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Leah Remini calls Scientology’s bluff: If I lied about anything, sue me

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In a interview on Larry King Now Thursday, reformed Scientologist Leah Remini challenged the church’s criticism of her reality show Scientology and the Aftermath, arguing if they want to call her and her fellow defectors liars, “they should sue.”

Asked about the Church of Scientology’s statement that Remini is a “bitter ex-Scientologst” and “spoiled entitled diva” lying about the church for attention and recognition, Remini told King she has nothing to say about its position.

“I don’t,” Remini said. “I think that says a lot about this organization. They should sue us, it’s as simple as that. If we’re lying—“

“And listen, they say this on every outlet that can,” she continued. “They have said this about every single person that’s spoke out, and not one lawsuit has been brought to anybody.”

Remini noted Scientologists are “not a group that is scared of a lawsuit.”

“They’re a litigious group—so if that were true, they would simply sue us and I welcome them to do that,” she said. “What I’m not going to stand for is an organization with this kind of money to continue to do things like that, and to bully people, and to harass people, to defraud people out of their lives their money but more importantly their families, and I’m just not going to sit around and watch it happen.

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Remini, who starred in the hit sitcom The Kind of Queens, left the church in 2013 after almost 30 years, citing the dogmatic rules and restrictions. “No one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to,” Remini said at the time.

In her highly rated A&E docuseries, Remini sought to bring to light the church’s “abusive practices,” including stripping members of money and separating them from their families.

The church calls Remini’s public grievances a “publicity stunt,” insisting Scientology and the Aftermath “ shows the extent Leah Remini is willing to go to in order to distort the truth about Scientology.”

To that, Remini invites the church to dispute her “lies” in the court of law.

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Trump had two goals in ramping up pressure on Iran — and he’s failing at both: CNN

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he doesn't want war with Iran, which would likely put him at odds with his more bellicose advisers like John Bolton.

That being said, the president clearly believes he can bully Iran into unconditional submission to whatever the United States demands. And Iran is having none of it, escalating its own acts of maritime aggression and proclaiming they have missile technology capable of striking U.S. aircraft carriers.

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Ukrainian-Russian developer with Trump Tower Moscow ties suing after getting bilked for $200,000 at inauguration

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It is illegal for foreigners to donate to presidential inaugurations, but a new lawsuit sheds light on how wealthy foreigners attempted to buy access to the Trump administration.

"A Ukrainian-Russian developer who wanted access to President Trump’s inauguration filed a lawsuit on Tuesday saying he was bilked out of the $200,000 he paid for what he thought would be V.I.P. tickets to the event," The New York Times reported Tuesday.

"The developer, Pavel Fuks, who once discussed a Moscow real estate project with Mr. Trump, said in the lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, that he had paid the money to a firm at the direction of Yuri Vanetik, a prominent Republican fund-raiser and sometime lobbyist," the newspaper explained. "But, the lawsuit said, Mr. Vanetik failed to come through with the promised tickets, and Mr. Fuks ended up watching the inauguration from a Washington hotel bar."

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Indicted Republican gets his passport back — so he can leave the country prior to his bribery trial

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Despite being indicted and waiting to stand trial, a North Carolina judge returned the passport of a top Republican and is allowing him to leave the country.

Former North Carolina GOP Chair Robin Hayes spent a decade in Congress and was once the Republican nominee for governor.

In April, Hayes was indicted on bribery and wire fraud charges.

Despite the seriousness of the charges, a federal judge will temporarily return Hayes' passport for him to travel abroad in July, WSCO-TV correspondent Joe Bruno reported on Tuesday.

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