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President Trump told reporters Thursday that he does not know Lev Parnas or Igor Fruman, two of Rudy Giuliani's business associates who were indicted for allegedly funneling foreign money into Republican political campaigns.

"I don't know those gentlemen. Now it's possible I have a picture with them because I have a picture with everybody. ... Somebody said there may be a picture or something at a fundraiser or somewhere. But I have pictures with everybody. ... I don't know, maybe they were clients of Rudy. You'd have to ask Rudy."

Why it matters: Parnas and Fruman helped introduce Giuliani to Ukrainian officials as part of an effort to push Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden over unsubstantiated corruption allegations — a campaign that is now at the center of an impeachment inquiry.

  • Parnas' and Fruman's lawyer John Dowd — who separately represented Trump during the Mueller investigation — wrote in a letter to House committees investigating Ukraine last week that the two men "assisted Mr. Giuliani in connection with his representation of President Trump."

Go deeper: Foreign-born Giuliani associates arrested on campaign finance charges

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Biden picks up his pen to change the tone on racial equity

Vice President Harris looks on as President Biden signs executives orders related to his racial equity agenda. Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

President Biden is making a down payment on racial equity in a series of executive orders dealing with everything from private prisons to housing discrimination, treatment of Asian Americans and relations with indigenous tribes.

The big picture: Police reform and voting rights legislation will take time to pass in Congress. But with the stroke of his pen, one week into the job Biden is taking steps within his power as he seeks to change the tone on racial justice from former President Trump.

Most Senate Republicans join Rand Paul effort to dismiss Trump's 2nd impeachment trial

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Forty-five Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, supported an effort to dismiss former President Trump's second impeachment trial.

Why it matters: The vote serves as a precursor to how senators will approach next month's impeachment trial, making it highly unlikely the Senate will vote to convict. The House impeached Trump for a second time for "incitement of insurrection" following events from Jan 6. when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.

Texas judge temporarily halts Biden's 100-day deportation freeze

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A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Biden administration's 100-day freeze on deporting unauthorized immigrants.

Why it matters: Biden has set an ambitious immigration agenda, but he could face pushback from the courts.