House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said in an impeachment debate Wednesday that he is "deeply concerned that any member of the House would spout Russian propaganda on the floor of the House," referencing a preceding speech by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas).

Context: Gohmert, a fierce defender of President Trump, claimed that impeachment was an attempt to stop an investigation by the Department of Justice into Ukrainian interference in the U.S. election.

The big picture: President Trump's request that Ukraine's president investigate the conspiracy theory that Ukrainian officials interfered in the 2016 election on behalf of Democrats is one of the alleged abuses of power that has led to his pending impeachment.

  • In their defenses of the president, Gohmert and other Republicans have claimed that the allegations of Ukrainian interference have merit — contradicting assessments by top Russia expert Fiona Hill and other intelligence community officials that say this is a false narrative propagated by Russian security services.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in state in Capitol's National Statuary Hall

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday that the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in state in the Capitol's National Statuary Hall on Friday, making Ginsburg the first woman to ever receive the honor.

The state of play: The Supreme Court also announced Monday that Ginsburg will lie in repose on the front steps of the building on Wednesday and Thursday, allowing the public to pay respects to the late justice outside.

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Trump announces new Iran sanctions in effort to maintain international arms embargo

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President Trump signed an executive order on Monday that would impose sanctions on any person or entity that contributes to the supply, sale, or transfer of conventional arms to or from Iran or is engaged in providing training and financial support related to those weapons.

Why it matters: The executive order is the first step by the Trump administration to put teeth into its claim that international sanctions on Iran were restored over the weekend, one month after the U.S. initiated the "snapback" process under a United Nations Security Council resolution.

Exclusive: Conservative group launches $2M Supreme Court ad

Screengrab of ad, courtesy of Judicial Crisis Network.

The Judicial Crisis Network is launching a $2.2 million ad campaign to put pressure on vulnerable Senate Republicans in battleground states to support a quick confirmation when President Trump announces his Supreme Court nominee.

The big picture: "Follow Precedent," previewed by Axios, is one of the first national and cable television ads to run following Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's death Friday.