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As James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee and much of America Thursday, he deferred some of the committee's questions to Robert Mueller, the former FBI leader appointed as special counsel in the Russia probe.

  • When asked if Trump obstructed justice: "I don't know, that's Bob Mueller's job to sort that out.
  • On the Senate probe and Special Counsel coexisting: "It requires lots of conversations, but Bob Mueller is one of this country's great, great pros."
  • On whether the Steele dossier is relevant to the probe: "It is Bob Mueller's responsibility now. I don't know."

Vote of confidence: Comey is confident in Mueller's ability to lead the probe, acknowledging his long-standing relationship with the former FBI Director, he said, "If there's something that he thinks he needs, he will speak up about it."

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Gulf Coast braces for Zeta after storm strengthens into hurricane

Hurricane Zeta's forecast path. Photo: National Hurricane Center

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency Monday as Zeta strengthened into a hurricane and threatened Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula as it moved towards the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The state of play: Zeta was expected to make landfall on the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Monday night, bringing with it a "dangerous storm surge" and "heavy rainfall" as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Service said.

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Supreme Court rejects request to extend Wisconsin absentee ballot deadline

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The Supreme Court in a 5-3 decision Monday rejected an effort by Wisconsin Democrats and civil rights groups to extend the state's deadline for counting absentee ballots to six days after Election Day, as long as they were postmarked by Nov. 3.

Why it matters: All ballots must now be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day in Wisconsin, a critical swing state in the presidential election.

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