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Trump campaign adviser under investigation by Mueller for ties to Kremlin-controlled media outlet: report

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According to the Guardian, an adviser to President Donald Trump has drawn scrutiny from investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller over his alleged ties to Kremlin-backed media outlet Russia Today (RT).

The report states that Ted Malloch, a London-based American academic linked to Brexit’s Nigel Farage and who has described himself as a “policy wonk and defender of Trump,” has been asked about his frequent appearances on RT, which has been called a Russian propaganda outlet by U.S. intelligence officials.

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According to conservative gadfly Jerome Corsi, who has his own legal problems with Mueller’s probe, Mallach confided in him that he has been questioned by investigator’s looking into Russian collusion in the 2016 election.

The report states that discussions with Malloch are potentially linked to RT’s involvement — including visits — with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

The Guardian reports, ” RT staff met and interviewed Assange on the same day – 2 August 2016 – that Roger Stone, the self-described ‘dirty trickster’ and longtime Trump associate who had previously bragged about having special access to WikiLeaks, was passed information about Assange’s plans,” before noting the timing could be coincidental.

According to the report timeline, “Stone emailed Corsi on 31 July 2016 to say Malloch, a mutual friend of theirs who was in London, ‘should see Assange.’ Corsi has said that he forwarded Malloch a message from Stone explaining that Stone wanted to ‘get the pending WikiLeaks emails’.”

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The report states that investigators are looking at Malloch’s relationship with RT reporter Afshin Rattansi on whose show he has appeared five times.

“Assange told an RT reporter during an interview at the embassy that he would be releasing emails that contained information relating to the Clinton Foundation. Assange’s interview with the RT reporter Afshin Rattansi was not broadcast publicly until several days later, on 6 August,” The Guardian reports.

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Previously Malloch claimed he was detained by the FBI and questioned.

According to the report, Malloch has refused to comment on the allegations or if he is under scrutiny.

You can watch Malloch defending President Trump below:

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Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?

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The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.

"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.

The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."

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White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting

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Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.

King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.

A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.

https://twitter.com/corinne_perkins/status/1162806565109473280

Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/sedespres/status/1162811223186006018

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Democrats could flip the Texas state house in 2020 — and reshape the national map

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Blue Texas? Democrats have long dreamt of winning Texas’s 38 electoral votes in the presidential election. That may still be a long shot, but a recent “Texodus” from Congress has given new talk to a political transformation across the Lone Star State that could have massive ramifications down the ballot and for decades to come.

This article was originally posted at Salon.

Four of the state’s GOP members of Congress have announced their retirements in recent weeks, an unusual torrent of departures signaling that a storm is coming. And evidence shows that it’s not just hitting Texas’s federal delegation. It’s coming to Austin, too.

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