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Trump Administration trying to ‘weaken’ and ‘dilute’ bipartisan Russian sanctions: report

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The US Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to tighten sanctions on Russia and prevent President Donald Trump from being able to unilaterally ease sanctions absent congressional approval.

Yet a short time after the 97 – 2 vote for the legislation, there was already word that the Trump administration was seeking to weaken the bill.

“I know that some people in the White House are pushing back,” Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) told Business Insider. “People in the White House, we hear, are making calls in the House to try to stop it, slow it, weaken it, dilute it.”

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Today’s vote was the most significant blow the Republican President has received from the Republican Congress.

The bill was opposed by Trump’s State Department.

“I would urge Congress to ensure any legislation allows the President to have the flexibility to adjust sanctions to meet the needs of what is always an evolving diplomatic situation,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told lawmakers. “Essentially, we would ask for the flexibility to turn the heat up when we need to, but also to ensure that we have the ability to maintain a constructive dialogue.”

Earlier this month, former U.S. officials told the Daily Beast the Trump White House, “attempted to argue the sanctions against the Russian oil industry harm the U.S. economy, but State Department officials were able to successfully argue the opposite is true.”

President Trump is reportedly under investigation for Obstruction of Justice after firing FBI Director James Comey for investigating potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

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Trump wants to add Alan Dershowitz to his impeachment legal team: report

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According to a report from ABC, Donald Trump wants to add controversial lawyer Alan Dershowitz to his impeachment legal team.

The reports states the president and his advisers are looking for help as he faces an impeachment trial in the Senate and the president wants the former law professor on his team.

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REVEALED: DOJ’s Horowitz is still investigating apparent FBI leaks to Trump campaign days before 2016 election

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The Department of Justice inspector general told the Senate Wednesday that his office is still investigating apparent leaks from the FBI’s New York field office about the Hillary Clinton email investigation to Rudy Giuliani.

Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt., asked DOJ IG Michael Horowitz about the investigation during Horowitz's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"Rudy Giuliani and others appeared to receive highly sensitive leaks from the New York FBI field office, leaks that likely contributed to Director Comey's public announcement he was reopening the Clinton investigation days before the election," Leahy said. "What can you tell us about the New York field office's leaks to Rudolph Giuliani and others?"

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Russia paid Giuliani associate $1 million in September: prosecutors

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Lev Parnas, the associate of Rudy Giuliani who has been indicted as part of an alleged campaign finance scheme, misled the government in his bail proceedings and hid the fact that he recently received $1 million from a Russian bank, prosecutors said Wednesday in a new court filing.

The prosecutors asked that Parnas have his bail revoked and that he enter the government's custody, arguing that he poses a serious flight risk.

In addition to omitting the money he allegedly received from Russia, prosecutors said Parnas failed to reveal either the full payment amount he recently received from a law firm or the money he had in an escrow account, tied to a $4.5 million property he intended on buying.

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