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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) told CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that she thinks it's fair to question the timing of President Trump ordering the killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani so close to his impeachment trial.

"I think the question that we ought to focus on is why now? Why not a month ago, why not a month from now? And the answer from the administration seems to be that they can't keep their story straight on this. They pointed in all different directions. And you know, the last time that we watched them do this was the summer over Ukraine. ... And of course, what emerged then is this was Donald Trump just trying to advance Donald Trump's own political agenda. Not the agenda of the United States of America. So what happens right now? Next week, the president of the United States could be facing an impeachment trial in the Senate. We know he's deeply upset about that. I think that people are reasonably asking, why this moment?"
— Elizabeth Warren

Why it matters: An allegation that Trump had domestic political motivations for ordering the killing of a top Iranian official, which has severely escalated tensions with Iran and threatens to destabilize the entire region, would be a serious one.

The state of play: As Iranian officials warn of retaliation, congressional Democrats are demanding briefings on the intelligence that led to the operation and calling on the Trump administration to seek authorization from Congress before entering a war.

  • Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still has not signaled when she will send the approved articles of impeachment to the Senate, where Democrats argue Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will not hold a fair trial.
  • Warren would serve as a juror in the Senate trial, but has already said that she would vote to convict Trump based on the current evidence — earning pushback even from within her own party.

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The incoming Biden administration will reverse President Trump's last-minute order to lift COVID-19 related travel restrictions, Jen Psaki, the incoming White House press secretary, tweeted.

Why it matters: President Trump ordered entry bans lifted for travelers from the U.K., Ireland, Brazil and much of Europe to go into effect Jan. 26, but the Biden administration will "strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19," Jen Psaki said. Biden will be inaugurated on Wednesday, Jan. 20 and Trump will no longer be president by the time the order is set to go into effect.

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.

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Episode 5: The secret CIA plan

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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 5: Trump vs. Gina — The president becomes increasingly rash and devises a plan to tamper with the nation's intelligence command.

In his final weeks in office, after losing the election to Joe Biden, President Donald Trump embarked on a vengeful exit strategy that included a hasty and ill-thought-out plan to jam up CIA Director Gina Haspel by firing her top deputy and replacing him with a protege of Republican Congressman Devin Nunes.