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Evan Vucci / AP

Vox reported Wednesday that former FBI Director James Comey told three of the bureau's top officials that President Trump asked him to close the investigation into Trump's then-national security advisor Michael Flynn, in addition to detailing the events of the meeting in his now infamous Comey memo.

Who he told: Vox, citing "two people with detailed, firsthand knowledge of the matter" said Comey confided in Jim Rybicki, his chief of staff; James Baker, the bureau's general counselor; and Andrew McCabe, the FBI's then-deputy director and current acting director.

Why this matters: The White House has repeatedly denied that Trump asked Comey to interfere in the Russia investigation, so up until now it's been the Trump administration's word against the Comey memo. But now there are three separate FBI officials who could be asked to corroborate the contents of the memo.

Timing: The news comes just a day before Comey is set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee tomorrow.

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President Biden told congressional leadership in a letter Saturday that this week's airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to Iranian-backed militia groups was consistent with the U.S. right to self-defense.

Why it matters: Some Democrats, including Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), have criticized the Biden administration for the strike and demanded a briefing.

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Why it matters: The authorization of a third coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. will help speed up the vaccine rollout across the country, especially since the J&J shot only requires one dose as opposed to Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech's two-shot vaccines.

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