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Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani told CNN and Fox News Wednesday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team told Trump's legal team that they have acknowledged — "after some battling" — that they cannot indict a sitting president.

Be smart: The Office of Legal Counsel in the Justice Department has long taken the position that they do not have the power to indict a sitting president. However, as CNN pointed out, Mueller still has the power to "issue a report making referrals or recommendations to the House of Representatives."

"All they get to do is write a report. They can't indict. At least they acknowledged that to us after some battling, they acknowledged that to us."
— Rudy Giuliani to CNN

Take note: Giuliani has been particularly candid with the media, and has had to "clarify" comments he's made during cable news interviews in the past. Earlier this month, Trump also remarked that Giuliani is still “learning the subject matter” and getting his “facts straight” regarding the president's legal matters.

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8 Senate Democrats vote against adding $15 minimum wage to COVID relief

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Eight Democratic senators on Friday voted against Sen. Bernie Sanders' amendment to ignore a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian and add a $15 minimum wage provision to the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

The state of play: The vote was held open for hours on Friday afternoon — even after every senator had voted — due to a standoff in negotiations over the next amendments that the Senate will take up.

CDC: Easing mask mandates led to higher COVID cases and deaths

Customer at a supermarket chain in Austin, Texas. Montinique Monroe/Getty Images

Easing mask restrictions and on-site dining have increased COVID-19 cases and deaths, according to a study out Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: The report's findings converge with actions from governors this week easing mask mandates and announcing plans to reopen nonessential businesses like restaurants.