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House Democrats said Wednesday they're no longer pursuing records of former President Donald Trump's private meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, ABC News reports.

Why it matters: The announcement comes hours ahead of President Biden's meeting with his Russian counterpart. Democrats had previously suggested that Trump tried to conceal details about his conversation with Putin.

  • The House Foreign Affairs Committee had considered subpoenaing a U.S. interpreter who accompanied Trump during a meeting with Putin in Helsinki.

What they're saying: "The Biden administration is looking forward, not back," said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), per ABC.

"What happened beforehand has obviously created an atmosphere, a situation in the United States where everyone’s going to be watching closely what happens during that meeting and what is said afterwards,” Angela Stent, director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University told ABC News.

  • "But I think the substance of what was discussed between Trump and Putin is much less important for President Biden going forward," she added.

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Biden steps into the breach

Sen. Joe Manchin heads to a meeting with President Biden today. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

President Biden ramped up the pressure on his fellow Democrats Wednesday, calling a series of lawmakers to the White House in the hope of ending infighting and getting them in line.

Why it matters: Divisions within the party are threatening to derail Biden's top priorities. After several weeks of letting negotiations play out, the president is finally asserting his power to ensure his own party doesn't block his agenda.

Sep 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

N.Y. Times compares Biden to Trump

U.S. Customs and Border Protection mounted officers attempt to contain migrants as they cross the Rio Grande on Sunday. Photo: Felix Marquez/AP

Citing moves on Afghanistan and the border, two N.Y. Times items compare President Biden to the predecessor he defeated:

A news story — "Biden Pushes Deterrent Border Policy After Promising 'Humane' Approach" — notes this week's images of the border roundup "could have come straight from former President Donald J. Trump’s immigration playbook."

Rep. Schiff: "Criminal contempt" possible for Jan. 6 committee witnesses who refuse to testify

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) speaking in the Capitol on Sept. 21. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

The select committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 Capitol riot will likely use the Department of Justice to enforce subpoenas for testimony from former Trump officials, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a select committee member, told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington, D.C., Thursday.

Why it matters: House committees struggled to force members of the Trump administration to comply with subpoenas — most notably former Trump White House counsel Don McGahn.