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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said on Fox News Sunday that Donald Trump has "violated the law 6 ways from Sunday" and that he would be indicted if he were not president.

WALLACE: "Why are you putting Mueller and the country through this?"
NADLER: "We want the American people to hear directly from special counsel Mueller what his investigation found. The president and the attorney general and others have spent the last few months systematically lying to the American people about what the investigation found. They've said that it found no collusion, that it found no obstruction, that it exonerated the president. All three of those statements are absolute lies.
It found a great deal of collusion, it found a great deal of obstruction of justice by the president, and it pointedly refused to exonerate the president. We think it's very important for the American people to hear directly what the facts are because this is a president who has violated the law 6 ways from Sunday. If anyone else had been accused of what the report finds the president had done, they would have been indicted."

Why it matters: Nadler, whose committee is ultimately responsible for approving articles of impeachment, said the Mueller report presents "very substantial evidence" that Trump committed "high crimes and misdemeanors" — the marker for impeaching a president. And yet he has continued to stand behind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision not to launch impeachment proceedings, even as support grows within the Democratic caucus.

  • Many believe that Mueller's public appearance before Congress on Wednesday will spurn a new wave of calls for impeachment, despite the fact that Mueller has said his testimony will not go beyond what's written in his 400-page report.
  • The notion of "educating the public" on Trump's alleged malfeasance has been core to the impeachment strategy of Democratic leaders, who have said they're waiting to get the public on board before moving forward.

Go deeper: Which House Democrats have called for impeachment

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Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

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President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

Go deeper: Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

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.