Apr 19, 2018

Rudy Giuliani joins Trump's legal team

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining Trump's personal legal team to help represent Trump in special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russia investigation, announced Jay Sekulow, counsel to the president, in a statement Thursday.

The details: Giuliani, a close Trump ally, will join Sekulow and Ty Cobb, another Trump attorney, in representing the president. Betsy Woodruff of The Daily Beast reported earlier that there was a delay in acquiring another lawyer, which is attributable to president being distracted by a handful of foreign policy matters.

That's not all: Sekulow's statement added that Trump has hired two additional lawyers to the presidential legal team.

  • "Jane Serene Raskin and Marty Raskin have joined the President’s legal team. Jane and Marty are highly respected former federal prosecutors with decades of experience. They have a nationwide practice and reputation for excellence and integrity," he said.

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Kenan Thompson and Hasan Minhaj to headline White House Correspondents' Dinner

Kenan Thompson on "SNL" in 2018. Photo: Rosalind O'Connor/NBC via Getty Images

Kenan Thompson, the longest-tenured "Saturday Night Live" cast member, will host the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on April 25.

And Hasan Minhaj — host of Netflix’s "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj," and the entertainer at the 2017 dinner — will return as featured entertainer.

"Billions": Season 2020

Mike Bloomberg speaks at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, Va., on Saturday. Photo: James H. Wallace/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP

Money alone can’t buy a presidential election, but it surely gets you VIP access.

Why it matters: Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is duking it out with Billionaire Donald Trump, often on Billionaire Jack Dorsey’s Twitter and in ads on Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook, all chronicled in Billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post. 

Biometrics invade banking and retail

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Banks have been quietly rolling out biometrics to identify customers — verifying them by their fingerprint, voice or eye scan — and retailers like Amazon are getting into the game.

Why it matters: These companies are amassing giant databases of our most personal information — including our gait, how we hold our cellphones, our typing patterns — that raise knotty questions about data security and privacy.