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The Democratic memo is not being declassified at this time, a White House letter reveals, though President Trump "is inclined" to do so.

Why it matters: Trump said earlier on Friday that the memo would "be released soon." According to the letter, addressed to Rep. David Nunes from White House counsel Don McGahn, the Justice Department "has identified portions...it believes would create especially significant concerns for the national security."

What comes next: "The President has directed that Justice Department personnel be available to give technical assistance to the Committee...The Executive Branch stands ready to review any subsequent draft...for declassification at the earlier opportunity."

What the memo says: University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias told the Washington Post that the memo will "almost singularly be focused on building back the FBI's credibility."

  • It's a response to the Republican memo which alleges FBI bias against Trump.
  • The Post says the memo will detail "how long the FBI's Russia investigation had been going on before the [Steele] dossier was published."

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U.S. Capitol and stage are lit at sunrise ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden. Photo: Patrick Semansky - Pool/Getty Images

President Biden has delivered his inaugural address at the Capitol, calling for an end to the politics as total war but warning that "we have far to go" to heal the country.

What's next: Biden has arrived at the White House and he will sign executive orders and other presidential actions.

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Joe Biden was sworn in today as America's 46th president in an inauguration unlike any other in modern history.

Axios Re:Cap goes deeper into the speech, the atmosphere and what it all tells us about the incoming administration, with Axios political reporters Hans Nichols and Alexi McCammond.

Biden embarks on a consequential presidency

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Donald Trump tried everything to delegitimize the rival who vanquished him. In reality, he's set Joe Biden on course to be a far more consequential U.S. president than he might otherwise have become.

The big picture: President Biden now confronts not just a pandemic, but massive political divisions and an assault on truth — and the aftermath of the assault on the Capitol two weeks ago that threatened democracy itself.

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