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Federal judge rules BuzzFeed innocent after publishing salacious Steele Dossier

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A federal judge in Florida ruled for BuzzFeed in a defamation lawsuit that arose after they were the first publication to publish the salacious Steele Dossier on Donald Trump.

The private report was authored by the former head of the Russia department at British intelligence MI6, Christopher Steele.

Steele went into hiding after the dossier was published.

The lawsuit was filed by Aleksej Gubarev, a Russian mentioned in the document.

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Beyond the so-called “golden showers” allegations, the dossier also made nine explosive claims on Trump-Russia collusion.

Court documents revealed that Steele gave a copy of the dossier to Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Speaker Paul Ryan’s chief of staff Jonathan Burks. Ryan’s office parsed words in a statement about it.

“Burks has never met Christopher Steele nor received any document directly from him. However, he was aware of it and had read the dossier prior to its publication,” the statement said.

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Bill Barr appears to be targeting Trump’s opponents — and senate Dems want an investigation

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In May, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) cornered Attorney General Bill Barr during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Harris, a career prosecutor who served as San Francisco District Attorney and California Attorney General, asked Barr if the White House had ever asked for any specific investigations.

Barr struggled to answer the question.

Senator Harris: Attorney General Barr has the President or anyone at the White House ever asked or suggested that you open an investigation of anyone?Attorney General Barr: Um. I wouldn’t … I wouldn’t. uh—Senator Harris: Yes or No?Attorney General Han: Could you … could you repeat that question?Senator Harris: I will repeat it. Has the President or anyone at the White House ever asked or suggested that you open an investigation of anyone? Yes or no please, sir.Attorney General Barr: Urn, the President or anybody…Senator Harris: Seems you would remember something like that and be able to tell us.Attorney General Barr Yeah, but I’m. I’m trying to grapple with the word ‘suggest.’ I mean, there have been discussions of, of matters out there that. uh- – they have not asked me to open an investigation. But…Senator Harris: Perhaps they’ve suggested?Attorney General Barr: I don’t know. I wouldn’t say suggest…Senator Harris: Hinted?Attorney General Barr I don’t know.Senator Harris: Inferred? You don’t know?Attorney General Barr: No.

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How Trump supporters justify supporting the president in the full knowledge that he’s a criminal

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It’s been nearly two months since Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, and Republicans still haven’t figured out a way to justify their predetermined conclusion: Trump is innocent. Their problem, of course, is the overwhelming evidence that Trump personally conducted an extortion and bribery scheme against Ukraine’s political leadership. As the record clearly shows, he threatened to withhold military aid and promised a White House visit in order to strong-arm President Volodymyr Zelensky into backing Trump’s false accusations against former Vice President Joe Biden and Democratic Party leaders.

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Rep Mark Meadows has been the White House ‘sherpa’ on impeachment — and may be next chief of staff: report

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Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget who also works as the acting White House chief of staff, is struggling in his job as the impeachment inquiry moves to the public hearings phase.

"Mick Mulvaney is isolated, marginalized and growing more irrelevant to the West Wing staff he’s meant to lead during one of the most consequential moments of the Trump presidency," Politico reported.

Mulvaney is increasingly out of the loop on impeachment.

"Though the White House’s acting chief of staff is still participating in impeachment meetings and working out of the White House, the strategy is increasingly being driven by White House lawyers, legislative affairs team and top officials from the press and communications shops who spent the week setting up a rapid-response team and developing plans to push back on witnesses’ testimony in real-time," Politico reported. "It’s an awkward staff situation that mirrors so many moments of the Trump presidency: aides trying to proceed with business as usual while unusual dramas play out, and the very people expected to lead the effort instead witnessing jockeying by potential replacements."

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