10 things you need to know today: May 12, 2017

Acting FBI director says Russia inquiry is "highly significant," Trump launches panel to investigate voter fraud, and more

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1. Acting FBI director calls Trump-Russia investigation 'highly significant'

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday that the agency considered its investigation into Russian meddling in last year's presidential election "highly significant," and that rank-and-file FBI agents held former Director James Comey in high regard. Both statements directly contradicted claims by aides to President Trump, who unexpectedly fired Comey this week, who said that the FBI did not consider the Russia inquiry a priority, and that Comey had lost the respect of his employees. McCabe said the bureau had not been pressured by the White House to drop the investigation, saying, "You cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution." Trump told NBC News that Comey was a "showboat," and that he was thinking about "this Russia thing" when he decided to fire the FBI chief, even before his aides recommended it.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.