May 21, 2018

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By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Situational awareness: President Trump's top trade adviser, Peter Navarro, recommended appointing Stefan Halper, an academic and suspected FBI informant on the Trump campaign, to a senior role in the Trump administration, Axios has learned.

1 big thing: Trump and the FBI probe

The Justice Department inspector general will investigate "any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump Campaign," per a statement from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Between the lines: That's the outcome from President Trump's meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray this afternoon, and it's pretty much where the investigation was already headed as of Sunday. But there will also be a meeting with White House chief of staff John Kelly, intelligence agencies, and congressional leaders to review classified information.

“Based on the meeting with the President, the Department of Justice has asked the Inspector General to expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump Campaign. It was also agreed that White House Chief of Staff Kelly will immediately set up a meeting with the FBI, DOJ, and DNI together with Congressional Leaders to review highly classified and other information they have requested.” 

Go deeper: Trump, FBI feud escalates

2. What you missed

Photo: Gina Haspel is sworn in as CIA director. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

  1. Barack and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year deal with Netflix to produce exclusive films and series for the streaming service. Read up.
  2. Professional sports leagues are asking for sweeping federal laws on sports betting to ensure they get a percentage of the action via "integrity fees," but it may not work out in their favor. Details.
  3. The Supreme Court said today that companies can force arbitration agreements on employees to keep them from filing claims as a group. Go deeper.
  4. The U.S. could impose the "strongest sanctions in history" on Iran, and take any steps necessary to keep the regime from acquiring nuclear weapons, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said today in a speech. More.
  5. Uber is facing a lawsuit from a female former engineer filed on Monday in San Francisco Superior Court, alleging she was harassed by male colleagues with little response from the company's human resources department. Details.
3. 1 terrifying thing

Photo: U.S. Postal Service

The Postal Service is rolling out scratch-and-sniff stamps for the "sweet scent of summer," the service said in a press release.

  • "The stamps feature illustrations of frosty, colorful, icy pops on a stick. Today, Americans love cool, refreshing ice pops on a hot summer day. The tasty, sweet confections come in a variety of shapes and flavors."
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