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Report: House intel done interviewing witnesses in Russia probe

Adam Schiff
Adam Schiff, D-Calif., next to a photo of Donald Trump shaking hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

The House Intelligence Committee has reportedly concluded interviewing witnesses in its Russia probe tasked with investigating any Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to the WSJ, which cites a source familiar with the investigation.

Why it matters: This announcement points towards the end of a highly contentious investigation following classified interviews with Trump campaign members and administration officials including Hope Hicks, Corey Lewandowski, Steve Bannon and Michael Cohen.

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D.C.'s March for our Lives: "The voters are coming"

Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives.
Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Axios' Stef Kight.

D.C.'s March for our Lives event is expected to see more than half a million participants.

Why it matters: While D.C. is the primary march, there are hundreds of others around the world and across the country. Led by students, the march is "to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address" gun issues, per the organization's mission statement.

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DOJ eyeing tool to allow access to encrypted data on smartphones

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

The Justice Department is in "a preliminary stage" of discussions about requiring tech companies building "tools into smartphones and other devices" that would allow law enforcement investigators to access encrypted data, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: This has been on the FBI's mind since 2010, and last month the White House "circulated a memo...outlining ways to think about solving the problem," officials told the Times. Both FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, support finding ways for law enforcement to access data without compromising devices security.