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Feinstein on Meet the Press

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who sits on one Senate committee (Intel) investigating potential Trump/Russia collusion and is the top Democrat on the other (Judiciary), said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that she believes a case for obstruction of justice is coming together against President Trump.

Feinstein cited the indictments issued by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the White House's "hyper-frenetic attitude" and "most importantly" the circumstances surrounding James Comey's firing as FBI director, saying, "it is my belief that that is directly because he did not agree to lift the cloud of the Russia investigation. That's obstruction of justice," she said.

Asked about Trump's insistence that he is not under investigation, Feinstein said, "Well, I would assume that many in the White House are under investigation in this. I would assume, you know, I do not believe that General Flynn was a rogue agent."

Worth noting: Feinstein's remarks should not be seen as confirmation that a case against Trump exists, as she seems to merely be reading between the lines. Feinstein did confirm for the first time, however, that the judiciary committee is looking into possible obstruction.

More from Feinstein, who is seeking re-election in 2018 and facing pressure from the left:

  • Worried about Trump's ability to do his job: "There is a kind of instability, unpredictability. It's one issue after the other... I think that this president is just precipitating more and more angst that's going to lead to serious discord."
  • When she decided enough was enough: "Well, it happened about a month ago, and I can't give you any particular event."
  • She said K.T. McFarland, who sent emails during the transition that are now under heavy scrutiny, had not been interviewed by the Intelligence Committee, but Democrats on the committee would like to invite her.

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Storms pummel flood-hit Pacific Northwest as border river overflows

An image of the water-logged Sumas Prairie area taken last Friday. Photo: B.C. Ministry of Transportation/Twitter.

The latest ferocious storm system to hit the Pacific Northwest triggered fresh evacuation orders and at least one mudslide in flood-ravaged British Columbia, Canada, late Sunday.

Threat level: Flood sirens sounded in Washington state as the Nooksack River overflowed. Henry Braun, mayor of Abbotsford, B.C., told reporters the water flow was headed toward the Canadian border city later Sunday. "There's nothing to stop it," he said.

Updated 5 hours ago - Health

First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada

COVID-19 testing personnel at Toronto Pearson International Airport in September. Photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The first two cases of the new Omicron variant have been detected in North America, the Canadian government announced Sunday evening.

Driving the news: The World Health Organization has named Omicron a "variant of concern," but cautioned earlier on Sunday that it is not yet clear whether it's more transmissible than other strains of COVID-19.

Former Defense Secretary Esper sues Pentagon over book

Former President Trump and former Defense Secretary Mark Esper at the White House in 2020. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper filed a lawsuit Sunday against the Defense Department, accusing the Pentagon of "censoring" his First Amendment rights by redacting aspects of his upcoming book on the Trump administration.

The big picture: Esper, who served as defense secretary from July 2019 until he was fired by then-President Trump in November last year, alleges in the suit that "significant text" is "being improperly withheld from publication" of the manuscript "under the guise of classification."