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Former CIA director James Woolsey — a key witness against Flynn — had dinner with Trump at Mar-A-Lago

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A key witness in the special counsel probe ate dinner with President Donald Trump over the weekend at Mar-A-Lago.

James Woolsey, the former CIA director and board member at Mike Flynn’s lobbying firm, took part in a “lengthy conversation” Saturday with the president, reported Business Insider.

The conversation was revealed by a tipster to Politico Playbook.

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Woolsey, who was the guest of Newsmax chairman Chris Ruddy, spoke with Trump at the main dinner table, where the president and first lady Melania Trump dined with Marvel Entertainment Chairman Ike Perlmutter and his wife Laurie.

Seated nearby were Eric and Lara Trump, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and his wife Hilary, Howard and Michele Kessler, Kimberly Reed, Lee and Erika Lipton, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, Bret and Amy Baier, and Robin and Richard Bernstein.

Woolsey was present at a Sept. 19, 2016, meeting where Flynn and Turkish government officials discussed forcibly removing Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen from the U.S. — a plot that has fallen under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

The former CIA director notified Vice President Joe Biden through a mutual friend about the meeting, which he believed may have covered illegal actions.

Woolsey’s spokesman confirmed last month that Mueller’s team had interviewed the former intelligence official about the meeting, and both Wooley and his wife have been in contact with the FBI since Mueller started overseeing the Russia investigation.

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Attorneys for Flynn and his son have stopped sharing information about the case with Trump’s legal team, which may be a signal that they’re cooperating with investigators.

Woolsey’s spokesman declined to specify what he spoke to Trump about over the weekend, but their conversation will almost certainly interest Mueller.

The former CIA director served as a senior adviser to the Trump transition before abruptly quitting in January, the day before the president-elect was due to receive a detailed briefing on Russian election interference.

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Woolsey was reportedly uncomfortable that he was sidelined on intelligence discussions between Trump and Flynn.

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Michael Avenatti says he has El Chapo’s former jail cell — which the drug dealer described as ‘torture’: report

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Attorney Michael Avenatti, the colorful attorney who came to prominence representing Stormy Daniels against Donald Trump, is unhappy with his jail conditions.

On Monday, his attorney wrote to the federal judge overseeing his trial to complain about the jail conditions Avenatti is experiencing during pre-trial detention.

Scott Srebnick, Avenatti's attorney, wrote to Judge Paul Gardephe to complain about the "notorious 10-South" section of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he is being held in the Special Housing Unit.

"He is in a cell reportedly once occupied by El Chapo, on a floor that houses individuals charged with terrorism offenses," Avenatti's attorney wrote.

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It is Greta Thunberg vs Donald Trump at climate-focused Davos gathering of economic elites: report

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The starkly opposed visions of US President Donald Trump and Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on climate change will clash in Davos on Tuesday as the World Economic Forum tries to face up to the perils of global warming on its 50th meeting.

The four-day gathering of the world's top political and business leaders in the Swiss Alps gets under way seeking to meet head-on the dangers to both the environment and economy from the heating of the planet.

Trump, who has repeatedly expressed scepticism about climate change, is set to give the first keynote address of Davos 2020 on Tuesday morning, on the same day as his impeachment trial opens at the Senate in Washington.

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‘Which Senator up this year most deserves to lose?’: Preet Bharara flooded with replies to provocative question

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Former United States Attorney Preet Bharara asked his 1.2 million Twitter followers a provocative question on the eve of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

With worries that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is presiding over a sham trial, many analysts have suggested that the Senate itself will be on trial.

"Which Senator up this year most deserves to lose?" Bharara, who was fired by Trump, asked.

There are a number of potentially vulnerable Republicans facing voters in 2020, including McConnell himself, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

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