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]
1 big thing: Rod Rosenstein reassured Trump
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.
- "After the meeting, Trump told some of his closest advisers that it’s not the right time to remove either man since he’s not a target of the probe."
- Yes, but: Trump isn't a target now, but that doesn't mean he can't become one in the future.
Meanwhile, the Justice Department's inspector general issued a criminal referral to prosecutors on former FBI Director Andrew McCabe, the Washington Post reports.
- Yes, but: "It was not immediately clear how the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office responded to the referral... A referral to federal prosecutors does not necessarily mean McCabe will be charged with a crime."
- The intrigue: James Comey told CNN's Jake Tapper this afternoon that he could "potentially" be a witness in any case against McCabe.
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]
2. What you missed
- This year featured the sixth-warmest January–March in modern temperature records that date back to 1880. More.
- AT&T's CEO testified today that his company's proposed purchase of Time Warner will help them compete in the age of Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google dominance. Details.
- Trump's administration is dramatically outpacing the Obama record of attributing cyber attacks to foreign governments. Backstory.
- The two black men arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks spoke with Good Morning America today for the first time since the incident last week. Video.
- Michael Cohen has withdrawn two libel lawsuits over the publishing of the Trump dossier. More.
3. 1 fun thing
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.