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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’s psychiatric disturbance could destroy democracy if he wins a second term: clinical psychologist

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I’m not being hyperbolic or melodramatic when I say that democracy itself is on the line on November 3. Donald Trump has been on a mission to subvert our democracy and to push it toward an autocracy. No president has ever disavowed democracy like Trump. No president has ever wanted to change our democratic way of life like Trump.

Trump has shown little interest or intent in following our Constitution. He is not abiding by the emoluments clause. He breaks norms and rules at will. He does not recognize that the three branches of government are co-equal. He operates as if the executive branch has total power. Our democracy is not based on the executive branch having absolute power. It requires that the three branches have separate powers in a check-and-balances system. Trump impugns democracy because it limits his power and requires him to be held accountable.

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Former acting attorney general Sally Yates testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this Wednesday, answering questions regarding former national security adviser, Michael Flynn and his being the subject of surveillance under a United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant, also known as a FISA warrant.

At one point, Yates went head-to-head with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who accused her of partaking in a conspiracy to prosecute Flynn over a policy difference.

"You weren't investigating a crime, were you?" Graham asked Yates.

"We were investigating a counter-intelligence threat," Yates responded.

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‘Sign of desperation’: Trump slammed for ‘anti-religious bigotry’ over new attack ad on Joe Biden

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A new anti-Biden attack ad from the Trump campaign is filled with falsehoods, and ends by mocking the Democratic presumptive presidential nominee praying in a church. Some on social media are slamming the President and his campaign for "anti-religious bigotry" and "demonizing prayer."

"Deep in the heart of Delaware Joe Biden sits in his basement, alone, hiding, diminished," the ad begins.

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