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Hillary Clinton's former aides aren't known for their affection toward James Comey. In fact many of them blamed him for Clinton's election loss, but tonight they were quick to criticize President Trump's decision to fire Comey:

  • Senator Tim Kaine, Clinton's former running mate: "Trump firing Comey shows how frightened the Admin is over Russia investigation... Comey firing part of a growing pattern by White House to cover-up the truth."
  • John Podesta, former chairman of the Clinton campaign, in reference to former President Richard Nixon's 1973 "Saturday Night Massacre": "@realDonaldTrump Didn't you know you're supposed to wait til Saturday night to massacre people investigating you?"
  • Robby Mook, Clinton's former campaign manager who has been outwardly critical of Comey since the election: "Twilight zone. I was as disappointed and frustrated as anyone at how the email investigation was handled. But this terrifies me... Surprised I'm saying this, but I don't see how this bodes well for the Russia investigation."
  • Brian Fallon, Clinton's former press secretary: "I'm not shedding any tears for Comey personally -he hurt FBI's reputation- but I do worry whether we ever get to the bottom of Russia now."
  • Glen Caplin, former Clinton spokesman who now works as a senior adviser for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: "I am no Comey fan, but POTUS firing FBI Director conducting investigation into campaign is indefensible. Need independent investigation ASAP... Flynn out, Sessions had to recuse himself, Nunes had to step aside, Epshteyn shipped out of the WH, Comey fired...notice any similarities?"

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Facebook is rolling out a new policy that will prevent U.S. news publishers with "direct, meaningful ties" to political groups from claiming the news exemption within its political ads authorization process, executives tell Axios.

Why it matters: Since the 2016 election, reporters and researchers have uncovered over 1,200 instances in which political groups use websites disguised as local news outlets to push their point of view to Americans.