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  • Jason Chaffetz, House Oversight Committee Chair, on investigating Trump's role in Flynn developments: "The situation has taken care of itself."
  • Devin Nunes, House Intel Committee Chair: Intel Committee will look into leaks, but won't look into Trump/Flynn discussions.
  • Roy Blunt, Senate Intel Committee member, as noted by CNN: "For all of us, finding out if there's a problem or not and sooner rather than later is the right thing to do."
  • Lindsey Graham, Senate Armed Services Committee member on CNN: "I'd have a hard time believing that Gen. Flynn would get on the phone with the Russian ambassador and suggest that, 'Don't worry, we will revisit this when we get to be president' in terms of executive sanctions without some understanding that the administration would be sympathetic to the idea."
  • John Cornyn, Senate Majority Whip: He told reporters today that Senate committees dealing with intelligence need to investigate Flynn, per CNN.

Why it matters: The leaks surrounding Flynn's calls with the Russian ambassador are unprecedented, but so are the accusations flying against the former national security advisor.

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4 hours ago - World

Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai detained on fraud charge

An activist holds a placard highlighting China's Tiananmen Square massacre as pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrives at West Kowloon Magistrates' Court in Hong Kong in November. Photo: Isaac Wong/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai is being detained until an April court hearing after the pro-democracy supporter was charged Thursday with fraud, per his Apple Daily news outlet.

Why it matters: The 72-year-old's arrest and denial of bail is another blow for the pro-democracy movement in the former British colony amid concerns about a fresh crackdown on activists.

7 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Inhofe loudly sets Trump straight on defense bill

Sen. Jim Inhofe speaks with reporters in the Capitol last month. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Senator Jim Inhofe told President Trump today he'll likely fail to get two big wishes in pending defense spending legislation, bellowing into his cellphone: "This is the only chance to get our bill passed," a source who overheard part of their conversation tells Axios.

Why it matters: Republicans are ready to test whether Trump's threats of vetoing the bill, which has passed every year for more than half a century, are empty.

Conspiracy theories blow back on Trump's White House

Sidney Powell. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

President Trump has rarely met a conspiracy theory he doesn't like, but he and other Republicans now worry the wild tales told by lawyers Sidney Powell and Lin Wood may cost them in Georgia's Senate special elections.

Why it matters: The two are telling Georgians not to vote for Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler because of a bizarre, baseless and potentially self-defeating theory: It's not worth voting because the Chinese Communist Party has rigged the voting machines.