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New emails reveal Trump strategist may have illegally participated in Brexit campaign: report

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Newly revealed emails show that Donald Trump’s chief campaign strategist, Steve Bannon, may have illegally participated in the Brexit campaign, the New Yorker reported on Saturday.

Like the United States, the United Kingdom has a law which bans foreign contributions to its political campaigns.

“Whether foreign funds secretly supported the Brexit movement has become the focus of intense speculation and investigation in the U.K. The British probes, in many respects, are parallel to the Robert Mueller investigation of possible Russian support for Trump’s 2016 campaign,” the report notes.

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New documents show that Steve Bannon, then the head of Cambridge Analytica, was on a chain of three e-mails sent in October 2015, between a Cambridge Analytica official and the head of the Leave campaign, Arron Banks.

“Executives at Cambridge Analytica claimed that they had access to unprecedented quantities of advanced ‘psychographic’ data that enabled the Trump campaign to micro-target its pitch to voters,” the report says, data allegedly taken improperly from Facebook.

“The possibility that both Brexit and the Trump campaign simultaneously relied upon the same social-media company and its transgressive tactics, as well as some of the same advisers, to further far-right nationalist campaigns, set off alarm bells on both sides of the Atlantic.”

The report says that the Mueller probe and the British probe of the Leave campaign “have increasingly become interwoven,” and noted ties to Russian officials and Wikileaks.

Read the report here.

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#PresidentPelosi Trends After Sondland Testimony Implicates Pence in Trump Ukraine Scheme

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The hashtag #PresidentPelosi was trending Wednesday as Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified to the House Intelligence Committee in the impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump's Ukrainian schemes for assistance in the 2020 election and implicated Vice President Mike Pence in the effort.

If Trump and Pence are both removed from office over their involvement in the plot, the next in line for the presidency is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

"I'm fine with Pelosi serving as interim president until we hold an election," tweeted activist Bree Newsom. "Both Trump and Pence are implicated in this conspiracy to extort Ukraine."

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Trump claims not to ‘know’ Gordon Sondland very well — but the evidence suggests otherwise

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President Donald Trump attempted to distance himself Wednesday from his hand-selected European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland. At the same time, Trump claimed that Sondland’s stunning testimony, which alleged that the president had ordered a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine, in fact, vindicated him.

“Was there a ‘quid pro quo’?” Sondland said in his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday. "The answer is ‘yes.’”

Sondland further claimed that “everyone was in the loop” and all actions were “directed” by the president.

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The latest GOP defense of Trump crumbles in impeachment hearing

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It was a day of blockbuster day of testimony from E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland, in which Sondland — who once gave Donald Trump a million dollars for his inauguration — decided to save his own hide by ratting out not just Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, but seemingly half the senior staff of the White House.

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