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09:38

In coronavirus news, California Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff announced a positive test and his absence from Washington DC for the immediate future.

“Tonight I unfortunately tested positive for Covid-19,” he said in a tweet posted Tuesday evening.

“I feel good and I’m grateful to have been vaccinated and reboosted. In the next few days I will quarantine myself and follow the CDC [centers for disease control and prevention] guidelines.”

The tweet ends with a call to get vaccinated.

Schiff, 61, was the lead prosecutor in Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial in January 2020.

09:16

As we await the Department of Justice/FBI’s press on new measures to tackle Russian crime, here’s a look at the right-wing figures in the United States who are doing the Kremlin’s bidding in the disinformation war.

The false and conspiratorial narratives pushed by some conservative US politicians and media figures about Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine have reinforced and created synergies with the Kremlin’s fabled disinformation machine, according to experts in manipulation of the information.

But even as Russia has embraced and promoted American disinformation, as well as the Kremlin’s much larger stock of Ukraine war lies, both brands have been largely debunked by pundits and most of the media, pointing to the setbacks of Moscow in the information war.

Directed by Tucker-Carlson to Fox News, some right-wing Republicans in Congress, and some key conservative activists, a series of comments that disparaged Ukraine and its president, Volodymyr Zelenskyand echoes other Russian wartime disinformation being recycled by Moscow, experts say.

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09:03

Hello live blog readers. We have arrived in the midst of an extremely busy week in American politics, with much more to come.

The US Attorney General Merrick Garland will join the director of the FBI Christophe Wray and other Justice Department officials at a press conference later this morning to announce new enforcement actions “to disrupt and prosecute Russian criminal activity.” A statement advising of the briefing gave no further details.

Here’s what else we’re looking at today:

  • The United States and its allies will announce new sanctions against Russian officials, banks and investments as new evidence of the country’s alleged war crimes in Ukraine comes to light. (As a reminder, you can follow the progress of the conflict in Ukraine on our 24-hour live blog here).
  • Contempt of Congress charges expected from House of Representatives against Donald Trump aides Dan Scavino and Peter Navaro for their refusal to cooperate with its investigative committee on the January 6 uprising.
  • Judge’s Confirmation Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States will come ever closer as the United States Senate begins to debate his nomination. A final vote is expected late tomorrow or Friday.
  • The Democratic Congressman from California Adam Schiff tested positive for Covid-19.



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