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The White House asked President Trump's former counsel Don McGahn twice to say publicly that the president did not obstruct justice by asking for special counsel Robert Mueller to be dismissed, but McGahn refused, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: This shows how far the Trump administration has gone to prove the president did not attempt to obstruct justice, per the New York Times. The request by Trump also has House Democrats saying it's "critical" for McGahn to testify before Congress regarding the Mueller report.

What they're saying: In a statement, McGahn's lawyer said: “We did not perceive it as any kind of threat or something sinister. It was a request, professionally and cordially made,” the New York Times reports.

The backdrop: McGahn spent more than 30 hours talking to Mueller's investigators last August and said he was ready to resign in 2017 rather than ask the deputy attorney general to fire Mueller. He stayed in his position when Trump didn't push him on the matter, per the Wall Street Journal, ultimately leaving the White House in 2018.

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What they're saying: Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Rose Garden of the White House on Sept. 26. Photo: Oliver Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Democratic and Republican lawmakers along with other leading political figures reacted to President Trump's Saturday afternoon nomination of federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

What they're saying: "President Trump could not have made a better decision," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement. "Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an exceptionally impressive jurist and an exceedingly well-qualified nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States."

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Trump introduces Amy Coney Barrett as nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Photo: Olivier Douleiry/Getty Images

In speaking after President Trump announced her as the Supreme Court nominee to replaced Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett said on Saturday she will be "mindful" of those who came before her on the court if confirmed.

What she's saying: Barrett touched on Ginsburg's legacy, as well as her own judicial philosophy and family values. "I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution," she said. "I'm truly humbled at the prospect of serving on the  Supreme Court."

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