pushed back against President Donald Trump's allegations that the Obama administration had tapped his phones during the 2016 election.

HEALTHCARE

Democrats mount a fierce uphill battle on Wednesday to thwart a Republican plan backed by Trump to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, even as the legislation also draws fire from a top medical group and dissatisfied conservatives.

BUDGET

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney says he expects to release the Trump administration's fiscal 2018 federal budget plans on March 15.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Trump plans to meet with a group of infrastructure business leaders, including Elon Musk of Tesla Inc <TSLA.O) and Space X, at the White House on Wednesday.

ADMINISTRATION

Wall Street attorney Jay Clayton, President Donald Trump's pick to head the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, vows to recuse himself from agency matters involving his law firm and former clients, according to an ethics agreement.

CORPORATE RELATIONS

Interviews with nearly a dozen corporate executives and lobbyists say the Trump they see in private meetings is very different from the Trump who criticizes companies on Twitter.

IMMIGRATION

Trump's immigration policies could lead to collective expulsions of migrants in a breach of international law, the United Nations human rights chief says.

ICAHN

Government watchdog group Public Citizen asks lawmakers to investigate whether billionaire investor Carl Icahn should have been subject to lobbying disclosure laws when he advised Trump to overhaul the U.S. biofuels program.

PROTESTS

American women plan to use International Women's Day to stay off the job and demonstrate across the country in an effort to seize on the momentum built from massive marches held a day after Trump's inauguration.

(Compiled by Bill Trott and Jonathan Oatis; Editing by James Dalgleish)