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On the same day that President Richard Nixon's former White House counsel John Dean testified about similarities between Watergate and findings in the Mueller report, Trump told reporters he is different from Nixon because he doesn't leave — presumably in reference to Nixon's resignation.

"You can't impeach somebody when there's never been anything done wrong...When you look at past impeachments, whether it was President Clinton, or I guess President Nixon never got there. He left. I don’t leave. Big difference. I don’t leave. We did nothing wrong except create the greatest economy in the history of our country. We did nothing wrong except rebuild our military like nobody’s ever seen before."

Why it matters: Trump is facing calls for impeachment from — as of Axios' most recent count — 60 members of the House. The House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee are holding public hearings on the Mueller report in order to "educate the public" on what they believe could be impeachable offenses on the part of the president.

Go deeper: John Dean draws 6 parallels between the Mueller report and Watergate

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Senate confirms Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as commerce secretary

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D). Photo: David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The Senate voted 84-15 on Tuesday to confirm Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to lead the Commerce Department.

Why it matters: The agency promotes U.S. industry, oversees the Census Bureau, plays a key role in the government's study of climate change through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and evaluates emerging technology through the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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Supreme Court likely to favor Republican-backed Arizona voting laws

A person walking outside of the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 22.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared to favor Republican-backed voting restrictions in Arizona that Democrats argue violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The Justices' decision in the case could weaken Section 2 of the VRA, which prohibits voting practices or procedures that discriminate on the basis of race.