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Rudy Giuliani — currently serving as President Trump's personal lawyer — was back in front of the camera this weekend after his bombshell comments about Stormy Daniels to Fox News' Sean Hannity spurred controversy last Wednesday.

His big quote: Asked by George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week" if Michael Cohen paid other women on behalf of Trump, Giuliani said, "I have no knowledge of that, but I would think if it was necessary, yes."

On the Mueller investigation, Giuliani told Stephanopoulos, "[E]very lawyer in America thinks he would be a fool to testify. I have a client who wants to testify."

And he told Stephanopoulos that the facts of the Stormy Daniels settlement don't worry him, adding that $130,000 is too small a sum of money to pay for "a meritorious claim."

Giuliani also appeared on Fox News' "Justice with Judge Jeanine" Pirro last night:

  • "The facts, I'm still learning. This is 1.2 million documents. I have been in the case for two weeks."
  • "So I'm not an expert on the facts yet. I’m getting there. But I am an expert on the law, in particular the campaign finance law —I lived under it running for president. And the fact is there is no way [the Stormy Daniels payment] is a campaign violation of any kind; nor was it a loan — it was an expenditure."

The latest on Muller's probe...

AP reports: Mueller has interviewed one of Trump’s closest friends and confidants, California real estate investor Tom Barrack.

P.S. From the N.Y. Times' lead story, "How Michael Cohen, Trump’s Fixer, Built a Shadowy Business Empire":

  • "Trump’s lawyers are resigned to the strong possibility that the investigation of Mr. Cohen’s businesses could lead him to cooperate with federal prosecutors."

Go deeper: WashPost lead story, "As the ‘King of Debt,’ Trump borrowed to build his empire. Then he began spending hundreds of millions in cash."

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Updated 27 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Inauguration Day dashboard

Screenshot: Fox News

President Trump has delivered a farewell speech and departed Washington for the last time on Air Force One, kicking off the day that will culminate with President-elect Joe Biden taking office.

What's next: The inaugural celebration for young Americans is being livestreamed, starting at 10am.

Updated 44 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Trump departs on final Air Force One flight

President Trump and his family took off on Air Force One at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning for the final time en route to Florida.

The big picture: Trump's final hours as president were punctuated by his decisions to snub his successor's inauguration and grant pardons to many of his allies who have been swept up in corruption scandals.

Dion Rabouin, author of Markets
2 hours ago - Economy & Business

Janet Yellen said all the right things to reassure the markets

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Treasury Secretary nominee and former Fed chair Janet Yellen's confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday showed markets just what they can expect from the administration of President-elect Joe Biden: more of what they got under President Trump — at least for now.

What it means: Investors and big companies reaped the benefits of ultralow U.S. interest rates and low taxes for most of Trump's term as well as significant increases in government spending, even before the coronavirus pandemic.