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Mueller questioned Russian oligarch close to Putin about payments to Michael Cohen: report

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Special counsel Robert Mueller has questioned Russia oligarch Viktor Vekselberg about a payment his company allegedly made to Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, CNN reports.

According to a “source familiar with the matter,” the payment totaled hundreds of thousands of dollars and was made via a U.S. affiliate of Vekselberg’s Russian conglomerate Renova Group.

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CNN reports the payments were made after the election.

In May, it was reported that Vekselberg was questioned by Mueller’s team “as he exited his private plane on the tarmac in a New York City airport.”

Vekselberg owns part of the Bank of Cyprus, the financial institution that last year turned over former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s records to Mueller, according to Bloomberg.

On Tuesday, Michael Avenatti—the lawyer representing adult film star Stormy Daniels—released an “executive summary” about the payments allegedly made to Cohen.


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Dr. Anthony Fauci given Secret Service protection after threats and ‘fervent admirers’

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Dr. Anthony Fauci was nothing more than a run-of-the-mill infectious-diseases expert at the National Institute of Health until the coronavirus hit and he was brought into the task force. Now he's getting threats against his life.

Americans might be dodging the contagious COVID-19 but Dr. Fauci is facing an additional threat, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. As a result, he's been giving security protection while he's trying to save lives.

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Trump blows up at Fox News reporter for asking him about disbanding pandemic team

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump lost his temper at a coronavirus press briefing when Fox News correspondent John Roberts asked him about his administration disbanding the pandemic response team.

"We didn't do that. That turned out to be a false story," said Trump. (It is not a false story.) "Now you're starting to go — are you working for CNN?"

"I'm pointing out what they have said and what you have said, that's all," said Roberts.

"Fox isn't so easy either, don't kid yourself," whined Trump. "Look, John, let me tell you something. You know that's a false story. What you just said is a false story, this doctor knows it better than anybody ... you shouldn't be repeating a story that you know is false."

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More than 1 in 5 ventilators in federal government stockpile is holding for emergencies don’t work

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As the coronavirus is raging through the United States, President Donald Trump has begun releasing personal protective equipment from federal stockpiles as well as much-needed ventilators. Unfortunately, however, one in five ventilators from the government don't work.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that there are 10,000 ventilators that the government is holding back for the next wave of the emergency.

"But what federal officials have neglected to mention is that more than 2,000 of the lifesaving devices are unavailable after the contract to maintain the government’s stockpile lapsed late last summer, and a contracting dispute meant that a new firm did not begin its work until late January. By then, the coronavirus crisis was already underway."

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