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Over the summer, President Trump pressed Senate Republicans to end the Russia investigation, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: While Republicans "downplayed Mr. Trump's appeals...as the actions of a political newcomer unfamiliar with what is appropriate," Trump spoke with several members of the party, including Sen. Richard Burr, the intelligence committee chairman. Part of special counsel Mueller's investigation is whether or not Trump tried to obstruct justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey.

  • Per the Times, Trump "voiced sharp anger that congressional Republicans were not helping lift the cloud of suspicion over Russia."
  • Burr said Trump "still has the mind-set of a businessman rather than a politician," stressing that he wasn't aware that the requests were inappropriate.
  • One Republican senator said Trump didn't request an end to the investigation, but suggested an investigation into Hillary Clinton's connection with intelligence-gathering firm Fusion GPS.

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Election night in Trumpworld

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A luxe election-night watch party at the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue is being planned for President Trump's donors, friends and advisers — but Trump's hand in it is minimal because he's "very superstitious" — people familiar with the plans tell Axios.

The big picture: This "mecca for all things MAGA," as one adviser described it, is one of three hubs where they say Trumpworld will watch returns. The others are the war room at campaign HQ in Rosslyn, Virginia, and the White House residence, where Trump and the first lady will gather close family and advisers before heading to the hotel later that night, the sources said.

Scoop: Trump's post-election execution list

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If President Trump wins re-election, he'll move to immediately fire FBI Director Christopher Wray and also expects to replace CIA Director Gina Haspel and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, two people who've discussed these officials' fates with the president tell Axios.

The big picture: The list of planned replacements is much longer, but these are Trump's priorities, starting with Wray.

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