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Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina told CNN's Poppy Harlow on Monday that it's "vital" President Trump be impeached, but would not rule out voting for him in 2020.

What she's saying:

  • On impeachment: "I think it is vital that he be impeached. Whether removed this close to an election, I don't know. But I think the conduct is impeachable."
    • "Some of this conduct, like publicly berating a decorated war veteran [Alexander Vindman] who shows up in response to a lawfully issued subpoena of Congress, I think that conduct is not just unbecoming, I think it's destructive to our republic."
    • "I do think that the systematic tearing down of people, institutions, political opponents, will have long-lasting damage if it goes on for much longer."
  • On the Republican Party: "I think there is a reason why women, people of color, young people, don't feel affinity for the Republican Party. It's because the brand, the way business has been conducted, sends a message: we don't value you, and we don't respect you."
  • On Michael Bloomberg's candidacy: "I think Bloomberg actually knows something about running an organization. I don't think Donald Trump does. ... On the other hand, I think Bloomberg's vulnerability is people think he's trying to buy the office."
  • On whether she'd run for president: "I don't think that's something I have an interest in doing right now because the Republican Party right now seems to be all about pledging fealty to Donald Trump no matter what, and I am just not in that place."

Go deeper: Inside the McConnell-Trump impeachment trial playbook

Go deeper

Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.
Off the Rails

Episode 3: Descent into madness ... Trump: "Sometimes you need a little crazy"

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, 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. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 3: The conspiracy goes too far. Trump's outside lawyers plot to seize voting machines and spin theories about communists, spies and computer software.

President Trump was sitting in the Oval Office one day in late November when a call came in from lawyer Sidney Powell. "Ugh, Sidney," he told the staff in the room before he picked up. "She's getting a little crazy, isn't she? She's really gotta tone it down. No one believes this stuff. It's just too much."