10 things you need to know today: May 31, 2018

Ex-FBI official reportedly wrote secret memo on Comey firing, Trump signs bill giving terminally ill access to experimental treatments, and more

Trump at the Right to Try Act signing ceremony.
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1. Report: Top FBI official gave Mueller secret memo on Comey firing

Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe wrote a confidential memo last spring describing a conversation with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about the firing of McCabe's former boss James Comey, The New York Times reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the discussion. McCabe said Rosenstein told him President Trump originally asked him to reference Russia in a memo used to justify firing Comey. Rosenstein mentioned Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation instead. McCabe, who has given his memo to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, reportedly took Rosenstein's comment as possible evidence that Comey's firing really was over the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. Trump's lawyers point to Rosenstein's involvement as proof Trump wasn't trying to obstruct justice.

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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.