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President Trump tweeted on Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller should not testify before Congress, arguing that Democrats are "looking for a redo" after the investigation failed to establish that his campaign conspired with Russia.

After spending more than $35,000,000 over a two year period, interviewing 500 people, using 18 Trump Hating Angry Democrats & 49 FBI Agents - all culminating in a more than 400 page Report showing NO COLLUSION - why would the Democrats in Congress now need Robert Mueller to testify. Are they looking for a redo because they hated seeing the strong NO COLLUSION conclusion? There was no crime, except on the other side (incredibly not covered in the Report), and NO OBSTRUCTION. Bob Mueller should not testify. No redos for the Dems!

Why it matters: Trump has previously said that he will not prevent Mueller from testifying and that he will leave it up to Attorney General Bill Barr to decide. Barr — despite being accused by many Democrats of obfuscating and spinning the Mueller report's findings in favor of Trump — has said the Justice Department has no issue with Mueller testifying. The House Judiciary Committee is in negotiations with Mueller's team and is hoping to bring him in to testify on May 15.

  • Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a staunch Trump ally, has said he will not bring Mueller in to testify unless he has objections to how Barr characterized their phone call.

Reality check: Mueller did not conclude that Trump did not obstruct justice, and in fact specifically chose not to exonerate him in his report. The special counsel laid out extensive evidence of episodes in which Trump may have obstructed justice, with Attorney General Barr later taking the matter into his own hands to clear the president.

  • In the end, the Mueller investigation will likely not cost $35,000,000 — as Trump claimed in his tweet — thanks to the millions of dollars in restitution seized from former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who is now in prison.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: McConnell temporarily halts in-person lunches for GOP caucus.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists.
  5. Cities: Surge in cases forces San Francisco to impose curfew — Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. Sports: NFL bans in-person team activities Monday, Tuesday due to COVID-19 surge — NBA announces new coronavirus protocols.
  7. World: London police arrest more than 150 during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.

Tony Hsieh, longtime Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Tony Hsieh. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic

Tony Hsieh, the longtime ex-chief executive of Zappos, died on Friday after being injured in a house fire, his lawyer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 46.

The big picture: Hsieh was known for his unique approach to management, and following the 2008 recession his ongoing investment and efforts to revitalize the downtown Las Vegas area.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
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The unicorn stampede is coming

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Airbnb and DoorDash plan to go public in the next few weeks, capping off a very busy year for IPOs.

What's next: You ain't seen nothing yet.