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Jacquelyn Martin / AP

On the floor this morning, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for the appointment of a special counsel for the government's investigation into the possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials — as well as separate briefings, closed and possibly classified, of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in front of the entire Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seemingly brushed aside the notion of a special prosecutor before Schumer even spoke, saying:

Today, we'll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation, which could only serve to impede the current work being done.

The questions Schumer wants answered in the closed briefings:

  • Why was Sessions, who has recused himself from the Russia investigation, able to influence firing of Comey?
  • Did Rosenstein act on his own, at the direction of his superiors, or the White House?
  • Are reports that Trump has been searching for a rationale to fire Comey true?
  • Was Comey's investigation making progress in a direction that might damage Trump?
  • Why didn't Trump wait for the Inspector General's investigation into Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation to conclude before firing him?

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Arizona Republican Party members voted on Saturday to censure prominent GOP figures Cindy McCain, Gov. Doug Ducey and former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who've all faced clashes with former President Trump.

Why it matters: Although the resolution is symbolic, this move plus the re-election of Trump loyalist Kelli Ward as state GOP chair shows the strong hold the former president has on the party in Arizona, despite President Biden winning the state in the 2020 election.

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A Texas man who has been charged with storming the U.S. Capitol in the deadly Jan. 6 siege posted death threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the Department of Justice said.

The big picture: Garret Miller faces five charges in connection to the riot by supporters of former President Trump, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and making threats. According to court documents, Miller posted violent threats online the day of the siege, including tweeting “Assassinate AOC.”