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Robert Mueller on Capitol Hill. Photo: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has requested that a federal D.C. judge order to secure a heap of documents that have been shared with Russian-run Concord Management and Consulting LLC, "because of the potential for the information to be shared with foreign nationals and intelligence officials still working to sow discord" in the United States, CNN reports.

Why it matters: Mueller is warning that Russian intelligence agencies still have "interference operations" regarding U.S. election systems. The company in dispute was one of three companies that Mueller had charged in February along with 13 Russian nationals citing election meddling. Bloomberg adds that prosecutors "have uncovered evidence of other individuals and entities who are 'continuing to engage' in similar activities."

The intrigue: Bloomberg explains that Mueller and the attorneys for Concord, which has been linked to a veteran associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin, "have been negotiating to obtain documents from the special counsel to mount a legal defense."

One key detail: Citing the court filing, Bloomberg highlights that U.S.-owned documents reveal "sources, methods and techniques used to identify the foreign actors behind these interference operations." If disclosed to foreign entities, the information could lead foreign intelligence services to details about U.S. operations and allow them to "adjust their conduct, thus undermining ongoing and future national security operations."

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President-elect Biden has ordered up a shock-and-awe campaign for his first days in office to signal, as dramatically as possible, the radical shift coming to America and global affairs, his advisers tell us. 

The plan, Part 1 ... Biden, as detailed in a "First Ten Days" memo from incoming chief of staff Ron Klain, plans to unleash executive orders, federal powers and speeches to shift to a stark, national plan for "100 million shots" in three months.

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Episode 2: Barbarians at the Oval

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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 2: Trump stops buying what his professional staff are telling him, and increasingly turns to radical voices telling him what he wants to hear. Read episode 1.

President Trump plunked down in an armchair in the White House residence, still dressed from his golf game — navy fleece, black pants, white MAGA cap. It was Saturday, Nov. 7. The networks had just called the election for Joe Biden.

Fringe right plots new attacks out of sight

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Domestic extremists are using obscure and private corners of the internet to plot new attacks ahead of Inauguration Day. Their plans are also hidden in plain sight, buried in podcasts and online video platforms.

Why it matters: Because law enforcement was caught flat-footed during last week's Capitol siege, researchers and intelligence agencies are paying more attention to online threats that could turn into real-world violence.