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Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Melania Trump and Donald Trump. File photo: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

First lady Melania Trump's former adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who worked on the president's inaugural committee, denied to The New York Times Monday suggestions she was was fired for profiting from her role.

Why it matters: Wolkoff, who's speaking to federal prosecutors about donations to President Trump's committee, was for the first time addressing claims her firm, WIS Media Partners, received $26 million for its inaugural work. A House panel has sought to question her about the issue. She's the latest former aide to speak out against the administration.

Was I fired? No. Did I personally receive $26 million or $1.6 million? No, Was I thrown under the bus? Yes."
— Stephanie Winston Wolkoff's statement to The New York Times

The big picture: The Southern District of Manhattan is investigating the inaugural committee's management of funds. Similar subpoenas were also issued in February by New Jersey’s attorney general and federal prosecutors in the District of Colombia.

Go deeper: Trump Organization may have overcharged inauguration committee

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Off the Rails

Episode 2: Barbarians at the Oval

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/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. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 2: Trump stops buying what his professional staff are telling him, and increasingly turns to radical voices telling him what he wants to hear.

President Trump plunked down in an armchair in the White House residence, still dressed from his golf game — navy fleece, black pants, white MAGA cap. It was Saturday, Nov. 7. The networks had just called the election for Joe Biden.

Fringe right plots new attacks out of sight

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Domestic extremists are using obscure and private corners of the internet to plot new attacks ahead of Inauguration Day. Their plans are also hidden in plain sight, buried in podcasts and online video platforms.

Why it matters: Because law enforcement was caught flat-footed during last week's Capitol siege, researchers and intelligence agencies are paying more attention to online threats that could turn into real-world violence.

Kids’ screen time up 50% during pandemic

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

When the coronavirus lockdowns started in March, kidstech firm SuperAwesome found that screen time was up 50%. Nearly a year later, that percentage hasn't budged, according to new figures from the firm.

Why it matters: For most parents, pre-pandemic expectations around screen time are no longer realistic. The concern now has shifted from the number of hours in front of screens to the quality of screen time.

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