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Probe of gun sales through Chicago water department reveals trove of racist emails: report

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While investigating alleged misuse of government emails by officials to sell firearms, Chicago’s inspector general found something else entirely — a trove of emails by employees of the city’s water department that contained racist and sexist language.

According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, Inspector General Joe Ferguson discovered the emails while investigating Paul Hansen, a water management superintendent who allegedly used his city email to sell guns. The emails themselves were not sent by Hansen, but their discovery did lead to Mayor Rahm Emmanuel firing Water Management Commissioner Barrett Murphy and the resignations of two other ranking water department officials embroiled in the scandal.

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“We were made aware from an IG report on one particular employee. But in that process, it exposed a culture in the Water Department and in the workplace that, in my view, does not represent what the city’s values are,” Mayor Emmanuel said in a statement to the Sun-Times. “Barrett agreed that there should be a re-set button hit as it related to the culture.”

The Sun-Times reported that Barrett himself did not send the emails, but was the recipient of emails sent by an employee who worked under him, and his failure to discipline that person resulted in his firing.

While the emails discovered in the gun sales investigation resulted in a department shake-up, they reportedly weren’t the first of their kind in Chicago’s water department.

According to sources who spoke to the Sun-Times, there had been emails circulated within the department “include racist references to now-former President Barack Obama, perverse comments about women and gay people and someone distributing an image of an African-American deputy commissioner in charge of water distribution that depicted him with a gorilla face.”

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US embassy warned Ukrainians to ‘stay out’ of American politics : David Holmes testimony

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The House Intelligence Committee on Monday released explosive testimony from diplomat David Holmes.

Holmes, the political counselor at the embassy, testified about the "meddling" by Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

"I guess I would say that Giuliani was sort of meddling in Ukrainian affairs by asking them to open an investigation that would—could be perceived as meddling in U.S. politics," Holmes testified.

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Mike Pompeo called Sean Hannity and demanded he back up his allegations against Ukraine ambassador: report

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On Monday, the transcript of the testimony from foreign service officer David Hale was released to the public. And one of the most startling moments from the transcript was a claim that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called up Fox News host Sean Hannity and demanded he back up the claims he was making against former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch:

Reading through the David Hale testimony now, as one does when this is now their life, and apparently Sec. Pompeo called Sean Hannity and told him to produce evidence of the stuff he was saying about Amb. Marie Yovanovitch pic.twitter.com/d34iZrxBtG

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READ IT: Witness David Holmes closed-door interview with by House impeachment inquiry members

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Foreign service officer David Holmes spoke to the House Intelligence Committee last week, revealing his direct knowledge of the call between President Donald Trump and E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

“Mr. Holmes, a nonpartisan career Foreign Service officer, testified that he was present when Ambassador Gordon Sondland spoke directly with President Trump on July 26—the day after President Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Zelensky," the committee said in a release.

“Mr. Holmes overheard President Trump asking Ambassador Sondland whether President Zelensky committed to ‘do the investigation’ into the Bidens and the 2016 election, which Trump pressed Zelensky for in his call the previous day," the release continued. "Sondland responded to President Trump stating, ‘Oh yeah, he’s going to do it’ and added that President Zelensky will ‘do anything you ask him to.’ Following the conversation between President Trump and Ambassador Sondland, Mr. Holmes asked Sondland whether it was true that President Trump ‘did not give a [expletive] about Ukraine,’ to which Sondland agreed that Trump did not, and that he only cared about the ‘big stuff’ like ‘this Biden investigation that Giuliani is pushing.’"

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