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Rudy Giuliani told "Cuomo Prime Time" Monday evening a note stating the Mueller report doesn't exonerate President Trump on obstruction of justice was a "cheap shot."

What he's saying: "There's no conclusion he committed a crime," Trump's lawyer told CNN's Chris Cuomo, who asked him to go over that aspect of Attorney General William Barr's Mueller report summary. "They don't have to exonerate him; you've gotta prove he's guilty, even for impeachment. This is a cheap shot. For a prosecutor, this is unprofessional."

The details: Giuliani told Cuomo Trump was exonerated in the next two paragraphs of the letter released Sunday. Jay Sekulow, who is also a lawyer for Trump, told Cuomo on the show he didn't want the written answers the president gave to Mueller made public without a court order.

The backdrop: In his summary of Mueller's report, Barr wrote the findings did "not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him." Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein found the evidence "is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense."

  • Sekulow told Cuomo prosecutors don't exonerate. "I don't even know why the word is in there," he said.

Go deeper: Timeline: Every big move in the Mueller investigation

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AOC and Ilhan Omar want to block Biden’s former chief of staff

Reps. Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are boosting a petition against Joe Biden nominating his former chief of staff to a new role in his administration, calling Bruce Reed a "deficit hawk” and criticizing his past support for Social Security and Medicare cuts.

Why it matters: Progressives are mounting their pressure campaign after the president-elect did not include any of their favored candidates in his first slate of Cabinet nominees, and they are serious about installing some of their allies, blocking anyone who doesn't pass their smell test — and making noise if they are not heard.

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Biden introduces top national security team

President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke Tuesday at an event introducing the incoming administration's top national security officials, where he told the story of his stepfather being the only one of 900 children at his school in Poland to survive the Holocaust.

What they're saying: "At the end of the war, he made a break from a death march into the woods in Bavaria. From his hiding place, he heard a deep rumbling sound. It was a tank. But instead of the iron cross, he saw painted on its side a five pointed white star," Blinken said.