A tweet from President Trump about former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is displayed during her testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in November. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Pool/Getty Images

Senate Republicans told Politico that they hope President Trump will stay off Twitter during his impeachment trial.

The big picture: GOP lawmakers fear that a tweetstorm — like the one the president embarked on the day of the impeachment vote — could disrupt their strategy, sway undecideds and ruin the chances of a unanimous acquittal from Senate Republicans.

What they're saying, via Politico:

  • Sen. John Cornyn (Texas): "This is a solemn and serious undertaking and I just think we don’t need a bunch of distractions. ... The president will like the outcome, I believe, in the end. So ... making it easier, not harder, would be a good thing."
  • Sen. Susan Collins (Maine): "The president would be best served by letting his lawyers speak for him and not doing any comment. At all. ... I doubt, however, that he will heed my advice."
  • Sen. Lindsay Graham (S.C.): "He can defend himself, he has a right to express his grievances, but if I were him I would … keep a low profile."
  • Sen. John Thune (S.D.): "There [are] many cases in which I hope he doesn’t tweet."

Between the lines: Trump tweeted attacks aimed at former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch as she testified before the House Intelligence Committee in November.

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Jeff Sessions loses Alabama Senate primary runoff

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Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has lost the Republican nomination for Senate to Tommy Tuberville in Alabama in Tuesday night’s primary runoff, AP reports.

Why it matters: Sessions had been the underdog in the race against former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville, who had the backing of President Trump. Tuberville will now face off against Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in November, who is considered to have one of the most vulnerable Democratic Senate seats in the country.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 13,273,537 — Total deaths: 577,006 — Total recoveries — 7,367,106Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 3,424,304 — Total deaths: 136,432 — Total recoveries: 1,049,098 — Total tested: 41,764,557Map.
  3. Politics: Biden welcomes Trump wearing mask in public but warns "it’s not enough"
  4. Public health: Four former CDC heads say Trump's undermining of agency puts lives at risk — CDC director: U.S. could get coronavirus "under control" in 4–8 weeks if all wear masks.

Bank CEOs brace for worsening economic scenario

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon. Photo: J. Lawler Duggan/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Wells Fargo swung to its first loss since the financial crisis — while JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup reported significantly lower profits from a year earlier — as the banks set aside billions of dollars more in the second quarter for loans that may go bad.

Why it matters: The cumulative $28 billion in loan loss provisions that banks have so far announced they’re reserving serves as a signal they’re preparing for a colossal wave of loan defaults as the economy slogs through a coronavirus-driven downturn.