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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.) Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

House Democratic leaders tamped down calls to kick-start impeachment proceedings against President Trump following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report last week, telling rank-and-file lawmakers in a call Monday evening they have no plans to immediately pursue impeachment, 3 officials on the call told the Washington Post.

"We can investigate Trump without drafting articles. We aren't going to go faster, we are going to go as fast as the facts take us."
— Speaker Nancy Pelosi

The big picture: Several House Democratic chairmen said on the Sunday morning cable news shows that while impeachment is still on the table, they plan on first gathering all the facts — including by bringing Attorney General Bill Barr and special counsel Mueller before Congress. Earlier on Monday, Pelosi said in a letter to Democrats that there are other ways to hold the president accountable for his "highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior" besides initiating impeachment proceedings.

Last week, House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters warned that "Congress’ failure to impeach is complacency in the face of the erosion of our democracy and constitutional norms."

  • But during Monday's call, she did not advocate for immediate impeachment, per the Post, which noted Waters "made a point of clarifying that she is not pressuring lawmakers to join her effort."
  • Other committees leaders reportedly said they will continue their string of investigations into the president and his inner circle.

Meanwhile, some House Democrats, — including Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) — pushed back against the leadership stance on impeachment, sources told Politico.

  • "We are struggling to justify why we aren’t beginning impeachment proceedings. As a 27-year law enforcement officer, and while I understand we need to see the full report and all supporting documents, I believe we have enough evidence now."

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Tech companies are sharing more information with law enforcement in a frantic effort to prevent violence around the inauguration, after the government was caught flat-footed by the Capitol siege.

Between the lines: Tech knows it will be held accountable for any further violence that turns out to have been planned online if it doesn't act to stop it.

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Uganda's election: Museveni declared winner, Wine claims fraud

Wine rejected the official results of the election. Photo: Sumy Sadruni/AFP via Getty

Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner of a sixth presidential term on Saturday, with official results giving him 59% to 35% for Bobi Wine, the singer-turned-opposition leader.

Why it matters: This announcement was predictable, as the election was neither free nor fair and Museveni had no intention of surrendering power after 35 years. But Wine — who posed a strong challenged to Museveni, particularly in urban areas, and was beaten and arrested during the campaign — has said he will present evidence of fraud. The big question is whether he will mobilize mass resistance in the streets.

Off the Rails

Episode 1: A premeditated lie lit the fire

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 1: Trump’s refusal to believe the election results was premeditated. He had heard about the “red mirage” — the likelihood that early vote counts would tip more Republican than the final tallies — and he decided to exploit it.

"Jared, you call the Murdochs! Jason, you call Sammon and Hemmer!”