On Politics: Former F.B.I. Lawyer Says Rosenstein’s Proposal to Tape Trump Was No Joke

Good Thursday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.

James A. Baker, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s former top lawyer, told congressional officials that he had taken seriously a suggestion by the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, to secretly tape conversations with President Trump, but that the idea was dismissed within days. Read the story.

The Justice Department said that a Chinese intelligence officer was arrested in Belgium and brought to the United States to face espionage charges, a first. Read the story.

For Mr. Trump, the possible murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, in Turkey is a looming diplomatic crisis. For the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, it is a personal reckoning.

A Californian was sentenced to six months in prison for selling bank account information that helped Russia wage a social media disinformation campaign during the 2016 presidential race. It could be a sign that the Mueller investigation is coming to a close.

The confirmation of William N. Bryan, Mr. Trump’s nominee for a top Homeland Security post, has been complicated by revelations about his past business dealings while in Ukraine. Read the story.

On Wednesday, a…

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