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House Intel Dem accuses Trump of being ‘bought by Putin’ and lays out her case in devastating detail

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A California congresswoman suggested a fishy, decade-old real estate deal may explain how Russian President Vladimir Putin “bought” Donald Trump.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) noted in a San Francisco Chronicle column that there’s something very off about the way Trump sold a Palm Beach, Florida mansion to Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev for $95 million in 2008 — Trump had paid $41.35 million for it four years prior.

The July 2008 sell date was in “the middle of the recession” and the house had only had “modest” renovations, Speier noted, adding that those were far from the only irregularities about the deal.

“Despite the recession it was also $13 million above the highest price previously paid for a Palm Beach mansion, according to the Palm Beach Post,” the congresswoman noted. “Rybolovlev did not conduct an inspection. He did not obtain an appraisal. He did not order any professional review or undertake any other form of due diligence before purchasing the property.”

Stranger still, Rybolovlev never lived in the house as of 2017.

There are a number of potential explanations — that the oligarch wanted to hide his assets from his ex-wife in a messy divorce or make an investment — but another, Speier noted, “is that Russian leader Vladimir Putin saw an opportunity to exploit Trump’s financial problems to obtain his loyalty and indebtedness.”

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During that era, Trump’s financial problems were well-known — but Rybolovlev was too in spite of his estimated $13 billion net worth.

After inheriting a state-owned potash-mining company at 29, Rybolovlev served time (and was later cleared) for murder. Two years before buying the Palm Beach house, a part of the mine collapsed resulting in no deaths but ample damage.

The oligarch’s purchase of the Palm Beach house gave Trump some “oxygen” and millions in the bank, and as Speier noted, Rybolovlev was cleared of guilt in the mine collapse.

With the real estate deal, “Trump was being enrolled in the Russian system of kompromat, of which Putin is a master,” the congresswoman wrote.

“Grant a favor, ask for nothing,” she added. “Both parties understand that someday something may be expected in return.”

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quiet’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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