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Two former officials linked to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office were sentenced Wednesday for their role in the 2013 Bridgegate lane closure controversy.

Bridget Anne Kelly, former deputy chief of staff in Christie’s office, was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Earlier in the day, Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority, was sentenced to 24 months in prison.

The charges stemmed from the abrupt closure of local traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge, one of the world’s busiest bridges, for four days in September 2013. The lane closures caused severe traffic delays and endangered commuters between Manhattan and New Jersey, court documents said.

Christie has not charged with a crime in relation to Bridgegate.

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The Senate intelligence committee has asked 20 people to be questioned in its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the panel’s chairman said Wednesday.

“This one is one of the biggest investigations the Hill has seen in my time here,” Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said at a news conference with committee vice-chairman Mark Warner.

Burr and Warner say they have 20 witnesses they plan to interview and have scheduled interviews with five of them so far. The committee leaders said that they are happy that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort have agreed to testify, but they have not yet decided when they will bring them in.

The Senate investigation has garnered increased intention as the House investigation has stalled along partisan lines related to its chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, and his communication with the White House related to the incidental collection of the president and his aides.

Democrats have called on Nunes to step down from his post, while most Republicans in the chamber say they support Nunes.

The panel will hold its first public hearing Thursday.

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