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Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, during her 100th White House press briefing Wednesday, maintained that President Trump has done "nothing wrong" in the Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort sagas.

Why it matters: This is in the wake of a guilty verdict for President Trump's former campaign manager and a plea deal for his longtime personal lawyer.

"As the president's said, and we've stated many times, he did nothing wrong, and there are no charges against him... Just because Michael Cohen made a plea deal doesn't mean that implicates the President in anything."
— Sanders

As for Paul Manafort's guilty verdict: "The Manafort case doesn't have anything to do with the president, doesn't have anything to do with his campaign, and has nothing to do with the White House."

Three big things:

  • Sanders flatly denied that the president lied about his knowledge of Cohen's payment to Stormy Daniels, calling it "a ridiculous accusation." Until recently, Trump denied knowing about the $130,000 payment, but Cohen maintained in his guilty plea that Trump directed him to make it.
  • Sanders said she is unaware of whether Trump is considering a pardon for Manafort.
  • She stated that the president has "the constitutional authority" to revoke intelligence officials' security clearances, despite them traditionally being revoked by their superiors. She added that Trump is consulting with members of his national security team regarding the issue, and that he wants the White House to examine the overall process of who has and maintains a security clearance.

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Scoop: Iran preparing to enrich weapons-grade uranium, Israel warns U.S.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi holds a press conference. Photo: Presidency of Iran handout via Getty

Israel has shared intelligence over the past two weeks with the U.S. and several European allies suggesting that Iran is taking technical steps to prepare to enrich uranium to 90% purity — the level needed to produce a nuclear weapon, two U.S. sources briefed on the issue tell me.

Why it matters: Enriching to 90% would bring Iran closer than ever to the nuclear threshold. The Israeli warnings come as nuclear talks resume in Vienna, with Iran returning to the negotiating table on Monday after a five-month hiatus.

Biden: Fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns"

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President Biden on Monday said that the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, is "a cause for concern, not a cause for panic."

Driving the news: Biden said later this week the administration will be releasing a strategy on how "we're going to fight COVID this winter. Not with shutdowns or lockdowns, but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more."

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: WHO says Omicron poses "very high" risk — Fauci says Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in U.S. — U.S. restricts air travel from 8 countries over Omicron concerns.
  2. Politics: Biden says fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns."
  3. States: New York declares state of emergency amid concerns over Omicron.
  4. World: Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating worldWHO warns against travel bans on southern African countries — First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.