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President Trump's lawyers are opposed to a potential under-oath interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the NY Times' Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman report. Trump has said in the past that he'd willingly sit down with Mueller.

  • As Axios' Jonathan Swan reported last week, White House officials are panicked by the idea of Trump testifying under oath, believing he wouldn't be able to do so without committing perjury. "Trump doesn't deal in reality," one source said. "He creates his own reality and he actually believes it."
  • Why it matters: "Refusing to sit for an interview opens the possibility that Mr. Mueller will subpoena the president to testify before a grand jury, setting up a court fight that would dramatically escalate the investigation and could be decided by the Supreme Court," the Times reports.

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Four more years of President Trump would almost certainly kill the Iran nuclear deal — but the election of Joe Biden wouldn’t necessarily save it.

The big picture: Rescuing the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is near the top of Biden's foreign policy priority list. He says he'd re-enter the deal once Iran returns to compliance, and use it as the basis on which to negotiate a broader and longer-lasting deal with Iran.

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Progressive leaders see Sen. Kamala Harris, if she's elected vice president, as their conduit to a post-Biden Democratic Party where the power will be in younger, more diverse and more liberal hands.

  • Why it matters: The party's rising left sees Harris as the best hope for penetrating Joe Biden's older, largely white inner circle.

If Biden wins, Harris will become the first woman, first Black American and first Indian American to serve as a U.S. vice president — and would instantly be seen as the first in line for the presidency should Biden decide against seeking a second term.

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