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Screenshot: "State of the Union"

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" said Democrats surrendered to President Trump's stonewalling during the House impeachment inquiry.

Why it matters: Republicans and Trump's defense team have criticized House Democrats for not allowing the judicial branch to decide on congressional subpoenas.

The exchange:

Host Jake Tapper: "You told senators this week, 'Don't surrender to the president's stonewalling.' What do you say to those who say that's exactly what the House Democrats did by not going to court to try to force subpoenas and force witnesses?"
Lofgren: "We did go to court, as you know."
Tapper: "But you didn't pursue it in court. You ultimately withdrew the cases and went to the Senate."
Lofgren: "Ultimately, we realized we had the evidence we were going to get and that it was sufficient to prove our case."
Tapper: "But didn't you surrender to President Trump's stonewalling in that sense?"
Lofgren: "Well, I guess in that sense we did because if we waited for three or four years, the election would be over. The issue would be almost moot. With the McGahn subpoena — we subpoenaed him last April, and we're not going to get an answer on that probably until next year."

Go deeper: Adam Schiff: GOP "deathly afraid" of impeachment trial witnesses

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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
29 mins 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!”