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US intel officials warned Jared Kushner that the Chinese might use Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife to influence him: report

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In 2017, U.S. counterintelligence officials warned Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner that Chinese-American businesswoman Wendi Deng Murdoch, a friend of Kushner and Ivanka Trump, may using her proximity to their family “to further the interests of the Chinese government,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

As the Journal reports, officials feared Murdoch was using her connection to Kushner to advance a $100 million project that involves the installation of a 70-foot tower at the National Arboretum in Washington D.C. The intelligence community is concerned the tower could be outfitted to carry out surveillance on the U.S. government.

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Murdoch, a U.S. citizen, was married to News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch from 1999 until their divorce in 2013.

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Trump was ‘furious’ with his last acting intel chief for giving election security briefing to House Dems: report

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President Donald Trump's surprise decision to appoint loyalist Richard Grenell as his next acting Director of National Intelligence came after his previous acting DNI, Joseph Maguire, enraged him by giving an intelligence briefing to House Democrats.

The Washington Post reports that Trump was "furious" at Maguire after learning that Shelby Pierson, the top intelligence official on election security, gave a briefing to the Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)-led House Intelligence Committee.

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Trump fumes over ‘tainted’ Roger Stone jury after his associate gets 40 months in prison

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Speaking in Las Vegas this Thursday, President Trump gave his first remarks on the sentencing of longtime confidant Roger Stone, who was given 3.5 years in prison for lying to Congress and witness tampering.

According to Trump, Stone is a "good person" despite being a "little different." He went on to claim that Stone was "never involved" in the 2016 despite some minor consulting work, and accused the forewoman of the jury of being ideologically biased against Stone.

"It's totally tainted when you take a look," Trump said, referring to the forewoman and the jury. 'How can you have a person like this? She was an anti-Trump activist -- can you imagine this?"

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Maybe Michael Bloomberg wasn’t as awful as he looked

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Call me crazy, but the media could have it wrong about Michael Bloomberg. The latest Democratic debate post-mortem came fast and furious – and from a prominent Op-Ed in The New York Times to the cover of The New York Post –and the verdict was almost unanimous.

Bloomberg was “disastrous.” His campaign had “imploded.” He “bombed.” Get the hook for “timid,” “defensive” Mini Mike, the pundits said. “Bye, Felicia” might be the only headline missing from the gleeful media pile-on of Bloomberg after he made his presidential debate debut.

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