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Trump officials met with lawyer known as ‘a tool of the Russian government’ during 2016 campaign

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Senior White House adviser — and son-in-law to President Donald Trump — Jared Kushner and then-Trump 2016 campaign manager Paul Manafort met with a lawyer with close ties to the Kremlin shortly after Trump secured the Republican nomination, says a bombshell report in Saturday’s New York Times.

Matt Apuzzo, Jo Becker and Adam Goldman of the Times reported that Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya had a previously undisclosed meeting at Trump Tower with campaign officials on June 9, 2016 — a meeting that neither Kushner nor Manafort reported to the federal government as required by law.

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President Trump and his advisers have long maintained that there is no evidence that the campaign colluded with Russian officials to meddle with the outcome of the 2016 election.

However, the Times said, “(T)his episode at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, is the first confirmed private meeting between a Russian national and members of Mr. Trump’s inner circle during the campaign. It is also the first time that his son Donald J. Trump Jr. is known to have been involved in such a meeting.”

When the Times spoke with representatives of Pres. Trump and Kushner, they admitted that the meeting took place as described. Trump Jr. issued a statement saying that the meeting was about an adoption program.

Veselnitskaya, the Times said, has been running a “multi-pronged attack” against a U.S. law known as the Magnitsky Act, which blacklists suspected Russian human rights abusers. Russian President Vladimir Putin was so enraged by the law that he retaliated by halting American adoptions of Russian children.

She is married to a former Kremlin official and her legal clients include Russian state-owned companies as well as the son of a senior government official whose company was under investigation by the U.S. government at the time of the Trump Tower meeting.

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In addition to challenging the Magnitsky Act in court, she was active in the production of a propaganda film called “The Magnitsy Act — Behind the Scenes” which made false attacks on the legacy of the Russian dissident the act is named for, Sergei L. Magnitsky, who died under mysterious circumstances in a Russian prison in 2009.

Research, said the Times, shows Veselnitskaya to be a “formidable operator with a history of pushing the Kremlin’s agenda.”

“She’s not just some private lawyer,” said longtime Veselnitskaya legal adversary William F. Browder — who is maligned as one of the villains in the Magnitsky smear film. “She is a tool of the Russian government.”

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Kushner and Manafort ultimately admitted to the meeting, filing notification with the FBI long after their initial applications for security clearances. Donald Trump Jr. is not a government employee and was not obligated to disclose his meetings with foreign nationals and envoys of other governments.

Manafort has also registered after the fact to being a foreign agent on U.S. soil after information came to light about the millions of dollars he was paid as a consultant to the pro-Putin, anti-sovereignty party in Ukraine, a regime that ended in disgrace with its leader in exile.

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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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