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DOJ official told lawmakers that Russia believed it had Trump ‘over a barrel’ during closed-door briefing: report



Bruce Ohr, an official at the Department of Justice who has been publicly attacked repeatedly by President Donald Trump, told lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week that the Russian government believed that it had deeply compromising information on Trump during the 2016 election.

The Associated Press is reporting that Ohr told lawmakers this week that he first learned about Russia potentially having blackmail material on Trump when he talked with former MI6 spy Christopher Steele in July 2016.


In particular, Ohr said Steele told him that Russian intelligence agencies believed they had Trump “over a barrel” when he was running for president.

American intelligence agencies have concluded that the Russian government directly interfered during the 2016 election to help Trump win. While it has yet to be proven that Trump’s campaign directly conspired with the Russians, Donald Trump Jr. infamously held a meeting with Russian officials in June 2016 to discuss the possibility of obtaining damaging information on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign conspired to help Russia influence the election, as well as whether President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice in an effort to block any investigation of his campaign’s potential involvement with Russia.

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24 hours of embarrassing incidents culminate in #TrumpIsALaughingStock trending on Twitter



President Donald Trump has already had a tough week.

It started Monday evening when HBO aired a widely-panned interview with Axios correspondent Jonathan Swan.

Monday morning, Trump appeared entirely unfamiliar with Yosemite National Park.

And then Trump had another one of his lie-filled presidential briefings.

All the fodder circulating resulted in the hashtag for "Trump is a laughing stock" trending on Twitter.

Here's some of what people were saying about the commander-in-chief:



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GOP operatives linked to Kayne West’s presidential bid in potential ‘spoiler’ effort: NYT



There are questions as to whether Kanye West is running a "spoiler" bid for president to help re-elect his friend, Donald Trump, according to a new report by The New York Times.

"At least four people who have been active in Republican politics are linked to Kanye West’s attempt to get on the presidential ballot this year. The connection raises questions about the aims of the entertainer’s effort and whether it is regarded within the G.O.P. as a spoiler campaign that could aid President Trump, even as those close to Mr. West have expressed concerns about his mental health as he enters the political arena," the newspaper reported.

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Kris Kobach ridiculed after losing comeback bid in Kansas: ‘Adios amigo’



Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is the projected loser of the state's Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Kobach, a longtime crusader against immigration, headed up President Donald Trump's so-called "voter fraud commission" before it was disbanded after failing to identify any widespread instances of fraud.

Kobach unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2018.

Here's some of what people were saying about Kobach's defeat:



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