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President Trump reacted to the House committee vote on Friday that solidified two articles of impeachment against him, calling it a "horrible" tool to use politically and that the Democrats are "trivializing impeachment."

The big picture: Axios' Margaret Talev and Alayna Treene write that some lawmakers warn that impeaching presidents could become the new normal. Historians and constitutional experts fear further polarization and that the emergency mechanism could lose its taboo.

What Trump is saying:

  • "I think it's a horrible thing to be using the tool of impeachment which is supposed to be used in an emergency."
  • "It's a scam. It's something that shouldn't be allowed. It's a very bad thing for our country. And you're trivializing impeachment. And I tell you what, someday there will be a Democrat president and there will be a Republican House and I suspect they're going to remember it."
  • "It's a very sad thing for our country. It seems to be very good for me politically."

What to watch: The impeachment vote is expected to happen on Wednesday, but isn't official yet.

Go deeper: Read the articles of impeachment against Trump

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Scoop: Gina Haspel almost resigned over plan to install Kash Patel as CIA deputy

Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

CIA Director Gina Haspel almost resigned in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelations stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: Coronavirus deaths reach 4,000 per day as hospitals remain in crisis mode — CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant could become dominant in U.S. in March.
  2. Politics: Biden says, "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution — Biden taps ex-FDA chief to lead Operation Warp Speed amid rollout of COVID plan — Widow of GOP congressman-elect who died of COVID-19 will run to fill his seat.
  3. Vaccine: Battling Black mistrust of the vaccines"Pharmacy deserts" could become vaccine deserts — Instacart to give $25 to shoppers who get vaccine.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode againFed chair: No interest rate hike coming any time soon —  Inflation rose more than expected in December.
  5. World: WHO team arrives in China to investigate pandemic origins.

NRA declares bankruptcy, says it will reincorporate in Texas

Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association (NRA) speaks during CPAC in 2016. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The National Rifle Association said Friday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will seek to reincorporate in Texas, calling New York, where it is currently registered, a "toxic political environment."

The big picture: The move comes just months after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA, alleging the group committed fraud by diverting roughly $64 million in charitable donations over three years to support reckless spending by its executives.