The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Schiff Miffed, Gowdy Rowdy

By Elaine Godfrey

Today in 5 Lines

During a House Intelligence Committee hearing, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the agency is investigating possible links between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government as part of a broader inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Comey also said the FBI has found “no information” to support Trump’s claims that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer suggested that Trump is standing by his allegations. Judge Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, delivered his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the first day of his Senate confirmation hearing. Trump will host a rally in Louisville, Kentucky, at 7:30 p.m. ET, where he is expected to tout the House Republicans’ health-care plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Today on The Atlantic

  • The Mastermind: Kellyanne Conway is best known as Donald Trump’s high-profile spokeswoman. But, Molly Ball writes, it was Conway’s theory—that Republicans could win a presidential election with an anti-immigration message—that helped put Trump in the White House.

  • Holding Back: Why haven’t congressional Democrats taken a hard-line approach on Neil Gorsuch? Here’s one possible explanation: Survey data shows that liberal voters are less concerned with the Supreme Court vacancy than conservatives. (Clare Foran)

  • Transgender in the CIA: Using the pseudonym “Jenny Hall,” a U.S. intelligence official discusses why her experience transitioning from a man to a woman while working for the CIA makes her a better officer. “I have been to war and changed genders,” she writes, “I don’t fear the next mission.”

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