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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State of play: Anxious consumers say financial concerns and health worries will push them to spend less money this year and to do more of their limited spending online.

California to independently review FDA-approved coronavirus vaccines

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California will "independently review" all coronavirus vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration before allowing their distribution, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced at a news conference Monday.

Why it matters: The move that comes days after NAID director Anthony Fauci said he had "strong confidence" in FDA-approved vaccines could cast further public doubt that the federal government could release a vaccine based on political motives, rather than safety and efficacy.