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Trump’s security advisor Mike Flynn may have lied to VP Mike Pence about Russian talks: report

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National security advisor Michael Flynn may have lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with a Russian diplomat before the inauguration.

In a Jan. 15 appearance on the CBS News program “Face the Nation,” Pence denied that Flynn had discussed sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak — but Politico reported that the retired general may have misled him about those phone conversations with the diplomat.

A Trump administration official told the website that Pence based his public remarks on private conversations with Flynn, whose ties to the Kremlin have been the subject of numerous news reports.

If Flynn is allowed to mislead the vice president on a matter of importance, one Pence advisor told Politico, that would send a clear signal about his standing in a fractious White House.

Flynn may have violated federal law by discussing government business as a private citizen, which he was at the time, with a foreign nation.

The national security advisor at first denied the reports but then admitted that he could not be certain that the topic of sanctions never came up.

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Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, also flatly denied on Jan. 13 reports that Flynn had discussed sanctions with the Russian diplomat.

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BUSTED: Trump super PAC accused of lying to government about the source of mysterious $325,000 donation

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According to a report from the Daily Beast's "Pay Dirt" investigative unit, a Super PAC affiliated with President Donald Trump has some explaining to do about a $375,000 donation that was wrongly attributed to one company -- but wire transfers tell a completely different story.

As the Beast notes, "The super PAC America First Action reported receiving a $325,000 contribution last year from a company called Global Energy Producers. But records released in federal court this week indicate that contribution came from an entirely different company," adding that the discrepancy was pointed out by the  Campaign Legal Center which labeled it a violation of federal campaign-finance laws.

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Senate delivers stinging bipartisan rebuke to Trump — and blocks Saudi arms sales

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The Trump White House suffered a stinging defeat on Thursday when a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers voted to block sales of American arms to Saudi Arabia.

The vote in favor of blocking the arms sales received affirmative votes from all Senate Democrats, as well as votes from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Todd Young (R-IN).

Graham, who is usually one of President Donald Trump's staunchest allies, said he voted for the bill because he believed the United States could not ignore the behavior of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, as well as the Saudi government's killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Panicked GOP leaders scrambling to get Jeff Sessions to run for Senate so they won’t be saddled with Roy Moore

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According to a 2020 election analysis in the Washington Post, top Republican Senate leaders are cringing at the notion that former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore could be their nominee for the seat currently being held by Democrat Sen. Doug Jones -- and are looking for a way out.

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