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8.56pm GMT

Norm Eisen, a former White House lawyer in the Obama administration and a vocal Trump critic, has joined the House Judiciary Committee as a part time staffer.

Eisen will help beef up efforts by House Democrats to conduct oversight on the White House, particularly in relation to the Russia investigation.

8.48pm GMT

An entire federal agency is at the break of collapse.

The Merit Systems Protection Board, a federal office that rules on personnel issues for federal employees, will enter a twilight zone at the end of the month.

At midnight on Feb. 28 . . . the board could enter uncertain legal territory. Justice Department attorneys have told Robbins that once he leaves, the office could be operating illegally.

House and Senate lawmakers, scrambling to head off a crisis, have scheduled hearings for this week.

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