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Trump biographer David Cay Johnston outlines the president’s greatest fears with Democrats investigating him

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With news that the Trump Organization will soon be under investigation by the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, a biographer who’s researched the president’s finances for years outlined exactly what he has to be afraid of.

“Inflows of money from Russian mobsters and other criminal elements” are likely to be chief among Trump’s concerns, biographer David Cay Johnston told CNN’s John Berman on Wednesday night.

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“Donald has long done business with these people and allowed them to purchase apartments from him through anonymous wealth corporations,” Johnston said.

The biographer provided an example: “If you had a desire to buy a Trump Tower apartment in the name of Snow, Inc., Donald didn’t ask, ‘gee, is that a ski lodge in Colorado or a cocaine trafficking business?’ He just said, pay up and I’ll be glad to sell you the apartment.”

Investigators hired by Democrats in the House are also likely to look for accounting books and records because “Donald has a long, well-documented history of hiding and destroying accounting records that were sought during audits.”

Johnston added that although the Trump Organization has until recent years been a tight ship, the cooperation of insiders like the president’s former attorney Michael Cohen and Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg with prosecutors could also spell trouble.

With Cohen and Weisselberg’s cooperation, prosecutors may soon learn if Trump “took improper income tax deductions [and] whether he violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.”

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They may also be able to solve “the unanswered questions about how much, if any, of the $10 billion stolen in Kazakhstan ended up with Donald Trump.”

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In a secluded region in Russia’s Arctic they are rejecting Putin in rare protest

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Lyudmila Laptander, an activist advocating autonomy for her mineral-rich Nenets region in the Russian Arctic, worries authorities are planning to sacrifice its traditions for the promise of economic enrichment.

"If Nenets is merged with another region, I worry that no one will look after our language or our traditions, and that our small villages in the tundra will be forgotten," said Laptander, 61, a member of the Yasavey cultural group.

The autonomous region on the edge of the Arctic Ocean was gripped by protests in May against the government's plans to integrate it with neighbouring Arkhangelsk.

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People are paying to hire this donkey to crash their Zoom meetings

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The coronavirus pandemic has led millions of people to embrace meetings via Zoom, but admittedly, those can be as tedious as in-person conferences.

So one animal sanctuary in Canada, in dire need of cash after being forced to close to visitors, found a way to solve both problems.

Meet Buckwheat, a donkey at the Farmhouse Garden Animal Home, who is ready to inject some fun into your humdrum work-from-home office day -- for a price.

"Hello. We are crashing your meeting, we are crashing your meeting -- this is Buckwheat," says sanctuary volunteer Tim Fors, introducing the gray and white animal on a Zoom call.

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Republican senators are suddenly trying to social distance — from Trump

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There’s something interesting in today’s news:

A number of Republican Senators have said they are skipping the Republican National Convention this year. The convention was originally scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina, but at Trump’s insistence was relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, last month. The stated reason was that Democratic North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper would not commit to permitting a full convention out of concerns about the spread of coronavirus, but the abrupt switch to Florida, less than 80 days before the convention, still seems odd to me. Regardless, the switch has created a new problem: Florida is in the midst of a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases, setting a record for new cases in a single day during the weekend —11,458—and running low of ICU beds.

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