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Judge tosses defamation suit against dossier author Christopher Steele filed by Russian oligarchs

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A judge dismissed a defamation suit filed by three Russian oligarchs against former British spy Christopher Steele over his infamous dossier linking the Trump campaign to the Kremlin.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Anthony Epstein tossed the suit filed by Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan claiming that Steele and his intelligence firm Orbis had recklessly defamed them, reported The Guardian.

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The judge, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, upheld a motion filed by Steele to have the case thrown out.

Epstein ruled the dossier was covered by the First Amendment and found the oligarchs had failed to prove Steele knew that some information in the report was inaccurate.

The judge did not determine whether the dossier, which President Donald Trump has frequently dismissed as “phony,” was accurate or inaccurate.


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Trump ignored aides’ advice before first Ukraine call — and it destroyed his impeachment defense: report

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to himself as his own top advisor and a political "genius." But his interactions with Ukraine at the heart of the impeachment inquiry could demonstrate the limitations of such an approach to governing.

Friday's bombshell, behind-closed-door testimony from David Holmes has made White House aides unhappy, but the bad news for the administration did not stop there.

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‘Aides to the president are not happy’ Gordon Sondland held the phone up in restaurant: CNN’s Jim Acosta

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CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta reported on Friday that White House aides are unhappy with Ambassador Gordon Sondland for holding up a call with Trump in a restaurant for multiple witnesses to listen.

The details were revealed in bombshell closed-door testimony before Congress on Friday.

Acosta noted the administration was trying to downplay the significance of the call.

"But I will tell you, that the aides of the president are not happy that Gordon Sondland apparently held the phone up so other aides could hear what was going on and the words of the source familiar with the conversations inside the White House, the president speaks loudly, Sondland should know that," Acosta reported.

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David Holmes’ opening statement to Congress directly implicated Donald Trump: report

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Congress will hear first-hand testimony of President Donald Trump's involvement in the Ukraine scandal.

"David Holmes, the state department aide who overheard President Donald Trump's conversation with the US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, said that Sondland told Trump that the Ukranian President would do 'anything you ask him to,' and that he confirmed the Ukrainians were going to 'do the investigation,'" CNN reported Friday.

""Sondland told Trump that (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky 'loves your ass,'" Holmes testified. "I then heard President Trump ask, 'So, he's gonna do the investigation?' Ambassador Sondland replied that 'he's gonna do it,' adding that President Zelensky will do 'anything you ask him to.'"

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