Vice President Pence, who is leading the U.S. delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics, has called a report that a gay figure skater declined a meeting with him “fake news."

The details: USA Today reported on Wednesday that the skater, Adam Rippon, was invited to have a one-on-one talk with Pence over recent comments he made about the Vice President. Asked by the reporter about Pence's ceremonial role, Rippon said, “You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it.” He later declined the meeting, the publication said, citing sources.

The other side: The report said Pence’s press secretary, Alyssa Farah, didn’t respond to a request for comment. But after the story was published, Farah submitted a statement, saying the “accusation is totally false and has no basis in fact.”

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Twenty Republican former U.S. Attorneys on Tuesday endorsed Joe Biden while saying that "President Trump's leadership is a threat to rule of law" in the U.S., the Washington Post reports.

What they're saying: In the letter, the former prosecutors criticize Trump's use of the Department of Justice, saying the president expects the DOJ to "to serve his personal and political interests."

  • "He has politicized the Justice Department, dictating its priorities along political lines and breaking down the barrier that prior administrations had maintained between political and prosecutorial decision-making," the letter says.
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Ted Cruz defends GOP's expected return to prioritizing national debt

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told "Axios on HBO" on Monday that he wishes reining in the national debt was a higher priority for President Trump.

Why it matters: Trump pledged during the 2016 campaign to reduce the national debt and eliminate it entirely within eight years, though he also deemed himself "the king of debt" and said there were some priorities that required spending. In the fiscal year that ended in September, the deficit reached a record $3.1 trillion.