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In an interview with Mike Allen for "Axios on HBO," Republican Sen. Mitt Romney outlined where he'll be looking for answers in the scenario that impeachment goes to the Senate.

The big picture: Romney has been one of few Republicans to consistently speak out against Trump, who has gone on multiple Twitter tirades against the senator, insisting that Romney himself should be impeached.

What Romney wants to know:

  1. "I'd like to learn the full background of who all was involved in communications with Ukraine, what was said to them, what intent was on the part of the president, the administration with regards to Ukraine," Romney told "Axios on HBO."
  2. "Was this simply a transcript of a call? Or was there a more concerted effort? And what countervailing considerations were there?
  3. "Were there efforts to say, 'No, no, no. This is not a request by the president?'"

The bottom line: "I just want to get as much information as we can, make an assessment consistent with the law and the Constitution."

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Updated 20 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Trump’s friends worry legal pick for N.Y. case lacks experience

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Close associates and advisers to Donald Trump tell Axios they're concerned by his decision to use a relatively inexperienced New Jersey attorney, Alina Habba, in his high-stakes legal fight against New York Attorney General Letitia James.

Why it matters: A former president typically has access to the country's most prestigious experts, including lawyers. Trump has turned to the former general counsel for a parking garage company, who works from a small law office near his Bedminster, N.J., country club.

U.S. charges 4 Belarus officials with air piracy in journalist's arrest

A Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair passenger plane from Athens, Greece, that was diverted to Minsk, Belarus, in May. Photo: Petras Malukas/AFP via Getty Images

The Justice Department on Thursday charged four Belarusian government officials with conspiracy to commit aircraft piracy as part of an operation to arrest a dissident Belarusian journalist.

Why it matters: Prosecutors say the officials fabricated a bomb threat aboard a Ryanair flight carrying the journalist Raman Pratasevich last May, forcing it to land in Minsk, Belarus instead.

37 mins ago - World

What Putin's Ukraine options look like

Russia President Vladimir Putin confers with defense minister Sergei Shoigu. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty

The Biden administration is framing Russian escalation in Ukraine as almost a foregone conclusion, but the Russians are still at the table and Vladimir Putin may be seeking concessions from the West rather than a military confrontation with Kyiv.

Driving the news: Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who will meet his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Friday in Geneva, contended in a speech Thursday from Berlin that Putin's intentions are clear: "He's laying the groundwork for an invasion because he doesn’t believe Ukraine is a sovereign nation."