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Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s trust unloaded Russian investment — but he claims he had no role in choosing it

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As a Senate candidate, Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) is required to disclose his financial investments, debt and property ownership. The 125-page report, filed Friday, revealed at least $50,000 in income last year from sales of his stock in a Russian shipping company that has come under fire, the Bradenton Herald reported.

The company, Navigator Holdings, Ltd., has caused problems for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who owns a large stake. After increased scrutiny, Ross said he would divest from the company eight months after joining the administration. There’s no evidence he has, however.

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The company is responsible for transporting liquefied petroleum gas for international companies as well as Russian state-owned utilities. One of the major clients is Sibur, a Russian energy company with links to the Kremlin.

The investment disclosure listed his wife’s income from the stock between $50,001 and $100,000, but the family said they no longer own the stock and didn’t make the decision to invest.

“The governor had no role in selecting that investment,” a statement from his campaign read. “The blind trust is managed by an independent financial professional who decides what assets are bought, sold or changed. The rules of the blind trust prevent any specific assets or the value of those assets within the trust from being disclosed to the governor, and those requirements have always been followed. When asked recently, Gov. Scott was clear he believes that Putin is not our friend or ally, and should not be trusted.”

Scott has said that he disagrees with President Donald Trump’s close relationship with Vladimir Putin and doesn’t trust the Russian president.

Scott’s financial disclosure reveals at least $255 million in investments.

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Lev Parnas has Trump ‘unnerved’: ex-FBI official says the president doesn’t know what he ‘has up his sleeve’

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President Donald Trump is "very nervous" about what Lev Parnas may have on him, a former top FBI official suggested on MSNBC on Friday.

Former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence was interviewed by MSNBC's Peter Alexander.

The host played clips of Trump denying any relationship with Parnas.

"Well, I don't know him, I don't know Lev Parnas, other than I guess I had pictures taken -- which I do with thousands of people," Trump argued. "I don't know him at all, don't know what he's about, don't where he comes from. I can tell you this -- I don't know him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him."

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Trump is now feuding with Iran’s Supreme Leader on Twitter: ‘Make Iran Great Again!’

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President Donald Trump is now replying directly to Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Twitter.

I Friday, Khamenei tweeted a screenshot of a Trump tweet, with a message of his own.

"The villainous US govt repeatedly says that they are standing by the Iranian ppl. They lie. If you are standing by the Iranian ppl, it is only to stab them in the heart with your venomous daggers," Khamenei posted.

"Of course, you have so far failed to do so, & you will certainly continue to fail," he added.

https://twitter.com/khamenei_ir/status/1218141834842660864

Trump retweeted the message, adding his own argument.

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Trump raises tensions in Virginia as local authorities fear Richmond gun rally could be the next Charlottesville

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President Donald Trump appeared to pour gasoline on a political fire in Virginia only days before a far-right protest that many are worried could result in violence.

Gun activists have been threatening civil war if the commonwealth's legislature enacts new gun safety legislation.

Right-wing militias sought to organize an armed action at the capitol, but Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency to prevent firearms on the grounds.

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