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John Boehner ‘shocked’ by report Israel spied on Iran nuclear talks

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The top Republican in Congress said Tuesday he was “shocked” by a report that Israel spied on Iranian nuclear talks but insisted he did not know whether information was shared with US lawmakers.

The Wall Street Journal reported late Monday that in addition to Israelis spying on the highly-sensitive negotiations between Tehran and world powers, details were back-channeled to US legislators in an effort to sabotage the deal intended to limit Iran’s nuclear program.

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“Frankly I was a bit shocked, because, there was no information revealed to me whatsoever,” said House Speaker John Boehner, who will visit Israel in coming weeks following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election victory.

On the apparent leaking of details to unnamed members of Congress, Boehner said,”I’m not aware of that at all.”

Many Republicans are opposed to any accord that would not outright eliminate Iran’s entire nuclear program, rather than merely freeze or contain it.

Israel’s outgoing Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman dismissed the Journal report as untrue, adding that “we do not spy on the United States.”

Boehner avoided commenting on the appropriateness of Israelis potentially transferring sensitive negotiation data to members of Congress, saying only that he was “not sure what the information was — but I’m baffled by it.”

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Boehner infuriated Democrats earlier this year when he arranged for Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress on the nuclear negotiations, without consulting with the White House.

Several Democratic lawmakers boycotted the speech, in which Netanyahu warned of the perils of agreeing to an imperfect deal with Iran, and President Barack Obama declined to meet with the Israeli leader during his Washington visit.

Boehner travels to Israel during the congressional Easter recess, which begins late this week, although his office did not provide specific dates.

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He is expected to lead a Republican congressional delegation to Israel and meet with Netanyahu.

A spokesman said Boehner “looks forward to visiting the country, discussing our shared priorities for peace and security in the region, and further strengthening the bond between the United States and Israel.”

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Internet mocks Trump for stealing Star Trek Starfleet logo for his Space Force

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President Donald Trump announced the logo for his new Space Force, and folks online indicated it looked surprisingly similar to the Star Trek logos for the command ships.

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As a new show begins about the life of retired Admiral Jean-Luc Picard, Trekkies worldwide have connected to celebrate the on-going stories of the various command ships in the Starfleet.

Perhaps that is the reason folks took to the internet to mock the president for his team having no other creative ideas for their own logos.

However, as one former Air Force Lieutenant pointed out, the logo is similar to the one he wore back in 2005. He noted that it wasn't so much that Trump stole the logo, rather the Air Force stole it decades ago.

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Prosecutors didn’t believe Lev Parnas claim he wasn’t operating on behalf of Ukraine: CNN

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Buried in a piece about the recent revelations that President Donald Trump was recorded demanding someone "take out" former Ukraine Ambassador Yovanovitch, CNN revealed prosecutors don't believe Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.

"In November, federal prosecutors questioned [Joseph] Bondy about whether his client had been operating on behalf of Ukrainians at the dinner with Trump when Parnas said the ambassador was bad-mouthing the President, according to people familiar with the matter," reported CNN. "On behalf of his client, Bondy rebutted that suggestion, but prosecutors told him they didn't believe Parnas. Bondy declined to comment on any conversations with prosecutors."

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Trump lawyers ‘opened the door’ for him to testify — here are the questions George Conway would ask

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Prominent Republican attorney George Conway took to the pages of The Washington Post to lay out the case for why President Donald Trump should testify in his impeachment trial.

"There is an important missing witness in the impeachment of President Trump, and his last name, for all the fulminations of the president’s defenders, isn’t Biden. No, that witness is Trump himself — and the best case for calling him has been established by an argument advanced by the president’s own lawyers," Conway wrote.

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