May 20, 2018

Giuliani claims Mueller will end obstruction probe by September

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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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Macy's to furlough 130,000 employees

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Macy's will furlough the majority of it's workers this week, as the chain's stores remain closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Details: Macy's sales have seen a drastic decline, having shuttered its stores on March 18. The company employs about 130,000 people, per the Journal. It will retain workers for its e-commerce operations, distribution and call centers. The chain told staff it will continue to cover 100% of its employees health care premiums at least through May.