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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Kushner to Woodward in April: Trump is "getting the country back from the doctors"

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner bragged in an interview with Bob Woodward on April 18 about Trump "getting the country back from the doctors," in reference to the lifting of coronavirus restrictions, according to audio obtained by CNN.

Why it matters: Trump has campaigned on a message of "opening up" the country after lockdowns designed to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the spring resulted in widespread economic disruption. But some health experts have criticized states for opening up too fast, leading to a second and third surge of coronavirus infections as Election Day nears.

How overhyping became an election meddling tool

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

As online platforms and intelligence officials get more sophisticated about detecting and stamping out election meddling campaigns, bad actors are increasingly seeing the appeal of instead exaggerating their own interference capabilities to shake Americans' confidence in democracy.

Why it matters: It doesn't take a sophisticated operation to sow seeds of doubt in an already fractious and factionalized U.S. Russia proved that in 2016, and fresh schemes aimed at the 2020 election may already be proving it anew.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  2. Health: Surge "is real" and not just caused by more tests, Trump's testing czar saysMask mandates help control the rise in hospitalizations Some coronavirus survivors have "autoantibodies."
  3. Business: Surge is sinking consumer confidence Testing is a windfall.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
  5. World: Putin mandates face masks.