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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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In photos: Thousands evacuated as Southern California fire grows

A plane makes a retardant drop on a ridge at the Apple Fire north of Banning in Riverside County, which "doubled in size" Saturday, per KTLA. Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A massive wildfire that prompted mandatory evacuations in Southern California over the weekend burned 26,450 acres and was 5% contained by Monday afternoon, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

The big picture: As California remains an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., some 15 separate fires are raging across the state. About 7,800 people were under evacuation orders from the Apple Fire, about 75 miles east of Los Angeles, as hundreds of firefighters battled the blaze. CalFire said Monday that a malfunction involving a "diesel-fueled vehicle emitting burning carbon from the exhaust system" started the Apple Fire.

Twitter faces FTC fine of up to $250 million over alleged privacy violations

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The Federal Trade Commission has accused Twitter of using phone numbers and emails from its users to make targeted ads between 2013 and 2019, Twitter said in an SEC filing published Monday.

Why it matters: Twitter estimates that the FTC's draft complaint, which was sent a few days after its Q2 earnings report, could cost the company between $150 million and $250 million. The complaint is unrelated to the recent Twitter hack involving a bitcoin scam.