Situational awareness: "Lance Armstrong has reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist..." [AP]
Deputy A.G. Rod Rosenstein told President Trump last week that he's not a target in the Russia probe, Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs and Chris Strohm scooped this afternoon.
Why it matters: This takes the heat off Rosenstein and Robert Mueller, reassuring President Trump that he's not in the crosshairs.
Meanwhile, the Justice Department's inspector general issued a criminal referral to prosecutors on former FBI Director Andrew McCabe, the Washington Post reports.
P.S. "Mueller’s interest in... Paul Manafort stemmed in part from his suspected role as a “back channel” between the campaign and Russians intent on meddling in the election, a Justice Department lawyer told a judge." [Bloomberg]
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) became the first senator today to bring her own newborn to the Senate chamber, when she brought Maile Pearl to the floor for votes.