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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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Protester dies after car drives through closed highway in Seattle

Protesters gather on Interstate 5 on June 23, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images

One person is dead and another is in serious condition after a car drove onto a closed freeway in Seattle early Saturday and into protesters against police brutality, AP reports.

  • "Summer Taylor, 24, of Seattle died in the evening at Harborview Medical Center, spokesperson Susan Gregg said."

Where it stands: The suspect, Dawit Kelete of Seattle, fled the scene after hitting the protesters, and was later put in custody after another protester chased him for about a mile. He was charged with two counts of vehicular assault. Officials told the AP they did not know whether it was a targeted attack, but the driver was not impaired.

Trump's failing culture wars

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President Trump built his political brand by stoking the nation's culture wars, but search data is showing us how much harder it's been for him to replicate that success while running against another white man in his 70s — and while there's a coronavirus pandemic.

The big picture: Google Trends data shows Trump's "Sleepy Joe" name-calling isn't generating nearly the buzz "Crooked Hillary" (or "Little Marco") did in 2016. Base voters who relished doubting President Obama's birth certificate aren't questioning Biden's.