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President Donald Trump said suggested that the Nunes memo “totally vindicates ‘Trump’" and shows the Russia probe is a "witch hunt." But at least three Republicans pushed back against that assertion on Sunday, including Rep. Trey Gowdy, who was actively involved with the drafting of the controversial memo that alleged abuse of government surveillance powers.

Why it matters: The three Republicans, all members of the House Intelligence Committee, voted for the released the memo on Friday. They all said the memo should not impact Robert Mueller’s investigation.

What they’re saying:

Rep. Gowdy, the only Republican on the panel who saw the classified intelligence used to write the memo, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the document has has no effect on potential links between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Gowdy also said he has complete confidence in FBI Director Wray, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and Special Counsel Mueller.

Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah said on "Fox News Sunday" that Trump hadn't been vindicated:

"I think it would be a mistake for anyone to suggest that the special counsel shouldn't complete his work. I support his work. I want him to finish it. I hope he finishes it as quickly as possible. ... The essence of this memo is something quite different ...."

Rep. Will Hurd of Texas on ABCs 'This Week:"

"I would say that DOJ and the FBI should continue doing their job. I don’t believe this is an attack on Bob Mueller. I don’t believe this is an attack on the men and women in the FBI. I’ve served shoulder to shoulder with them and they are hard-working folks that keep us safe."

Go deeper: Between the lines of the Nunes memo.

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4 mins ago - Politics & Policy

The top candidates Biden is considering for key energy and climate roles

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has urged President-elect Joe Biden to nominate Mary Nichols, chair of California's air pollution regulator, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: The reported push by Schumer could boost Nichol's chances of leading an agency that will play a pivotal role in Biden's vow to enact aggressive new climate policies — especially because the plan is likely to rest heavily on executive actions.

U.S. economy adds 245,000 jobs in November as recovery slows

Data: BLS; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. economy added 245,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate fell to 6.7% from 6.9%, the government said on Friday.

Why it matters: The labor market continues to recover even as coronavirus cases surge— though it's still millions of jobs short of the pre-pandemic level. The problem is that the rate of recovery is slowing significantly.

2 hours ago - Health

Fauci says he accepted Biden's offer to be chief medical adviser "on the spot"

The government's top infectious-disease expert Anthony Fauci said Friday that he "absolutely" will accept the offer from President-elect Joe Biden to serve as his chief medical adviser, telling NBC's "Today" that he said yes "right on the spot."

Why it matters: President Trump had a contentious relationship with Fauci, who has been forced during the pandemic to correct many of the president's false claims about the coronavirus. Biden, meanwhile, has emphasized the importance of "listening to the scientists" throughout his campaign and transition.