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NEXT: Trump lawyer Michael Cohen becomes target in congressional probe of Russia ties

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President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen has become a target in the widening probe of Russian efforts to interfere with the U.S. presidential election.

Cohen confirmed that he has been asked by House and Senate investigators to “provide information and testimony” about any contacts he had during the campaign with Russian government officials, reported ABC News.

The attorney told ABC News that he had turned down the invitation, however.

“I declined the invitation to participate, as the request was poorly phrased, overly broad and not capable of being answered,” Cohen said.

The Senate Select Intelligence Committee reacted to Cohen’s decision by voting unanimously to grant the chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and ranking Democratic Sen. Mark Warner (VA) blanket authority to issue subpoenas to obtain his testimony.

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Cohen’s name turned up in an infamous 35-page dossier compiled by a former British spy on possible blackmail of Trump by Russian intelligence.

The unconfirmed memo claims Cohen met secretly with Kremlin officials in Prague during August to “clean up the mess” over former campaign chair Paul Manafort’s ties to the pro-Russia regime in Ukraine.

Cohen then allegedly helped arrange plans to pay off hackers and others involved in the operation and quickly move them underground in case Hillary Clinton won, according to the document.

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The attorney has denied the claims made in the dossier and said he was in California at the time with his son.

Cohen left the Trump Organization after the campaign to become the president’s personal attorney, and he was also named deputy national finance chairman of the Republican National Committee — which gives him influence over how money will be given out to GOP candidates.


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DOJ policy blocking Trump from being indicted ‘factored into’ the end of the Stormy Daniels case: report

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Federal prosecutors decided to close the investigation into the 2016 criminal hush money payment to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal that benefitted the Trump campaign because, in part, of the policy that prevents the indictment of a sitting president, according to a new report from USA Today citing an anonymous source.

Michael Cohen has already pleaded guilty to the violation of campaign finance law. He said that he carried out the effort in coordination with and at the direction of then-candidate Donald Trump in order to increase his chances of victory in the 2016 presidential election.

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Trump’s Pentagon spokeswoman forced staff to run errands — and even help her adopt a foster child: report

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On Thursday, the Department of Defense Inspector General released a scathing report on ex-Pentagon spokesperson Dana White, the result of an investigation that began last year following ethics complaints from her staff.

The IG concluded that White used federal staffers to help her run personal errands both during and outside of work hours. Officials were forced to book her personal travel, deliver lunch and snacks to her office, act as her chauffeur, handle her dry cleaning, and book a makeup artist to come to her house.

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Things are not looking good for Republican Senator Susan Collins’ reelection

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Things are not looking good for Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who is up for reelection in 2020.

Collins has made a series of votes that are far more conservative than the people in her home state. Collins is one of very few Republicans willing to say that she is pro-choice. Planned Parenthood eve awarded her with an ally award.

When she met with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, however, she said that he believed Roe v. Wade was the law of the land, making her believe that he would never act to undermine it. Then Kavanaugh ruled to allow such strict abortion laws in Louisiana that it would leave just one clinic left for the entire state.

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