National Briefing – October 31, 2017

  • Where could special counsel Robert Mueller be headed next following his indictments against former Trump campaign officials? [Politico].
  • Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is urging Trump to fight back against Mueller, pushing him to defund the investigation as a way to get rid of Mueller without actually firing him [Politico].
  • A 30-year-old low-level foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump pleaded guilty to lying to prosecutors about trying to set up meetings with Russian operatives who had alerted the campaign that they were in possession of hacked emails from Hillary Clinton. Those meetings never took place, however [New York Times].
  • President Donald Trump fumed while he watched the coverage of Monday’s bombshell indictments in the Russia investigation [Washington Post].
  • Here’s a timeline of President Donald Trump‘s involvement in Russia, reaching back to 2013 [Politico].
  • Facebook says as many as 126 million people saw content from Russia-linked pages during the 2016 election [CNN Money].
  • Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake, who announced he would not seek the GOP nomination in 2018, is now mulling an independent Senate bid next year [U.S. News].

On this day in history:

  • 1517 – Martin Luther posts his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.
  • 1864 – Nevada is admitted as the 36th state.
  • 1941 – After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore is completed.
  • 1968 – Vietnam War October surprise: Citing progress with the Paris peace talks, President Lyndon B. Johnson announces he has ordered a complete cessation of “all air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam” effective November 1.