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Robert Mueller. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Upon the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, Attorney General William Barr will be required to submit a memo to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees detailing each instance in which Mueller's supervisors rejected his requests, according to a Justice Department regulation highlighted by Politico.

Why it matters: Regardless of what it reveals, the memo will be meaningful in the context of Mueller's broader findings. If it's blank or sparse, it would suggest that Mueller was able to carry out his investigation unimpeded. If it contains evidence of Mueller being blocked from taking certain actions — such as a presidential subpoena or some explosive indictment — it could provide grounds for further investigation by Democrats.

"Upon conclusion of the Special Counsels investigation, including, to the extent consistent with applicable law, a description and explanation of instances (if any) in which the Attorney General concluded that a proposed action by a Special Counsel was so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices that it should not be pursued."

Go deeper: Timeline: Every big move in the Mueller investigation

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Axios Re:Cap talks with the turkey giant's CEO Jay Jandrain about what people are buying, what they're asking the "Turkey Talkline" and what the pandemic has meant for his business.

Biden introduces top national security team

President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke Tuesday at an event introducing the incoming administration's top national security officials, where he told the story of his stepfather being the only one of 900 children at his school in Poland to survive the Holocaust.

What they're saying: "At the end of the war, he made a break from a death march into the woods in Bavaria. From his hiding place, he heard a deep rumbling sound. It was a tank. But instead of the iron cross, he saw painted on its side a five pointed white star," Blinken said.

America's Chinese communities struggle with online disinformation

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Disinformation has proliferated on Chinese-language websites and platforms like WeChat that are popular with Chinese speakers in the U.S., just as it has on English-language websites.

Why it matters: There are fewer fact-checking sites and other sources of reliable information in Chinese, making it even harder to push back against disinformation.