Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Melania Trump and Donald Trump. File photo: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

First lady Melania Trump's former adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who worked on the president's inaugural committee, denied to The New York Times Monday suggestions she was was fired for profiting from her role.

Why it matters: Wolkoff, who's speaking to federal prosecutors about donations to President Trump's committee, was for the first time addressing claims her firm, WIS Media Partners, received $26 million for its inaugural work. A House panel has sought to question her about the issue. She's the latest former aide to speak out against the administration.

Was I fired? No. Did I personally receive $26 million or $1.6 million? No, Was I thrown under the bus? Yes."
— Stephanie Winston Wolkoff's statement to The New York Times

The big picture: The Southern District of Manhattan is investigating the inaugural committee's management of funds. Similar subpoenas were also issued in February by New Jersey’s attorney general and federal prosecutors in the District of Colombia.

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13 states set new highs last week for coronavirus infections recorded in a single day, according to the COVID Tracking Project (CTP) and state health departments. Kansas, Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming surpassed records from the previous week.

The big picture: The pandemic is getting worse again across the country, and daily coronavirus cases have risen in the U.S. for six straight weeks, according to a seven-day average tracked by Axios. The U.S. reported over 80,000 new cases on both Friday and Saturday.

Senate advances Amy Coney Barrett nomination, setting up final confirmation vote

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The Senate voted 51-48 on Sunday to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, setting up a final confirmation vote for Monday.

Why it matters: It's now virtually inevitable that the Senate will vote to confirm President Trump's third Supreme Court nominee before the election, which is just nine days away.

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