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Carolyn Kaster / AP

The NY Times reports that most of the top aides President Trump consulted in recent days about James Comey advised Trump to fire him, but that Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus, "questioned whether the time was right... arguing that doing it later would reduce the backlash."

White House sources tell me:

  • This was a POTUS-driven decision. Staff had almost zero impact on it.
  • VP Mike Pence, White House counsel Don McGahn, and senior advisor Jared Kushner were all generally supportive of the decision to fire Comey.

The reporting I can't confirm (which is not to say it's untrue):

  • I've heard conflicting accounts about whether Bannon and Priebus really fought the decision. A number of White House officials are skeptical about the extent of Priebus' pushback, and believe there's some reputation-management going on here.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Correa. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.

Far-right figure "Baked Alaska" arrested for involvement in Capitol siege

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The FBI arrested far-right media figure Tim Gionet, known as "Baked Alaska," on Saturday for his involvement in last week's Capitol riot, according to a statement of facts filed in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

The state of play: Gionet was arrested in Houston on charges related to disorderly or disruptive conduct on the Capitol grounds or in any of the Capitol buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session, per AP.

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