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What We’re Following Today
It’s Tuesday, July 23.
‣ The Senate confirmed Mark Esper as the next defense secretary, replacing Jim Mattis, who resigned in December.
Here’s what else we’re watching:
Next Stop: Impeachment Proceedings?: Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller is finally set to testify before the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees. Now it’s up to Democrats to secure a few good sound bites: They want Mueller, in his testimony, to highlight the most damning parts of his report, and in so doing, convince the American people that impeachment is the necessary next step.
+ That could be difficult. In New Hampshire at least, voters say they aren’t expecting Mueller’s appearance to change the current political dynamic, Russell Berman reports.
The Barr Was High: In the immediate aftermath of the Mueller report’s release, Attorney General William Barr was able to harness the power of television to set his own narrative of the report, knowing that most Americans would never read it. “It was a great piece of communications work on Barr’s part,” a former White House official told Elaina Plott.