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The New York Times | First Draft - March 19, 2018.
President Trump outside the White House this month. Tom Brenner/The New York Times
Good Monday morning,
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
President Trump appeared to abandon a strategy of deferring to the special counsel, lashing out at what he characterized as a partisan investigation and raising questions about whether he might seek to shut it down.
A lawyer for Mr. Trump said Saturday that Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, should end the inquiry. It was an extraordinary shift in the public strategy by the Trump legal team.
Andrew G. McCabe,the former F.B.I. deputy director and a frequent target of Mr. Trump’s scorn, was fired Friday after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rejected an appeal that would have let him retire hours later, over the weekend.
Memos that Mr. McCabe kept about his interactions with Mr. Trump and his conversations with the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey were left at the F.B.I., which means the special counsel’s investigators have access to them.
Cambridge Analytica, an upstart voter-profiling company, harvested private information from
the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their
permission, according to former employees, associates and documents,
making it one of the largest data leaks in the social network’s history.
Trump’s record-breaking staff churn does not appear to be ending
anytime soon. On the heels of the firing of Andrew G. McCabe, formerly
deputy director of the F.B.I., reports indicate that Mr. Trump intends to oust Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, his second national security adviser.
The possible shake-ups come after Mr. Trump’s dismissal of Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson via Twitter and at least two dozen other departures during his tenure — so far.