Today in 5 Lines
In a dramatic escalation of the Russia investigation, President Trump’s former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, along with his business partner, Rick Gates, were indicted on 12 counts, including money laundering and conspiracy against the United States. Separately, a former Trump campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about his efforts to get “dirt” on Hillary Clinton from Russian officials. Despite Papadopoulos’s plea, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted Monday’s indictments were not related to the Trump campaign and called instead for further investigation into the potential misdeeds of Clinton. A federal court issued a preliminary injunction on Trump’s transgender military ban, temporarily halting its enforcement. And the FBI is investigating the Puerto Rican power authority’s decision to award a $300 million infrastructure-rebuilding contract to Whitefish, a small Montana energy firm.
Today on The Atlantic
A Grim Foreshadowing?: Democratic lawmakers urged Republicans to support Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in light of Monday's indictments. (Russell Berman)
Dear Republican Lawmakers: It’s usually wise for a politician to lay low during controversies, writes David Frum, but when it comes to the Russia investigation, keeping quiet is dangerous.
A Dire Situation: Puerto Ricans are facing numerous challenges in providing and accessing adequate health care, creating nothing short of a crisis. (Vann Newkirk II)