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House Judiciary chair Jerry Nadler. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

White House lawyers blocked former deputy counsel Annie Donaldson from answering the House Judiciary Committee's questions about the Russia investigation 212 times, according to a transcript of her written testimony the panel released Monday.

Why it matters: Donaldson was former White House counsel Don McGahn's chief of staff. Her notes feature prominently in the obstruction section of former special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

The big picture: The White House previously instructed Donaldson and former communications director Hope Hicks not to testify or turn over documents related to their time in the administration.

  • Hicks became the first witness to at least partially comply with a subpoena in the committee's obstruction of justice investigation. A White House counsel sitting in on the interview blocked her from answering any questions.
  • House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced last month he'd reached an agreement to receive written testimony from Donaldson. Though she did address some aspects of her tenure, Donaldson did not reveal any new revelations concerning the Mueller investigation.

Go deeper: Read what the Mueller report says about Hicks and Donaldson

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Trump pressures Barr to release so-called Durham report

Bill Barr. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump and his allies are piling extreme pressure on Attorney General Bill Barr to release a report that Trump believes could hurt perceived Obama-era enemies — and view Barr's designation of John Durham as special counsel as a stall tactic, sources familiar with the conversations tell Axios.

Why it matters: Speculation over Barr's fate grew on Tuesday, with just 49 days remaining in Trump's presidency, after Barr gave an interview to the Associated Press in which he said the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread fraud that could change the election's outcome.

CDC to cut guidance on quarantine period for coronavirus exposure

A health care worker oversees cars as people arrive to get tested for coronavirus at a testing site in Arlington, Virginia, on Tuesday. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The CDC will soon shorten its guidance for quarantine periods following exposure to COVID-19, AP reported Tuesday and Axios can confirm.

Why it matters: Quarantine helps prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which can occur before a person knows they're sick or if they're infected without feeling any symptoms. The current recommended period to stay home if exposed to the virus is 14 days. The CDC plans to amend this to 10 days or seven with a negative test, an official told Axios.

  • The CDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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CDC panel: COVID vaccines should go to health workers, long-term care residents first

Hospital staff work in the COVID-19 intensive care unit in Houston. Photo: Go Nakamura via Getty

Health-care workers and nursing home residents should be at the front of the line to get coronavirus vaccines in the United States once they’re cleared and available for public use, an independent CDC panel recommended in a 13-1 emergency vote on Tuesday, per CNBC.

Why it matters: Recent developments in COVID-19 vaccines have accelerated the timeline for distribution as vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna undergo the federal approval process. States are preparing to begin distributing as soon as two weeks from now.

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