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Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is looking to sue for defamation, wrongful termination and other possible civil claims, his lawyer told reporters Friday.

What to watch: McCabe’s lawyer, Michael Bromwich, also said his client told then-FBI Director James Comey that he was pushing back on stories about the Hillary Clinton investigation — which would mean he didn’t lack candor. They are seeking ways to release emails and phone call transcripts between McCabe and Comey to shed light on the issue.

Timing: Bromwich said McCabe's legal team has yet to work out a timeframe for when they plan to file the suits, but the team "want[s] these to be solid. We’ll file when we’re ready."

Bromwich also accused McCabe's opponents, including President Trump, of "continuing slander":

“We’ve never seen anything like this before. It does damage not only to Andy McCabe individually but also to the FBI as an institution.”

The intrigue: Bromwich said that McCabe was "upset and disappointed" by some of the things former FBI Director James Comey has said about him. But he added they are not suggesting that Comey is "making things up or lying."

  • "Nobody’s memory is perfect, people are fallible," Bromwich said when asked about the differences between McCabe and Comey's stories. "McCabe has a clear recollection, Comey does not."
  • Bromwich added that his team hasn't managed to find any witnesses to corroborate McCabe's version of the story, but said they also haven't had the necessary time to do so.

One big thing: Bromwich announced the launch of the Andrew McCabe Legal Defense Fund. Its three trustees are looking at transferring the $550,000 that was raised via a GoFundMe campaign over to the more formal legal fund.

Bromwich's bottom line: He believes that if the case against McCabe is evaluated on the merits and facts "there will be a decision not to prosecute on any charges whatsoever," again emphasizing the low standard for a referral from the OIG's office.  

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Why it matters: If their responses reflect larger patterns in U.S. society, this could hurt Republicans with women and independents in next year's midterm elections. The swing voters cited overreach, invasion of privacy and concerns about frivolous lawsuits jamming up the courts.

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Why it matters: Defying a president from his own party — face-to-face — is the strongest indication yet Manchin is serious about cutting specific programs and limiting the price tag of any potential bill to $1.5 trillion. His insistence could blow up the deal for progressives and others.

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President Biden is constructing and deepening new alliances to strengthen the U.S. position in its showdown with China, but he risks alienating longstanding allies in the process.

Why it matters: Biden heralded a new agreement to help Australia acquire nuclear submarines as part of a trilateral security pact with the U.K. and the U.S. as an "historic step" to update U.S. alliances to face new challenges. The message from French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, was quite different.