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Michael Cohen directed an attorney to hold a discussion with President Trump's lawyers about the possibility of obtaining a presidential pardon, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday evening.

Why it matters: The report contradicts a statement Trump's former personal lawyer Cohen gave to the House Oversight Committee during testimony. "I have never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from Mr. Trump," he said last week. But Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis told the Journal Trump's former fixer had directed one of his previous attorneys to "explore possibilities of a pardon at one point with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani as well as other lawyers advising President Trump" after the FBI raided his properties.

Go deeper: Rudy Giuliani says lawyers asked him about Trump pardoning their clients

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AOC and Ilhan Omar want to block Biden’s former chief of staff

Reps. Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are boosting a petition against Joe Biden nominating his former chief of staff to a new role in his administration, calling Bruce Reed a "deficit hawk."

Why it matters: Progressives are mounting their pressure campaign after the president-elect did not include any of their favored candidates in his first slate of Cabinet nominees, and they are serious about installing some of their allies, blocking anyone who doesn't pass their smell test — and making noise if they are not heard.

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Biden introduces top national security team

President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke Tuesday at an event introducing the incoming administration's top national security officials, where he told the story of his stepfather being the only one of 900 children at his school in Poland to survive the Holocaust.

What they're saying: "At the end of the war, he made a break from a death march into the woods in Bavaria. From his hiding place, he heard a deep rumbling sound. It was a tank. But instead of the iron cross, he saw painted on its side a five pointed white star," Blinken said.