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In a briefing Tuesday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the investigation of former White House staffer Rob Porter closed in January and emphasized that both the White House and FBI Director Chris Wray have told the truth about the timeline leading up to Porter's departure.

Why it matters: Wray has explained that the FBI's file on Porter closed last month, before allegations of domestic abuse between Porter and his ex-wives surfaced last week. However Sanders said today that the "White House Personnel Security Office...had not finished their process" in January. This is another example in a string of confusing instances coming out of the White House about Porter.

  • Sanders said the White House is "looking for ways to take action" against domestic abuse, and "[condemns] domestic violence in every possible way."
  • Trump still has confidence in chief of staff John Kelly, Sanders said in the briefing.

One more thing: President Trump will be donating his quarter four salary to the Department of Transportation, to "rebuild and modernize" U.S. infrastructure, Sanders added in Tuesday's press briefing.

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Google is investigating recent actions by Margaret Mitchell, who helps lead the company's ethical AI team, Axios has confirmed.

Why it matters: The probe follows the forced exit of Timnit Gebru, a prominent researcher also on the AI ethics team at Google whose ouster ignited a firestorm among Google employees.

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Scoop: Joe Biden's COVID-19 bubble

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The incoming administration is planning extraordinary steps to protect its most prized commodity, Joe Biden, including requiring daily employee COVID tests and N95 masks at all times, according to new guidance sent to some incoming employees Tuesday.

Why it matters: The president-elect is 78 years old and therefore a high risk for the virus and its worst effects, despite having received the vaccine. While President Trump's team was nonchalant about COVID protocols — leading to several super-spreader episodes — the new rules will apply to all White House aides in "high proximity to principals."

Justice Department drops insider trading inquiry against Sen. Richard Burr

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The Department of Justice told Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Tuesday that it will not move forward with insider trading charges against him.

Why it matters: The decision, first reported by the New York Times, effectively ends the DOJ's investigation into the senator's stock sell-off that occurred after multiple lawmakers were briefed about the coronavirus' potential economic toll. Burr subsequently stepped down as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.