Feb 1, 2018

Schiff claims Nunes memo was "secretly altered"

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Wednesday evening, Rep. Adam Schiff released a statement claiming the classified memo written by Rep. Devin Nunes and sent to the White House to be approved for public release included "material changes" from the version the House Intelligence Committee had approved.

Why it matters: As Axios' Jonathan Swan points out, "Trump's plan had been to release the memo tomorrow. This, if true, could delay the release."

In his statement, Schiff:

  • Says that Wednesday evening, "Upon our discovery that the document sent for public review had been secretly altered," Republicans allowed Democrats to review the version sent to the White House and compare it to the version approved by the committee. Schiff did not disclose how he knew that it was modified.
  • Schiff also demanded that the committee withdraw the version sent to the White House.

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Federal Reserve: Coronavirus poses "evolving risk" to the economy

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell took the rare move Friday of issuing a statement meant to reassure investors, one that opened the door to a possible interest rate cut.

Why it matters: The Fed rarely issues statements like this outside of policy meetings and scheduled public appearances. It came as the stock market continues its steep decline this week. Stocks briefly pared some losses after the 2:30 p.m. EST statement came out.

Federal court temporarily halts "Remain in Mexico" program

Migrant wearing a cap with U.S. flagin front of the border between Guatemala and Mexico. Photo: Jair Cabrera Torres/picture alliance via Getty Image

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's earlier injunction on Friday, temporarily stopping the Trump administration from enforcing the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) — known as the "Remain in Mexico" policy.

Why it matters: Tens of thousands of migrants seeking asylum have been forced to wait out their U.S. immigration court cases across the border in Mexico under the policy. The Trump administration has long credited this program for the decline in border crossings following record highs last summer.

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