Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 500 words, a 2-minute read.
Michael Horowitz, inspector general for the Justice Department, arrives for testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
The inspector general report on the FBI's handling of the Russia probe is creating quite a mess in Washington, Axios' Zachary Basu notes.
The big picture: Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz made clear in testimony today that both sides have a point, within limits.
What he's saying: Horowitz was "surprised" that U.S. Attorney John Durham, tasked by Attorney General Bill Barr with conducting a more expansive investigation into the origins of the Russia probe, issued a statement disputing the conclusion that the opening of the investigation was properly predicated.
The bottom line: "I think the activities we found here don't vindicate anybody who touched this," Horowitz told the Senate Judiciary Committee, referencing a James Comey op-ed in the Washington Post.
Employees of the Maryland real estate firm St. John Properties at the company holiday party. Photo: Wendy Hickok Photography via AP
Baltimore-based commercial real estate developer St. John Properties is paying out a $10 million bonus to its 198 employees, WTOP reports.
The big picture: Corporate America has talked a big game in 2019 about how it must do a better job of serving all stakeholders, not just investors, reports Axios' Dan Primack.