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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she agrees with Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler's claim yesterday that the U.S. is in a "constitutional crisis" over the White House's stonewalling of congressional oversight, telling reporters: "The administration has decided they are not going to honor their oath of office."

The backdrop: The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena demanding the release of the full Mueller report and its underlying materials. In response, the White House said it would assert executive privilege over the subpoenaed documents.

The big picture: On the question of impeachment, Pelosi demurred, as she has in the past: "Impeach or nothing? No, it's not that. It’s a path that is producing results and gathering information, and some of that information is that this administration wants to have a constitutional crisis because they do not respect the oath of office."

  • She added: "It's appalling this administration would not even pretend to want to protect our elections and in fact be an obstacle to our finding out about how it happened... the president is almost self-impeaching because he is every day demonstrating more obstruction of justice."

What's next: Pelosi said she will bring Barr's contempt of Congress resolution to the floor when they are ready. "We'll just see because there might be some other contempt of Congress issues that we want to deal with at the same time," she said.

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CES was largely irrelevant this year

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Forced online by the pandemic and overshadowed by the attack on the Capitol, the 2021 edition of CES was mostly an afterthought as media's attention focused elsewhere.

Why it matters: The consumer electronics trade show is the cornerstone event for the Consumer Technology Association and Las Vegas has been the traditional early-January gathering place for the tech industry.

The FBI is tracing a digital trail to Capitol rioters

Illustration: Sarah Grillo

Capitol rioters, eager to share proof of their efforts with other extremists online, have so far left a digital footprint of at least 140,000 images that is making it easier for federal law enforcement officials to capture and arrest them.

The big picture: Law enforcement's use of digital tracing isn't new, and has long been at the center of fierce battles over privacy and civil liberties. The Capitol siege is opening a fresh front in that debate.

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Episode 6: Last stand in Georgia

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Drew Angerer, Raymond Boyd/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 6: Georgia had not backed a Democratic presidential candidate since 1992 and Donald Trump's defeat in this Deep South stronghold, and his reaction to that loss, would help cost Republicans the U.S. Senate as well. Georgia was Trump's last stand.

On Air Force One, President Trump was in a mood. He had been clear he did not want to return to Georgia, and yet somehow he'd been conscripted into another rally on the night of Jan. 4.

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