The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Presidential Overshare, Hope for Yemen and Mueller’s Political Filter

    Know This: While celebrating his tax bill victory, President Donald Trump faces multiple difficulties relating to the probe into his campaign’s Russia ties, including an apparent revelation he tweeted concerning ex-aide Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI, but whose campaign activities were “lawful,” Trump wrote. Authorities in North Carolina believe they have found the body of a missing 3-year-old girl. And there may be a break in Yemen’s civil war now that the Saudi-led coalition fighting forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh have accepted an offer of peace talks.

    Awkward Subtext: “But the existence of the text messages is likely to fuel claims by Mr. Trump that he is the target of a witch hunt.” — New York Times analysis of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s removal of an FBI agent from his investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia ties. The agent reportedly exchanged text messages reacting to news events “in ways that could appear critical of Mr. Trump.”

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