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Trump caves to Rudy Giuliani lobbying and picks Twitter fight with NATO ally: report

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Top Donald Trump advisor and former mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, may be behind a controversial tweet directed at a NATO ally.

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Maggie Haberman of The New York Times, reported that Giuliani may have successfully lobbied President Trump to intervene against Turkey on behalf of American Pastor Andrew Brunson.

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“This is something Giuliani and his partner, as well as another lobbyist, have pushed repeatedly for Trump to address,” Haberman tweeted Wednesday. “[Reince] Priebus repeatedly blocked it, per two people close to White House.”

“No one has this time, she added.

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Zarrab is a client of Giuliani, who was once a U.S. Attorney.

In 2017, Giuliani reportedly traveled to Turkey to meet with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on behalf of Zarrab.

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This is not the only time Giuliani’s name has surfaced in connection to a scandal involving Turkey.

Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab is linked to both Giuliani and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly investigating whether Zarrab and Flynn conspired to “whisk away” a Muslim cleric in a “dead of night” kidnapping.

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Rudy Giuliani’s henchmen claim executive privilege concerns in first court appearance

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Rudy Giuliani's henchmen appeared in court on campaign finance violations, and they may attempt to claim evidence in the case is protected by executive privilege.

Ukrainian-American businessmen Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who were arrested earlier this month on their way out of the country on one-way tickets, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in their first court appearance, according to Courthouse News.

Prosecutors told the court they had issued subpoenas for 50 bank accounts related to the pair.

But an attorney for Parnas told the judge there may be concerns to sort out related to executive privilege due to their relationship with Giuliani, who serves as President Donald Trump's personal attorney.

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Ukraine blows up key Trump defense: Top officials knew of military aid freeze before it became public

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Top Ukrainian officials were alerted in early August that $391 million in U.S. military aid had been frozen as President Donald Trump sought to pressure the country to investigate Joe Biden.

That undercuts the president's latest defense arguing that the foreign ally couldn't have felt pressured because Ukraine was not yet aware that the aid had been frozen, reported the New York Times.

Former Ukraine ambassador Bill Taylor told Congress on Tuesday that the freeze was directly related to Trump's demand for an announcement that Biden was under investigation.

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Trump attorney shocks judge by claiming president could shoot somebody on 5th Avenue: ‘Nothing could be done’

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William Consovoy, an attorney for President Donald Trump, argued in court on Wednesday that President Donald Trump is immune from prosecution if he literally shoots someone on Fifth Avenue.

In a hearing before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, Consovoy took the position that Trump is immune from a subpoena for his financial records, which are being investigated by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.

At one point, Judge Denny Chin asked Consovoy about what he called the "Fifth Avenue example," referring to a Trump claim that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it.

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