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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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Trump threatens to veto Defense spending bill over social media shield

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President Trump tweeted Tuesday a threat to veto a must-pass end-of-year $740 billion bill defense-spending authorization bill unless Congress repeals a federal law that protects social media sites from legal liability.

Why it matters: Trump's attempt to get Congress to end the tech industry protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is the latest escalation in his war on tech giants over what he and some other Republicans perceive as bias against conservatives.

The walls close in on Trump

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With Bill Barr's "Et tu, Brute!" interview with AP, President Trump is watching the walls close in on his claims of fraud, hoaxes and conspiracies.

Why it matters: Trump and his legal team continue to claim election fraud. But the Republican governors of Arizona and Georgia have certified their elections, a loyalist like Barr has weighed in, and lower-ranking officials have taken potshots.

Congress plots COVID pandemic-era office upgrades

oving crates outside Rep. Elise Stefanik's old office Tuesday. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The House plans to renovate members' suites even though staff are worried about an influx of contractors and D.C. is tightening restrictions on large gatherings, some staffers told Axios.

Why it matters: The Capitol has been closed to public tours since March. Work over the holiday season comes as U.S. coronavirus cases spike, Americans beg for more pandemic assistance and food lines grow.