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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Republican from Alaska, at an energy conference in Houston Amy Harder / Axios

HOUSTON — President Trump’s steel tariffs could add a half billion dollars to a proposed natural-gas export terminal project in Alaska, GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said at an energy conference Friday.

Why it matters: Trump touted the proposal during a trip last year to China, which would receive the fuel and has expressed intention in investing in the project. This project offers a clear picture of Trump’s conflicting agendas: America’s energy dominance around the world on one hand and protectionist trade measures on the other.

This has real impact and at a time when we’re trying to build out on that energy promise that we have, whether it’s up north or elsewhere around the country, this is not coming at a good time for us.”
— Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Republican from Alaska

Flasback: The state of Alaska, alongside Trump, a proposed $43 billion deal in Noveber where China’s biggest state-owned oil company, Sinopec, one of its top banks, and a sovereign wealth fund would invest billions of dollars to develop a pipeline and export terminal to export U.S. liquified natural gas (LNG) to Asia. Many analysts doubt the proposal will actually come through, though, given a lack of details and firm commitments at the time of the announcement. The tariffs add yet another hurdle to the idea.

“When you think of an extraordinarily costly project in the first place, the impact of these tariffs to the overall cost is a concern and is considerable,” Murkowski told reporters Friday after speaking at the CERAWeek conference hosted by IHS Markit.

Go deeper: Reuters has more on Murkowski’s broader comments on trade and those by Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas.

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Supporters of former President Trump storm the U.S. Captiol on Jan. 6. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A Texas man who has been charged with storming the U.S. Capitol in the deadly Jan. 6 siege posted death threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the Department of Justice said.

The big picture: Garret Miller faces five charges in connection to the riot by supporters of former President Trump, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and making threats. According to court documents, Miller posted violent threats online the day of the siege, including tweeting “Assassinate AOC.”

Schumer calls for IG probe into alleged plan by Trump, DOJ lawyer to oust acting AG

Jeffrey Clark speaks next to Deputy US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at a news conference in October. Photo: Yuri Gripas/AFP via Getty Images.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Saturday called for the Justice Department inspector general to investigate an alleged plan by former President Trump and a DOJ lawyer to remove the acting attorney general and replace him with someone more willing to investigate unfounded claims of election fraud.

Driving the news: The New York Times first reported Friday that the lawyer, Jeffrey Clark, allegedly devised "ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Mr. [Jeffrey] Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark."