It was another evening of late-breaking news. Here’s a summary as our live politics coverage ends for the night:
- House members were reportedly warned by intelligence officials last week that Russia is interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get Trump re-elected, the New York Times and the Washington Post reported. The account Trump heard of the briefing reportedly enraged him, prompting him to lash out at his acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, who had expected to stay in the position.
- Instead, Trump replaced Maguire with Richard Grenell, a hardcore Trump loyalist, the current US ambassador to Germany, and a person with no intelligence experience.
- One sign of how Grenell will operate in this role: one of his new senior advisers, in his new role as the top intelligence official for the Trump White House, is Kash Patel, a former Hill staffer who made his reputation as the lead author of a Republican report “questioning the conduct of FBI and DOJ officials investigating Russia’s election interference,” Politico reported.
- Also: among the new information reportedly shared with lawmakers at the House intelligence briefing: “Russia intends to interfere with the ongoing Democratic primaries as well as the general election,” the Times reported.
- Meanwhile: Democrats discussed what they will do if Bernie Sanders wins the most voters in the Democratic primary, but not an outright majority of votes, a contentious issue.
- Elizabeth Warren renewed her demand that Michael Bloomberg release former employees who sued him or his company from their non-disclosure agreements, so they can speak promptly and publicly about the behavior that prompted their lawsuits.
- At a rally in Colorado, Trump complained that Parasite, a South Korean film, had won the best picture Oscar. “Can we get Gone with the Wind back. please?” he asked.