Apr 19, 2018

James Comey could “potentially” testify against Andrew McCabe

Screenshot: CNN

Former FBI director James Comey told CNN's Jake Tapper Thursday that he feels "conflicted" about former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe's criminal referral:

"I like him very much as a person, but sometimes even good people do things they shouldn't do."
— James Comey

Highlights:

  • Comey said he could "well be a witness" against McCabe if he's prosecuted for "lacking candor" during former hearings.
  • On the DOJ releasing Comey memos to Congress: "Fine by me," he said. “I think what folks will see, if they get to see the memos, is that I’ve been consistent since the very beginning," he said.
  • Behind his decision to leak the memos: Comey said he lost confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after learning he played a role in his firing. Note: The Comey memos sparked the appointment of a special counsel.
  • "I am responsible" for Peter Strzok and Lisa Page's actions and poor judgement, he said.

Go deeper

Coronavirus spreads to more countries as cases in South Korea surge

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Afghanistan, Kuwait and Bahrain each reported their first cases of the novel coronavirus, Al Jazeera first reported, as infections in South Korea, Italy and mainland China continued to increase on Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, World Health Organization officials expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,619 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

Go deeperArrowUpdated 7 mins ago - Health

In photos: India welcomes president with massive "Namaste Trump" rally

First Lady Melania Trump, President Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the "Namaste Trump" rally at Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, on Monday. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump was addressing a massive rally after arriving with members of the U.S. first family in Ahmedabad, northwest India, Monday for a two-day visit.

Why it matters: The countries are forging deeper ties, particularly in the military dimension, as India’s location, size and economic growth making it the "obvious counterweight to China" for American policymakers, per Axios' Dave Lawler and Zachary Basu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is demonstrating the importance of the visit by holding a "Namaste Trump Rally" at a packed 110,000-capacity Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad — the world's largest cricket venue.

Go deeperArrowUpdated 57 mins ago - World

Sanders reveals free childcare plan for preschoolers

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally on Saturday in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday a new plan to guarantee free child care and pre-kindergarten to all American children from infancy to age four.

Details: In the wide-ranging interview, Sanders told Anderson Cooper he planned to pay for universal childcare with a wealth tax. "It's taxes on billionaires," he said.

Go deeperArrowUpdated 5 hours ago - Politics & Policy