Today in politics

Brian Ries, Veronica Rocha and Amanda Wills, CNN
updated 5:19 p.m. ET, April 13, 2018
5:19 p.m. ET, April 13, 2018

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4:35 p.m. ET, April 13, 2018

Trump called Michael Cohen today, source says

From CNN's Gloria Borger

President Trump called his personal attorney Michael Cohen today, according to a source with knowledge.

Earlier today, the Justice Department said that Cohen is "under criminal investigation." A court filing did not detail what Cohen is under investigation for.

The revelation came amid a courtroom drama that unfolded today, as Cohen's attorneys and Trump's attorneys began a fight hours before with the US Attorney's Office in Manhattan over a massive raid of Cohen's records.

Cohen's attorneys have filed a temporary restraining order in the matter, asking the court to stop federal prosecutors from using some of the records they seized. Cohen did not appear in court Friday morning and has not been charged with a crime

3:52 p.m. ET, April 13, 2018

Trump tweets about McCabe: "No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes!"

President Trump just tweeted about the Justice Department inspector general's report on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

He said:

What Trump is talking about

The inspector general found that McCabe "lacked candor" on four occasions when discussing the disclosure of information for a Wall Street Journal article about the FBI's Clinton Foundation investigation, according to a copy of the report obtained by CNN on Friday.

In addition, the inspector general determined that McCabe was not authorized to disclose the existence of the investigation because it was not within the department's "public interest" exception for disclosing ongoing investigations. The inspector general said that the disclosure to the Journal was made "in a manner designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of department leadership."

The instances the inspector general cited McCabe's conversations with federal investigators and also with FBI Director James Comey in October 2016.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz sent his report on McCabe to Capitol Hill on Friday ahead of its expected public release.

3:24 p.m. ET, April 13, 2018

White House says James Comey criticisms are a rare thing Democrats and Republicans agree on

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders continued her full-throated attack on James Comey Friday as excerpts of his upcoming book come to light.

After describing Comey’s book as a “desperate PR stunt" and claiming he was looking to “pad his pockets” with “a book that belongs in the bargain bin of the fiction section," Sanders claimed Comey's leaking of documents was "one of the few issues in Washington that both Democrats and Republicans agree on."

3:14 p.m. ET, April 13, 2018

White House says conversations on Syria are "ongoing"

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

President Trump continues to discuss options for responding to a suspected chemical attack in Syria, days after vowing punitive action would happen soon.

"We're continuing to have ongoing conversations with our partners and allies," press secretary Sarah Sanders said, noting he'd spoken with French President Emmanuel Macron earlier today. 

She continued: "We're continuing to have ongoing meetings and conversations here at the White House. When we have any further developments within we'll developments, we'll let you know."

Later, she said the US is "confident that both Syria had responsibility in this chemical weapons attack, but we also hold Russia responsible for their failure to stop chemical weapons attacks from taking place."

3:14 p.m. ET, April 13, 2018

Sarah Sanders isn't sure if Michael Cohen is still Trump's personal attorney

In the wake of news that Michael Cohen is under criminal investigation, Sarah Sanders was asked if President Trump still has confidence in the man who long served as his personal attorney and reported fixer.

She said, "I know that the President worked with him as a personal attorney. Beyond that, I don't have anything else to add."

But when asked if he was still the President's personal attorney, Sanders said, "I'm not sure. I would have to check. We only speak about White House staff."

3:15 p.m. ET, April 13, 2018

Sarah Sanders: Trump "voiced frustrations," but there are no announcements on possibility of firing Rosenstein

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked today if President Trump is considering firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"I don't have any announcements at this time," she said. "The President's voiced some frustrations, but beyond that I don't have anything to add."

Sources told CNN the White House is preparing talking points designed to undermine Rosenstein's credibility.

3:10 p.m. ET, April 13, 2018

Was Trump sending a message by pardoning Scooter Libby? WH: "Not at all"

A reporter asked Sanders if Trump was "sending some sort of signal" to the Mueller investigation by pardoning Scooter Libby. She said no, "not at all."

"One thing has nothing to do with the other. And every case should be reviewed on their own merits. Pardoning Libby was the right thing to do after the principle witness recanted her testimony," said Sanders.

3:07 p.m. ET, April 13, 2018

White House says firing James Comey will be one of Trump's "greatest achievements"

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders came out swinging when a reporter asked if President Trump was worried about what James Comey was saying in his interviews with the media.

"Not at all," Sanders said. "The American people see right through the blatant lies of the self-admitted leaker. This is nothing more than a poorly executed pr stunt by Comey."

She added that the fired former FBI director was "padding his pockets with a book that should be in the basement bargain bin," and said, "He'll be known as a disgraced partisan hack that broke his sacred trust with the President of the United States, the dedicated agents of the FBI and the American people he vowed to faithfully serve."

She concluded: "One of the president's greatest achievements will go down as firing Director Comey.