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Top European lawmaker: ‘Russians, Americans and Turks’ trying to destroy the EU

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A top European lawmaker warned Tuesday that a “ring of autocrats” was trying to wreck the EU, citing the presidents of Russia and Turkey and their future counterpart Donald Trump.

“It seems to me more and more we are surrounded by autocrats. Putin, Erdogan and then, the first appointments of Mr Trump, worries me also a lot,” said Guy Verhofstadt, who is the European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator.

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The former Belgian premier added: “What I see today is now Russians and Americans and Turks… working together more and less on European soil to destroy the European model.”

Verhofstadt accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of “openly financing” populist and eurosceptic parties and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of targeting Turkish opposition members in Europe.

He went on to compare them to the US president-elect, singling out plans by Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon to open new bureaus of his rightwing Breitbart News website in France and Germany “to influence elections”.

Verhofstadt, who leads the Liberal group in the European Parliament, said the three leaders had a “common point of view that they want to bash and … even destroy our way of thinking, our values.”

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“We have to fight back, this is a crucial moment in the history of the EU,” said Verhofstadt.

“We have the Brexit negotiation, we have this ring of autocrats around the EU instead of the ring of friends. It is the moment to build a real political Union, a strong one, an effective one.”

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Here’s why Rudy Giuliani can not legitimately claim to be Donald Trump’s lawyer

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani bills himself as President Donald Trump's attorney. But one former prosecutor explained why that is not an accurate description during a Monday appearance on MSNBC.

"Meet the Press Daily" anchor Katy Tur interviewed former Southern District of New York Assistant U.S. Attorney Mimi Rocah, who is a distinguished fellow in criminal justice at Pace Law School.

"So this news that the SDNY is looking into what Rudy Giuliani was doing overseas in Ukraine, explain what they’re doing. Also, very weird since Giuliani used to run the office," Tur noted.

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Rudy Giuliani’s bank records part of investigation by federal prosecutors: report

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On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani is having his banking records scrutinized as part of the federal criminal investigation into his dealings in the Ukraine.

The report says that prosecutors are also looking into his work for a city mayor in the country.

Giuliani has been a central figure in Trump's apparent scheme to extort the Ukrainian president into helping him dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, holding military aid appropriated by Congress hostage until the country investigates "corruption."

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Police officer sues Ava Duvernay for depiction of interrogation technique used on the Central Park Five

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On Monday, TMZ reported that former police officer John Reid is suing director Ava Duvernay over her depiction of the "Reid Technique" used against the young, Black suspects known as the Central Park Five in the Netflix film "When They See Us."

Reid is claiming defamation, insisting that the film's depiction of his methods are wrong.

"You squeezed statements out of them after 42 hours of questioning and coercing, without food, bathroom breaks, withholding parental supervision," said a prosecution staffer to a detective in the movie. "The Reid Technique has been universally rejected. That's truth to you."

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