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Manafort’s lawyers refusing to answer Senate’s phone calls — even after indictment threat

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The Republican Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee voiced frustration to CNN that Paul Manafort’s attorney’s have been refusing to return calls.

CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju caught up with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

“Wouldn’t you think, since he’s been told he’s going to be indicted, that he wouldn’t come before the committee and if he did come before the committee, we wouldn’t get any information out of him?” Sen. Grassley asked the CNN reporter.

“We have made [attempts] for weeks trying to get phone calls returned from his lawyers and they haven’t returned the phone calls,” a frustrated Grassley reported.

Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and manager, has been plagued by difficulties in mounting his legal defense.

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Manafort has had multiple lawyer shakeups and Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed a former Manafort attorney.

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Black couple’s marriage proposal party interrupted multiple times by white security guards accusing them of theft

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According to a report at WHEC, a black couple who drove to a park where the man intended to propose were interrupted and harassed three times by security guards who accused them of stealing a T-shirt at a gift shop.

In a Facebook post, Cathy-Marie Hamlet explained that she and her fiancé, Clyde Jackson, were sitting at a table outside the Angry Orchard gift shop when a female security guard approached them and accused Jackson of stealing the shirt and asked to check his pockets.

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Mueller’s investigation did nothing to stop the next Russian attack: Cybersecurity expert

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The special counsel investigation of Russian election interference accomplished almost nothing to prevent further attacks on U.S. democracy, according to a cybersecurity expert.

Robert Mueller's investigation resulted in convictions for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates, along with former national security adviser Mike Flynn and others, but the former FBI director had little authority to hold Russian agents accountable for the crimes he uncovered, wrote cybersecurity analyst Robert Johnson for The Daily Beast.

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Want to meet with the Trump Administration? Donald Trump Jr.’s hunting buddy Tommy Hicks can help

Tommy Hicks Jr. isn’t in government, but he’s a longtime pal of the president’s son. That has put him in the room when the administration talks China and 5G policy, and it lets him help others — including one friend who had $143 million riding on the outcome.

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Over the past two years, the Trump administration has been grappling with how to handle the transition to the next generation of mobile broadband technology. With spending expected to run into hundreds of billions of dollars, the administration views it as an ultra-high-stakes competition between U.S. and Chinese companies, with enormous implications both for technology and for national security. Top officials from a raft of departments have been meeting to hash out the best approach.

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