A lot of news about Michael Flynn, President Trump's former campaign adviser and short-tenured national security adviser, came out on Wednesday, and if you have 20 minutes, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow tied the threads into a tight knot on Wednesday night's show. Maddow began with CNN's reports about Flynn and other top Trump officials secretly meeting with the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates in December, roped in the NBC News scoop that Russia investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller is also looking at Flynn's son, Michael G. Flynn, and then turned to the Wall Street Journal report that the elder Flynn lobbied for a Mideast nuclear power deal that involved Russia before, during, and after his turn in the White House, and did not disclose any of that on his financial disclosure forms or national security clearance renewal application.
That's a lot to digest, and Maddow started pulling it all together, with bullet points, about 14 minutes in. Maddow is a vocal critic of Trump and his administration, but if you want to get a bigger picture of what she calls Flynn's "sticky web" of money, Trump, Russia, and legal jeopardy, she provides that. Watch below. Peter Weber
On Thursday, 30 former Republican lawmakers released a letter saying they would not be voting for Donald Trump for president. "He has proven himself manifestly unqualified," the signatories said of Trump. "Every day brings a fresh revelation that highlights the unacceptable danger in electing him."
All of the lawmakers are former Republican members of Congress, and some are influential presences in battleground states, like former Rep. Bill Clinger of Pennsylvania and former Rep. G. William Whitehurst of Virginia.
While the letter does not specifically mention Hillary Clinton, some of the more than two dozen Republicans reportedly plan to vote for the Democratic nominee, while others will either write in a candidate or cast a ballot for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Kimberly Alters
President Obama on Wednesday signed an executive order authorizing sanctions against people, businesses, and governments that "engage in malicious cyber-enabled activities" against the U.S.
"Cyber threats pose one of the most serious economic and national security challenges to the United States, and my Administration is pursuing a comprehensive strategy to confront them," Obama said in a statement.
The first of its kind, the sanctions program would allow the Treasury Department to freeze assets and restrict the financial transactions of those deemed to have used cyberattacks to conduct espionage or disrupt U.S. commerce. The announcement comes months after the federal government last year accused North Korea of carrying out a cyberattack against Sony Pictures. Jon Terbush