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Longtime Trump confidante Tom Barrack questioned by Mueller team over financial matters and Paul Manafort: report

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators have interviewed billionaire investor Tom Barrack, Jr., the Associated Press reported on Saturday.

Barrack, the CEO of Colony NorthStar, is a close friend of President Donald Trump.

The Associated Press report was based on three sources, who were granted anonymity.

One source said the questioning focused upon former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates.

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A second source said the questioning also included financial matters concerning the campaign, transition and inauguration.

“Barrack has rare access and insight into Trump going back decades, since their days developing real estate,” the A.P. explained. “Barrack played an integral role in the 2016 campaign as a top fundraiser at a time when many other Republicans were shunning the upstart candidate. Barrack later directed Trump’s inauguration.”

The Associated Press added that “few witnesses have as much insight into the president’s lengthy business career and all facets of his campaign and administration as Barrack.”

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Watch how the BBC reports on ‘the reality’ in the United States during COVID-19 crisis

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The British Broadcasting Corporation is reporting on the "frantic and on-the-edge" situation in an intensive care unit in New York City.

The BBC had footage from CBS News, which was allowed in the ICU.

"Though the administration says there's no shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the reality is otherwise," the BBC noted.

A front-line worker wearing a garbage bag "wished" she had the same PPE as the reporter.

"It's very, very difficult, it's like something out of 'The Twilight Zone,'" she said.

"And I don't think any of us going through it will ever be the same," she added.

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Georgia’s other senator bought stock in personal protective equipment while receiving classified coronavirus briefings: report

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Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) took explosive criticism following reports that she dumped retail stocks and purchased shares in companies selling medical gowns and telework software following classified briefings on coronavirus earlier in the year.

But according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia's other senator is also facing new questions about his own stock transactions around the same time.

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Justice Ginsburg sends out dire warning about the new Supreme Court ruling in Wisconsin election case

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a disturbing dissent on Monday as the conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court intervened in Tuesday’s upcoming Wisconsin election with a move she warned could result in “massive disenfranchisement.”

The election, which includes the Democratic presidential primary, a Wisconsin Supreme Court race, and a raft of other local campaigns, has become embroiled in controversy as observers warn the coronavirus pandemic threatens the safety and integrity of the election. While Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has pushed to delay the election until June in light of the pandemic, the Republican-dominated legislature has refused to act, apparently believing the chaos caused by the crisis will depress turnout and benefit the GOP.

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