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Photo: Senate TV via AP

President Trump has been acquitted, but now Democrats — and Republicans — are seriously considering returning to battle over Ukraine with new waves of document and witness subpoenas.

What we're hearing: Many House Democrats want to pick up where the White House stonewalled them during impeachment. That could include renewed moves to seek John Bolton's testimony if he doesn't go public soon, while several Senate Republicans are contemplating investigations of Burisma, the Bidens and more.

  • The bitter debate over whether Trump's actions toward Ukraine were justified isn't dying with the end of the impeachment trial, and both parties see the opportunity to use these investigations to bring new evidence to light that could motivate voters ahead of the November elections.

What they're saying: Several Democrats want to continue investigating Trump and Ukraine and are still considering subpoenaing everyone from Lev Parnas to top current and former White House aides, especially if the White House blocks publication of former national security advisor Bolton's forthcoming book.

  • "John Bolton has to speak; the country wants to hear him," said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.). "We can't run away from our oversight duties."
  • House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) told CNN Wednesday that House Democrats will “likely” subpoena Bolton and continue investigations.
  • "The general public deserves to know the facts of what happened here. And if the president tries to tie up Bolton’s book indefinitely, what he's depriving the voting public of is the insight that I would hope my Republican colleagues would agree they deserve," Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) told Axios.
  • Lead House impeachment manager Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), speaking in the Senate trial on Jan. 31, said that “the facts will come out in the end. In all of their horror, they will come out."
  • "There are more court documents and deadlines under the Freedom of Information Act," Schiff said. "Witnesses will tell their stories in future congressional hearings, in books and in the media. The documents the president is hiding will come out. The witnesses the president is concealing will tell their stories.”

Some Republicans are just as hungry for Biden blood.

  • Immediately after Trump's acquittal Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) announced a review of "potential conflicts of interest posed by the business activities of Hunter Biden and his associates during the Obama administration."
  • On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo that, as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he would investigate the Bidens and whether their dealings with Ukraine were corrupt: “You should expect us to do this. If we don’t do it, we’re letting you down," he said.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said: “I think there needs to be an investigation" but that "it's important to note it's not it's not Hunter Biden, who needs to be investigated. It is rather Joe Biden." Cruz said, "I'd like to see the Judiciary Committee investigate. I'd like to see Foreign Relations investigate. I'd like to see the Department of Justice investigate."

Other Hill Republicans tell Axios there's little appetite to truly go after the Bidens now that Trump has been acquitted.

  • GOP aides tell Axios Trump's fiercest allies may do something to feed the narrative, but it'll be "extraordinarily half-assed and slow-walked," as one aide put it.
  • Some Republicans fear aggressively pursuing any investigations about Burisma will give the appearance of trying to hurt Joe Biden — a former Senate colleague —politically, which isn't worth it to them, the aide said, "especially since the Biden campaign looks like it’s toast."
  • "The issue of how Ukraine is progressing on corruption is a legitimate one, especially if it's a country that we intend to continue to support with aid," Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said. While questions about Burisma are "legitimate," he said, "I’m just not sure at this stage that Congress is the appropriate place."

Go deeper: The daily highlights from Trump's Senate impeachment trial

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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.

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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.

Off the Rails

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!”