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U.S. defense contractor pleads guilty to illegal exports to China

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WASHINGTON — A US defense contractor pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one charge of conspiring to illegally export US Defense Department weapons plans to China, in an apparent money-saving scheme, the Justice Department said.

From 2004 to 2009 the New Jersey-based Swiss Technology had contracts with the Defense Department to make rifle and machine gun parts to use in military operations, said the Justice Department statement.

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But rather than manufacture the parts itself, Swiss Technology outsourced plans for the work to China “at a much cheaper price per unit” without first obtaining the required license from the US State Department, the statement said.

“We simply can’t risk that companies trying to manufacture military equipment on the cheap will expose our troops to more danger than they already face,” said US Attorney Fishman.

The company has admitted that it entered into the Chinese contracts for its own financial benefit, the statement said.

The government said the fraudulent contracting meant a loss of more than $1.1 million to the Department of Defense.

Under terms of the plea agreement, Swiss Technology will pay that money back to the Department of Defense. Sentencing is currently set for November 15, 2011.

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Impeachment hearing explodes with applause as Jackie Speier highlights Trump’s daily lies

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Texas Republican Rep. Mike Conaway on Thursday argued that it was not illegal for Republicans to "out" the White House whistleblower.

Conway cited a Washington Post "fact-check" that gave "Three Pinocchios" to the claim that the whistleblower has a statutory right to anonymity.

Following his time, Ambassador Gordon Sondland was questioned by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA).

During Speier's questioning, she was interrupted by Conaway, who brought up The Post giving "Three Pinocchios."

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Conservative attorney dismantles GOP arguments against impeachment: ‘Trump’s abuse threatens your freedom’

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A conservative attorney knocked down Republican arguments against impeachment one by one in a viral tweet, and urged others to support the removal President Donald Trump.

Bryan Gividen, an appellate attorney from Dallas, touted his conservative bona fides by describing himself as a "pro-religious liberty, pro-life, would snort Cocaine Mitch’s judicial confirmations" if he could -- but still said he supports Trump's impeachment.

"At this point, there is no question that President Trump directed U.S. officials to withhold security funding to the Ukraine so Ukraine would investigate the Bidens," Gividen began. "That is the kind of abuse of the President’s authority we should not tolerate."

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Trump turns bizarre handwritten notes into all-caps Twitter rage spasm: ‘I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO!’

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday wrote down his impeachment inquiry talking points in sharpie marker.

While leaving the White House for a visit to Texas, Trump read his notes to reporters, but refused to take questions.

During the flight, Trump then tweeted out his notes to his 66.9 million Twitter followers.

https://twitter.com/samstein/status/1197200696044654593

....”I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO! TELL PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO DO THE RIGHT THING!” Later, Ambassador Sondland said that I told him, “Good, go tell the truth!” This Witch Hunt must end NOW. So bad for our Country!

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