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The classified memo written by the House Intelligence Committee is expected to be released soon, White House chief of staff John Kelly said in an interview with Fox News Radio on Wednesday. He added that he has seen the four-page document, and White House lawyers are currently going through it.

Why it matters: Several Republicans have been pushing for the memo's release, claiming that it contains evidence that the FBI and Justice Department are biased against President Trump. Meanwhile, Democrats argue that the memo is a tool to further undermine the FBI and Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

"It will be released here pretty quick, I think, and then the whole world can see it."
— John Kelly on Fox News Radio

FBI Director Christopher Wray has also read the memo, and has urged the White House not to release it to the public, sources told Bloomberg, because it "contains inaccurate information and paints a false narrative."

Timing: Last night after the State of the Union address, TV cameras caught President Trump telling Rep. Jeff Duncan that he "100 percent" supports releasing the memo.

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Trump's coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas resigns

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Scott Atlas, a controversial member of the White House coronavirus task force, handed in his resignation on Monday, according to three administration officials who discussed Atlas' resignation with Axios.

Why it matters: President Trump brought in Atlas as a counterpoint to NIAID director Anthony Fauci, whose warnings about the pandemic were dismissed by the Trump administration. With Trump now fixated on election fraud conspiracy theories, Atlas' detail comes to a natural end.

Dave Lawler, author of World
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Assassination in Iran sets stage for tense final 50 days of Trump

The funeral ceremony in Tehran. Photo: Iranian Defense Ministry via Getty

Iranian leaders are weighing their response to the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, known as the father of Iran’s military nuclear program, who was given a state funeral Monday in Tehran.

The big picture: Iran has accused Israel of carrying out Friday’s attack, but senior leaders have suggested that they’ll choose patience over an immediate escalation that could play into the hands of the Israelis and the outgoing Trump administration.

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