May 31, 2018

Andrew McCabe turned over memo on Comey firing to Mueller

Andrew McCabe at a news conference. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe reportedly turned over a confidential memo detailing a behind-the-scenes conversation between McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein where Rosenstein explained that President Trump asked him to refer to the Russia investigation in a memo opposing then-FBI Director James Comey, reports the New York Times citing people familiar with the conversation.

Why it matters: As Axios' Mike Allen and Jonathan Swan previously reported, any obstruction of justice claim centers around Comey's firing and request from Trump for Rosenstein to include Russia in a memo rebuking James Comey could lead to an obstruction of justice charge against the president. The Times adds that "Rosenstein said it was unnecessary and did not include such a reference," as the president said it verbally as he announced Comey's dismissal.

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California's "woman quota" law seems to be working

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When California passed its boardroom law requiring public companies based there to have at least one female director, there were concerns it would spark a gold rush for the same handful of well-known women — but that hasn’t happened.

Why it matters: Of the 138 women who joined all-male California boards last year, 62% are serving on their first company board, per a study by accounting firm KPMG. That means a majority of companies aren't contributing to so-called overboarding in corporate America.

House warned of Russian effort to re-elect Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Trump meet at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, last June. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP

The nation's top election-security official warned the House Intelligence Committee last week that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election to help President Trump get re-elected, continuing to attempt to sow discord among the American electorate, the AP reports.

Why it matters: The warning raises questions about the integrity of the presidential campaign and whether Trump's administration is taking the proper steps to combat the kind of interference that the U.S. saw in 2016.

U.S. and Taliban announce first step in Afghanistan peace process

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The State Department confirmed Friday morning the U.S. and Taliban have "reached an understanding" that starts a 7-day "reduction of violence" to be followed by a signed U.S.-Taliban agreement.

Why it matters: The Afghanistan war is the longest war in U.S. history. President Trump has previously pulled out of talks at the last minute, only to restart them.

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