Today in 5 Lines
President Trump said he fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday “because he wasn’t doing a good job,” and called Democrats “phony hypocrites” for opposing his decision. In the days before his dismissal, Comey reportedly asked the Justice Department for more resources for the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. The Justice Department denied that report. In a press briefing, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee-Sanders said Trump had been considering Comey’s termination “since the day he was elected.” Trump met with two Russian officials, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, as well as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at the White House. The Senate rejected a resolution to repeal an Obama-era rule limiting methane emissions on public lands.
Today on The Atlantic
‘This Is Not a Drill’: In the wake of President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, David Frum writes: “The suggestion that Comey was fired to punish him for overzealously mishandling the Clinton email investigation appears laughable.” Will the American system catch on and resist?
‘Trump’s Nixonian Moment’: FBI Director James Comey's dismissal immediately evoked comparisons to the Watergate era. Is Donald Trump acting like former President Richard Nixon or is he just being himself? (John Aloysius Farrell)
Come Together: After Richard Nixon fired the Watergate special prosecutor in 1973, some of the country’s party leaders united to defend the law and demand that the investigation continue. Will Trump’s dismissal of Comey have a similar effect? (Ronald Brownstein)