Today in 5 Lines
During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Attorney General Jeff Sessions denied “stonewalling” when senators accused him of not fully answering their questions, and vowed to defend himself “against scurrilous and false allegations” related to Russia. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told lawmakers that he has not seen any evidence of “good cause” to fire special counsel Robert Mueller amid questions about Mueller's possible dismissal. House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters that the “smartest” thing President Trump can do is “let Robert Mueller do his job.” Virginians head to the polls to vote in the primary election to replace Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. American college student Otto Warmbier has been medically evacuated from North Korea in a coma, according to a statement from his parents.
Today on The Atlantic
Senator or Surrogate?: Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed that when he met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in 2016 he did so as a senator, not as a surrogate for Donald Trump. But Julia Ioffe reports that some foreign officials sought him out precisely because of his role on the Trump campaign.
‘A Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party’: The Virginia primary race will test whether liberals prefer anti-Trump candidates with a message of economic populism—or establishment-backed Democrats. (Clare Foran)
Limiting Reporters’ Access: On Tuesday, reporters were told that they would no longer be allowed to film interviews with lawmakers in the hallways of the Senate. The Senate Rules Committee later walked back the decision, but the unprecedented step nevertheless raised alarm among journalists and lawmakers alike.