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Russian government infiltrated Jewish and Christian Orthodox churches for ‘intelligence’ purposes: Fusion GPS founder

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In his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, the CEO of the company behind the infamous Trump-Russia dossier claimed he had information that led him to believe Russian President Vladimir Putin infiltrated Jewish groups in the United States.

“Putin seems to be very interested in the Jewish diaspora,” Fusion GPS CEO Glenn Simpson said in his November testimony before the committee, which was released on Thursday.

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He went on to explain there was “definitely something interesting” about the Kremlin’s focus on the conservative Jewish community, particularly the Chabad movement known throughout the United States as being a hub for more Orthodox Jews.

“Putin essentially took over the Russian Jewish community and the leadership of the Russian Jewish community,” Simpson claimed before the committee. “And [it] appears, for reasons I can’t fully explain to be — this appears to be a very interesting route for the Russians.”

The research firm executive explained that Russians use special interest groups ranging from trade to ethnic association groups to religious groups to achieve their inroads. He also claimed the Russian “Orthodox church is also an [arm] of the Russian State now.”

“When I used to do terrorism reporting, the Mossad guys used to tell me about how the Russians were laundering money through the Orthodox church in Israel, and that it was intelligence operations,” Simpson told the committee.

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No one can figure out why John Kennedy compared government documents to ‘dropping acid’

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Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) compared reading government documents to "dropping acid" while in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday and the internet can't figure out how he would know.

"I haven't read the entire report," Kennedy said of the inspector general report on the start of the Russia investigation. "I'm about 70 percent through but I'm going to get through. It's tedious and I don't mean that in a pejorative way, it's supposed to be tedious. About 15 percent of the way through it made me want to heave. After about 25 percent of the way through, I thought I'd dropped acid. It's so real."

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Ukrainians may flip on Trump and stop repeating his talking points: report

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Officials in Ukraine are growing increasingly frustrated with President Donald Trump continuing to prioritize Russia over the American ally, The Daily Beast reported Wednesday.

"People working closely with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky have been in contact with Trump administration officials over the past several weeks discussing the relationship between the two presidents, according to four people with knowledge of the talks. Based on those conversations, Ukrainian officials came to expect that Trump would make a statement of support before Zelensky met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in France for peace talks," The Beast explained. "But as Saturday and Sunday ticked by, there was only silence from the White House. Even as Ukrainian officials have publicly been loath to criticize Trump’s pressure campaign on their country, frustrations with Washington have quietly percolated. And last weekend, they were especially acute."

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Kamala Harris uses IG hearing to connect the dots between Bill Barr and Giuliani’s corrupt schemes

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Sen. Kamala Harris connected the dots between Rudy Giuliani and attempts to prevent the Department of Justice from prosecuting a Ukrainian billionaire.

Harris, who was San Francisco District Attorney and California Attorney General prior to joining the U.S. Senate, put her experience as a career prosecutor to use while questioning DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"So it was recently reported that the president's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, asked Ukrainians to help search for dirt [on] the political rivals of the president. In exchange for the help, Giuliani offered to help fix criminal cases against them at DOJ," Harris noted.

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