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‘Low-level volunteer’ Carter Page held high-level foreign policy meetings with Hungarian officials during campaign

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During a meeting to Budapest, Hungary in 2016 that Carter Page told Congress he “can’t recall,” the former Trump campaign aide met with two high-ranking Hungarian officials on campaign business.

According to an ABC News report, Page traveled to Budapest in September 2016 and met with Jeno Megyesy, an adviser to the Hungarian prime minister that supports both President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as Reka Szemerkenyi, who was Hungary’s ambassador to the U.S. until earlier this year.

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Megyesy confirmed to ABC that he met with Page at Ambassador Szemerkenyi’s request, and that the American identified himself as a member of Trump’s foreign policy team. The Hungarian prime minister’s adviser said they spoke mostly about strained relations between Hungary and the U.S., and that Page didn’t appear to be well-versed in the politics of the region.

Szemerkenyi also confirmed that she met with Page for coffee in Budapest, although it was neither their first nor last meeting — they were introduced at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July, and met again at an embassy event in Washington, D.C. in October.

When testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, Page said his memory of his September 2016 trip to Budapest was vague, and that although he remembered meeting with a Hungarian official, he didn’t remember their name.

“You don’t remember the names of anyone you met with or what their positions were in the Hungarian government?” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) asked him during Page’s hearing at the end of October.

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“Not right now,” Page told the Congressman. “I can’t recall.”


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Trump’s lie about ‘doctored’ impeachment transcripts debunked by impeachment witnesses’ lawyers

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President Donald Trump on Monday falsely accused Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) of releasing "doctored" transcripts of impeachment inquiry witnesses and then bizarrely suggested that Republicans release their own versions of the transcripts.

"Shifty Adam Schiff will only release doctored transcripts," the president wrote on Twitter. "We haven’t even seen the documents and are restricted from (get this) having a lawyer."

Trump presented no evidence to back up his claim that Schiff had done something to alter the transcripts, which show that multiple administration officials testified that the Trump administration was withholding aid to Ukraine until its government agreed to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

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CNN reports that Trump-appointed Judge Carl Nichols the of United States District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that the president cannot sue the state of New York in his court to prevent the release of his taxes.

In his ruling, Nichols found that Trump's attorneys failed to establish a so-called "conspiracy jurisdiction" based on his accusations that New York Attorney General Letitia James is a co-conspirator with House Democrats in a plot to improperly reveal the president's personal financial information.

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Soledad O'Brien, a former CNN host, slammed the network over the weekend for what she referred to as "Cillizza-level inanity," referring to contributor Chris Cillizza.

In a Sunday segment on CNN's Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter wondered about the ratings for the "first episode" of the public impeachment hearings.

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"Why is CNN so stupid about important shit?" O'Brien wrote on Twitter. "This is Cillizza-level inanity. Brian should be ashamed of himself."

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