☕️ Good Saturday morning.
Responding to questions from Robert Mueller is President Trump’s literal moment of truth, Jonathan Swan writes:
Trump told reporters yesterday that he had finished, but not submitted, his answers for Mueller:
It’s evident that Trump is acutely aware of the high price he would pay if he lies to the special counsel. His concern about that is entirely grounded in fact, and that’s why the process has dragged on for many months.
Between the lines: Rudy Giuliani told The Washington Post that Trump is only answering questions about events prior to his election. If that’s true, it would indicate a certain level of success for the president’s legal team in evading cooperation with inquiries into potential obstruction of justice.
P.S. Trump also said yesterday — following a federal court victory for CNN's Jim Acosta, who returned in triumph (photo above) with his access restored — that the White House is "writing up rules and regulations" for reporter "decorum."
Again?! Below, volunteers look at ballots during a hand recount in Palm Beach, Fla. yesterday.
"The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month," the WashPost's Shane Harris, Greg Miller and Josh Dawsey report:
"Among the intelligence assembled by the CIA is an audio recording from a listening device that the Turks placed inside the Saudi consulate."
Be smart, from Jonathan Swan: Assuming this is true, this will be another test of whether Trump is willing to accept the politically inconvenient conclusions of his own intelligence community over lies and cover stories from abroad.
Syrian children, who fled civil war with their families, jump rope in the yard of the makeshift school Zuhur al-Mustaqbal (in Arabic: "Flowers of the Future") in a camp for displaced people in Syria's mostly rebel-held northern Idlib province.
"The wildfires that have laid waste to vast parts of California are presenting residents with a new danger: air so thick with smoke it ranks among the dirtiest in the world," the N.Y. Times' Julie Turkewitz and Matt Richtel report:
⚡️ Breaking: "The death toll from the Camp fire has jumped to 71. But, perhaps more alarmingly, authorities also dramatically increased the number of missing or unaccounted for to ... more than 1,000." (L.A. Times)
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, at an all-hands meeting in Seattle last week, days before the HQ2 announcement, per CNBC:
"Amazon is not too big to fail. ... In fact, I predict one day Amazon will fail. Amazon will go bankrupt. If you look at large companies, their lifespans tend to be 30-plus years, not a hundred-plus years."
"If we start to focus on ourselves, instead of focusing on our customers, that will be the beginning of the end. ... We have to try and delay that day for as long as possible."
"First day sales for Michelle Obama’s 'Becoming' topped 725,000 copies, making it one of the year’s biggest debuts," per the AP.