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Florida Republican leading the charge against Mueller scores financial backing of Trump megadonors

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A Florida Republican who’s helping President Donald Trump undermine the special counsel probe — and who directly benefitted last year from Russian hacks — has gained the backing of some big-money conservative donors.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) hasn’t formally announced a run for governor, but he’ll have the president’s endorsement and the funding of several Trump megadonors and Koch allies, reported Politico.

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The website obtained a copy of the DeSantis “Finance Leadership Team” that includes casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, hedge fund heiress and Breitbart owner Rebekah Mercer, investment tycoon Foster Friess and Citizens United president David Bossie.

“This sets DeSantis apart from the rest,” said Bossie, who also served as Trump’s deputy campaign manager. “He will have the financial resources and the ground game and the Trump base to be an incredible statewide candidate.”

The 39-year-old DeSantis set up a state political committee called the Fund for Florida’s Future to legally raise and spend unlimited soft money from corporate contributors.

“The 2018 election cycle will be important in determining the future of conservative policy reform and I’m glad that we’ve assembled a great group of leaders to assist with the cycle,” DeSantis said in a statement.

The Palm Coast resident represents Volusia and Flagler counties in Congress.

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DeSantis has been calling for special counsel Robert Mueller to step aside over perceived political bias, and he and fellow Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) flew with the president on Air Force One earlier this month to Pensacola for a political rally.

GOP efforts to attack Mueller’s credibility have stepped up this month, after Mueller’s team obtained a guilty plea and a promise to cooperate from former national security adviser Mike Flynn.

Flynn and another Trump campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, have each pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about their contacts with Russian agents.

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Mueller has also obtained indictments against Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and his longtime business and political associate Rick Gates.

DeSantis directly benefited from hacked data handed over by the online persona Guccifer 2.0 — who U.S. intelligence services suspect is a front for Russian hackers.

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A Florida blogger reached out to Guccifer 2.0 on Twitter in August 2016, and he was given 2.5 gigabytes of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee opposition research and other documents 10 days later.

Some of that stolen data included five documents related to the committee’s recruitment of DeSantis’ congressional race opponent George Pappas.


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WATCH: Seth Meyers goes after ‘sociopath’ Jared Kushner for America’s coronavirus failures

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The host of "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on NBC harshly criticized senior White House advisor Jared Kushner for America's COVID-19 testing failures.

"More than 155,000 Americans have now died from the coronavirus pandemic," Meyers noted. "Cases are rising in more than 20 states. The U.S. now accounts for one-quarter of all coronavirus deaths in the world."

"And in some parts of the country, people are waiting as long as two-weeks to get their test results -- which is insane. The whole point of testing is to find cases, isolate them and trace their contacts. If it takes two weeks, it's pointless."

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Virologist rips Deborah Birx: ‘She’s ignored the evidence’ with her ‘willful disregard for the science’

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The White House coronavirus coordinator continues to lose support among the medical community, according to a new report in The Washington Post.

The report noted Dr. Deborah Birx has also been undermined by Trump, who attacked her on Twitter.

So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said horrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, going after her because she was too positive on the very good job we are doing on combatting the China Virus, including Vaccines & Therapeutics. In order to counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait & hit us. Pathetic!

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Trump is trying to twist the census to fit his ‘politics of greed and fear’: Black lawmakers

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On Monday, writing for The Washington Post, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) and former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams condemned President Donald Trump's latest push to rewrite the rules of the census for partisan and racial reasons.

"To tell the story of America, we must see who lives within her borders," wrote Bass and Abrams. "The census is the constitutionally protected tool wielded every 10 years to take stock, assess the accuracy of our national narrative, and ensure a fair and equitable distribution of political power and money to the places where people live. The mandatory decennial count is laid out in the founding documents of our nation. Over time, we have bettered its process from its original horrific approach. For nearly a century, for every five black Americans, only three were included in the count — the despicable Three-Fifths Compromise built on the assumption that each Black person was subhuman, three-fifths of one. After the Civil War, the 14th Amendment eliminated this practice and, now, the Constitution guarantees an enumeration of 'whole' persons."

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