Today in 5 Lines
In an interview with NBC, President Trump called former FBI Director James Comey a “showboat,” and said he was going to fire him “regardless” of what the Justice Department recommended. During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe denied the White House’s assertion that FBI employees had lost confidence in Comey. The leaders of the committee, Chairman Richard Burr and ranking member Mark Warner, met privately with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote the memo laying out a case against Comey, but said they did not discuss Comey’s firing. Trump signed an executive order establishing a commission to review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression. The FBI confirmed it is executing a search warrant at a GOP fundraising and consulting firm in Annapolis, Maryland.
Today on The Atlantic
Contextualizing Trump’s Decision: Vann R. Newkirk II spoke with Beverly Gage, a professor of 20th-century American history at Yale University, about whether President Trump’s decision to fire James Comey. Is it unprecedented? “The answer is yes and no.”
‘The Tragedy of James Comey’: During his time as FBI director, James Comey tried to shield the bureau from accusations of political bias. His handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, however, compromised the independence he tried to uphold. (Adam Serwer)
Face the Music: New Jersey Representative Tom MacArthur, who played a key role in the passage of the House Republican health-care bill, faced dozens of angry constituents at a town hall meeting Wednesday. “You’ve really taken a beating tonight,” a woman told him. (Russell Berman)