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President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani told The New York Times' that Special Counsel Robert Mueller plans to wrap up the portion of his investigation surrounding potential obstruction of justice by Trump by September 1.

Yes, but: While Giuliani claimed in his interview with the Times that Mueller believes that continuing the obstruction investigation any longer would affect this fall’s midterm elections, this isn't the first time we've heard similar talk from a lawyer close to Trump.

  • The backdrop: The Times notes that Giuliani’s comments appeared to be a way for him to add public pressure on the Mueller team as federal investigators and Trump’s legal team are negotiating the scope of a potential interview.
  • The state of play: Giuliani framed the obstruction probe around reports that Trump had asked former FBI director James Comey drop his investigation into then national security adviser Michael Flynn, telling the Times: “We want the concentration of this to be on Comey versus the president’s credibility, and I think we win that and people get that."

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Joe Biden made a direct appeal to Senate Republicans in a speech addressing the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, urging them to "cool the flames that have been engulfing our country" by waiting to confirm her replacement until after the election.

The state of play: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said soon after the news of Ginsburg's death that President Trump's nominee would get a vote on the Senate floor.

Leaked Treasury documents reveal how dirty money moves through global banking system

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Thousands of leaked government documents covering at least $2 trillion worth of transactions reveal how some of the world's biggest banks knowingly moved around the money of oligarchs, terrorists and criminals, with few consequences, according to a massive investigation by BuzzFeed News, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and hundreds of other news organizations.

The big picture: The investigation, published on Sunday, examines more than 2,100 suspicious activity reports (SARs) filed by banks and other financial firms with the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, known as FinCEN.