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NY publicist corroborates Manafort indictment: ‘Exactly what they told me to do’

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The CEO of a prominent New York public relations firm revealed Wednesday that Paul Manafort sought to hire his company “exactly” as detailed in special counsel’s Robert Mueller indictment of the former Donald Trump campaign chairman.

Ronn Torossian of 5WPR told Business Insider that Paul Manafort and Rick Gates attempted to hire his firm in 2012. Torossian’s firm had represented Trump Organization adviser Felix Sater and Ukrainian billionaire Rinat Akhmetov.

Torossian did not end up working for Manafort because of requested evasion of registering under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

“We discussed how to get around filing FARA and I was uncomfortable at that point,” Torossian reveled. “They also asked if I had a problem being paid from offshore accounts.”

“They said they made way more money offshore than in the US,” Torossian revealed.

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Torossian claimed allegations in the Mueller indictments are “exactly what they told me to do.”

The relevant allegations are detailed in paragraphs 22 and 23 of the indictment, involving two companies that have been identified in press accounts as The Podesta Group and Mercury Public Affairs, who engaged in “extensive lobbying” directed by Manafort and Gates, did not file as foreign agents and were paid solely though off-shore accounts.

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Will Hurd becomes first GOP lawmaker to condemn Trump’s ‘racist and xenophobic’ attacks on Dems

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Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) on Monday became the first Republican lawmaker to unequivocally condemn President Donald Trump's racist attacks against four Democratic lawmakers.

When asked by CNN's Christiane Amanpour about Trump's weekend tweets, in which he told Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to “go back” to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens, Hurd did not hold back on repudiating the president's statements.

"Those tweets are racist, and xenophobic," he said. "They’re also inaccurate. The four women he’s referring to are actually citizens of the United States."

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Opponents of Fox News’ racism are ignoring the most important target: columnist

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Over the weekend, Fox News host Tucker Carlson went on a rant against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (R-MN), claiming that she poses a danger to America and is the reason U.S. immigration laws should be changed.

Writing in The Intercept, columnist Peter Maas points out that while it's important to call out Carlson's racism, journalists shouldn't lose sight of the fact that the real culprits are the Murdoch family, which funds the xenophobia and racism of Fox News.

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Trump says his racist attacks were ‘not at all’ racist as Pelosi preps resolution condemning him

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President Donald Trump on Monday said his racist attacks on four Democratic lawmakers were "not at all" racist, even as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced a congressional resolution to condemn him for his "disgusting" smears.

While taking questions from reporters, the president was asked if he believed his attacks on Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) -- whom Trump told to "go back" to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens -- were racist.

"Not at all," the president replied.

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