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Erdogen claims Trump called to apologize after Turkish bodyguards brutally attacked protestors in DC

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff that President Donald Trump called to apologize following a brutal attack on American protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s resident in Washington, DC.

Following a May meeting with Trump, Erdoğan’s bodyguards were caught on tape attacking protesters.

A video analysis appears to show Erdogan ordered the attack.

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“Actually, President Trump called me about a week ago about this issue,” Erdoğan said, according to a PBS News translation.

“[Trump] said that he was sorry and he told he was going to follow up on the issue when we come to the United States within the framework of an official visit,” President Erdoğan

A dozen Turkish security and police officers have been charged with assault for the attack on protesters.

UPDATE — 8:39 p.m. EST:

The White House is denying the veracity of the statements made President Erdoğan of Turkey.

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Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah cited absence of inclusion in the White House “readout” of the call to deny the apology occurred, as reported by Mike Warren of the conservative Weekly Standard.

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There are 51 votes to approve calling witnesses in Trump impeachment trial: PBS

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After pieces of John Bolton's manuscript leaked to the press confirming President Donald Trump's bribery of Ukraine, Republicans have turned to support the witnesses they once opposed.

Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) both voted against witnesses and were leaning against them until Bolton's manuscript was leaked to the press after it was turned over to the White House for approval.

PBS News Hour reporter Lisa Desjardins tweeted Monday evening that the news tipped the scales and there were officially 51 votes to approve witnesses.

https://twitter.com/LisaDNews/status/1221951089647538177

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State Department retaliated against NPR by kicking reporter off Mike Pompeo’s plane: report

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The U.S. State Department appears to be retaliating against National Public Radio (NPR) after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suffered a caught-on-tape meltdown following an interview with NPR "All Things Considered" co-host Mary Louise Kelly.

According to PBS "Newshour" reporter Nick Schifrin, the State Department kicked NPR diplomatic correspondent Michele Kelemen off of Pompeo's jet.

"State Department removes NPR’s Michele Kelemen from Sec. Pompeo plane--where she was scheduled for a pool radio rotation--during upcoming trip to London, Kiev," Schifrin reported.

AFP State Department correspondent Shaun Tandon blasted the move on behalf of the State Department Correspondent's Association.

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Trump lawyers ripped for pushing ‘conspiracy theories written by Russia’ to distract from impeachment trial facts

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President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team was harshly criticized for pushing debunked conspiracy theories to distract from the facts.

Pam Bondi and Eric Herschmann pushed the conspiracy theory, which originated from Russian intelligence, on Monday.

The pair were harshly criticized for the distraction.

Here's some of what people were saying:

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