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Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez told CNN's "State of the Union" in an interview that aired Sunday that former President Trump may try to steal the 2024 election if he decides to run and loses.

Why it matters: The Republican lawmaker warned that Trump's second attempt may be more dangerous, since he'll have had time to examine why he failed to overturn the 2020 election, and to calibrate a better strategy the second time around.

What he's saying: "It looks to me — and I think any objective observer would come to this conclusion — that he has evaluated what went wrong on Jan. 6, why is it that he wasn't able to steal the election, who stood in his way," Gonzalez said.

  • "Every single American institution is just run by people. ... He's going systematically through the country and trying to remove those people and install people who are going to do exactly what he wants him to do, who believe the big lie, who will go along with anything he says."

The bottom line: "The cold, hard truth is Donald Trump led us into a ditch on Jan. 6," Gonzalez said. "The former president lied to us."

  • "If he's the nominee again in '24, I will do everything I personally can to make sure he doesn't win."

Of note: Earlier this year, the Ohio Republican Party censured Gonzalez for voting to impeach Trump in January. He was one of 10 House Republicans who voted for impeachment.

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Trump's ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen freed from prison sentence

Michael Cohen, the former lawyer for former President Trump, May 6, 2019. Photo: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Former President Trump's ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen was officially freed from his prison sentence on Monday, CNN reports.

Why it matters: Cohen received the three-year sentence after pleading guilty to nine federal crimes, including lying to Congress in the Mueller investigation and campaign finance violations related to payments he facilitated to two women who claimed to have had extramarital affairs with Trump.

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.

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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.