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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said on ABC's "This Week" that Rudy Giuliani's trip to Ukraine to dig up information that he hopes will undercut the impeachment proceedings is "weird," but added that he's glad Giuliani has expressed an interest in coming before Congress to "explain his role."

"It is weird that he's over there, and I am grateful that very soon after I made those comments on CNN, the president put out a statement that said that Rudy Giuliani does want to come into Congress and explain his role, explain what he's been up to. And I believe that the president urging Mayor Giuliani to provide that clarity to the Congress will be helpful in resolving what seems to be odd having him over there at this time."
— Matt Gaetz

Why it matters: Allegations that Giuliani led a shadow campaign on behalf of Trump to pressure Ukraine to investigate the president's political rivals are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry. In addition to impeachment scrutiny, Giuliani is also reportedly under criminal investigation in New York as a result of his overseas dealings, raising questions about the wisdom of the decision to continue his activities in Ukraine.

Context: Giuliani traveled to Ukraine and Hungary last week to meet with former Ukrainian prosecutors who have promoted unsubstantiated claims about Joe Biden and his son, helping to set off the Trump-Ukraine scandal.

  • Giuliani is using the trip to produce a documentary series with One America News, a pro-Trump media outlet.
  • On Saturday, Trump claimed he did not know what his personal lawyer was doing in Ukraine, but said that Giuliani will “make a report” of his findings to submit to Attorney General William Barr and Congress, Politico reports.
  • “He has a lot of good information,” Trump said. “I have not spoken to him about that information yet.”

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said on CBS' "Face the Nation" said Giuliani should turn over any information he has to Congress so it can "be evaluated in a neutral manner."

  • "If he's getting relevant information that comes forth from Ukraine, I think it's important for us to look at it," Meadows said.

The big picture: Trump has denied sending Giuliani to Ukraine to dig up dirt on his political opponents, but he did ask Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to work with Giuliani on the Biden investigation during their July 25 phone call.

  • Giuliani has publicly said that he investigated 2016 Ukrainian election meddling and corruption on behalf of the president, telling reporters at various points that Trump was aware of what he was doing.

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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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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.