1 big thing: Trump v. FBI
The FBI went public today with "grave concerns" about President Trump's desire for the Nunes memo to go public.
Just hours earlier, White House chief of staff John Kelly said the memo would be cleared for release "pretty quick."
- Flashback: We reported yesterday morning that Trump had already made up his mind to release the memo. The White House went on the record to deny our report. But hours after their on-record denial the president himself unwittingly gave a public confirmation on a hot mic.
- The big quote from the FBI statement: "As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy."
- Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member of House Intel, to me earlier today: "This is about a misleading narrative that the chairman wants to put out to undermine the FBI and Robert Mueller." [Video]
Another hot pair of DOJ scoops:
- Trump wanted to know whether Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein was "on my team" during a White House visit in December, per CNN's Pamela Brown, Evan Perez and Laura Jarrett. Rosenstein was reportedly visiting to seek Trump's aid against requests from House Intel Chair Devin Nunes.
- FBI emails from October of 2016 reportedly show FBI agent Peter Strzok, whose text messages have been at the center of recent scrutiny, helped draft the first version of then-FBI Director Jim Comey's letter to Congress about reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, CNN's Manu Raju, Laura Jarrett and Jeremy Herb report.