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Manafort’s business associates summoned by Manhattan prosecutors as Trump campaign probe widens

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Paul Manafort’s bankers and business associates have been summoned to New York to meet with prosecutors.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office has issued subpoenas for documents related to Manafort’s financial transactions and is now interviewing the former Trump campaign chairman’s lenders, reported Bloomberg Politics.

The U.S. attorney for Manhattan has also examined the Chicago-based Federal Savings Bank operated by Stephen Calk, who was named as an economic adviser to the Trump campaign in August 2016 — the same month Manafort stepped down as campaign chairman.

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The district attorney’s office wants to know how deeply Calk, the bank’s CEO, was involved in loans made to benefit Manafort, and whether those funds were used for their stated purpose, Bloomberg reported.

Calk’s bank specializes in loans to military service members, veterans and first-time home buyers, but since last year made three loans worth $16 million that benefitted Manafort.

The district attorney’s office is scheduling interviews with 10 to 20 of Manafort’s business associates and lenders.

Manafort and his longtime business associate Rick Gates, who also served on the Trump campaign, were indicted last month on money laundering and other charges as part of the special counsel probe into Russian election interference.

They’re also under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whose office is investigating money laundering in a separate probe.

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Representatives for Manafort, Calk and Federal Savings Bank declined to comment on the Vance investigation.


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Trump says cough drop in Pelosi’s mouth was her teeth falling out

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President Donald Trump lashed out at Speaker Nancy Pelosi Sunday on Twitter instead of defending himself against accusations of bribery.

Pelosi did her weekly press conference at the end of the week while sucking on either a cough drop or a mint. It wouldn't be shocking if it was the former, as Pelosi was clearing her throat and also drinking water while speaking to the press.

Trump decided it was neither, and instead, it was false teeth falling out of her mouth.

"Because Nancy’s teeth were falling out of her mouth, and she didn’t have time to think!" Trump tweeted in response to a video from the press conference.

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Conservative pens scathing op-ed with sarcastic defense of Republicans’ humiliating hypocrisy

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Conservative columnist Max Boot wasn't shocked when he saw Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) proclaim he had no intention of being an independent juror during President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. The Trump antagonist penned his Sunday column dripping with sarcasm.

His fellow conservative colleague, Jennifer Rubin, similarly said that no one expected anything better from Graham. Boot extended his disdain to the entire Republican Party.

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Americans still don’t know why Trump was rushed to Walter Reed hospital: ex-White House press secretary

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It's been three weeks since President Donald Trump was rushed to Walter Reed hospital, and former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart reminded his Twitter following that Americans still don't know what happened.

"It’s been 3weeks since the President made an unscheduled and rushed trip to Walter Reed. Americans have a right to know about the President's health and the WH explanations doesn’t pass the smell test. I hope there are still enterprising reporters on this. Democracy dies in the dark," Lockhart tweeted.

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