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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) did not confirm on CNN's "State of the Union" whether his committee will draft an article of impeachment based on the Mueller report, but said President Trump's conduct is "part of a pattern" that threatens the integrity of U.S. elections.

"The central allegation is that the president put himself above his country several times. That he sought foreign interference in our elections several times, both for 2016 and 2020. That he sought to cover it up all the time, and that he continually violated his oath of office, and that all this presents a pattern that poses a real and present danger to the integrity of the next election, which is one reason why we can't just wait for the next election to settle matters."
— Jerry Nadler

Why it matters: There is some dispute within the House Democratic caucus about whether to include an article of impeachment for obstruction of justice stemming from the Mueller investigation, which detailed nearly a dozen instances of potential obstruction but ultimately did not charge Trump with any crimes.

  • Many Democrats viewed the Mueller report as an impeachment referral, since the special counsel acknowledged that Department of Justice policy prevents the indictment of a sitting president.
  • Others, however, have cautioned against casting too wide of a net and want impeachment to be focused narrowly on Trump's dealings with Ukraine. The Ukraine scandal caused a spike in public impeachment polling that the Mueller findings never quite generated.

The big picture: Nadler, whose committee will vote on articles of impeachment as early as this week, said that Democrats have a "very lock solid case."

  • "I think the case we have, if presented to a jury, would be a guilty verdict in about three minutes flat," the chairman told CNN's Dana Bash.

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Reports: Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and were due to travel to another destination when the gang struck in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

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Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews during a news conference in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Melbourne's stay-at-home orders will end five days earlier than planned, officials in Australia's second-biggest city announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The capital of the state of Victoria has had six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March last year. That means Melbourne spent longer under lockdown than "any other city in the world" during the pandemic, Reuters notes.

Venezuela suspends talks with opposition after Maduro ally extradited to U.S.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, in June. Photo: Gaby Oraa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key ally of Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro was extradited from Cape Verde to the U.S. on Saturday to face money laundering charges in Florida, Bloomberg first reported.

Why it matters: Venezuela's government called off negotiations with opposition officials that were scheduled for Sunday in Mexico in response to the extradition of Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman and financial fixer for Maduro. Security forces placed six U.S. oil executives under house arrest hours later, per AP.