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Betsy DeVos’ brother Erik Prince appears to have lied about ties to Trump campaign in sworn testimony to Congress

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Betsy DeVos’ brother Erik Prince appears to have lied to the House Intelligence Committee while under oath.

The founder of controversial military contracting firm Blackwater was asked whether he had formal communication with the Trump campaign. He claimed that he sent “papers” outlining his foreign policy ideas to Steve Bannon—and put up a Trump yard sign.

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On November 30, 2017, Prince was asked directly if there was “formal communication or contact with the campaign.” He denied any such contacts.

But a new report from the New York Times reveals that Price actually facilitated high-level meetings between Trump and foreign agents on Aug. 3, 2016.

Prince arranged for Donald Trump Jr. to meet with the crown princes who led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who were both eager to help Trump Sr. win the presidency.

Prince also arranged a meeting with an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation who created a multimillion-dollar proposal to help elect Trump, according to the Times.

Prince is the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The two come from a wealthy Southwest Michigan family. Prince is a Naval Academy drop-out and a former intern of Trump-loving California congressman Dana Rohrabacher. He later become the head of a lucrative and controversial mercenary firm that worked in Iraq under George W. Bush.

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The discrepancy has been noted by Mother Jones and analysts on Twitter.

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Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani accuses Mike Pompeo’s State Department of obstruction of justice

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Keeping track of the Republican defenses of President Donald Trump got a little more difficult on Thursday when his private attorney appeared to throw his Secretary of State under the bus.

Rudy Giuliani suggested Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may have committed obstruction by refusing visas to three Ukrainians the former New York City mayor wants to testify about conspiracy theories.

"The embassy in Ukraine refuses to give visas for three witnesses, two present prosecutors and the former Prosecutor General, who have direct evidence of major Dem corruption in Ukraine in 2016," Giuliani argued.

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GOP leader McCarthy swats aside Fiona Hill’s national security testimony debunking his Ukraine conspiracy theory

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On Thursday, during one of the final scheduled impeachment hearings this week, National Security Council official Fiona Hill demolished President Donald Trump's conspiracy theory that Ukraine, rather than Russia, meddled in the 2016 election, calling it a "fictional narrative" and noting that it originated with the Kremlin itself.

But in conversation with reporters, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) flatly disbelieved Hill's testimony, and insisted he still held onto the theory.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told me that he was not going to lose any GOP votes during impeachment.

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Nicolle Wallace breaks down the impeachment moment ‘women will be talking about for years’

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Thursday highlighted one of the key moments from the impeachment inquiry testimony from Dr. Fiona Hill.

"Often when women show anger, it’s not fully appreciated. It’s often, you know, pushed onto emotional issues perhaps, or deflected on other people," Hill testified.

Here's Fiona Hill on why she thinks Sondland misunderstood her anger — and how women's anger is often viewed, more generally: "It's not fully appreciated. It's often pushed off onto emotional issues." pic.twitter.com/AsMR3A9InI

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