James Comey, another twist for Brexit and MLB opening day: The Morning Rundown
“The investigation had to happen. It would have been irresponsible not to investigate," James Comey told NBC News' Lester Holt.
Former FBI Director James Comey said Mueller's investigation proved "that the FBI is not corrupt, not a nest of vipers, of spies, but an honest group of people trying to find out what is true."Brendan Smialowski / AFP - Getty Images file
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To the former FBI Director who started the Russia investigation before he was fired by President Donald Trump, the little we know about Mueller's completed investigation based on Attorney General William Barr's summary contains some good news.
But the longtime prosecutor and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York said he found the idea that Mueller would not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice confusing.
“I’m not pre-judging it. It doesn’t make sense on its face," he said. "So I have a lot of questions.”
Meantime, the federal grand jury Mueller convened is still working away. A prosecutor said yesterday it is "continuing robustly" at a court hearing about a mysterious case involving an unidentified foreign company swept up in the Russia probe.
More than two years after then-President-elect Donald Trump said he wanted his Cabinet officials to look the part, his administration is filled with actors — but probably not in the way he intended.
A large group of acting agency heads has been cast in temporary roles across the administration — in the Cabinet alone, there is an acting secretary of defense, an acting interior secretary and an acting chief of staff.
The president has yet to nominate people for nearly 140 top-level positions, which experts say is hampering his long-term goals.
"Even if somebody is a very talented individual, if you're in an acting position, you're not in as strong a position to act," said Max Stier, who runs a nonpartisan nonprofit that monitors federal government management issues.
"The bedrock of the Department of Justice – which Bill Barr loves, and Robert Mueller loves and I love – is that people have faith and confidence that it’s not part of a political tribe. The only way to establish that and protect that bedrock of their confidence is to show them your work. So we have to see it here."
Since the 1938 painting “Buste de Femme” was swiped off a wealthy Saudi’s yacht in the swanky French Riviera port of Antibes in 1999, multiple forgeries had been offered to insurers and found to be fake.
But Arthur Brand, whose tireless detective work has earned him the moniker the "Indiana Jones of art," finally hunted it down two weeks ago.
He says he knew immediately that it was the real deal.
“You know it’s a Picasso because there is some magic coming off it,” Brand told The Associated Press.
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