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Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA),  who sits on the powerful House Intelligence and House Judiciary committees, warned on Thursday that there is “direct evidence” that “very key witnesses” in the impeachment inquiry are “talking to each other.”

Swalwell explained that’s a problem because “we don’t want them to tailor their testimony to each other, we don’t want them to manufacture alibis, so we’re trying to protect the information as much as we can before we bring it forward to the public.”

Swalwell would not identify which witnesses are speaking to each other, and would not verify if they are co-ordinating their testimonies, but he did say the evidence has come “very recently,” suggesting it could be from witnesses who recently have testified.

“We want the unvarnished truth,” he continued. “We don’t want the ‘truth’ that protects you or shields you from culpability, and that’s why we’re doing this in a closed fashion – closed to the public, not to the 120 members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats, who have access to the room.”

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, center, speaks with Speaker Nancy Pelosi behind him.

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With the Delta variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus surging in the United States — especially in red states with large numbers of unvaccinated Americans — Capitol physician Brian Monahan is reinstituting a mask mandate for the U.S. House of Representatives. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is honoring that mandate, but House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, pandering to the GOP's MAGA base, is opposed. And when Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked about McCarthy's opposition, she had some scathing words for the California congressman.

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