"President Trump named John R. Bolton, a hard-line former American ambassador to the United Nations, as his third national security adviser on Thursday, continuing a shake-up that creates one of the most hawkish national security teams of any White House in recent history. Mr. Bolton will replace Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the battle-tested Army officer who was tapped last year to stabilize a turbulent foreign policy operation but who never developed a comfortable relationship with the president." Bolton was an outspoken advocate of military action during the George W. Bush administration, and has "called for action against Iran and North Korea."
“A secret document that officials say played a key role in then-FBI Director James B. Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation has long been viewed within the FBI as unreliable and possibly a fake, according to people familiar with its contents. In the midst of the 2016 presidential primary season, the FBI received what was described as a Russian intelligence document claiming a tacit understanding between the Clinton campaign and the Justice Department over the inquiry into whether she intentionally revealed classified information through her use of a private email server.” (Washington Post)
DNC. In an appearance on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” DNC chair Tom Perez said if he could, he’d enact a “Medicare for all” healthcare plan, akin to the one Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) regularly promotes. (NBC)
ECONOMIC MESSAGE SUMMIT. A group of labor unions, think tanks, and liberal policy groups will meet in D.C. in June 8 to discuss Democrat’s economic agenda and narrative. Groups participating include AFSCME, the American Federation of Teachers, the Center for American Progress, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Demos, the Economic Policy Institute, the National Education Association, the State Innovation Exchange, the Roosevelt Institute, SEIU, Our Story Project and the Hub Project. (Hotline reporting)
2020 WATCH. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) “reported nearly $224,000 in book-related income in 2016 — the bulk of which came in relation to her most recent publication, ‘This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class.’” (MassLive.com)
Chelsea Handler “recently sat down with … Warren … to chat about 2020, whether Senate Majority Leader McConnell speaks to her and her views on what the GOP is doing in power. The interview streams on Netflix on Friday.” (Politico)
IN THE STATES. “The Democratic Party of Arkansas said Wednesday it has renamed its annual summer fundraising event formerly known as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner to honor former President Bill Clinton.” The dinner will now be known as the Clinton Dinner. (Arkansas News Bureau)
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"When a Russian news agency reached out to George Papadopoulos to request an interview shortly before the 2016 election," deputy communications director Bryan Lanza encouraged him to respond. "You should do it," Lanza wrote in a September 2016 email, "emphasizing the benefits of a U.S. 'partnership with Russia.'" The Trump campaign has "sought to paint the 30-year old energy consultant as a low level volunteer" in the campaign, but recently disclosed emails show that Papadopoulos had contact with "senior campaign figures" in the Trump campaign, "such as chief executive Stephen K. Bannon and adviser Michael Flynn," who encouraged him to "broker ties between Trump and top foreign officials."