Mar 1, 2018

Senate Intel thinks House Intel Republicans leaked Warner texts

Sens. Mark Warner and Richard Burr. Photo: Samuel Corum / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

The Senate Intelligence Committee believes that Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee leaked text messages between a lobbyist and Sen. Mark Warner, Senate Intel's vice chair, that detailed attempts to set up a meeting with Trump-Russia dossier author Christopher Steele, per the NYT. The leak concerned Warner and Senate Intel Chair Richard Burr so much that they felt the need to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan to voice their concerns about partisan actions by their House counterparts.

Why it matters: The House Intelligence Committee, led by Rep. Devin Nunes, has been the center of a number partisan controversies surrounding the Russia investigation — most notably, the competing memos regarding alleged government surveillance abuses. Partisan rancor runs so deep internally that committee Republicans reportedly want to build a wall to separate their staff from Democratic staff.

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Trump hits back at Mattis: "I gave him a new life"

President Trump speaks at the White House. Photo: Doug Mills - Pool/Getty Images

President Trump unloaded on his former defense secretary via Twitter on Wednesday, hours after James Mattis condemned him for making a "mockery of our Constitution" in his response to mass protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing.

What he's saying: "Probably the only thing Barack Obama & I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General. I asked for his letter of resignation, & felt great about it. His nickname was 'Chaos', which I didn’t like, & changed it to 'Mad Dog'"

Obama praises young protesters, urges mayors to pursue police reforms

Former President Barack Obama called on all mayors to review their use-of-force policies and commit to policing reform in a virtual town hall Wednesday hosted by the Obama Foundation's My Brothers Keepers Alliance.

Why it matters: Obama has addressed the killing of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that followed on social media and in a Medium post, but this was his first time speaking about the past week's events on camera. His voice will add weight to the growing pressure on local, state and federal officials to pursue policing reforms.

James Mattis condemns Trump as a threat to the Constitution

Mattis on Fox in Septemnber 2019 in New York City. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis condemned President Trump for making a "mockery of our Constitution" in a statement to The Atlantic on Wednesday, saying he was "appalled" at the president's response to mass protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing.

Why it matters: Trump’s former defense secretary had refrained from publicly criticizing his former boss since resigning in 2018.