News broke yesterday that former FBI Director James Comey had been preparing a statement that cleared Hillary Clinton of her email investigation months before she was interviewed by the Bureau, leading Senate Judiciary Republicans to call on the FBI to release additional information. President Trump responded to this news with a tweet:

That led Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief of Brookings' Lawfare, to provide an explanation for Comey's actions in a Twitter thread of his own. His argument: Comey was simply "[thinking] ahead and preparing," which he argues is a common practice at DOJ.

Of course, a caveat: Wittes is a noted anti-Trump voice and a personal friend of Comey.

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Leon Black says he "made a terrible mistake" doing business with Jeffrey Epstein

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Apollo Global Management CEO Leon Black on Thursday said during an earnings call that he made a "terrible mistake" by employing Jeffrey Epstein to work on personal financial and philanthropic services.

Why it matters: Apollo is one of the world's largest private equity firms, and already has lost at least one major client over Black's involvement with Epstein.

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Jeremy Corbyn suspended by U.K. Labour Party over anti-Semitism report

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The U.K. Labour Party has suspended its former leader, Jeremy Corbyn, after a watchdog report found that the party failed to properly take action against allegations of anti-Semitism during his time in charge.

Why it matters: It represents a strong break by Keir Starmer, Labour's current leader, from the Corbyn era and one of the party's most persistent scandals.

U.S. economy sees record growth in third quarter

The U.S. economy grew at a 33.1% annualized pace in the third quarter, the Commerce Department said on Thursday.

The state of play: The record growth follows easing of the coronavirus-driven lockdowns that pushed the economy to the worst-ever contraction — but GDP still remains well below its pre-pandemic level.