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Rudy Giuliani turns up in Ukraine with pro-Russia official linked to Paul Manafort’s clients

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Former Trump campaign surrogate Rudy Giuliani was seen this week in the Ukraine with a pro-Russia official who is linked to Ukrainian political clients of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort.

The Palmer Report was first to note on Monday that a news publication in the Ukraine had published photos of Giuliani in the company of Hennadiy Kernes, the mayor of Kharkiv and a friend of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Yanukovych was a client of Manafort’s before he was forced to flee to President Vladimir Putin’s protection in Russia.

The sighting of Giuliani is unusual because the normally talkative politician has laid low since the election of President Donald Trump. It’s not clear if Giuliani has been interviewed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

According to reporter Matthew Kupfer, Giuliani is visiting Ukraine to attend a security conference.

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Trump believes white nationalism is a winning strategy — because Fox News tells him so

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Donald Trump thinks white nationalism is going to win him the 2020 election. This much is clear. Trump's racist Twitter rant on Sunday — in which he suggested that four nonwhite congresswomen, three of whom were born in the United States, are "originally" from somewhere else and should therefore "go back" — might have seemed at first like a spontaneous eruption of racist rage from the simmering bigot in the White House.

Soon, however, it became clear that this was strategic. Trump thinks it's a winning move to echo the claims of David Duke and other white nationalists who believe the United States is for white people. He justified his racism by saying that "many people agree with me," and by continuing to rave on Twitter about how the real purveyors of "racist hatred" are those who look askance at his embracing the rhetoric of Stormfront and the KKK.

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Judge boots Roger Stone off all major social media platforms in expansion of gag order

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Trump ally Roger Stone, who is due to be tried on multiple charges ranging from obstruction of justice to witness tampering later this year, got slapped this week with an expanded gag order that barred him from using all major social media platforms.

The Washington Post reports that Judge Amy Berman Jackson increased the scope of Stone's gag order and ordered him to stop communicating publicly through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Jeffrey Epstein abused new victims while out on work release as part of controversial plea deal: lawyer

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Jeffrey Epstein took advantage of his controversial lenient plea deal to sexually abuse at least one victim while out on work release, according to a victim's attorney.

Lawyer Brad Edwards said the well-connected financier was permitted to have visitors while he was supposed to be working during his 13-month jail sentence, and he said Epstein manipulated at least one person into sexual activity, reported The Daily Beast.

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