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Michael Cohen. Photo: Yana Paskova/Getty Images

Michael Cohen entered a plea deal with federal prosecutors on Tuesday after being charged with eight counts related to tax fraud, making false statements to a financial institution, excessive campaign contributions, and unlawful corporate contributions.

One key detail, per the New York Times: "The plea agreement does not call for Mr. Cohen to cooperate with federal prosecutors in Manhattan, but it does not preclude him from providing information to the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, who is examining the Trump campaign’s possible involvement in Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign."

What they're saying

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer of Stormy Daniels, said in an appearance on MSNBC that Cohen's plea deal vindicates his client and said he will be using Cohen as a witness against Trump in their case. "The likelihood of me getting a deposition of the president of the United States just went through the roof."

Lanny Davis, Michael Cohen's attorney, said on Twitter that Trump should be implicated for paying off two women with the intent of influencing the election. "If those payments were a crime for Michael Cohen then why wouldn't they be a crime for Donald Trump?"

The spokesperson for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters that the charges Cohen is facing appear to be "serious" and that he would "need more information than is currently available" to give an opinion.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement that both Cohen's plea deal and the conviction of Paul Manafort shows "the rampant corruption and criminality" in the Trump administration as well as the campaign he ran.

Senate Intel Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) issued a joint statement saying the committee has "no insight" into Cohen's plea agreement but still hoped for an appearance from Cohen before the committee.

Go deeper: Read the Cohen plea deal

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Tech scrambles to derail inauguration threats

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.

Dave Lawler, author of World
4 hours ago - World

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!”

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