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Natalia Veselnitskaya ‘pierced’ Trump’s inner circle by bringing Russian spy to Trump Towers meeting

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There were three major bombshells revealed Friday about the Trump Tower meeting between the top echelons of the Donald Trump campaign and alleged Kremlin intermediaries.

On June 9, 2016, Donald Trump Jr., the President’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort met with Kremlin-linked attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.

We’ve now learned what was exchanged in the meeting, more about the attendees, and who helped finance the lobbying effort.

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“Veselnitskaya brought with her a plastic folder with printed-out documents that detailed what she believed was the flow of illicit funds to the Democrats,” the Associated Press reported.

The exchange of this opposition research dossier on the Democratic National Committee could play a key role in the investigation, according to one election law expert.

Professor Richard Hasen teaches law and political science at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law and was very focused on the exchange of the plastic folder of documents.

“If this is true, it looks like now the RECEIPT of an in-kind contribution,” Professor Hasen wrote (emphasis in original).

Professor Hasen the linked to 52 U.S. Code § 30121, the federal statue that makes it illegal to solicit “anything of value” from a foreign citizen.

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The second major revelation so far on Friday was the Associated Press confirming that Rinat Akhmetshin attended the June 9th meeting inside Trump Tower.

“The Russian-American lobbyist who attended a meeting at Trump Tower last year is a former military officer who has attracted congressional scrutiny over his political activities and has been shadowed by allegations of connections to Russian intelligence,” the AP reported. “Rinat Akhmetshin, who denies these allegations, confirmed his participation in the June 2016 meeting to The Associated Press on Friday.”

“Akhmetshin denied suggestions made in media reports, congressional letters and litigation that he is a former officer in Russia’s military intelligence service known as the GRU, dismissing the allegations as a ‘smear campaign,'” the AP noted. “Akhmetshin said he has not been contacted by the special counsel’s office or the FBI about the meeting with Trump Jr. He said he’s willing to talk with the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose chairman has pressed the Justice Department about why Akhmetshin has not registered as a foreign agent.”

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The third major revelation was by The Hill, which followed the money.

“The Russian lobbying effort that pierced President Donald Trump’s inner circle and touched Democratic and Republican lawmakers was directly connected to three Moscow businessmen, according to lobbying registration records and interviews,” Jonathan Easley and John Solomon reported for The Hill.

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“Akhmetshin and [his lobbying partner Robert Arakelian] filed a series of lobbying disclosure reports in 2016 and 2017 detailing their work for a group called The Human Rights Accountability Global Initiative Foundation,” The Hill reported. “The reports indicated at least $50,000 was spent on the group’s lobbying effort and that three Russian businessmen — Denis Katsyv, Mikhail Ponomarev and Albert Nasibulin of Moscow — had a direct interest in the outcome of the lobbying results.”


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Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.

His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.

Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:

Winners

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice,  and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.

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After bombing in #DemDebate internet changes Mike Bloomberg’s ‘death’ date on Wikipedia

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Someone online changed former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's information on Wikipedia during the Wednesday debate to say that he died on Feb. 19.

After being ripped to shreds during the MSNBC Democratic debate, it became clear that Bloomberg wasn't quite as prepared as the other Democratic candidates.

The Wikipedia article was also changed to indicate that his cause of death was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

https://twitter.com/joshrobin/status/1230333066280886273

Bloomberg had several unfortunate moments, namely his refusal to release female accusers from nondisclosure agreements, he came out in favor of fracking, he blamed India for China's involvement in climate change, and many many more things.

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Internet slams ‘cringe-worthy elitist’ Mike Bloomberg for saying he’s too rich to use TurboTax

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At the Democratic presidential debate in Nevada, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg stumbled after being asked when he will release his tax returns, when he suggested that he "can't go to TurboTax" because he's too wealthy.

Moderator: "You've said you'll release your tax returns, but why do Democrats have to wait?"

Bloomberg: "We do business around the world. The document will be thousands of pages. I can't go to TurboTax."

😂😂😂#DemDebate

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