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Democrat who will lead Intel committee reveals plan to look at Trump’s laundering of Russian money

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The Democrat expected to chair the House Intelligence Committee when his party takes control in January intends to investigate the “national security” implications of alleged Russian money laundering through the Trump Organization.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) currently serves as the ranking member the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).

As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Schiff successfully prosecuted a FBI agent for giving secrets to the Soviets.

He joined MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Thursday to explain the change in the committee’s that will occur when it is no longer run by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA).

“We are also going seek to look at the unexplored avenues of investigation, things that could threaten the national security of the United States,” Schiff pledged. “Issues like money laundering, if Russians were laundering money through the Trump Organization — and there’s serious allegation is a long these lines — that would be a powerful point of leverage of a foreign adversary over the president of the United States.”

“That would be something that could warp our foreign policy and jeopardize our national security,” Schiff concluded.

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Evangelical calls out Christian right for continuing to oppose therapeutic weed: ‘America is sick’

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In a column for the New York Times, religion writer Jonathan Merritt made the Christian case to evangelicals who aligned themselves with the Republican Party during the Ronald Reagan era to accept that therapeutic marijuana could ease the suffering of hundreds of thousands of pain sufferers -- and that Jesus would approve.

According to Merritt, who admits he grew up the son of an evangelical pastor, that he was raised to believe that "marijuana was just one more sinful tool that the devil used to shred America’s moral fabric."

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BUSTED: Trump super PAC accused of lying to government about the source of mysterious $325,000 donation

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According to a report from the Daily Beast's "Pay Dirt" investigative unit, a Super PAC affiliated with President Donald Trump has some explaining to do about a $375,000 donation that was wrongly attributed to one company -- but wire transfers tell a completely different story.

As the Beast notes, "The super PAC America First Action reported receiving a $325,000 contribution last year from a company called Global Energy Producers. But records released in federal court this week indicate that contribution came from an entirely different company," adding that the discrepancy was pointed out by the  Campaign Legal Center which labeled it a violation of federal campaign-finance laws.

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Senate delivers stinging bipartisan rebuke to Trump — and blocks Saudi arms sales

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The Trump White House suffered a stinging defeat on Thursday when a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers voted to block sales of American arms to Saudi Arabia.

The vote in favor of blocking the arms sales received affirmative votes from all Senate Democrats, as well as votes from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Todd Young (R-IN).

Graham, who is usually one of President Donald Trump's staunchest allies, said he voted for the bill because he believed the United States could not ignore the behavior of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, as well as the Saudi government's killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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