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Manafort associate funneled money to Trump’s inauguration committee through shady foreign bank account: prosecutors

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Federal prosecutors on Friday alleged that Samuel Patten, a business associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, used a shady foreign bank account to funnel money to President Donald Trump’s inauguration committee on behalf of a Kremlin-linked Ukrainian oligarch.

CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz, reporting on Patten’s arraignment hearing, writes on Twitter that prosecutors in the case are claiming Patten “sought tickets to Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on behalf of a prominent Ukrainian oligarch.”

What makes this more intriguing is the way that the purchase was made: According to Prokupecz, prosecutors allege that Patten himself acted as a “straw purchaser” who funneled the Ukrainian oligarch’s money through a bank account in Cyprus to Trump’s inauguration committee.

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Prosecutors on Friday charged Patten with allegedly failing to register as a foreign agent despite doing lobbying work on behalf of a Kremlin-friendly Ukrainian political party.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether Kremlin allies made illegal contributions to Trump’s inauguration committee, which raised a record $106.7 million after his election.

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Experts discuss the distorted impeachment debate at a propaganda forum — and how real debate can untangle it

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“Would you be upset if the Democratic nominee called on China to help in the next presidential election?” That’s the concrete question we should ask ourselves about Robert Mueller's report and the issue of impeachment, according to University of California, Santa Cruz, social psychologist Anthony Pratkanis, speaking at a recent Zócalo Public Square event, “Is Propaganda Keeping Americans From Thinking for Themselves?

This was a week before President Trump’s interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, apparently welcoming foreign interference in the 2020 election. Impeachment wasn’t the ostensible subject of the event — which also featured Texas A&M historian of rhetoric Jennifer Mercieca and UCLA marketing scholar and psychologist Hal Hershfield — but it was never far from mind.

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GOP leaders in open warfare with Trump’s White House as another government shutdown looms

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According to a report in the Washington Post, GOP leaders are at an impasse with the White House on future budget concerns as President Donald Trump's chief of staff -- which is leading to fears of another government shutdown.

The report states, "GOP leaders have spent months cajoling President Trump in favor of a bipartisan budget deal that would fund the government and raise the limit on federal borrowing this fall, but their efforts have yet to produce a deal."

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Trump Twitter-snarls at ‘Impeachment Day’ protesters as the product of ‘Radical Left Democrats’

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President Donald Trump lashed out at Impeachment Day protesters on Twitter on Sunday morning, downplaying their efforts after seeing a report on Fox News.

Taking to Twitter the president wrote, "Yesterday was the Radical Left Democrats big Impeachment day. They worked so hard to make it something really big and special but had one problem - almost nobody showed up. “The Media admits low turnout for anti-Trump rallies ...saying enough. Democrat voters want to hear the politicians talking about issues. This is a huge distraction and will only help Donald Trump get elected. 'Greatest President since Ronald Reagan' said a counter-protester. LehighValleyLive."

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