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McFarland at the Senate hearing. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin / AP

K.T. McFarland, President Trump's former Deputy National Security Advisor testified in a Senate hearing that she knew nothing of Michael Flynn's contacts with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. However, she discussed those contacts at the time over email, the NY Times' Michael Schmidt and Sharon LaFraniere report.

The backdrop: The Times obtained a Dec. 29 email in which McFarland, then working on the transition, told another transition official that Flynn would be speaking with Kislyak that night. Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about those conversations with Kislyak, among other things.

McFarland was ousted from the White House in April but later nominated by Trump to serve as ambassador to Singapore. She testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in July as part of the confirmation process, and was asked about Flynn and Kislyak's communications. She said she did not know anything about them.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

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Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.

Far-right figure "Baked Alaska" arrested for involvement in Capitol siege

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The FBI arrested far-right media figure Tim Gionet, known as "Baked Alaska," on Saturday for his involvement in last week's Capitol riot, according to a statement of facts filed in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

The state of play: Gionet was arrested in Houston on charges related to disorderly or disruptive conduct on the Capitol grounds or in any of the Capitol buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session, per AP.