The Morning Briefing: Another Austin Bomb, McCabe DOWN and Much, Much More
Good Monday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The president receives his intelligence briefing
- President Trump delivers remarks on combating the opioid crisis in Manchester, New Hampshire
Another explosion in Austin
Late last night, another package bomb detonated in Austin, Texas.
The Austin-Travis Country EMS tweeted Sunday night that there was a "critical incident" at Dawn Song Drive in Austin and medics were on their way to treat two males in their 20s with serious injuries.
"We do believe, based on what we've seen, that this was a bomb," Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a 1:30 a.m. local time press conference.
Two victims were hospitalized and are in good condition. Developing...
Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Friday, following the recommendation of the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility. The Office of Inspector General referred McCabe to the OPR based on information discovered during its investigation of the handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal. We don't know exactly what they found, but it was obviously serious enough to recommend firing him. McCabe blamed Trump for his firing despite the fact that his own peers issued the recommendation. Writes CNN:
The origin of his dramatic fall stems from an internal review conducted by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. That report -- the details of which have not been publicly released -- is said to conclude that McCabe misled investigators about his role in directing other officials at the FBI to speak to The Wall Street Journal about his involvement in a public corruption investigation into the Clinton Foundation, according to a source briefed on it.
CNN reported on Wednesday that the findings in Horowitz's report on McCabe were referred to the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, staffed with career officials, who recommended McCabe's termination. McCabe, accompanied by his lawyer, tried making a last-ditch effort Thursday to avoid the firing, meeting with officials at the deputy attorney general's office at the Justice Department for several hours while Sessions was traveling, but to no avail.
Former CIA director and current CNN employee John Brennan, who once controlled the most powerful surveillance and intelligence operation in the world, hit President Trump on Twitter. If you ever doubted that there was a group of senior government bureaucrats working against the election of Trump and the Trump administration, doubt no more.