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Giuliani in the Rose Garden on July 29 in Washington, DC. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, is continuing to encourage Ukraine's government to investigate the son of Joe Biden, Trump's current top-polling 2020 rival, the New York Times reports.

The impact: U.S. government officials who handle foreign policy related to Ukraine blame Giuliani for complicating Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's diplomatic visit to the White House, per the NYT. Trump and Zelensky have not yet met in person.

What's new: "Giuliani has spoken on the phone and held an in-person meeting, in Madrid, with a top representative" of Zelensky's to encourage Ukraine to investigate potential conflicts of interest involving the Biden family and whether the country "took steps during the 2016 election to damage" the Trump campaign, the NYT reports.

Flashback: The NYT previously reported that Giuliani also wanted to visit Ukraine to encourage Zelensky to investigate the origin of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Giuliani canceled that trip in May, then met with a former Ukrainian diplomat in New York.

The other side: Ukraine's prosecutor general said in May that he has no evidence of wrongdoing by former Vice President Joe Biden or his son Hunter, regarding potential conflicts of interest involving the family's work with a Ukrainian company.

Go deeper: Giuliani cancels trip to Ukraine as Trump suggests investigating Biden

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Biden will reverse Trump's attempt to lift COVID related travel restrictions

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The incoming Biden administration will reverse President Trump's last-minute order to lift COVID-19 related travel restrictions, Jen Psaki, the incoming White House press secretary, tweeted.

Why it matters: President Trump ordered entry bans lifted for travelers from the U.K., Ireland, Brazil and much of Europe to go into effect Jan. 26, but the Biden administration will "strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19," Jen Psaki said. Biden will be inaugurated on Wednesday, Jan. 20 and Trump will no longer be president by the time the order is set to go into effect.

Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.

Off the Rails

Episode 5: The secret CIA plan

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer, Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 5: Trump vs. Gina — The president becomes increasingly rash and devises a plan to tamper with the nation's intelligence command.

In his final weeks in office, after losing the election to Joe Biden, President Donald Trump embarked on a vengeful exit strategy that included a hasty and ill-thought-out plan to jam up CIA Director Gina Haspel by firing her top deputy and replacing him with a protege of Republican Congressman Devin Nunes.