May 17, 2017

Spicer denies accuracy of NYT story on Comey memos

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During a gaggle with reporters on board Air Force One, Sean Spicer repeatedly stated that "the president has been very clear" that the New York Times story on the Comey memo "is not an accurate representation of that meeting." He added that Trump has full confidence in his version of events.

Other takeaways:

  • Replacing Comey: Joe Lieberman, Andrew McCabe, Richard McFeely, and Frank Keating will all be interviewed for FBI director.
  • Does Trump want a transcript from his Oval Office meeting with top Russian officials, as Putin proposed? "I don't have any updates on that," said Spicer, adding that he was not aware that the Russians may have recorded the conversation.
  • Trump's call with Netanyahu: It was "purely logistical" in preparation for Trump's visit to Israel.

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Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges

Clients use an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.

Bloomberg offers to release women from 3 nondisclosure agreements

Mike Bloomberg. Photo: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Mike Bloomberg said Friday his company will release three women identified to have signed nondisclosure agreements so they can publicly discuss their allegations against him if they wish.

Why it matters, via Axios' Margaret Talev: Bloomberg’s shift in policy toward NDAs comes as he tries to stanch his loss of female support after the Las Vegas debate. It is an effort to separate the total number of harassment and culture complaints at the large company from those directed at him personally. That could reframe the criticism against him, but also protect the company from legal fallout if all past NDAs were placed in jeopardy.