Tim Morrison, the National Security Council's Russia and Europe director has left his White House post as his Thursday impeachment inquiry testimony looms.

Where it stands: Morrison told the House committees Thursday morning that he resigned on his volition late Wednesday evening, two sources familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Morrison said his decision was not influenced by the impeachment investigation, but one of the sources said “whether you choose to believe that is up to you.”

Barbara Van Gelder, Morrison's lawyer, told Axios' Alayna Treene she had "no comment" when asked about NPR's report

Why it matters: Morrison is scheduled to testify before House impeachment committees on Thursday. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testified Tuesday that the White House memo of President Trump's July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president "omitted crucial words and phrases." Vindman said he provided written edits and corrections of the memo to Morrison, per the New York Times.

  • Vindman added that "some of his edits appeared to have been successful," aside from two involving Burisma — the Ukrainian company in which Hunter Biden served on the board in 2014 — and former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Ex-FDA chief: Pence campaigning after COVID exposure puts others at risk — Mark Meadows: "We are not going to control the pandemic"— COVID-19 looms over White House Halloween celebrations.
  2. Health: 13 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week — Fauci says maybe we should mandate masks if people don't wear them — America was sick well before it ever got COVID-19.
  3. World: Italy tightens restrictions Spain declares new state of emergency.
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13 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week

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13 states set new highs last week for coronavirus infections recorded in a single day, according to the COVID Tracking Project (CTP) and state health departments. Kansas, Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming surpassed records from the previous week.

The big picture: The pandemic is getting worse again across the country, and daily coronavirus cases have risen in the U.S. for six straight weeks, according to a seven-day average tracked by Axios. The U.S. reported over 80,000 new cases on both Friday and Saturday.

Senate advances Amy Coney Barrett nomination, setting up final confirmation vote

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The Senate voted 51-48 on Sunday to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, setting up a final confirmation vote for Monday.

Why it matters: It's now virtually inevitable that the Senate will vote to confirm President Trump's third Supreme Court nominee before the election, which is just nine days away.