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Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Imges

Rudy Giuliani told me that President Trump is fed up with Robert Mueller and wants him to "put up or shut up."

What he's saying: "Why don't you write a report and show us what you have, because they don't have a goddamn thing. It's like a guy playing poker. He's bluffing and he's only got a pair of twos."

Trump tweeted twice about Mueller yesterday in terms that were sharper, and with a more personal edge, than the president's usual rants about the "witch hunt."

  • Giuliani said Trump's view is: "Enough is enough."
  • Asked whether he meant Trump was considering firing Mueller, Giuliani replied: "No. No. He's thinking: 'Hey, the guy should get this over now.'"
  • On Michael Cohen: "The president has always had a soft spot for Cohen. He almost still does. Even now with his betrayal by taping him he still is worried about him because he believes he's only hurting himself."

Giuliani said the Mueller tweets weren't prompted by the news last week that Allen Weisselberg, longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, has been subpoenaed to testify before the federal grand jury probing Cohen.

  • This gets into Trump's wallet. Bloomberg's Tim O'Brien, one of the longest Trump-watchers, calls Weisselberg a bigger Trump fish who "knows far more" than Cohen.
  • Giuliani said Weisselberg is "a great guy. He doesn't know anything that we don't know. He's completely supportive, 100 percent."
  • "Maybe it upsets him [Trump] in the sense that they [Mueller's team] chase down every alley, then they end up with nothing."
  • "Michael Cohen is blowing up on them. He's self-immolating. And it doesn't affect them [Mueller's team]. They are looking at the president's tweets. I don't know how you make an obstruction case based on tweets."

Rudy said that the Trump legal team has "183 unique tape recordings turned over to us" from Cohen, but says only one of these tapes — the one we heard last week — has Trump's voice on it.

  • Giuliani, who earlier discussed the 183 tapes on CBS' "Face the Nation," said the rest of the recordings capture other people talking about Trump.
  • "But they talk about him in a way that the liberal press won't be supportive of," Giuliani said. "It's not a campaign contribution. It's a personal matter concerning the president and his wife."

As the two sides escalate their public case, Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, fought back against Rudy's complaints that Cohen is violating attorney-client privilege.

  • "Mr. Giuliani seems to be confused," Davis says in a statement. "He expressly waived attorney client privilege last week and repeatedly and inaccurately — as proven by the tape — talked and talked about the recording, forfeiting all confidentiality."

Go deeper: Rudy made the rounds on the morning talk show circuit Monday, arguing that "collusion is not a crime."

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India sets new COVID world record as oxygen demand jumps seven-fold

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India has seen demand for oxygen jump "seven-fold" as the country set a new world record for daily COVID-19 cases on Thursday, per AP.

By the numbers: India's health ministry reported 412,262 new infections, taking the official tally past 21 million, and 3,980 deaths from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. The official death toll now stands at 230,168. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher.

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U.K. sends patrol ships to British island amid fishing dispute with France

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The United Kingdom's government announced Wednesday it has deployed two Royal Navy patrol vessels to the island of Jersey "as a precautionary measure," as tensions over fishing rights escalate with France.

Why it matters: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement the government took the action to protect Jersey against threats of "a blockade" of French fishing boats at the island, which is off the coast of northwest France.

Social media's "in-kind contribution to Biden"

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Facebook's continued suspension of Donald Trump's account extends the silencing of Joe Biden's most potent critic — and the current president's control over the national political narrative into his second 100 days.

Why it matters: Biden has been able to successfully focus on COVID-19 relief, his infrastructure plan and fielding his new administration, in part, because Trump hasn't been able to shake his social media muzzle and bray about the migration crisis or any White House misstep.