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.
2. What you missed
- An Amtrak train carrying Republican members of Congress to a retreat collided with a garbage truck today in Virginia, killing the driver. Rep. Jason Lewis of Minnesota was taken to the hospital to check for a concussion, and Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee was treated for neck, back and foot injuries. Details.
- The Department of Justice is dropping its indictment against Sen. Bob Menendez. More.
- FOX Sports has bought the rights to broadcast Thursday Night Football games for five seasons. The deal is worth roughly $550 million. Details.
- Trump’s State of the Union ratings: Roughly 44.5 million viewers across broadcast and cable, compared to 48 million who watched President Obama’s first State of the Union address in 2010. 11.5 million of Trump's viewers watched on Fox News. Numbers.
- Reps. Trey Gowdy and Bob Brady both announced they will not run for re-election. Graphic.
- The U.S. is headed for a jobless rate of 3.5% this time next year, according to an analyst, a level reached in only two other periods since the government began keeping such records in 1948. Dive in.
3: Bonus moon pic
4. 1 British thing
The Treasury Minister of the U.K. offered to resign from his government post today after arriving late to a Parliamentary session and missing a question from a Labour colleague, Baroness Lister. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May declined to accept Bates' resignation. Video.