Faced with new court filings by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating his ties to Russia and other matters, our Distractor-in-Chief began Friday with a burst a tweets and two big nominations. As President Donald Trump proposed William Barr for attorney general and Heather Nauert for ambassador to the United Nations, he seemed intent on capturing our attention. It didn't work.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI's counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia initially focused on four Americans and whether they were connected to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, former FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers during hours of closed-door questioning.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum wants to use earnings from a voter-approved oil tax savings account to expand a National Guard training facility in a sparsely populated northeastern county, a move the military says is needed in part to handle longer-range and deadlier ammunition.

John Kelly is Donald Trump's second White House chief of staff. On December 8, 2018, President Trump said Kelly would be leaving his job at the end of the year.