Jun 12, 2017

Sessions to testify publicly tomorrow on Russia

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The Senate Intelligence Committee announced that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify in an open session Tuesday afternoon at 2:30pm Eastern — soon after the Department of Justice released a statement stating that Sessions had requested a public hearing.

What to expect: Russia, Russia, Russia. Sessions has been under pressure for weeks about undisclosed meetings with Russia's ambassador, and he also played a key role in James Comey's testimony. From the DOJ press release: "He believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him and looks forward to answering the committee's questions tomorrow."

Think about it: CNN reported yesterday that Sessions' offer to testify in front of Senate Intel was a move to potentially avoid testifying publicly. Now DOJ says he insisted the testimony be public. It's unclear how exactly it came together, but it's happening.

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Pence: Coronavirus impact in U.S. may be "most comparable" to Italy

Vice President Mike Pence told CNN Wednesday that White House modeling suggests "Italy may be the most comparable area to the United States" in terms of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: Italy has become one of the global epicenters of the pandemic, with 105,792 cases and 12,428 deaths. Public health experts have warned for weeks that the U.S. would be on the same path if it didn't take drastic measures to stem the spread of the virus.

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