What We’re Following
The Comey Hearing: In his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI Director James Comey affirmed his belief that President Trump fired him “because of the Russia investigation.” He did not accuse the president of obstructing justice, leaving that question up to Robert Mueller, the appointed special counsel. In response, Trump’s personal lawyer accused Comey—inaccurately—of leaking classified information, referring to the memos Comey had drafted regarding his conversations with the president. All in all, writes David Frum, “Thursday was a bad, bad, day for Team Trump.”
Britain’s Special Election: U.K. voters headed to the polls today to choose which party will be able to form a new government. Prime Minister Theresa May had called the snap election to solidify her Conservative party’s power ahead of Brexit negotiations with the EU. But in the weeks leading up to the election, May’s lead shrank, and as of this writing the exit polls project that no one party will win enough seats to control the parliament. Follow our latest coverage here.
Lives Lost: The UN reports that since the end of May, ISIS has killed more than 200 Iraqi civilians, including children, who were trying to escape the ISIS-held parts of western Mosul. Iraq’s U.S.-backed effort to retake the city is still ongoing, but the UN calls these mass killings a “significant escalation” of the conflict. Elsewhere, Yemen is suffering an “unprecedented” cholera epidemic with more than 100,000 suspected cases—a health crisis compounded by the country’s ongoing civil war.