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James Comey's firing is raising questions about what will happen with the FBI's Russian investigation, while the Senate Intelligence Committee is signaling its probe is moving full steam ahead. Here's what we know:

Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election

  • Wikileaks published emails stolen from Democratic officials and Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta during the 2016 election.
  • The U.S. intelligence community concluded that Vladimir Putin had ordered the hacking to undermine Hillary Clinton and to help Donald Trump.
  • The Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a public report on its findings in January, and the conclusion was backed by the FBI, the CIA and NSA.

Where the investigation stands

  • On March 20, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the FBI has been investigating Russian interference in the election since July, and noted that the probe could take months to complete.
  • Comey also revealed that the FBI was investigating whether anyone associated with Trump's campaign colluded with Russia, as well as if any current administration officials have ties to the Kremlin.
  • CNN reported Tuesday that federal prosecutors had issued subpoenas to the associates of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, requesting their business records as part of the ongoing investigation.
  • Trump announced Tuesday night that he was firing Comey on the recommendation of Attorney General Sessions and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein.

Where the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation stands

  • The Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting its own investigation into Russia meddling in the election and potential ties between the Trump team and Russia.
  • Following Comey's ouster, GOP Sen. Richard Burr — chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee — said his panel's probe into Russia's role in the election will move forward.
  • The committee has asked Comey to testify next Tuesday on the status of the FBI's Russia investigation at the time of his firing.
  • The committee issued Flynn a subpoena on Wednesday for documents relevant to the Russia probe.

The Russia links

  • Axios' Stef Kight has listed the six key players in Trumpworld with known dealings with Russian officials.

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Taiwan on Thursday marked no locally transmitted coronavirus cases for 200 days, as the island of 23 million people's total number of infections reported stands at 550 and the COVID-19 death toll at seven.

Why it matters: Nowhere else in the world has reached such a milestone. While COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan's last locally transmitted case was on April 12. Experts credit tightly regulated travel, early border closure, "rigorous contact tracing, technology-enforced quarantine and universal mask wearing," along with the island state's previous experience with the SARS virus, per Bloomberg.

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