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President Donald Trump. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Democratic Reps. Elijah Cummings, Adam Schiff and Jerrold Nadler, who head the House Oversight, Intelligence and Judiciary committees, respectively, issued a statement Sunday warning President Trump of obstructing congressional investigations and potential witness intimidation following his comments about his former attorney Michael Cohen during a Fox News interview.

Background: Trump said that — instead of providing federal investigators "some information on the president" — Cohen instead "should give information maybe on his father-in-law, because that's the one that people want to look at" during an interview with Jeanine Pirro on Saturday. Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in prison last month, will testify voluntarily before House Oversight on Feb. 7.

Details: Cohen's father-in-law, Fima Shusterman, loaned at least $20 million to a major Chicago cab operator, who was mentioned in FBI warrants that were used to raid Cohen’s home, office and hotel room last April, per the Chicago Sun-Times.

  • Shusterman pleaded guilty in 1993 to federal income tax fraud relating to his taxicab business in New York.

The full statement from the Democratic leaders:

"The integrity of our process to serve as an independent check on the Executive Branch must be respected by everyone, including the President. Our nation’s laws prohibit efforts to discourage, intimidate, or otherwise pressure a witness not to provide testimony to Congress. The President should make no statement or take any action to obstruct Congress’ independent oversight and investigative efforts, including by seeking to discourage any witness from testifying in response to a duly authorized request from Congress."

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President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris sat down with CNN on Thursday for their first joint interview since the election.

The big picture: In the hour-long segment, the twosome laid out plans for responding to the pandemic, jump-starting the economy and managing the transition of power, among other priorities.

The quick FCC fix that would get more students online

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As the pandemic forces students out of school, broadband deployment programs aren't going to move fast enough to help families in immediate need of better internet access. But Democrats at the Federal Communications Commission say the incoming Biden administration could put a dent in that digital divide with one fast policy change.

State of play: An existing FCC program known as E-rate provides up to $4 billion for broadband at schools, but Republican FCC chairman Ajit Pai has resisted modifying the program during the pandemic to provide help connecting students at home.

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America's hidden depression

Biden introduces his pick for Treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, on Dec. 1. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President-elect Biden faces a fragile recovery that could easily fall apart, as the economy remains in worse shape than most people think.

Why it matters: There is a recovery happening. But it's helping some people immensely and others not at all. And it's that second part that poses a massive risk to the Biden-Harris administration's chance of success.