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Ex-DHS official: Papadopoulos emails show Trump team knew about Russian attack on DNC ‘and did nothing’

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Former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Juliette Kayyem said that revelations in the New York Times about George Papadopoulos — former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign — show that the Trump team was aware of Russian attacks on the DNC and Hillary Clinton but chose not to report that information to the FBI.

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“The Trump team clearly knew it at this stage and they did nothing,” Kayyem told anchor Ana Cabrera and former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti on Saturday.

Kayyem said it’s important to bear in mind how far we’ve come from the Trump team’s original “explanations and defenses by the Trump team that there was no contact with the Russians.”

The New York Times story, she said, does two things. It puts the controversial Steele dossier to one side and demonstrates that the FBI had other motives in investigating the Trump campaign. It also shows that Papadopoulos had access to key members of the Trump team.

“They knew it and they did not disclose it to the FBI,” said Kayyem. “The Trump team clearly knew it at this stage and did nothing.”

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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