Headlines of the day: It really is a three-ring circus


A story told in three headlines from the London Daily Mail, starting with this:

James Comey turns on Trump: FBI director ‘asks the Justice Department to publicly REJECT Trump’s claim Obama wire-tapped Trump Tower’ as the President returns to DC amid growing scandal

  • FBI director James Comey asked the Justice Department to reject Trump’s claims
  • The FBI director said the allegations insinuate that the FBI broke the law 
  • Comey has called Trump’s accusations false and said they need to be corrected
  • Sean Spicer said Trump has requested an investigation into ‘troubling’ reports
  • The president tweeted that Obama had been spying on him in October
  • But Obama’s spokesman, Kevin Lewis, said those claims were ‘simply false’

And then this:

Towergate WILL be investigated: Congress will probe Trump’s claims Obama bugged his Manhattan home after White House request – as former intelligence director James Clapper ‘absolutely denies’ it

  • The White House released a statement this morning regarding allegations President Donald Trump made yesterday
  • Trump had accused his predecessor, President Barack Obama, of wire-tapping Trump Tower in the days before the November election
  • An Obama spokesman called the claims ‘simply false’ as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle asked for proof
  • Now the White House is asking Congress to look for proof, with Press Secretary Sean Spicer asking the intelligence committees to look into the allegations 
  • House Intelligence Committee chair, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, said Sunday his panel would look into Trump’s claims as part of a forthcoming probe 
  • Spicer cited ‘reports’ in his statement that concerned ‘politically motivated investigations’ ahead of the election, referring to them as ‘troubling’
  • ‘Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted,’ Spicer wrote

And, finally, this:

Are relations that bad? Video emerges of Trump’s ‘furious Oval Office argument’ with Steven Bannon as Ivanka and Jared look on

  • Donald Trump gave a ‘verbal lashing to his senior staff members’ on Friday 
  • He was angry over the attorney general’s recusal amid Russia links on Thursday
  • Video has since emerged of Bannon in an animated discussion in the Oval Office
  • Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer were also in the fiery meeting 
  • Trump was upset Sessions was overshadowing his praised speech to Congress 
  • Bannon and Priebus were told they weren’t flying with Trump to Mar-a-Lago
  • Just days after the row, Bannon was pictured on Sunday boarding Air Force One via a separate entrance to the president as they returned to Washington D.C.
  • Hours after Trump erupted at his staff, he claimed Obama had his phone tapped
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