- A former Trump campaign aide flip-flops on his vow not to cooperate with a subpoena from Special Counsel Robert Mueller after a series of bizarre interviews
- Congressional Republicans are renewing calls for a second special counsel, amid new revelations in the Hillary Clinton email case and Russia investigation
- Alleged anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok was told of possible breach in Hillary Clinton’s email server, but did not follow-up in the investigation, sources tell Fox News
- President Trump is refusing to ‘back down’ from his plan to place tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, despite pleas from House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans
- Florida’s Senate passes a bill that allows some teachers to carry guns in schools and places new restrictions on gun purchases
- A former ESPN anchor makes lurid, bombshell allegations against the sports network in a new sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit
THE LEAD STORY – FROM ‘ARREST ME’ TO ‘I’LL COOPERATE’: After spending much of Monday generating headlines with a vow not to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s subpoena in the Russia collusion investigation, a former Trump campaign official ultimately did an about-face and now reportedly says he will cooperate …
Sam Nunberg told the Associated Press he was angry over Mueller’s request to appear in front of a grand jury and turn over communications with other ex-officials. But he predicted that, in the end, he’d find a way to comply. “I’m going to end up cooperating with them,” he said.
Nunberg’s change of heart late Monday was the culmination of a series of bizarre interviews, including one on CNN where host Erin Burnett asked him whether he had been drinking. It was a sharp reversal from the stance Nunberg took earlier in the day, when he defiantly said, “Let him [Mueller] arrest me.”
Nunberg insisted he was not going to appear in front of a Mueller grand jury later this week. He told the Washington Post that Mueller’s team requested records from him of conversations he had with outgoing White House communications director Hope Hicks, former White House strategist Steve Bannon, Trump attorney Michael Cohen, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and adviser Roger Stone. A source close to the Trump campaign told Fox News that Nunberg was fired twice “for good reason” and known to be erratic.
AN INEVITABLE SECOND SPECIAL COUNSEL?: Congressional Republicans are renewing calls for a second special counsel this week, with some suggesting the move may become “unavoidable,” amid new revelations related to the end of the Hillary Clinton email probe and the beginning of the investigation into Russian meddling and alleged collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election …
Over the last year, Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz has been conducting a review of the FBI and DOJ’s actions related to the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. A final report on the investigation is expected within several months.
But despite Horowitz’s reputation as “a fair guy, according to House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., GOP lawmakers are leaning toward a second special counsel to find the facts. “I think we’re trending perhaps towards another special counsel,” Gowdy told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo. “I’m reluctant to call for a second special counsel, but I think it might be unavoidable in this fact pattern.” Last week, 13 House Republicans, not including Gowdy, penned a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying the appointment of another special counsel was “of the utmost importance.”
NEW QUESTIONS ABOUT CLINTON EMAIL INVESTIGATION: During the final months of the Clinton email investigation, FBI agent Peter Strzok was advised of an irregularity in the metadata of Hillary Clinton’s server that suggested a possible breach, but there was no significant follow up, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter …
Sources told Fox News that Strzok, who sent anti-Trump text messages that got him removed from the ongoing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, was told about the metadata anomaly in 2016, but did not support a formal damage assessment. One source said: “Nothing happened.” Fox News is told the Justice Department Inspector General, Michael E. Horowitz, is aware of the allegations.
FEAR OF A TRADE WAR: House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans are urging President Trump to back away from his plan to place tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, which they fear could spark a dangerous trade war …
However, Trump says he’s “not backing down.” The president says Canada and Mexico will not be spared from his plans for special import taxes on steel and aluminum. But he is holding out the possibility of later exempting the longstanding friends if they agree to better terms for the U.S. in a revised North American Free Trade Agreement.
FLORIDA STARTS TAKING ACTION ON GUNS: In the wake of the deadly mass shooting at a high school in Parkland last month, the Florida Senate passed a bill on Monday that would create new restrictions on gun sales, and also allow some teachers to carry guns into schools …
The Senate narrowly approved the bill 20-18 after legislators debated the heated topic during an emotional three hours, as both Democrats and Republicans said there were parts of the bill they didn’t agree with.
‘RIFE WITH MISOGYNY’: An ESPN former anchor and legal analyst has filed a bombshell sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit filled with lurid allegations against the network …
The suit was filed this past weekend by Adrienne Lawrence. “ESPN is, and always has been, a company rife with misogyny,” states the first line of the complaint, according to the Connecticut Law Tribune. According to the suit, male executives and talent at ESPN “keep ‘scoreboards’ naming female colleagues they are targeting for sex.” It also alleges that men openly watch porn on their computers, and made comments in Lawrence’s presence like wondering what the singer Rihanna must “taste like,” The New York Post reported.