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Morning Briefing: White House Leaks Pile Up, Weiner Pleads Guilty, Comey Agrees To Testify

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10 things you need to know this morning – May 20th 2017

1. Anonymous Washington Post Source Says Aide Close To Trump ‘Person Of Interest’ In Russia Probe

An unnamed Trump confidant currently serving in the White House is said to be a “person of interest” in the ongoing investigation of the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russian officials.

2. Anthony Weiner Walks on Child Pornography Charges; Strikes Deal to Reduced ‘Sexting’ & Likely Little or No Jail Time

Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner wept openly in federal court Friday as he pleaded guilty to sexting a 15-year-old girl — and broke down as he admitted to the judge: “I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse.”

3. Comey Agrees To Testify Before Senate Intel Committee

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

4. Report: Mueller Likely To Ask Congress To Scale Back Russia Probes

Congressional committees investigating Russia should expect Robert Mueller, the special counsel to probe Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and other related matters, to tell them to back off, The New York Times reported Thursday night.

5. New York Times Claims Trump Told Russians That He Fired ‘Nut Job’ Comey

President Trump informed Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting last month that he fired FBI Director James Comey, who he called “a real nut job,” The New York Times reports.

6. Sweden Drops Rape Investigation Against Julian Assange

Swedish prosecutors dropped a rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Friday, but British authorities still intend to arrest him if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

7. Unnamed CNN Report Claims White House Lawyers Are Prepping For Impeachment Proceedings

White House lawyers have reportedly begun preparing for the possibility that President Donald Trump will face impeachment proceedings.

8. House Passes Bill To Make It Easier To Sentence Cop Killers To Death

The House passed legislation Thursday that would make it easier for prosecutors to seek the death penalty for cop killers.

9. As Leaks Pile Up, It’s Evident Trump Is Under Attack From His Own Staff

It’s coming from inside the house. Throughout Trump’s presidency and increasingly in the past few weeks, leaks from staff members to the press are undermining the president.

10. Study: Journalists drink too much, are bad at managing emotions, and operate at a lower level than average

A new survey of journalists, reporters and broadcasters shows that media types drink more alcohol, and may have difficulty controlling their emotions and suppressing biases.

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