Resignation or Push Out?, Congressional Testimony, and 'Surprising' disapproval of FBI Raid

Tom Bossert will no longer be serving as Homeland Security advisor. Initial reports suggested that Bossert would be stepping down form his position but as the day went on the narrative shifted; Bossert was not stepping down but rather being pushed out. There was no concrete explanation given for Bossert's departure. Sources familiar with the matter told CNN that newly appointed National Security advisor Tom Bolton was looking to bring in a team of his own.  As a well liked alum from the George W. Bush administration the departure of Bossert was "incredibly jarring".  

Mark Zuckerberg faced a joint Senate hearing today, speaking in front of both the Judiciary and Commerce Committees. Zuckerberg faced five hours of questioning and was pressed to explain how third-party partners could use data without user's knowledge. Questions ranged from fake news on Facebook , Russia interference in the 2016 presidential election and conservative media being censored. The central theme of the hearing was a person's right to privacy. Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois highlighted this themes by asking Zuckerberg whether he would be comfortable sharing the name of the hotel he stayed in last night, to which Zuckerberg replied “No. I would probably not choose to do that publicly here". Zuckerberg will go before the House Commerce Committee. 

Monday night, at the start of a meeting with military leaders, President Trump called attention to the F.B.I. raid of Michael Cohen's office and hotel room. Trump began addressing the press by saying, "So, I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys—a good man". Trump went on to claim that the raid was a "disgraceful situation" and part of the "witch hunt". The raid was conducted by Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and a Trump Appointee. The raid came after a referral from special prosecutor Muller. The targeted purpose of the raid is still being questioned; as a personal attorney Cohen was involved in a hush-agreement, as lawyer at the Trump Organization, he dealt with matters related to Russia, a connection which continued during the 2016 campaign. When asked about the raid Cohen stated, "I am unhappy to have my personal residence and office raided. But I will tell you that members of the FBI that conducted the search and seizure were all extremely professional, courteous and respectful. And I thanked them at the conclusion". Cohen's comments stood as a stark contrast to the President's characterization of the raid being a "attack on our country". The raids have ceased for now, there are still many questions about what was found in Cohen's office that have yet to be answered.