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05/12/2017 07:01 am ET

Friday's Morning Email: What Trump Thought About The Russia Probe When Firing Comey

And how the interim FBI director defended Comey's reputation.
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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYS HE CONTEMPLATED RUSSIA PROBE BEFORE FIRING COMEY The president told NBC News that he decided to fire former FBI Director Comey when thinking about the “made-up story” of the Russian investigation. He also called Comey a “showboat.” Reports surfaced of Trump asking for Comey’s loyalty at a private dinner earlier this year, while the former FBI director “demurred.” And Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s surprise appearance at Capitol Hill Thursday only led to more questions. [HuffPost]

INTERIM FBI DIRECTOR CORRECTS THE RECORD WHEN IT COMES TO THE BUREAU’S OPINION OF COMEY “Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI, and still does to this day.” Trump has canceled his planned visit to FBI headquarters after being told it would not go well. [HuffPost]

WHAT ALL OF THIS MEANS FOR RUSSIA INVESTIGATIONS Here’s how a cumulation of Trump’s actions have compromised investigations into Russian influence in the 2016 election. [HuffPost]

THE MORMON CHURCH HAS NIXED THE BOY SCOUTS For its older teenage members. [HuffPost]

‘WHEN THE WIFE OF A SOLDIER HEARS A KNOCK AT THE DOOR’ “’When you see your daughter crying,’ she continued, ‘and your 4-year-old son, who had only a snap of a second with his dad, he’s crying.’” [NYT]

MEET TRUMP’S PRIVATE BODYGUARD Who was tasked with delivering the letter firing Comey. [WaPo]

GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE THIS YEAR? Your salary is the highest average graduating salary in a decade. [WSJ | Paywall]

WHAT’S BREWING

SOON, THERE WON’T BE MUCH LEFT Of Montana’s Glacier National Park, as the glaciers continue to melt away. [HuffPost]

TWITTER HAD NO TIME For the Fox News alert that read: “Men just want a woman who’s nice.” [HuffPost]

ALL THE CANCELED AND RENEWED TV SHOWS FOR NEXT SEASON May the odds be ever in your favorite show’s favor. [HuffPost]

THIS LIST OF THE RIDICULOUS THINGS JOHNNY DEPP HAS SPENT HIS MONEY ON Truly knows no bounds. Truly. [Vulture]

THE PEOPLE BEHIND ‘THE HANDMAID’S TALE’ KNOW THEY’RE GIVING YOU NIGHTMARES But their advice is not that helpful. [HuffPost]

WE MIGHT HAVE A NEW FAVORITE ROYAL Meet Norway’s Prince Sverre Magnus, the 11-year-old who dabbed on a royal balcony. [HuffPost]

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