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Facing questioning by Senator Mike Warner at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers shut down any speculation that the White House had pressured him to "downplay" investigations of any kind.
On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a statement announcing the end of a Justice Department practice whereby parties in legal cases would pay part of their settlements to outside groups assigned by the DOJ, a practice Republicans criticized as a de facto 'slush fund' for liberal causes in the Obama years.
The operation, which involved allowing marked firearms to be sold in Phoenix-area shops with the intention of tracking them once they made their way to Mexico, went off the skids when 1400 of the 2000 guns used in the attempted sting went missing.
In a surprise announcement Wednesday morning, President Trump tweeted out his selection for FBI Director.