HuffPost Morning Email: The latest in the Comey fallout
By Lauren Weber
Thursday, May 11
THE COMEY FALLOUT CONTINUES Multiple reports indicated that days before his firing, James Comey had asked for additional people and funding for the investigation into Russia’s influence in the 2016 election. While President Donald Trump tried to tamp down the outcry over Comey’s firing, reports surfaced about the president’s anger directed at the former FBI director. Here’s why the deputy director of the FBI, who is currently interim director, is under investigation by the Department of Justice — which is already interviewing people for the interim job. The deputy attorney general is reported to have threatened to quit following the White House narrative that it was his recommendation to fire Comey. Here’s what it’s like inside the FBI right now. And read Comey’s final letter to the staff of the FBI, where he writes: “I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply.” [HuffPost]
CHAFFETZ CALLS FOR DOJ TO EXPAND RUSSIAN PROBE TO INCLUDE COMEY’S FIRING While the Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz thinks the probe should be expanded, House Speaker Paul Ryan has sided with Trump over Comey’s firing. All the while, the Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed Michael Flynn for Russia-related documents. [HuffPost]
RUSSIAN PRESS ALLOWED ACCESS TO TRUMP’S WHITE HOUSE MEETING WITH RUSSIA’S FOREIGN MINISTER While the meeting was closed to the rest of the press in a move Andrea Mitchell called “unprecedented.” [HuffPost]
AND HERE’S AN INTERVIEW RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN GAVE ABOUT COMEY’S FIRING While in hockey gear. [HuffPost]
MORE BAD REVELATIONS FOR FOX The company has now paid $45 million for Roger Ailes’ sexual harassment settlements, and reports have surfaced about an incident where Bill O’Reilly dragged his ex-wife down the stairs. [HuffPost]
AS DEPARTMENT STORES CLOSE, THIS ONLINE MAIL-ORDER CLOTHES SERVICE THRIVES Stitch Fix has gained popularity by taking out the shopping part of shopping for clothes. [NYT]
WHO EVEN WANTS TO FLY ANY MORE? After news of the latest airline brawl. [HuffPost]
SEWAGE SAVED THIS MAN’S LIFE. SOMEDAY IT COULD SAVE YOURS. “When Thomas Patterson woke up from a two-month coma in March 2016, he learned two things he couldn’t believe: Donald Trump was soon to become the Republican nominee for president, and his wife, Steffanie Strathdee, had saved him from dying of an antibiotic-resistant superbug by injecting him with viruses harvested from sewage.” [HuffPost]
LIFE EXPECTANCY IN THIS COUNTY IS LOWER THAN SUDAN’S Welcome to Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota. [HuffPost]
HOLD ONTO YOUR RED WINE GLASS Turns out we only have one more season of “Scandal” and Olivia Pope left. [HuffPost]
WHEN TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION Here’s how Frank Underwood and “Parks and Recreation” have weighed in on the Comey firing. And Rupert Friend talks how “Homeland” overlaps with reality. [HuffPost]
FORGET THE SUMMER MOVIE It’s all about summer TV now. [Vulture]
OF COURSE GOOGLE IS MAKING VIDEOS FROM YOUR CAT PHOTOS Would you expect anything less? [HuffPost]
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