Today in 5 Lines
President Trump appointed former Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci as the administration’s new communications director. Sean Spicer, who was reportedly opposed to the appointment, promptly resigned as White House press secretary. During a White House press briefing, Scaramucci announced that Sarah Huckabee Sanders would be promoted to press secretary. CNN reports that former National-Security Adviser Susan Rice met privately with the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of the panel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. The State Department said it will ban U.S. citizens from traveling to North Korea starting next month.
Today on The Atlantic
After the Storm: In the wake of Sean Spicer’s sudden departure, David A. Graham explains what we know about the build up to his resignation, and the road ahead for Anthony Scaramucci, the administration’s new communications director.
Who Is Scaramucci?: In 2015, the financier and TV talking head called Donald Trump “a hack politician.” On Friday, Scaramucci became an official spokesman for Trump. (Russell Berman)
He Can Dig If He Wants To: President Trump is reportedly indignant about the idea that Special Counsel Robert Mueller might investigate his finances, but Mueller can legally pursue any crimes he discovers, even ones unrelated to the Russia inquiry. (Adam Serwer)
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