Meet the magician who says he’s behind the fake Biden robocall: From the Politics Desk

Welcome to the online version of From the Politics Desk, an evening newsletter that brings you the NBC News Politics team’s latest reporting and analysis from the on the campaign trail, the White House and Capitol Hill.

Today’s edition features exclusive reporting from senior politics reporter Alex Seitz-Wald on a magician who says a Democratic operative paid him to use artificial intelligence to impersonate President Joe Biden for a robocall. Plus, “Meet the Press” moderator Kristen Welker breaks down the political whiplash Republicans experienced on IVF this week.

When a nomadic magician emails and says he utilized artificial intelligence to create the audio that was used in a robocall trying to discourage Joe Biden’s supporters from voting in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, what do you do? Get on the phone.

That’s how Paul Carpenter’s story came to my attention.