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Trump with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Photo: Jim Watson / AFP via Getty Images

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, tells MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace:

  • "Republican House members on our committee ... are taking steps to shut us down."
  • Asked if congressional Republicans are trying to lay a foundation for Trump to fire Mueller, Schiff said: "That's exactly what I'm worried about."

Shot: Trump, asked yesterday if he would consider a pardon for Michael Flynn: "I don't want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet. We'll see what happens. Let's see. I can say this: When you look at what's gone on with the FBI and with the Justice Department, people are very, very angry."

  • Ty Cobb, the White House special counsel, said later: "There is no consideration being given to pardoning Michael Flynn at the White House."

P.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions distanced himself from Trump's renewed criticism of the FBI. Sessions said at a news conference yesterday that the FBI is "fulfilling a fabulously important role working to fight against violent crime."

  • WashPost A1, "Trump's judicial picks hit first head winds": "The White House said ... it is standing by the nomination of Matthew Petersen ... for the U.S. District Court for [D.C.], despite a clip from his confirmation hearing posted on Twitter in which Petersen was unable to answer questions about legal and courtroom terms posed by a Republican senator." See the clip.

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CDC approves boosters for Moderna and J&J and mix-and-match

Boxes containing vials of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: Jon Cherry/Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's independent advisory panel voted unanimously to recommend booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine for certain populations and allow people to mix-and-match doses.

The big picture: The agency aligns with the Food and Drug Administration authorization Wednesday night which said people could switch to whichever vaccine they wanted for their booster shot.

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Israel to approve new construction in West Bank settlements

Bennett (L) and Biden discussed the settlements issue. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty

Israel will approve the construction of 4,400 new homes in the West Bank next week: 3,10o in the Jewish settlements and 1,300 in Palestinian villages.

Why it matters: This will be the first time Israel has approved new settlement building since President Biden assumed office, and it's the first time since 2007 that it approves a significant number of new homes for Palestinians in "Area C" of the West Bank, which is controlled by Israel.

House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress

Steve Bannon. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

The House of Representatives voted 229-202 on Thursday to hold former Trump strategist Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the Jan. 6 select committee.

Why it matters: The Justice Department will now consider bringing criminal charges against Bannon, marking a significant escalation in the Jan. 6 committee's efforts to enforce subpoenas against Trump allies who refuse to cooperate.