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US denies visas to gay Russians fleeing torture and murder in Chechnya: report

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Amid the worldwide LGBT outcry against Chechnya’s barbaric persecution of queer people, reports reveal that gay Russians fleeing the country have applied for and been denied American visas. Chechnya is a semi-autonomous region of Russia, meaning it falls under the jurisdiction of Russian authorities.

According to a BuzzFeed News report, a group of around 40 gay men are hiding elsewhere in Russia to escape the country’s homophobic persecution, and have had difficulty acquiring visas to leave the country.

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Svetlana Zakharova, a representative for the group Russia LGBT Network, told BuzzFeed “negotiations have been difficult” with countries that could provide safe haven for these queer refugees. She went on to say that “the US is not going to issue visas for people from Chechnya.”

In April, the world was shocked at the revelation of “concentration camps” for LGBT people in Chechnya. Since that news broke, BuzzFeed reports that two queer people fleeing abduction, torture, and murder in Chechnya have secured visas in the European Union or the United States.

Due to confidentiality concerns, the State Department would not comment on allegations that they denied LGBT Chechen visas.

Russian president Vladimir Putin agreed to investigate crimes against LGBT Chechens, but Haaretz reported soon after it was opened that the probe had already been terminated.

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Adam Schiff calls out Trump lawyers for making two opposite and competing arguments about impeachment witnesses

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) nailed the White House using two conflicting excuses to try and block the president from any accountability.

During the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, the GOP argument was that the Democrats should have gone to court to get the witnesses they wanted. But when Democrats went to court, in the case of White House counsel Don McGahn, the White House argued they didn't have standing.

Schiff said that the GOP argument is that "the House should have taken the year or two years that it would have taken to force John Bolton to testify. They should have forced him to testify. I want you to hear what Donald Trump's lawyers in the Justice Department are saying not in the Senate, but before the court of appeals, on this subject."

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Sekulow cons Senate: John Bolton’s ‘unsourced’ firsthand account of Ukraine scandal is ‘inadmissible’

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An attorney for President Donald Trump argued on Tuesday that an unpublished portion of former National Security Adviser John Bolton's new book can not be considered in the president's impeachment trial.

“You cannot impeach a president on an unsourced allegation,” attorney Jay Sekulow told senators, referring to published accounts of Bolton's book.

"I don't know what you'd call that. I'd call it inadmissible, but that's what it is," he added.

Bolton's book reportedly makes the case that Trump sought a quid pro quo from Ukraine in order to get help with the 2020 U.S. election.

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‘Our country is counting on you’: Daughter of Republican Nixon prosecutor calls out GOP

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Former Rep. Tom Railsback (R-IL) was the House member who brought together Republicans and Democrats for the "fragile bipartisan coalition" who intended to impeach former President Richard Nixon.

Just eight days ago, Railsback passed away, and while his daughter Kathryn works through her grief, she authored an editorial in the Washington Post calling on Republicans to listen to their better angels.

"As a young Republican representative from Illinois, Dad took his responsibilities as a legislator and a lawyer seriously. He believed in fairness and in upholding the rule of law," she remembered.

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