Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) listens to testimony by Michael Cohen, former attorney and fixer for President Trump. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and other Democrats used President Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen's dramatic testimony to Congress Wednesday to lay legal groundwork for House Democratic leaders to pursue Trump’s tax returns, HuffPost reports.

The details: During her line of questioning, Cohen noted Trump had directed his deputies to inflate the value of his assets for insurance purposes, and the president devalued his assets to avoid paying taxes. Cohen also told lawmakers the president exaggerated his net worth in order to obtain a loan from Deutsche Bank in 2014, and Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg would be able to provide lawmakers with more details about Trump’s financial dealings.

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Fauci says if people won't wear masks, maybe it should be mandated

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NIAID director Anthony Fauci told CNN on Friday evening that if "people are not wearing masks, then maybe we should be mandating it."

Why it matters: Fauci made the comments the same day the U.S. hit its highest daily COVID-19 case count since the pandemic began.

Harris to Black voters: Casting a ballot is about honoring your ancestors

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris speaks at a "Get Out The Vote" rally at Morehouse College. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Kamala Harris appealed to Black voters in Georgia on Friday, urging them to "honor the ancestors" by casting ballots, and again calling President Trump a "racist."

Why it matters: The U.S. saw a significant decline in African-American voter turnout between 2012 and 2016, reaching its lowest point since 2000. Higher turnout among Black Americans this year could tip the balance in favor of Democrats in key battleground states, including Georgia.

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