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REVEALED: Former Trump campaign manager now lobbies for Russian-backed oil company Citgo

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Former CNN contributor Corey Lewandowski’s firm offered to lobby for a Venezuelan-backed oil company Citgo—which has ties to the Russian government—amid increased tension between the United States, Russia and the South American country, Politico reports.

Lewandowski’s firm, “Avenue Strategies,” confirmed it accepted a $25,000 lobbying agreement with Citgo, which is reportedly under talks to be taken over by the Russian government-owned oil company Rosneft.

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The oil giant also gave Trump’s inauguration $500,000.

Sources told Politico that Lewandoski’s company “was brought on by Citgo to help provide access to the Trump administration.”

Lewandowki reportedly included access to Trump in his pith to clients interested in “Avenue.”


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House Dems subpoena top Pompeo aides in probe of fired inspector general

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House Democrats have hit four top aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with subpoenas in their investigation over the firing of former State Department Inspector General Steve Linick.

Politico's Kyle Cheney reports that Democrats have sent subpoenas to Brian Bulatao, Under Secretary of State for Management; Marik String, Acting State Department Legal Adviser; Michael Miller, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs; and Toni A. Porter, Senior Adviser.

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‘Disaster and disgrace’: Regretful Trump voter disgusted by his handling of COVID-19 and race relations

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White House suddenly orders ‘mandatory’ COVID-19 testing for presidential staff

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White House employees will now be subject to mandatory testing for COVID-19, an official said on Monday.

In a statement to CNN's Jim Acosta, the unnamed White House official said that staffers working near President Donald Trump would be forced to undergo randomized testing.

"As part of our ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of the entire White House Complex, randomized testing of Executive Office of the President staff, which has been ongoing for several months, will become mandatory rather than voluntary," the official said.

White House employees reportedly received an email Monday morning with a stern warning.

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