Special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing tweets and negative statements from the president about U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the former FBI director James Comey.

Sessions and House Speaker Paul Ryan defended Rod Rosenstein after a handful of right-wing Republican lawmakers who zealously back Trump moved to impeach the deputy AG.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, said he would not try to bring up the Rosenstein impeachment resolution today.

House Speaker Paul Ryan made it clear he doesn’t support the impeachment effort.

As of 11:05 a.m., the Facebook share price was down by 19.3 percent, wiping out more than $100 billion in market capitalization – a record one-day loss for a company on a US exchange.

The Senate Majority PAC will spend tens of millions of dollars to mobilize voters in the Republican-leaning states where control of the Senate is likely to be decided this November, stepping in to fill a void left by years of decay in Democratic infrastructure at the state and local level.

The sentencing of Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has been postponed again – this time until a week after Cuomo faces challenger Cynthia Nixon in the Democratic Party primary.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will this week launch a new federal leadership PAC, christening his long-held desire to play a national role in moving the Democratic party to the left and potentially setting up a run for office after his mayoral term expires.

The new political action committee, called “Fairness PAC,” will pay for both the mayor’s travel and that of his wife, NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray, and will give direct support to both federal and state candidates.

By this afternoon, about 200 immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and sent to facilities in New York had left those welfare agencies, leaving about 100 children so far unable to be reunited with their parents and still here.

Maria Butina, the alleged Russian spy, offered to cooperate in a fraud investigation being mounted by federal prosecutors in South Dakota that appears to target Paul Erickson, the conservative activist with whom she was romantically linked.

The American Civil Liberties Union used Amazon’s facial software to compare the photos of all federal lawmakers against a database of 25,000 publicly available mug shots, finding the technology incorrectly matched 28 members of Congress with people who had been arrested – a 5 percent error rate.

Democratic LG candidate and Brooklyn councilman Jumaane Williams issued a pre-forum campaign finance pledge to no longer accept corporate contributions and called on his primary opponent, LG Kathy Hochul, to do the same.

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s bad-girl niece, Caroline, 31, put on a soft front as she was sentenced to two years probation for stealing $110,000 in a pharmacy credit card scam.

The former finance director at the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has been arrested after he allegedly used his state-issued credit card to run up alcohol tabs at local bars and restaurants.

Democratic NY-14 candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that for every one person experiencing homelessness in the five boroughs, there are about three vacant apartments is mostly true, according to Politifact.

Citing party loyalty, Rep. Carolyn Maloney announced her endorsement of Democratic state Senate candidate Jessica Ramos over the incumbent and former IDC member, Sen. Jose Peralta.

The state Board of Elections is due to take up the validity of Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney’s nominating petitions for attorney general at a meeting scheduled for Aug. 8.

City of Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey is resigning effective Aug. 8 to take a job as president and and CEO at Eastern Niagara Hospital.

Conor McGregor scored a sweetheart plea deal, copping to disorderly conduct charges for his epic meltdown in Brooklyn that left MMA fighters with injuries.

In previewing next year’s $17 million budget, the MTA said an average 4 percent fare hike and toll increase is still in play for 2019 and 2021.

A second-prize Mega Millions ticket worth $1 million was sold at the Stewart’s store in Broadway in Kingston, according to the state lottery division and a clerk at the store.

New York’s Department of Agriculture and Markets is putting up another $5 million to upgrade animal shelters – the second round of funding for the New York State Companion Animal Fund.

New Jersey’s top law enforcement official has instructed prosecutors statewide to hold off on pursuing convictions for marijuana-related crimes until the fall.

Former “Dawson’s Creek” star Michelle Williams has revealed in a new interview that she secretly wed indie rock musician Phil Elverum, 40, earlier this month in the Adirondacks.

Congrats to April the giraffe, who is pregnant again and expected to deliver next spring.