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White House spokesman: ‘I don’t know a ton’ about latest charges but they prove ‘no evidence of collusion’

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White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah on Tuesday insisted that special counsel Robert Mueller’s charges against a Russian-connected lawyer were further proof that there is “no evidence” that members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russians.

During an interview on Fox News, host Bill Hemmer asked Shah to react to the news that lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan has been charged for lying to federal investigators about his interactions with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates.

Shah admitted that he didn’t “know a ton” about the latest charge but he was certain that it bolstered President Donald Trump’s claim that no one on his team helped Russia interfere in the U.S. election.

“I don’t know a ton about that specific indictment,” Shah insisted. “We do know that this indictment, just like the one on Friday only reinforces our overarching point when it comes to the special counsel’s investigation, which is that as the president has long stated, there’s no evidence of collusion because none existed.”

“And there’s going to be no findings of wrongdoing,” he added. “It has nothing to do with actions related to this president.”

Hemmer noted that the charges against Zwaan are not an indictment because he has agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with Mueller.

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Informal Trump legal advisor urges potential witnesses to ‘spit in the face’ of House committee chairs

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Joseph E diGenova

On Monday, Politico reported that House Democrats, enraged at the White House's blanket use of executive privilege to stonewall all attempts to call witnesses in the investigation of possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, are weighing the idea of calling Trump associates who have never worked in the White House, including former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Trump campaign chairman Corey Lewandowski.

But according to Joseph DiGenova, a former federal prosecutor and Fox News commentator who represented two witnesses in former special counsel Robert Mueller's probe and gives Trump informal legal advice, these witnesses should just "spit in the face" of investigators.

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Donald Trump Jr torn to shreds for suggesting his dad has been treated worse than slaves and Native Americans

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Donald Trump Jr. thinks his father has been treated worse than any human in American history -- including slaves, Native Americans and presidents who have been assassinated while in office.

After President Donald Trump told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that "there's never been a time in the history of our country where somebody was so mistreated as I have been," Trump Jr. jumped on Twitter to defend his father and simply said that "he's right."

He’s right. https://t.co/ZRlenHkXrq

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The Vatican’s latest official document is an insult to LGBTQ people — and to history

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During the fourth-century, Sergius and Bacchus, two inseparable Syrian soldiers in the Roman emperor Galerius’ army, were outed as secret Christians when they refused to pay homage to the god Jupiter. The incensed emperor ordered them beaten, chained, and then, as their fourth-century hagiographer explained, paraded through the barracks with “all other military garb removed… and women’s clothing placed on them.” Both men were sent to trial; Bacchus refused to abjure his faith in Christ and was beaten to death by his fellow Roman soldiers as punishment. The night before Sergius was to be similarly asked to recant his Christianity, the spirit of Bacchus appeared before his partner. With his “face as radiant as an angel’s, wearing an officer’s uniform,” Bacchus asked, “Why do you grieve and mourn, brother? If I have been taken from you in body, I am still with you in the bond of union.”

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