President Trump told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that former White House counsel Don McGahn's testimony to special counsel Robert Mueller "doesn't matter."

Why it matters: McGahn's testimony backed some of the Mueller report's potential episodes of obstruction of justice. McGahn, who is cited in the Mueller report more than any other witness, is currently not complying with House Judiciary subpoenas on instruction from the White House.

  • Mueller's report details how Trump instructed McGahn to have Mueller removed as special counsel. Refusals from McGahn — and other top White House staffers — to obey presidential directives are part of the reason that Trump may have avoided obstructing justice.

What Trump's saying, on Mueller and McGahn:

"No special counsel should have ever been appointed. You know why? Cause there was no crime. ... They had no evidence of crime."
"I was never going to fire Mueller. I never suggested firing Mueller. ... I don't care what [McGahn] says, it doesn't matter. That was to show everyone what a good counsel he was ... because he wanted to make himself look like a good lawyer, or he believed it because I would constantly tell anybody that would listen ... that Robert Mueller was conflicted."

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Republicans condemn Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power

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A number of prominent Republican lawmakers addressed President Trump's refusal on Wednesday to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses November's presidential election.

Driving the news: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted, "The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792."

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Pandemic spurs journalists to go it alone via email

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A slew of high-profile journalists have recently announced they are leaving newsrooms to launch their own, independent brands, mostly via email newsletters.

Context: Many of those writers, working with new technology companies like Substack, TinyLetter, Lede, or Ghost, have made the transition amid the pandemic.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 31,926,175 — Total deaths: 977,357 — Total recoveries: 22,004,598Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m ET: 6,935,556 — Total deaths: 201,920 — Total recoveries: 2,670,256 — Total tests: 97,459,742Map.
  3. Health: The coronavirus is surging again — Johnson & Johnson begins large phase 3 trial — The FDA plans to toughen standards.
  4. Politics: Missouri Gov. Mike Parson tests positive for coronavirus — Poll says 51% of Republicans trust Trump on coronavirus more than the CDC.
  5. Technology: The tech solutions of 2020 may be sapping our resolve to beat the coronavirus
  6. Sports: Here's what college basketball will look like this season.

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