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Turkish gold trader linked to Flynn and Giuliani could start testifying for feds as soon as today

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A Turkish-Iranian gold trader linked to both Mike Flynn and Rudy Giuliani has agreed to cooperate with U.S. prosecutors.

Reza Zarrab was scheduled to stand trial earlier this month in New York, where the U.S. attorney had filed charges in an international corruption case, but his lawyer confirmed an agreement to exchange his testimony, reported Bloomberg Politics.

Lawyers said the gold trader will testify against a Turkish banker accused of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

He could testify as soon as Tuesday in the trial of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a deputy chief executive officer at Turkiye Halk Bankasi AS.

Zarrab was arrested in March 2016 at Disney World on charges including money laundering and conspiracy to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Zarrab discussed with Flynn — a Trump campaign adviser who then briefly served as national security adviser — a plot to kidnap a Muslim cleric regarded a political threat by Turkish officials.

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Both Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., are under investigation for the alleged $15 million plot.

Flynn is also under investigation by Mueller for his undisclosed paid work for the Turkish government during the presidential campaign and transition.

The former Trump adviser’s legal team have recently stopped sharing information with the president’s lawyers, which could signal that he’s cooperating with the Mueller probe.

Zarrab also has ties to Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and campaign surrogate.

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The gold trader reportedly retained Giuliani to persuade Trump and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reach a “diplomatic resolution” in his corruption case.

Zarrab has been held in New York City jails before he was suddenly released about two weeks ago, and two people familiar with the case told Bloomberg he still in U.S. custody but not in federal jails.

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Trump fires back at reports on his lousy polling with accusation of ‘the Greatest Presidential Harassment of all time’

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President Donald Trump started off his Saturday morning Twitter harangue by disregarding reports that his own internal 2020 polling shows him losing badly in key battleground states by saying things are great and that he is the subject of  "the Greatest Presidential Harassment of all time."

According to Trump's tweet: "Despite the Greatest Presidential Harassment of all time by people that are very dishonest and want to destroy our Country, we are doing great in the Polls, even better than in 2016, and will be packed at the Tuesday Announcement Rally in Orlando, Florida. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!"

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Trump isn’t a president, he’s a gangster

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The FBI had to wiretap mafia bosses like John Gotti and Vincent “The Chin” Gigante to catch them breaking the law. All they had to do to catch Donald Trump on Wednesday night was turn on ABC News. Trump proceeded to commit multiple felonies out in the open on national television when he told George Stephanopoulos he would be happy to accept dirt on his opponent from foreign governments in his 2020 re-election campaign.

"Somebody comes up and says, ‘hey, I have information on your opponent,' do you call the FBI?" Trump asked rhetorically. "It's not an interference, they have information — I think I'd take it," Trump said. "I'll tell you what, I've seen a lot of things over my life. I don't think in my whole life I've ever called the FBI. In my whole life. You don't call the FBI. You throw somebody out of your office, you do whatever you do.” He paused for a moment. “Oh, give me a break — life doesn't work that way."

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Is Trump setting the stage for a Chernobyl in America?

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According to a columnist for the Daily Beast, HBO's widely praised mini-series about the nuclear power plant accident in Chernobyl in 1986 should serve as a cautionary tale during the Donald Trump era which has seen the White House choose political ideology over science.

Noting that Chernobyl creator, Craig Mazin has pointed out that he was motivated to create the miniseries as a "riposte to the global war on truth," the Beast's Clive Irving said Americans would be wise to sit up an take notice.

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