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Manafort’s lawyers ‘repeatedly’ coordinated with Trump’s team about what he told Mueller: report

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Lawyers for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort “repeatedly” briefed the president’s attorneys on what he told special counsel Robert Mueller.

The New York Times reported that Mueller’s team members were upset to learn about the “unusual arrangement” after Manafort began cooperating.

Trump’s attorney, former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, acknowledged the practice generally in an interview with the conservative Washington Examiner Tuesday and again to the Times.

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Speaking to the Times, Giuliani reportedly defended the setup “as a source of valuable insights into the special counsel’s inquiry and where it was headed,” the report noted.

He admitted that Manafort’s attorney Kevin Downing “hammered away” at the former campaign manager about what information he had on the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting between the campaign and several Russians who promised “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

The information he got from Downing about prosecutors’ questions for Manafort has since been used to attack Mueller, the report noted.

Giuliani also accused Andrew Weissmann, the prosecutor overseeing Manafort’s investigation, of keeping the former campaign manager in solitary confinement to coerce him to lie about Trump.

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The report noted that detention officials — and not prosecutors — make the decisions about who goes into solitary. Manafort’s allies, the Times added, said he is there for his own safety.

Mueller, Giuliani said, “wants Manafort to incriminate Trump” — a comment echoing those he made in the Examiner interview when he claimed the special counsel’s “zeal to get” the president resulted in Manafort lying to prosecutors.


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‘Anyone who tried to impact outcome of election should spend life in jail’: Lewandowski

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On Tuesday, Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, testified before the House Judiciary Committee. Lewandowski's appearance before Congress was significant because Donald Trump reportedly told him to tell Jeff Sessions to limit the scope of Mueller's Russia probe.

Lewandowski was defiant in his opening statement, slamming the investigation as biased and knocking Hillary Clinton. He also declared that any entity that tried to meddle in a U.S. election should be in prison.

He said that he handled as many as a thousand emails. "And unlike Hillary Clinton, I don't think I ever deleted any of those," Lewandowski said. "Many of them were either responded to with one-word answers or floated to other staff for additional follow-up. But throughout it all, and to the best of my recollection, I don't recall ever having any conversations with foreign entities, let alone any who were operating to manipulate the outcome of an election."

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American neo-Nazis now see 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden as a role model: report

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A new report from Vice claims that white supremacist organizations are increasingly viewing Osama Bin Laden, the late mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as a role model whose actions can influence the future of their movement.

The report finds that neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division has recently started using Bin Laden's image in its propaganda while also promoting Islamist extremists' willingness to commit mass murder in the name of their religion as something that should be inspiring to American white nationalists.

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REVEALED: The Saudis have also been pumping cash into Trump’s infamous Scotland golf resort

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It's not just the American military whose members have been spending cash at President Donald Trump's golf resort in Turnberry, Scotland.

Politico reports that "a group of Saudi royals stayed at the resort for about a week at the tail end of extended travel" and that they brought "a party of 25 people and more than a hundred pieces of luggage."

This is not the first time that Saudi officials have plugged money into Trump properties.

As Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold has documented, members of the Saudi government have also helped prop up flagship Trump hotels in New York and Chicago since his election.

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