On Wednesday, President Trump only briefly addressed the Comey firing by saying, “He wasn’t doing a good job. Very simply. He was not doing a good job.” You gotta give the president credit for not giving a damn about optics. Trump made the statement while sitting next to Henry Kissinger. And earlier in the day he met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

+ Before the president’s comments, the media was being told that all the reasons for the Comey firing could be found in the memo prepared by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. From WaPo: The Justice Department’s case against James B. Comey, annotated.

+ The New Yorker: “Many observers would agree with at least some of Rosenstein’s points about the Clinton investigation — but so what? Are we seriously being asked to countenance the idea that Trump fired Comey because he didn’t treat Hillary Clinton fairly?” Trump’s Firing of James Comey Is An Attack On American Democracy.