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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.

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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.

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


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Bill de Blasio learned of federal investigation — and suspended his 2020 bid the next day: report

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday that he was ending his campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

There may have been more to the timing than previously reported.

"Federal election officials asked Mayor de Blasio for more information about his presidential campaign fundraising after he used a state political action committee to pay for expenses related to the bid – seemingly against the law," the New York Daily News reported Friday. "The Federal Election Commission demanded that de Blasio 2020 clarify a debt the campaign owed his NY Fairness PAC in a letter Thursday – the day before Hizzoner dropped out of the race."

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White House Counsel busted working to keep whistleblower report from Congress: report

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President Donald Trump's White House counsel has reportedly been personally involved in keeping Congress from reviewing a whistleblowing report involving Ukraine.

"The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president," The Washington Post reported Friday. "The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint."

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Watch Ex-CIA official break down the ‘three crimes’ Trump committed if Ukraine scandal is true

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President Donald Trump could be charged with committing three federal crimes if the whistleblower reports involving the White House seeking campaign interference from Ukraine are correct.

MSNBC "Deadline: White House" anchor Nicolle Wallace interviewed Jeremy Bash on Friday -- and worried about the safety of the whistleblower.

"The stakes could not be any higher, the risk to his career -- or her career -- and reputation and perhaps legal standing could not be any higher for this whistleblower. That's why we’re glad to be joined by national security analyst, former chief of staff of the CIA and Department of Defense, someone I wanted to talk to about this story all week, Jeremy Bash," Wallace said.

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