'Start Here': North Korea disputing Trump, clearing Kushner, possibly indicting Netanyahu

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1. Nuclear fallout

After his summit with Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, President Donald Trump said the North Korean leader's insistence on full sanctions relief was the major reason the two sides couldn't reach a deal.

North Korea on Thursday disputed that account.

"What we proposed was not the removal of all sanctions, but the partial removal," North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said at a news conference in Hanoi.

ABC News' Elizabeth McLaughlin says the two nations likely will continue lower-level talks.

2. Trump 'ordered' security clearance for Kushner

Trump "ordered" former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to approve Jared Kushner's top-secret security clearance, despite concerns from intelligence officials, according to The New York Times.

Kelly documented the president's demand in an internal memo in May 2018 and had his own reservations about granting Kushner's clearance, the Times reported. Then-White House counsel Don McGahn also reportedly recommended Kushner not be given his clearance.

The president has the legal authority to grant security clearances, but he told The Times last month he "was never involved in [Kushner's] security." In an interview with "The View's" Abby Huntsman earlier in February, Ivanka Trump echoed her father's statement: "The president had no involvement pertaining to my clearance or my husband's clearance. Zero."

When asked about the Times report, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said to ABC News, "We don't comment on security clearances."

ABC News' John Santucci walks us through what we know so far.

3. Netanyahu indictment recommended

Israel's attorney general has recommended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate corruption cases.

Netanyahu has denied all wrongdoing, repeatedly referring to the lengthy probes as a "witch hunt." The prime minister will be allowed a pretrial hearing to mount his defense and try to sway the attorney general, but it could take months for the hearing to happen.

The announcement comes just weeks away from a legislative election in Israel. Netanyahu is facing a formidable challenger, according to ABC News' Jordana Miller, and the prime minister's chances for re-election may have just taken a hit: "The timing of this is really a political bombshell."

4. Different nuclear fallout

Trump's longtime fixer and personal attorney Michael Cohen was back on Capitol Hill on Thursday, meeting behind closed doors with the House Intelligence Committee a day after his blockbuster public testimony in front of the House Oversight Committee.

As House Democrats continue to investigate the president, ABC News' Aaron Katersky tells us Cohen's testimony laid out a possible road map for their next lines of inquiry.

"I think the most effective thing Michael Cohen may have done for the Democrats, who are intent on holding more hearings," Katerksy says, "is to basically write their next witness list."


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