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Trump campaign associate banned from Wikipedia indefinitely after trying to scrub Russia ties from bio

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Sean Dwyer, a staffer of former Donald Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo, was banned from Wikipedia indefinitely after desperately trying to scrub any mention of Russia from his biography page. The move was an apparent attempt by Caputo to avoid being linked to the investigation into Russia meddling in the 2016 election.

The Daily Beast reports that the employee of PR firm Zeppelin Communications deployed many pseudonymous accounts to the Wiki scrub, as well as other means as a preemptive strike against litigation. Caputo reportedly filed a congressional ethics complaint and has begun a defamation lawsuit against any allegations he was involved.

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Caputo’s complaint is against Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) after comments made during a congressional hearing in March, when she called Caputo an “image consultant” to Russian president Vladimir Putin. Caputo told the Daily Beast he intends to file a defamation suit against Democratic strategist Zac Petkanas, who worked on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Petkanas allegedly accused Caputo of being “a Russian stooge who used to work for Vladimir Putin” during a Fox News segment in October.

“To my knowledge, Michael Caputo has not disputed this Washington Post report to which I referred stating that he worked for a Russian government-run media company to improve the image of Vladimir Putin, who was the leader of the Russian government at the time,” Petkanas said in a statement. “To the contrary, according to that same report, he informed his hometown newspaper that he was ‘not proud of the work today. But at the time, Putin wasn’t such a bad guy.’”

Caputo lived in Russia more than 20 years and has a history of doing business in the country. However, his work is far less scandalous than other Trump aides, the Daily Beast reported, specifically citing former campaign chair Paul Manafort.


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Dershowitz is running a ‘bizarro defense’ of Trump: Harvard Law colleague says ‘Alan is just completely wacko’

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Two of the most famous names associated with Harvard Law School had competing appearances on MSNBC on Friday.

It began when Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus, was interviewed MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber about his new role officially representing President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.

Dershowitz claimed that neither abuse of power nor obstruction of Congress count as "high crimes" under the constitution.

Professor Alan Dershowitz, who has also been associated with Harvard Law for five decades, was asked about Dershowitz's argument during an interview with Chris Hayes.

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Why was Lev Parnas wearing a ‘Presidential Service Badge’ awarded to troops who serve in the White House?

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Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman posted a fascinating update about a photo of impeachment figure Lev Parnas.

The photo shows Igor Fruman -- who, like Parnas, is under federal indictment -- sitting closely next to Rudy Giuliani and Parnas.

Haber said a source informed her that in the picture, Parnas can be seen wearing a "Presidential Service Badge," linking to the Wikipedia entry on the pin.

"The Presidential Service Badge (PSB) is an identification badge of the United States Armed Forces which is awarded to members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard as well as other members of the Uniformed Services, such as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, who serve as full-time military staff to the President of the United States," Wikipedia explained.

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Trump’s big-money Florida fundraiser expected to bring in $10 million — from only 100 people

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President Donald Trump flew to Mar-a-Lago on Friday after receiving a formal summons from the U.S. Senate informing him of his impeachment trial.

The president will be attending a Friday evening campaign fundraiser.

The recipient of the money is Trump Victory, which is a joint fundraising committee set up by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee.

“Tonight’s Trump Victory fundraiser is expected to raise $10 million with approximately 100 people in attendance," the campaign told the White House pool reporter.

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