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Trump urged top Republicans to close Senate Intel Committee’s investigation into Russia: report

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Over the summer, President Donald Trump reportedly urged the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee to close their inquiry into Russia.

“It was something along the lines of, ‘I hope you can conclude this as quickly as possible,’” Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), the committee’s chairman, told the New York Times.

Burr told Trump they’d close the investigation “when we have exhausted everybody we need to talk to, we will finish.”

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Trump also reportedly urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) to terminate the probe “swiftly.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who used to chair the intelligence committee, told the Times Trump’s requests to end the inquiry were “inappropriate” and violate the separation of powers.

“It is pressure that should never be brought to bear by an official when the legislative branch is in the process of an investigation,” Feinstein said.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said Trump “at no point has attempted to apply undue influence on committee members.

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“There is no evidence of collusion and these investigations must come to a fair and appropriate completion,” Shah said.


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‘Morrison in the USA sucking up to Trump’: Aussies furious to see prime minister campaigning for Trump

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President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared at a rally in Ohio Sunday, prompting Aussies to complain that it's unacceptable for their leader to be campaigning for Trump.

Trump invited himself to a Houston, Texas rally with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where he tried to campaign for the U.S. president with Indian-American voters. Sadly, however, nearly 80 percent of Indian-American voters cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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Republicans love the Constitution — until it applies to them: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot unleashed on President Donald Trump's latest scandal he's calling Ukraine-gate. But when it comes to Republicans, he called them outright complicit.

In his Sunday column, Boot noted that a mob boss doesn't have to overtly say “pay up, or we will destroy your store” to be guilty of extortion. In Trump's case, he tends to say things in a way that it is understood what he wants people to do, according to former "fixer" Michael Cohen.

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Hate for Trump sets new record of Americans who can’t stand a president

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A new poll shows a record number of Americans can't stand the president of the United States.

According to the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal public opinion poll, an astounding 69 percent of Americans don't like Trump personally.

During the early 2000s, President George W. Bush enjoyed the benefit of Americans finding him likable and wanting to "have a beer" with the sober leader. That measure of "likability" has been a kind of inspiration for political leaders searching for voters based not on issues but on personality.

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