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Christopher Steele, the former MI6 agent who wrote the Trump dossier. Photo: Victoria Jones / PA Images via Getty Images

Christopher Steele, the author of the controversial Trump-Russia dossier, reportedly wrote an additional document on Donald Trump and his links to Russia, according to a referral released Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The FBI declassified several of the redactions Tuesday after Chairman Chuck Grassley pushed for more transparency.

Why it matters: Last week's memo alleging FISA abuse by the FBI and Justice Department is just the first of many expected memos alleging politically motivated "wrongdoing" across various agencies. And this new referral could form the basis for those releases.

Details from the Committee's referral:

  • The referral says Steele's additional document is based on information that wound its way from a foreign informant, to a Clinton associate, to the Obama State Department, to Steele.
  • A press release that accompanied the referral also said the Steele document "contains verbatim quotes from the [Carter Page FISA] application that are not included in the [Nunes] memo."
  • When asked during a March 2017 briefing why the FBI included the Steele dossier allegations about Carter Page in the FISA applications, former FBI Director James Comey said it was because “Mr. Steele himself was considered reliable due to his past work with the Bureau.”
  • The referral also echoes concerns raised by House Intelligence Committee Republicans that Steele may have shared information from his dossier with reporters, despite telling the FBI he didn't.

Why it's surfacing now: Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham filed the Committee's criminal referral with the DOJ on Jan. 4, at which point the document was classified. The senators then negotiated with the FBI and DOJ to release a redacted version of the referral to the public on Monday. They then released a less redacted version Tuesday night after being given approval from the FBI.

Go deeper: The big questions surrounding the Steele dossier

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NYC firefighters union urges members to defy mayor's vaccine mandate

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

The president of New York City's firefighters union told reporters Wednesday that he's advised unvaccinated members to ignore Mayor Bill de Blasio's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers, per Reuters.

Why it matters: Under de Blasio's order that's due to take effect Friday, unvaccinated city employees would be placed on unpaid leave. But Uniformed Firefighters Association head Andrew Ansbro said he told members that "if they choose to remain unvaccinated, they must still report for duty," according to Reuters.

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Study: Common antidepressant guards against COVID hospitalization

A COVID-19 intensive Care Unit in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on May 27, 2021. Photo: Fabio Teixeira/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The readily available antidepressant fluvoxamine significantly reduced COVID-related hospitalizations, according to a large study published Wednesday.

Why it matters: The clinical trial suggests that a cheap, readily available drug could dramatically reduce serious illness and death when prescribed early.

By the numbers: Catholics, Biden and abortion

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Reproduced from Pew Research Center; Chart: Axios Visuals

President Biden — the second Catholic U.S. president — will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, as some church leaders debate whether to deny Holy Communion to politicians who support abortion rights.

By the numbers: Overall, two in three U.S. Catholics believe Biden should be allowed to take Communion despite his stance on abortion, according to polling by Pew Research Center.