Facts Matter

Timelines: FBI agent texts and #ReleaseTheMemo

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Donald Trump departs for Davos in Switzerland. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Republicans and Democrats are clashing over two hot topics centered on the federal government's ongoing investigations of the Trump campaign and administration: lost texts between two FBI employees who were formerly part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe and the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign. On Thursday, the Justice Department reportedly told lawmakers that the texts have been recovered.

Why it matters: The disputes over these topics underscore the hyper-polarized climate of 2018 — where facts can be stretched and interpreted to fit two competing, wholly at-odds narratives from both ends of the political spectrum.