Today in 5 Lines
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Trump “weighed in” on his son Donald Trump Jr.’s statement about his 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer, after it was reported that Trump “personally dictated” the statement. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed that Senate Republicans intend to pass tax reform through reconciliation. The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a memo over the weekend saying that Trump had “condoned police misconduct” during his speech to law enforcement officers in Long Island. The Senate is expected to vote to confirm Christopher Wray as FBI director. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Army Major General Mark Inch will lead the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Today on The Atlantic
Lone Wolf: Republican Senator Jeff Flake published an excerpt of his book, The Conscience of a Conservative, in Politico Monday criticizing fellow party members for falling in line with an unfit president. Conor Friedersdorf unpacks his accusations and suggestions for the party moving forward.
What Went Wrong: David Frum argues that Republicans failed to deliver on health care largely because President Trump “could not say ‘no’ to the party forces he had bested and beaten in 2015 and 2016.”
Guilty or Innocent: On Monday, The Washington Post reported that President Trump dictated the misleading statement that his son, Donald Trump Jr., gave about his meeting with a Russian lawyer. There are two potential explanations for Trump’s involvement. (David A. Graham)