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REVEALED: Trump gave classified info to Dem House intel staff as aides looked on in horror

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In a new Los Angeles Times report, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) discussed his first time meeting Donald Trump as president and their bizarre Oval Office encounter that included Trump sharing classified information.

In late March, Schiff, who is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, came to the White House at the president’s behest to “view classified documents that Trump said would help prove his claim that President Obama had ordered wiretaps at Trump Tower”.

According to the Times, the documents Trump intended to show Schiff were the same he showed Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) two weeks prior in yet another bizarre White House meeting. It was all above-board — until Schiff’s staff director, who is well-known for attending all of the representative’s meetings, was initially barred from entering White House grounds.

After Schiff’s staff director, Michael Bahar, was eventually let onto the grounds, Schiff received another piece of strange news: that the president wished to speak with him in the Oval Office.

“The president got up from behind his desk and shook hands and said ‘hello’. He was very personable and said I did a good job,” Schiff told the Times. “He said, ‘Are you getting everything you need?’ and I said, ‘Well, no, actually I’m not.’”

After telling Trump about his staff director’s barring from the meeting, Trump reportedly said he “didn’t have any problem with the entire committee seeing the records” — a comment that drew audible groans from Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff, and other aides at the meeting.

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Trump eventually consulted with his team about their displeasure, but “ultimately allowed all of the intelligence committee staff directors to view the material”. But when Schiff headed to the National Security Council to view the documents with his staff director, Bahar was once again barred.

“I said, ‘Well, you really want to turn me away? You’re the ones who invited me. You’re the ones who advertised that I was coming here,’” Schiff told the Times. “He characterized it as an objection from the intelligence agencies, which I knew was not the case. I said, ‘Call the agencies.’”

According to the report, Schiff and Bahar were allowed to view the documents “a short time later”, but the California Congressman has declined to share what he saw in those documents.

Read the entire report on Schiff’s bizarre White House meeting via the Times.

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Lock him up? Democrats are pushing prosecution for Trump — but those calls alarm some law enforcement vets

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President Donald Trump -- whose rallies are still punctuated with "lock her up" chants" -- may face turnabout from his Democratic rivals.

Some Democratic candidates are openly threatening Trump with prosecution once he's out of office, and those taunts are alarming to some law enforcement veterans, reported Politico.

“Presidents aren’t supposed to suggest there be investigations or prosecutions of particular people, let alone their political rivals,” said Matt Axelrod, a former Justice Department senior official under Obama. “President Trump has flagrantly and repeatedly violated that norm, but that doesn’t mean the norm has been obliterated.”

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WATCH: Alabama GOP official berates reporter about Sodom and Gomorrah after she questions his anti-LGBT rant

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Republican Mobile County Treasurer Phil Benson defiantly told a reporter from a local news station to read the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah when she came to ask him about his recent anti-LGBT rant that he posted on Facebook.

The controversy surrounding Benson started when he reacted angrily to a story about a bakery getting sued for refusing to serve an LGBT wedding.

"Freaking queers have gotten too much sympathy," Benson wrote on Facebook in response to the story.

Local news station NBC 15 sent out reporter Andrea Ramey to question him about his remarks, and he tried to insist that she read Chapter 19 of Genesis, which details the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah over their tolerance of homosexuality.

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Charitable giving drops after GOP tax ‘cut’: report

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On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that charitable giving dropped 1.7 percent last year, adjusted for inflation, even as the economy surged.

The likely culprit? The GOP tax law, according to a report from Giving USA.

Although corporate donations rose 2.9 percent and foundation gifts rose 4.7 percent in the previous year, charitable donations from individuals — which is where the bulk of actual charity takes place — dropped 3.4 percent, the first time this has happened since the financial crisis.

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