This week's edition of The 45th newsletter.

Former FBI director James Comey will testify before the US Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday (US time) to answer questions about Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Donald Trump will not invoke executive privilege to block Comey's much-anticipated testimony, his first since the president abruptly fired him early last month.

"In order to facilitate a swift and thorough examination of the facts sought by the Senate Intelligence Committee, President Trump will not assert executive privilege regarding James Comey's scheduled testimony," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters on Monday.

US broadcast networks ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox are all reported to be carrying Comey's testimony live. Australians can watch it online from 12am Friday here.

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