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Former Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

During an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson, which will air at 8 p.m. EST Tuesday, President Trump called former CIA director John Brennan "a very bad person," according to a transcript obtained by the Daily Caller's Saagar Enjeti, hitting back at Brennan for criticizing his performance in Helsinki as "nothing short of treasonous."

Why it matters: There have been no indications that Trump intends to soften his criticisms of the U.S. intelligence community, even as people from across the political spectrum continue to express their shock and outrage following Trump's failure to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I think Brennan is a very bad guy and if you look at it, a lot of things happened under his watch. I think he's a very bad person. I also think when you watch Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, when you watch all the things that have happened — Comey, you take a look at that and McCabe who has got some pretty big problems I assume, you look at the deception, the lies — these are people that in my opinion are truly bad people, and they're being exposed for what they are."
— President Donald Trump

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U.S. airstrike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria, DOD says

A displacement camp near the village of Qah in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Photo: Ahmad Al-Atrash/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.