Solicitor General Noel Francisco in 2017. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Solicitor General Noel Francisco will leave his position at the Justice Department on July 3, the agency announced in a statement Wednesday.

Why it matters: Francisco has defended some of the Trump administration's most controversial policies before the Supreme Court, including its 2017 travel ban on people from multiple Muslim-majority counties, the New York Times reports.

The big picture: In 2018, Francisco argued before the Supreme Court that that federal law does not shield transgender workers from discrimination on the basis of their gender identity. The court ruled against the administration on Monday.

  • Francisco's tenure was overshadowed in part by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. He argued to the Supreme Court that redacted materials from the Mueller report should not be released in a case that is still ongoing.
  • Francisco also recently asked a panel to force District Judge Emmet Sullivan to grant the Justice Department’s motion to drop charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

What's next: Francisco will be the second high-ranking official to leave the department in the coming months after Brian Benczkowski, the head of the department’s criminal division, announced Monday that he would leave in July.

  • One of Francisco’s deputies, Jeff Wall, will likely serve as acting solicitor general while the White House searches for a replacement, according to the NYT.

Go deeper: House Democrats subpoena two whistleblowers over allegations of DOJ politicization

Go deeper

Court: Trump administration's use of military funds for border wall unlawful

President Trump at the 200th mile of border wall in San Luis, Arizona, on June 23. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images.

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Trump administration's transfer of $2.5 billion from the Pentagon for southern border wall construction was an illegal breach of its executive authority, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: Much of the money has already been awarded by the administration, AP reports. The long-term consequences of Friday's ruling are also uncertain, since it "only affects a portion of the funds the White House has budgeted" for border wall construction, per the Post.

3 mins ago - Health

15 states broke single-day coronavirus records this week

Data: Compiled from state health departments by Axios; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

At least 15 states broke their single-day novel coronavirus infection records this week, according to state health department data reviewed by Axios.

The big picture: The number of coronavirus cases increased in the vast majority of states over the last week, and decreased in only two states plus the District of Columbia, Axios' Andrew Withershoop and Caitlin Owens report.

Updated 21 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 11,143,945 — Total deaths: 527,681 — Total recoveries — 6,004,593Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 2,818,588 — Total deaths: 129,584 — Total recoveries: 883,561 — Total tested: 34,213,497Map.
  3. States: Photos of America's pandemic July 4 ICU beds in Arizona's hot spot reach near capacity.
  4. Public health: U.S. coronavirus infections hit record highs for 3 straight days.
  5. Politics: Trump extends PPP application deadlineKimberly Guilfoyle tests positive.
  6. World: Mexican leaders call for tighter border control as infections rise in U.S.
  7. Sports: 31 MLB players test positive as workouts resume.
  8. 1 📽 thing: Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback.