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Trump’s longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller a new target in Russia investigation

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Lawmakers want to question Keith Schiller, longtime bodyguard to President Donald Trump and now a White House aide, as part of their investigation into campaign ties to Russia.

Schiller, the former head of security for Trump Organization and now White House director of Oval Office operations, has been named on the witness list with other associates of the president as part of the House Intelligence Committee investigation, reported ABC News.

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The committee’s interest in Schiller and other Trump campaign officials signals a new direction in the Russia probe, the network reported.

He joins other members of Trump’s inner circle — Roger Stone Jr., Mike Flynn, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort — on the list of campaign associates that lawmakers would like to question as part of their investigation into Russian efforts to interfere with the presidential election.

The former New York City police officer has worked nearly 20 years for Trump and is one of his closest advisers.

Schiller hand-delivered the letter to the FBI from Trump terminating James Comey as director of the law enforcement agency, a decision that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating as potential obstruction of justice.


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Nobel economist says he’s done the math — and the risk Trump and McConnell pose to the economy is ‘terrifying’

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Very much a student of New Deal economics, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has often stressed that helping the unemployed during an economic downturn not only helps those who are out of work — it also benefits the economy on the whole. Krugman made that point many times during the Great Recession, and in a column published this week, the liberal economist warns that the “coronavirus recession of 2020” will become even worse if unemployed Americans don’t receive the help that they need.

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‘Friday Night Massacre’ at US Postal Service as Postmaster General—a major Trump donor—ousts top officials

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Government watchdogs, Democratic lawmakers, and pro-democracy advocates declared it a "Friday Night Massacre" for the U.S. Postal Service after news broke in a classic end-of-the-week dump that Louis DeJoy—a major GOP donor to President Donald Trump and the recently appointed Postmaster General—had issued a sweeping overhaul of the agency, including the ouster of top executives from key posts and the reshuffling of more than two dozen other officials and operational managers.

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‘Gullible’ Trump administration paid up to $500 million too much for these ventilators: investigators

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Citing “evidence of fraud, waste, and abuse,” a congressional subcommittee investigating the federal government’s purchase of $646.7 million worth of Philips ventilators has asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General to launch its own investigation of the deal.

The House subcommittee launched its review after ProPublica stories in March and April showed how a U.S. subsidiary of Royal Philips N.V. received millions in federal tax dollars years ago to develop a low-cost ventilator for pandemics but didn’t deliver it. Instead, as the coronavirus began spreading around the globe and U.S. hospitals were desperate for more, Philips was selling commercial versions of the government-funded ventilator overseas from its Pennsylvania factory. Then in April, despite having not fulfilled the initial contract, the Dutch company struck a much more lucrative deal to sell the government 43,000 ventilators for four times the price.

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