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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.

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


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Ex-prosecutor demands congressional investigation after latest report on the FBI and Brett Kavanaugh

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had another allegation of sexual misconduct revealed on Saturday in a bombshell report in The New York Times.

"A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student. Mr. Stier, who runs a nonprofit organization in Washington, notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, but the F.B.I. did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly," the newspaper reported.

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Boris Johnson promises Britain will be like the Incredible Hulk during Brexit negotiations

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday he was making a "huge amount of progress" towards a Brexit deal with the EU, in an interview in which he compared Britain to the Incredible Hulk.

"It's going to take a lot of work between now and October 17" when EU leaders gather for their final summit before Britain's scheduled exit from the bloc, he told the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

"But I'm going to go to that summit and I'm going to get a deal, I'm very confident. And if we don't get a deal then we'll come out on October 31."

His comments came ahead of talks with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Luxembourg on Monday.

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NYT blasted for ‘spectacularly offensive sentiment’ after tweet illustrating ‘rape culture’

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The results of a 10-month investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly was published on Saturday.

But attention was taken away from the powerful reporting after the Twitter account of The Times opinion page posted a shocking message.

"Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun," read the tweet.

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