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February 18, 2019

President Trump on Monday lashed out at former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, accusing them both of planning a crime.

McCabe had said in a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday that "a crime may have been committed" if President Trump was trying to obscure his campaign's ties to Russia and derail the Russian election meddling investigation when he fired then-FBI director James Comey in May 2017, per The Associated Press. McCabe was ousted in March 2018, 10 months after opening two investigations into Trump that he said led to his firing.

McCabe additionally confirmed in that interview that Rosenstein offered to wear a wire to record President Trump in the White House and that he was "not joking" when he suggested that, CNN reports. And McCabe said Rosenstein discussed which members of the president's Cabinet might support an effort to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.

On Twitter, Trump said that McCabe is telling "so many lies" and that his "story gets even more deranged." He also accused both McCabe and Rosenstein of "planning a very illegal act." Brendan Morrow

February 19, 2018

The ghosts of James Buchanan and William Henry Harrison are feeling pretty good right now.

Professors from the University of Houston and Boise State University sent current and recent members of the presidential politics section of the American Political Science Association a survey on presidential greatness, asking 170 historians to grade each president. In bad news for President Trump, he came in dead last, bumping Buchanan — faulted for bringing the United States to the brink of civil war — up a spot. Abraham Lincoln came out on top, followed by George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson, while Harrison, who died of pneumonia just 31 days into his term, joined Trump and Buchanan at the bottom.

The survey was last conducted in 2014, and this year, Barack Obama moved up 10 places, coming in eighth. Out of other modern presidents, George W. Bush ranked 30th, Bill Clinton 13th, George H.W. Bush 17th, and Ronald Reagan ninth. There was some consensus with Trump: He ranked in the bottom five for Republican, Democratic, independent, liberal, conservative, and moderate historians, and he did win one category: "Most polarizing." Catherine Garcia

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