ROMNEY says Ron Johnson's Biden investigation is a "political exercise."
Romney's comments followed Johnson decision to withdraw a proposed subpoena vote for Ambassador Bridget Brink in connection with his Burisma investigation.

Romney would have opposed that vote, dooming it to a 7-7tie.
ROMNEY cited "recent comments in the media," a clear reference to Johnson's public statements about his report damaging Joe Biden's election chances.

He said that last month and reiterated it this week: politico.com/news/2020/08/1…
Important thing about the subpoenas that Romney *did* support:

Sen. Johnson now has unilateral authority to subpoena Andrew McCabe, Bruce Ohr, Stefan Halper and others at any time. politico.com/news/2020/09/1…

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23 Sep
NEWS: The career official who reviewed John BOLTON's book for classified mateiral described heavy pressure from the White House to claim there as classified material in it.

Her court filing:

politico.com/f/?id=00000174…
For example, she describes a four-hour session with White House counsel in which lawyer Patrick Philbin (one of Trump's impeachment trial lawyers) and others tried tried to coax her to admit mistakes.

politico.com/f/?id=00000174… Image
She claims her faithful handling of Bolton's book led WH officials to cancel plans to bring her on staff. politico.com/f/?id=00000174… Image
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23 Sep
SPOILER ALERT: Sen. Ron Johnson's much-hyped report on Joe Biden and Burisma is an 87-page rehash of previously known allegations (with minimal, if any, evidence), news articles and impeachment testimony.

Story w @AndrewDesiderio shortly
@AndrewDesiderio The report leads with Geoge Kent, a State Department official, saying Hunter BIden's role at Burisma was "awkward." Kent testified twice during impeachment to the same "perception" issue.
@AndrewDesiderio Ten of the interim report's 87 pages are dedicated to countering Democratic attacks and pushing back on reporting that Johnson and Grassley were fueling narratives that dovetailed with a Russian disinformation effort.
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19 Sep
Collins and Murkowski are on record saying they wouldn't support a nominee this close to the election

Barring a reversal, one more defection would force at least a tiebreak >>>
Per the Congressional Research Service:

"On average, for Supreme Court nominees who have received hearings from 1975 to the present, the nominee’s first hearing occurred 40 days after his or her nomination was formally submitted to the Senate."

fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R…
MCCONNELL: "President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate."
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17 Sep
TODAY: Chris Wray and National Counterterrorism Center Director Chris Miller testify on threats to the homeland — including foreign election threats and homegrown extremism.

As expected, Chad WOLF has not shown up despite a subpoena from Chairman Bennie Thompson.
THOMPSON begins the hearing by going over a timeline of his effort to secure Wolf's testimony.

Wolf bowed out last week, citing his formal nomination to the job by Trump, which he said makes him unable to testify.

politico.com/news/2020/09/1…
Thompson notes that Wolf has appeared multiple times on Fox in recent days despite saying he couldn't testify to the House Homeland Security Committee.
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16 Sep
NEW: DNI Ratcliffe reverses course, says he'll brief the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on election security threats. But...

He will not brief the full House and Senate. Image
Rubio/Warner have already welcomed this. But unclear if House Dems will be satisfied. They've previously argued that all members must be armed equally to deal with election threats that their constituents may face.
PELOSI previously demanded that Ratcliffe not only brief the intel committees but also the full House and Senate speaker.gov/sites/speaker.… >>> Image
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12 Sep
Important story: Since @MichaelRCaputo arrived at HHS, political appointees have leaned on CDC officials to align coronavirus reports and findings with Trump's public message, @ddiamond reports >>>

politico.com/news/2020/09/1…
@MichaelRCaputo @ddiamond "In one clash, an aide to Caputo berated CDC scientists for attempting ...to 'hurt the President' in an Aug. 8 email sent to CDC Director Robert Redfield...'CDC to me appears to be writing hit pieces on the administration,' appointee Paul Alexander wrote"

politico.com/news/2020/09/1…
@MichaelRCaputo @ddiamond "Caputo also said that HHS was appropriately reviewing the CDC's reports. 'Our intention is to make sure that evidence, science-based data drives policy through this pandemic—not ulterior deep state motives in the bowels of CDC,' he said."
politico.com/news/2020/09/1…
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