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House Oversight chairman Elijah Cummings. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The White House has rejected House Oversight chairman Elijah Cummings' request to interview former deputy counsel Stefan Passantino, who represented President Trump to federal ethics officials looking into hush money payments made to Stormy Daniels in 2016, CNN reports.

Why it matters: Cummings wrote in his interview request last month that the committee had new documents showing Passantino and another Trump attorney "may have provided false information" about the payments — campaign finance violations for which Michael Cohen is now going to prison. This is the second time that White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has rejected a request from House Oversight, with the first — which involved documents about the White House's process for granting security clearances — prompting Cummings to threaten a subpoena.

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Why it matters: What happens next will be a test of McCarthy's party control and the sincerity of his opposition to the movement. Cheney (R-Wyo.) is seen as a potential leadership rival to the California Republican.

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House Democrats plan to take advantage of corporate efforts to cut funding for Republicans who opposed certifying the 2020 election results, with a plan to target vulnerable members in the pivotal 2022 midterms for their role in the Jan. 6 violence.

Why it matters: It's unclear whether the Democrats' strategy will manifest itself in ads or earned media in the targeted races or just be a stunt to raise money for themselves. But the Capitol violence will be central to the party's messaging as it seeks to maintain its narrow majorities in Congress.