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Bundy pals cheer acquittals and call for action to free other militants held in ‘concentration camp’

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The shocking acquittals of Ammon and Ryan Bundy, along with five other militants, in the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife preserve is already emboldening anti-government extremists.

Two of the Bundy militants’ loudest cheerleaders, Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore and blogger Gavin Seim, are already signaling that additional actions may be taken against the federal government.

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Fiore, who lost her re-election campaign in the Republican primary, told a reporter that the not-guilty verdicts were a message that Americans need to stand up to unlawful behavior by government employees.

She also posted a tweet suggesting other, similar actions might be coming, as she dedicated the acquittals to Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, who was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop when the Bundys and other militants were arrested.

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“May you rest in peace,” Fiore said. “Today was our first victory. Thank you Oregon.”

Seim, who livestreamed Fiore’s efforts to get the final holdouts to surrender at Malheur, compared the Malheur occupation to the earliest battles of the American Revolution.

“Before we break out the fatted cow, let’s think about something,” Seim said in a Facebook video. “We haven’t even won Lexington yet, so let’s not start pretending that we’ve won the war.”

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He suggested that “wicked” federal authorities who brought charges against the Bundy militants, who Seim said had “defended the Constitution,” should be held accountable somehow — and he called for anti-government action to secure the release of other “prisoners of war” jailed in “concentration camp” on various charges.

“Be joyful about (Thursday’s) verdict, not guilty, but use that to build the narrative,” Seim said. “Use that to get those ‘sunshine patriots’ out of the closet and turn them into real patriots.”

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Mulvaney held up missiles to Ukraine out of fear Russia would be angry: State Department official

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Among the many revelations in the transcript of Ukraine Special Adviser Catherine Croft's testimony to the House is the fact that acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, who also oversees the Office of Management and Budget, put a hold on a shipment of Javelin missiles to Ukraine not just as part of an apparent scheme to force Ukrainian officials to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, but also out of concern that Russia would be angry.

"In a briefing with Mr. Mulvaney, the question centered around the Russian reaction," said Croft in the transcript. When pressed, she added the fear was specifically "that Russia would react negatively to the provision of javelins to Ukraine."

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READ IT: Foreign service officer Christopher Anderson testimony to House Intelligence Committee on impeachment

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Foreign service officer Christopher Anderson served as the deputy to former U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker. When he spoke to the House Intelligence Committee, he revealed what he witnessed when President Donald Trump made the July 25 call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Anderson joined colleague Catherine Croft in testifying to the House and both of their testimonies were released Monday, just days ahead of the open hearings are scheduled to begin.

Anderson specifically revealed that Trump's anti-corruption defense was revealed to be false. You can read his testimony in the document embedded below:

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Trump’s anti-corruption defense blown away by State Department official in newly released testimony

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President Donald Trump's contention that his efforts to get dirt on the family of former Vice President Joe Biden were part of an anti-corruption focus was undermined by testimony that was released by Congress on Monday.

The testimony was released by Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-CA), the chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), the acting chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform.

“Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, both advisors to Ambassador Kurt Volker on Ukraine policy, testified before the Committees about concerns they had with efforts to press Ukraine into announcing specific investigations which would help President Trump politically," the three chairpeople said in a joint statement. "Ms. Croft also testified that Ukrainian officials approached her quietly about the hold on security assistance in the July or August timeframe, before the hold had been made public.”

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