Today in 5 Lines
During a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, President Trump said he’d be willing to testify under oath about his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey. Trump also called out Qatar for being a “funder of terrorism,” just hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Saudi Arabia and other gulf countries to ease their blockade against Qatar. In a letter to Trump, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley challenged an administration policy that would allow the government to ignore most congressional demands for federal records. The House Intelligence Committee asked the White House to turn over any tapes that might exist of Comey’s conversations with Trump. The Justice Department announced that it will charge Adam W. Purinton with a hate crime in connection with a shooting at a bar in Kansas.
Today on The Atlantic
‘The Most D.C. Thing You Can Do’: Washingtonians gathered at bars around the District to watch former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before a Senate panel on Thursday. Michelle Cottle joined them.
What Did Trump Intend?: During Thursday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, Republican lawmakers suggested that President Trump isn’t guilty of obstructing justice because he didn’t try very hard, or he was really bad at it. But, writes Adam Serwer, the “question of intent is ultimately more important than whether or not Trump got what he wanted.”
Held Under Detainer: Maura Ewing reports that most pretrial detainees in Philadelphia’s jails are there because of minor infractions—not because they can’t afford bail.