Call the plumbers; This White House is very leaky. Lee calls for Garland to replace Comey. LDS Church steps away from Boy Scouts after age 14.
Happy Friday. Every White House leaks, and Donald Trump’s is no exception. In fact, it might be setting records. Since the president fired FBI Director James Comey, scores of officials have come out of the woodwork to tell their side of the story. "It’s total chaos," said one former transition team official with close ties to the administration. [TheHill]
Topping the news: Sen. Mike Lee suggested that Merrick Garland replace ousted James Comey as director of the FBI. Former President Barack Obama nominated Garland to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, but Republicans blocked his bid. [Trib] [DNews] [FOX13] [KUER]
-> The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that it will no longer participate in Boy Scouts of America programs for boys ages 14 to 18 beginning in January. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4] [FOX13] [KUTV] [KUER]
-> The LDS Church said its decision to move away from BSA has nothing to do with the organization’s reforms to be more inclusive of LGBT individuals, though the faith’s reactions to these changes hasn’t always been positive. [DNews]
-> Check out this Q&A about the LDS Church’s decision to sever some of its ties with BSA. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @WindsorMann: "What did the president’s advisers not know and when did they not know it?"
-> From @GeorgeTakei: "Overheard: Trump calling Comey a ‘showboat’ is like Liberace calling someone ‘flamboyant.’"
-> From @franklinshepard: "Making fun of Trump is so easy, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel. Which, by the way, is a new phrase I just came up with."
Happy Birthday: On Sunday to our friend Christian Burridge.
Behind the Headlines: Salt Lake Tribune reporter Brian Maffly, Washington Bureau Chief Thomas Burr, columnist Robert Gehrke and senior managing editor Matt Canham join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories, including Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s trip to Bears Ears National Monument and Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s request for a review by the Department of Justice of the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Listen at KCPW.org or tune in to KCPW or Utah Public Radio for the broadcast from 9-10 a.m.
-> Most Clearfield residents support the city’s proposal to buy and resell land from Utah Transit Authority to Stadler Rail, which would build a rail-car assembly plant. Some, however, worry about conflicts of interest. [Trib]
-> UTA will hold a meeting to gather public opinion on proposed bus route changes in Utah County. [DNews]
-> An independent auditor hired by the University of Utah will scrutinize all incoming and outgoing funds at the Huntsman Cancer Institute to assist in negotiations for a new memorandum between the school and the foundation. [Trib]
-> Stephen Cope, a gender nonbinary candidate, is running for mayor in Provo, one of the most conservative cities in Utah. [Trib]
-> A Salt Lake County attorney and a representative of Big Cottonwood Canyon residents and landowners argued in court over whether the Mountain Accord — a group consisting of local government officials and private businesses that makes decisions regarding land use in the Wasatch Mountains — is subject to the Open and Public Meetings Act. [Trib]
-> The Utah State Records Committee voted to keep private recordings of Salt Lake City’s Council meetings regarding homeless shelter locations. [Trib]
-> New homeless shelters in Salt Lake County will provide on-site medical care to homeless individuals with chronic illnesses. [KUER]
-> Incentives offered by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development are expected to result in about 600 new jobs over the next eight years. [DNews]
-> Restorations to the exterior of the Salt Lake City-County Building are complete. [DNews]
-> The Utah Health Department lifted a nine-month advisory that warned residents to keep away from the American Fork River after toxic sediment was spilled below Tibble Fork Reservoir. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly writes about a candidate for chairman of the Utah GOP who wants party purity reviews for several lawmakers, state officials and political candidates. [Trib]
Nationally: President Donald Trump’s account of how he arrived at his decision to fire James Comey from his position as director of the FBI contradicts the White House’s initial statements. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [Politico]
-> Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe put himself at odds with the president by defending Comey’s actions and vowing to continue the investigation into the administration’s ties to Russia. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [Politico]
Where are they?
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox meets with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and attends the Department of Workforce Services annual leadership conference.
-- Thomas Burr, Courtney Tanner and Emily Anderson