McMaster, Haley and Tillerson hit the Sunday shows. Photos: AP

National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said President Trump is not considering leaving the Iran deal yet.

  • Haley: "Right now you're going to see us stay in the deal… we're in the deal to see how we can make it better," to Chuck Todd on Meet the Press.
  • McMaster: "The president is not walking away from the deal yet," to Fox News Sunday's James Rosen.
  • Tillerson: "We want to take the agreement as it exists today ... and then begin the process of addressing these flaws," to Jake Tapper on State of the Union.

Flashback: Trump said Friday, "We will see what happens with Iran. We're very unhappy with Iran ... I may very well end" the Iran deal.

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller in a statement on Tuesday defended his team's handling of the Russia investigation after Andrew Weissmann, a former prosecutor in his office, wrote in a new book that investigators should have done more to hold President Trump accountable.

Driving the news: In the tell-all book, “Where Law Ends,” released on Tuesday, Weissman addresses what he calls the special prosecutor office's failures in its investigation.

Biden releases 2019 tax returns ahead of debate

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Joe Biden's campaign released his 2019 tax returns on Tuesday, showing that he and his wife, Jill, paid nearly $300,000 in federal taxes last year.

Why it matters: The release, timed just hours before the first presidential debate, comes days after a bombshell New York Times report said that President Trump paid only $750 in federal taxes in 2016 and 2017. Biden's team is hoping to make the tax contrast a sticking point during their showdown tonight.