Situational awareness: Paul Manafort is suing the Department of Justice, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and special counsel Robert Mueller. The lawsuit claims Mueller was given an overly broad mandate and that the charges against him don't "relate to [his] activities during his brief stint" as campaign manager.
Michael Wolff's book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," spilled into public view today, with Steve Bannon taking the brunt of the wrath from a not-so-thrilled White House.
Why it matters: Wolff had incredible access to the White House in 2017. He told me in November that "[p]erhaps not since the Tudors has palace intrigue been so corrosive and lethal, nor the king so volatile and so in need of instant gratification."
The Wolff details getting attention:
As Axios' Jonathan Swan put it, "The White House was prepared for the Wolff book to be bad... but they weren't prepared for Bannon doing this."
President Trump himself put out a scorched earth statement this afternoon on Bannon.
Go deeper: Read the highlights from Wolff's book
P.S. One piece of intrigue, via Swan: "The book's quotes and claims are so sensational that barely any attention has been paid to some eye-popping quotes that Wolff attributes to former deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh [in the New York Mag excerpt he quoted her saying managing Trump is "like trying to figure out what a child wants."] Katie told me she never said those things; and when I told that to Wolff's spokeswoman she said he stands by his reporting."
"Is a gangsta the same as a gangster?" writes Daniel Victor of the N.Y. Times: