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Andrew Harnik / AP

The NYTimes has a story this morning on Jared Kushner being summoned before the Senate Intelligence Committee to answer questions on his meetings with Russian officials and Kremlin-linked businessmen. Key highlights:

  • The White House got a heads up earlier this month on potential questions about Kushner's meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
  • Kushner also apparently met with Sergey Gorkov, who heads up Obama-sanctioned Vnesheconombank.
  • WH spokeswoman Hope Hicks confirmed these meetings, but said Kusher "isn't trying to hide anything."
  • Questions for Kushner include whether he discussed personal business deals (included an over-leveraged Manhattan building), per the NYT.

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President Trump took off on Marine One at 8:17 a.m on Wednesday morning, departing the White House for the last time, en route to Florida.

The big picture: Trump's final hours will be marked by snubbing his successor and granting pardons to many of his allies who have been swept up in corruption scandals.

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President Trump has left the White House en route to a farewell event at Andrews Air Force Base, kicking off the day that will culminate with President-elect Joe Biden taking office.

What's next: The inaugural celebration for young Americans is being livestreamed, starting at 10am.

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Treasury Secretary nominee and former Fed chair Janet Yellen's confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday showed markets just what they can expect from the administration of President-elect Joe Biden: more of what they got under President Trump — at least for now.

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