“We have nothing to do with that,” Putin said Wednesday.
The Russian president was in hockey gear, getting ready to hit the ice for a game, when he was approached by Elizabeth Palmer of CBS News:
Palmer asked what effect the move could have on U.S.-Russia relations, already tense amid allegations that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election and with Comey’s firing coming as the FBI was investigating possible links between the Kremlin and Trump associates.
“There will be no effect,” Putin said via Dmitry Peskov, a press aide who acted as translator. “Your question looks very funny for me. Don’t be angry with me.”
Putin said Trump was acting “in accordance with his law, the Constitution.”
He then suggested Palmer join the hockey game.
“You see, I am going to play hockey with the hockey fans,” he said. “And I invite you to do the same.”
Putin scored seven goals in the game as his side won the friendly match by a score of 17-6, according to The New York Times. The newspaper said the match was part of a gala and involved “senior officials, oligarchs and various hockey greats.”
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Before FBI Director James Comey was fired, the FBI investigation of Russian involvement in the US election was heating up. According to multiple sources—though denied by the Department of Justice—Comey went to the assistant attorney general to request additional resources for the investigation on Monday. Later that day, Rod Rosenstein and Jefferson Sessions visited Trump to tell him Comey needed to be fired.
On Tuesday, federal prosecutors issued their first grand jury subpoenas based on the FBI investigation. Those subpoenas “represent the first sign of a significant escalation of activity in the FBI’s broader investigation,” according to CNN. That same day, Trump fired Comey.
However, according to the Wall Street Journal, the investigation was in an even higher gear than previously known—for a very, very good reason.
Mr. Comey started receiving daily instead of weekly updates on the investigation, beginning at least three weeks ago, according to people with knowledge of the matter and the progress of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe. Mr. Comey was concerned by information showing possible evidence of collusion, according to these people.
Comey went to Rosenstein to ask for more resources, not because the investigation was going too slowly, but because the investigation was finding so much.
With his concerns mounting, Mr. Comey last week sought more resources to support the bureau’s investigation, which began last July. He requested additional personnel from Rod Rosenstein, who had been recently installed as the deputy attorney general, overseeing the FBI, people familiar with the discussions said.
And that’s when they fired him.
The Washington Capitals are in the business of postseason misery.
Now, the Capitals are left to pick up the pieces on yet another early playoff exit. Just how bad was this Game 7 loss? See for yourself.
The Capitals have never bested the Penguins in a playoff Game 7
Washington has played Pittsburgh in 62 playoff games since 1991. Out of the four times the Capitals have played in a Game 7 against the Penguins, they’ve yet to win a single one.
The Capitals have never reached the Eastern Conference Final with Alex Ovechkin
The Penguins were broken, and still won
While the Capitals were arguably the deepest they’ve been in years, the Penguins may have been the weakest. Pittsburgh was without Kris Letang and Matt Murray, and all the while Sidney Crosby was concussed mid-way through the series.
Washington out-chanced Pittsburgh at even strength, and still lost
We know you’ve heard it before, but the Capitals were — by the numbers — the better team at even strength in terms of overall shots.
The final, raw 5v5 shot-attempts for this series:
Just something about the Capitals in the playoffs …
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Braden Holtby’s Vezina-worthy regular season meant nothing
In the regular season, Holtby put up a .925 save percentage with a league-leading nine shutouts. This postseason? He had a .909 save percentage in 13 games, and put up an .877 save percentage in seven games against the Penguins.
Andres Ibarguen and Dayro Moreno scored twice as Atletico Nacional overturned a 2-1 first-leg deficit to triumph 5-3 on aggregate.