“Sen. Feinstein asked: ‘Attorney general Barr expressed his doubt about the legitimacy of the FBI’s investigation in press statements. Did Attorney General Barr provide any evidence that caused you to alter this key finding that the FBI investigation had an adequate predicate?’ ‘No, we stand by our finding,’ Horowitz said.” Here’s the latest as the Inspector General testifies on the origins of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation.

+ “If you are ensconced in the pro-Trump-propaganda universe of Fox News and its spawn, you know … that the Russia investigation was a ‘hoax’ developed by the ‘deep state’ and the media, an attempt by a fifth column within the FBI to engage in a ‘coup,’ a conspiracy, a frame job, ‘nothing less than the attempted overthrow of the U.S. government.’ Any evidence of wrongdoing by the president, in this universe, has been manufactured by Trump’s shadowy and powerful enemies—George Soros, liberals in the FBI, Barack Obama. The belief that Trump is the victim of a vast and ongoing conspiracy is a crucial element of the president’s enduring appeal to his supporters.” Adam Serwer in The Atlantic: The ‘Russia Hoax’ Is a Hoax.

+ How effective is that pro-Trump-propaganda universe? According to a new poll, almost 4 in 10 Republicans told a pollster that Donald Trump is a better president than George Washington.