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WATCH: Russian oligarch calls CNN ‘fake news’ in response to questions about Manafort ties

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Oleg Deripaska, a Russian aluminum magnate who has drawn scrutiny from Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, told a CNN reporter that his network was “fake news” in response to questions about his ties to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

CNN’s Matthew Chance on Friday spotted Deripaska and immediately started following him around to hound him about his relationship with Manafort.

After trying to ignore Chance’s questions at first, Deripaska eventually responded by calling CNN “fake news” and “news for idiots.”

Chance kept pursuing Deripaska, however, and pressed him on the massive debts that Manafort owed him.

“Get lost, please,” Deripaska said. “Thank you.”

Manafort’s lobbying firm in 2006 signed a $10 million annual contract with Deripaska, who at a later date accused Manafort and his business partner, Rick Gates, of misappropriating funds. Manafort’s deal, as originally reported by the Associated Press, was for him to help Russia expand its influence in the United States, and thus “greatly benefit the Putin government.”

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Deripaska is also the same man whom Manafort agreed to give personal briefings about the state of Trump’s presidential campaign to in 2016, and there has been speculation that Manafort made this offer as a way to pay off his debts to the Russian oligarch.

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Trump biographer mocks president for humiliating foreign policy ‘triple fail’

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Trump biographer Timothy O'Brien on Monday published a column for Bloomberg in which he mocked the president for suffering a humiliating foreign policy "triple fail" that exposed his presidency's biggest weaknesses.

In his column, O'Brien pointed out that Trump's threats of major actions against Mexico and Iran never amounted to anything, while also noting that the president backed off his plans to begin the mass deportations of undocumented immigrants.

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Trump star vandal arrested for Marilyn statue theft in Hollywood

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A man convicted of vandalizing President Donald Trump's sidewalk star in Hollywood last summer has been arrested for stealing a statue of Marilyn Monroe from a nearby monument.

Austin Clay, 25, was identified by police from video surveillance footage.

Having discovered that he was on parole after a conviction for damaging Trump's star on the famous Hollywood "Walk of Fame," investigators searched his home Friday.

According to local media reports, they found evidence linking him to the theft of the statue.

The statue itself -- showing Monroe in her famous flying skirt pose from "The Seven Year Itch" (1955) -- has not been found.

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How the New York Times creates credibility for Trump

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There’s a good reason why the Times decided against running on its front page news of the latest woman to accuse the president of rape. The Times still does journalism the way it always has. It gives people in power the never-ending benefit of the doubt.

When you are willing to give people in power the benefit of the doubt no matter how many times they have proven they are unworthy of that benefit, it’s not all that important when the 16th person comes forward credibly to accuse Donald Trump of anything, even if, in the case of columnist E. Jean Carroll, the allegation is rape.

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