Today in 5 Lines
During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers that he believed President Trump fired him “because of the Russia investigation.” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed Comey’s claim that the administration had spread “lies” about his dismissal. The president’s personal lawyer responded to Comey’s testimony by attacking the former FBI director’s integrity on dubious grounds. The Republican Steering Committee picked Representative Trey Gowdy to replace Representative Jason Chaffetz as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The House voted to undo much of the Dodd-Frank Act, the banking law signed by former President Barack Obama after the 2008 economic crisis.
Today on The Atlantic
‘Honest Loyalty’: Peter Beinart explains how the phrase illustrates the “conflict of values” between President Trump and former FBI Director James Comey.
What Did Mike Pompeo Do?: The director of the CIA was reportedly in the room with the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats when President Trump complained about the investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser. Pompeo’s role in the exchange, however, remains a mystery. (Adam Serwer)
An Impossible Boss: Donald Trump’s supporters thought he would be a successful president because he would surround himself with experts. But, writes John Dickerson, the president’s “improvisation saps experts of their key skill: pattern recognition.”