The Russian government is again trying to meddle in the presidential election. In doing so, they’re working to aid two very different candidates.
👓 F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia | New York Times
The investigation, whose fate is unclear, led counterintelligence investigators to consider an explosive question: whether the president’s actions constituted a possible threat to national security.
👓 What if the Obstruction Was the Collusion? On the New York Times’s Latest Bombshell | Lawfare
Between Friday’s New York Times story and other earlier material, we might be in a position to revisit the relationship between the “collusion” and obstruction components of the Mueller investigation.
🎧 ‘The Daily’: Why Peter Strzok Wanted to Testify | New York Times
We look at what happened when the embattled F.B.I. agent appeared before lawmakers to explain his controversial text messages.
👓 FBI has not contacted dozens of potential sources in Kavanaugh investigation | NBC News
With the investigation winding down, multiple individuals who have tried to contact the bureau have not heard back.
🎧 ‘The Daily’: Rod Rosenstein’s Insurrection | New York Times
In the eight days between the firing of James Comey and the appointment of Robert Mueller, the deputy attorney general faced a crisis.
🎧 ‘The Daily’: The Report on the F.B.I.’s Clinton Inquiry | New York Times
The Justice Department’s inspector general released a long-awaited report on Thursday on the F.B.I. investigation of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.
The findings could be both good and bad for President Trump.
On today’s episode:
• Matt Apuzzo, who covers national security for The New York Times.
• The Justice Department’s inspector general painted a harsh portrait of the F.B.I. during the 2016 presidential election, describing James B. Comey, the former director, as “insubordinate,” but finding no bias in his decision to clear Hillary Clinton.
• The report gives President Trump an opening, but it also undercuts his narrative.
• Democrats saw the document as proof that the F.B.I. had wronged Mrs. Clinton, but it also brought new worries.
• The report is more than 500 pages long. Our reporters break it down.
🎧 ‘The Daily’: James Comey Opens Up About Ego, Distrust and More | New York Times
James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, spoke with me for Friday’s episode of “The Daily,” as he wraps up a publicity tour for his book, “A Higher Loyalty.” Our conversation focused on his decision, before his firing, to document his interactions with President Trump in a series of memos — and to eventually share the contents of one of those memos with a journalist, in the hopes of pressuring the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel in the Russia investigation.
👓 ‘The Daily’: Trump and the F.B.I. | The New York Times
President Trump called the firing of Andrew G. McCabe, the deputy F.B.I. director, a “great day for democracy.” Mr. McCabe said his dismissal was for political reasons.
👓 Former FBI No.2 McCabe fired; claims he is being targeted | Reuters
FBI Simulator | Saturday Night Live
A training exercise puts an agent's (Kenan Thompson) ability to distinguish between a threat (Beck Bennett, Leslie Jones, Jon Rudnitsky) and a harmless civilian (Aidy Bryant, Larry David, Vanessa Bayer, Bobby Moynihan) to the test.