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Attorney General Jeff Sessions before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill. Alex Brandon / AP

GOP Rep. Chris Stewart told CNN on Friday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should resign, joining two other conservative lawmakers who said a day before that the former Alabama Senator should step aside.

"We have been weakened in our investigation into very important concerns at the Department of Justice and the FBI because Jeff Sessions isn't able to take the reins and direct that investigation. ... We need a director there who can take the reins and be assertive in that. He can't do that when he is recused. I believe it may be time for him to step aside," Stewart told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

The backdrop: Republican Reps. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, the chairman and former chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, respectively, wrote a Washington Examiner op-ed that Sessions should step down, citing intelligence leaks to the media from the Justice Department and the agency's handling of the probe into President Trump's campaign ties to Russian operatives.

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Tech scrambles to derail inauguration threats

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Tech companies are sharing more information with law enforcement in a frantic effort to prevent violence around the inauguration, after the government was caught flat-footed by the Capitol siege.

Between the lines: Tech knows it will be held accountable for any further violence that turns out to have been planned online if it doesn't act to stop it.

Dave Lawler, author of World
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Uganda's election: Museveni declared winner, Wine claims fraud

Wine rejected the official results of the election. Photo: Sumy Sadruni/AFP via Getty

Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner of a sixth presidential term on Saturday, with official results giving him 59% to 35% for Bobi Wine, the singer-turned-opposition leader.

Why it matters: This announcement was predictable, as the election was neither free nor fair and Museveni had no intention of surrendering power after 35 years. But Wine — who posed a strong challenged to Museveni, particularly in urban areas, and was beaten and arrested during the campaign — has said he will present evidence of fraud. The big question is whether he will mobilize mass resistance in the streets.

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Episode 1: A premeditated lie lit the fire

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 1: Trump’s refusal to believe the election results was premeditated. He had heard about the “red mirage” — the likelihood that early vote counts would tip more Republican than the final tallies — and he decided to exploit it.

"Jared, you call the Murdochs! Jason, you call Sammon and Hemmer!”