Nov 26, 2019

Report: Top border official Mark Morgan broke rules to fund happy hours

Mark Morgan. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Acting commissioner for the Customs and Border Protection agency Mark Morgan broke federal rules in a previous position by soliciting sponsors to pay for FBI happy hours, the San Francisco Chronicle newly reports.

Where it stands: Morgan continued the practice even after being warned that asking outside entities to fund the functions was not in compliance with federal rules, according to the Justice Department’s inspector general.

Of note: Morgan's position would generally be subject to a Senate confirmation, but he has avoided the process due to President Trump not nominating him for the permanent spot.

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Trump criticizes FBI director after DOJ inspector general report on Russia probe

President Trump criticized FBI Director Christopher Wray for his reaction to the Justice Department inspector general's report on the Russia probe in a Tuesday tweet.

"I don’t know what report current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn’t the one given to me. With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!"

The state of play, via Axios' Jonathan Swan: A number of current and former Trump administration officials think the president would like to dump Wray — but can’t stomach the trouble of firing another FBI director.

Go deeperArrowDec 10, 2019

What they're saying: Former FBI officials respond to inspector general report

James Comey. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Politicon

Responding to a Justice Department inspector general report that found that political bias did not taint the 2016 Russia investigation, former FBI Director James Comey wrote in a Washington Post column Monday that "those who smeared the FBI are due for an accounting."

Why it matters: The report largely debunks conspiracy theories promoted by Trump and his allies that the Russia investigation was politically motivated and a product of the so-called "Deep State." However, the report also rebukes FBI officials in rather harsh terms for failing to meet agency standards, especially with respect to surveillance warrants.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Dec 10, 2019

Boris Johnson accused of hiding in refrigerator to avoid TV interview

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused of hiding in a refrigerator to avoid a live television interview on Wednesday, the final day of campaigning before the country's general election.

What happened: Johnson was approached by a reporter for "Good Morning Britain" while visiting Modern Milkman, a local business in Yorkshire, who asked to speak to him on live television, setting off a confrontation, per The Guardian.

Go deeperArrowDec 11, 2019