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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner at the White House in July. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Lawyers for the Lincoln Project said Saturday they're "ready to defend against any frivolous lawsuit" from White House senior advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner after they threatened legal action over two billboards in New York City.

Driving the news: A lawyer for President Trump's elder daughter and son-in-law said in a letter to the group of anti-Trump Republicans they would sue if the "false, malicious and defamatory" billboards in Times Square relating to the COVID-19 pandemic were not taken down.

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Zoom in: One billboard features an image of Ivanka Trump gesturing at coronavirus death tolls for New York and the U.S. The image was taken from a photo she posted earlier this year of herself with Goya beans.

  • Kushner's image is on the other billboard — with body bags displayed below the quote, which reads: "(New Yorkers) are going to suffer and that’s their problem."
  • This stems from a Vanity Fair article citing a March 21 Trump administration meeting attendee alleging that Kushner said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) "didn't pound the phones hard enough to get PPE for his state…. His people are going to suffer and that's their problem."

What they're saying: Marc E. Kasowitz, the couple's lawyer, said in his letter to the Lincoln Project, "Of course, Mr. Kushner never made any such statement, Ms. Trump never made any such gesture, and the Lincoln Project's representations that they did are an outrageous and shameful libel."

The other side: The Lincoln Project said in a statement that the Times Square billboards would stay up.

  • In a letter to the couple's lawyers, the group said, "Your clients are no longer mere Upper East Side socialites, able to sue at the slightest offense to their personal sensitivities. Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump are public officials."

Of note: The Lincoln project has produced some of the election cycle's most viral political attack ads.

For the record: More than 224,700 people have died from the novel coronavirus in the U.S., including over 33,400 in New York, per Johns Hopkins.

  • The U.S. confirmed at least 83,010 coronavirus cases on Friday, the country's highest daily total since the pandemic began.
  • Last Wednesday, N.Y. confirmed over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases — the most infections reported in the state since May.

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On Jan. 6, White House deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger entered the West Wing in the mid-afternoon, shortly after his colleagues' phones had lit up with an emergency curfew alert from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

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President Trump was sitting in the Oval Office one day in late November when a call came in from lawyer Sidney Powell. "Ugh, Sidney," he told the staff in the room before he picked up. "She's getting a little crazy, isn't she? She's really gotta tone it down. No one believes this stuff. It's just too much."

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will not seek re-election in 2022

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) speaking during a press conference in November 2021. Photo: Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R), a moderate who typically ranks as one of the nation's most popular governors, said Wednesday that he and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito (R) will not seek third terms in 2022.

Why it matters: The decision leaves the gubernatorial race wide open and will likely affect multiple down-ballot races next year. Baker was expected to be the front-runner had he joined the race.