“Having spent so much time in the company of oligarchs, Manafort decided to become one himself.” Franklin Foer wrote an in-depth profile of Paul Manafort and his work abroad, and in doing so, he wrote an in-depth profile of the seedier side of lobbying and DC’s shady deals. The Plot Against America.

+ AP: “FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of President Donald Trump’s criticism who led the bureau for months last year following the firing of James Comey, is leaving his position ahead of a previously planned retirement this spring.” Former Attorney General Eric Holder is concerned: “FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is, and has been, a dedicated public servant who has served this country well. Bogus attacks on the FBI and DOJ to distract attention from a legitimate criminal inquiry does long term, unnecessary damage to these foundations of our government.”

+ Reviewing some of Trump’s attacks against McCabe. “The president was silent for a moment and then turned on McCabe, suggesting he ask his wife how it feels to be a loser.”

+ Speaking of attacks on the FBI and DOJ, a secret memo hints that Rod Rosenstein might become the next target. (Worrisome.)