The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: I Beg Your Pardon?

By Elaine Godfrey

-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)


Today in 5 Lines

  • President Trump reasserted on Twitter that he didn’t fire former FBI Director James Comey over the Russia investigation. The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Andrew McCabe, the former acting FBI director, turned over a detailed memo on Comey’s firing to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

  • The Trump administration announced that it will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the EU, Mexico, and Canada. Officials in those countries quickly denounced the move, and some issued retaliatory measures.

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “good progress” has been made in meetings with top North Korean official Kim Yong Chol as the two countries seek to salvage a historic summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un.

  • Trump pardoned conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to violating federal campaign-finance laws. Trump also told reporters that he’s considering pardoning Martha Stewart and commuting the sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

  • Comedian Samantha Bee apologized for using an expletive to describe Ivanka Trump during her TBS show on Wednesday night. The White House condemned the comment on Thursday, calling it “vile and vicious.”


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