Today in 5 Lines
In a morning tweet, President Trump called the Russia investigation a “witch hunt,” after former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn reportedly offered to cooperate with the FBI and the House and Senate intelligence committees in exchange for immunity. Representative Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, visited the White House to view the documents the administration says show evidence of possible surveillance by the Obama administration. Trump signed two executive orders aimed at cracking down on trade abuses, saying in a signing ceremony that “the theft of American prosperity will end.” A federal judge approved a deal for President Trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University. The White House said it will disclose details about the finances of senior administration officials this evening.
Today on The Atlantic
‘The Prince of Oversight’: Jason Chaffetz was the first congressional Republican to officially withdraw his endorsement of Donald Trump, though he ultimately voted for him. McKay Coppins traces Chaffetz’s political career and explores the challenges the chairman of the House Oversight Committee faces as the man tasked with policing his own party.
Danger Zone: Christine Todd Whitman, who headed the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush, argues that Trump’s cuts to the EPA would “pose a great danger to Americans’ lives” by reducing resources for programs that protect public health.
Reset Button: The Trump administration has experienced a number of untimely departures over the last two months. This week, the White House announced the exit of Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh, stirring speculation about more shakeups in the future. (David A. Graham)