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Not long after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last spring, he reportedly called the new acting head of the agency to the Oval Office for some light pleasantries—and also to interrogate him about his politics.
As The Washington Post reported on Tuesday night, the getting-to-know-you meeting last May quickly took a turn, with several current and former officials confirming that Trump asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe who he voted for in the 2016 presidential election.
McCabe, who’s been with the agency for two decades, replied that he didn’t vote. The president went on to vent his anger that McCabe’s wife Jill received a donation of nearly $500,000 from a political action committee then run by Terry McAuliffe, a close ally of the Clintons, during her 2015 bid for the Virginia State Senate.
It’s hardly a stunning revelation given that Trump is a man who seems destined to be muttering about Hillary Clinton on his deathbed, and who previously took the extraordinary step of trying to extract an loyalty pledge from Comey shortly before he fired him.
- A high school shooting which left two 15-year-olds dead and 18 injured in rural Kentucky on Tuesday was the country’s 11th school shooting so far this year. We’re not even out of January yet.
- After Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday afternoon that he took his offer of $25 billion in border wall funding off the negotiation table for an immigration deal, Trump tweeted that without the wall “there is no DACA.”
- An interesting, if not totally surprising nugget from Vice President Mike Pence’s recent trip to Israel from The Guardian: female journalists say they were forced to stand behind their male counterparts in a fenced-off area during a visit to the Western Wall.
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