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Special counsel Robert Mueller seen in a negative light by a record-high 36% of registered voters, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll.

Why it matters: Mueller's investigation of President Trump's campaign has been under constant attack by Trump's allies. But in his second year as special counsel, Mueller has continued his interviews, and brought charges against multiple people with ties to the Trump campaign.

By the numbers:

  • 40% believe the Mueller investigation is being handled unfairly, up from 34% in February.
  • 24% of Democrats view Mueller unfavorably, and 33% of independents do as well — record highs for both parties.
  • 53% of Republicans see the investigation in a negative light, up 26 percentage points since last July.
  • 38% of voters still believe the investigation is being handled fairly.

On Trump pardoning himself:

  • 59% of voters disagree with the idea of Trump issuing a self-pardon.
  • 34% of Republicans agree with Trump pardoning himself, compared by 13% of Democrats and 15% of independents.

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Biden taps ex-FDA chief to lead Operation Warp Speed amid rollout of COVID plan

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President-elect Joe Biden has picked former FDA chief David Kessler to lead Operation Warp Speed, a day after unveiling a nearly $2 trillion pandemic relief plan that includes $400 billion for directly combatting the virus.

Why it matters: Biden's transition team said Kessler has been advising the president-elect since the beginning of the pandemic, and hopes his involvement will help accelerate vaccination, the New York Times reports. Operation Warp Speed's current director, Moncef Slaoui, will stay on as a consultant.

The case of the missing relief money

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A chunk of stimulus payments is missing in action, thanks to a mix up that put as many as 13 million checks into invalid bank accounts.

Why it matters: The IRS (by law) was supposed to get all payments out by Friday. Now the onus could shift to Americans to claim the money on their tax refund — further delaying relief to struggling, lower-income Americans.

The post-Trump GOP, gutted

McConnell (L), McCarthy (R) and Trump. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Republicans will emerge from the Trump era gutted financially, institutionally and structurally.

The big picture: The losses are stark and substantial.