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Trump VA official barred statement condemning Charlottesville white nationalists: report

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A Donald Trump-appointed official in the Department of Veterans Affairs pressured a VA diversity specialist not to condemn white nationalists after Charlottesville, newly-revealed emails show.

The Washington Post reported that John Ullyot, the VA’s chief communications official, was at odds with diversity expert Georgia Coffey after the senior diversity officer called for a more-forceful condemnation of white nationalism following the “Unite the Right” rally that left one woman dead and several others injured.

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Coffey, the emails shared with the Post by the American Oversight watchdog group showed, called on the agency to issue a statement denouncing the rally’s “repugnant display of hate and bigotry by white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan.”

The report noted that Ullyot directed the diversity officer to stand down, and that people familiar with the exchange said the Trump appointee “was enforcing a directive from the White House, where officials were scrambling to contain the fallout from Trump’s comments” about the rally in which he both praised and criticized “both sides” of the white supremacist rally.

Curt Cashour, a spokesperson for the VA, denied that such a directive was issued.

Then-VA Secretary David Shulkin issued his own statement after the Charlottesville rally decrying white supremacists in a manner many considered more forceful than Trump’s. The report noted, however, that Ullyot said he was acting under Shulkin’s directions — and that the director was copied on the emails.

The Post noted that Coffey retired soon after his dispute over the statement.

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Indicted Giuliani associate helped Nunes arrange meetings during his overseas trips to discredit the Russia investigation

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On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that Lev Parnas, the Rudy Giuliani associate currently under federal indictment for campaign finance violations, helped Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) arrange meetings in Europe as part of his efforts to discredit the investigation of Russian contacts within President Donald Trump's campaign.

According to congressional records, Nunes, in his capacity as then-House Intelligence Chairman, visited Europe from November 30 to December 3, of last year, during which he was accompanied by three staffers — Derek Harvey, Scott Glabe, and George Pappas — at a taxpayer expense of over $63,000.

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Rick Wilson mocks GOP as impeachment witnesses ‘obliterate’ their talking points: ‘Dumber than a sack of hair’

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On Wednesday, as the House wrapped up another day of bombshell impeachment testimony from multiple foreign service officers, former GOP strategist and Never Trump conservative Rick Wilson mocked President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, pointing out that all of their major talking points to defend the president's conduct in Ukraine have been "obliterated":

1/ Hey committee Republicans! Have you noticed every single line of defense that you've mounted this week for the president has been utterly fucking obliterated?

Is this clear to you yet?

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Pro-Trump fundraisers subpoenaed by Manhattan federal prosecutors investigating Giuliani henchmen

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On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that federal prosecutors with the Southern District of New York have issued subpoenas for a number of people financing President Donald Trump's re-election effort, as well as independent pro-Trump groups, as part of their investigation of indicted Rudy Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.

Among those subpoenaed are Brian Ballard, a Trump campaign donor, and two people who helped fundraise for the super PAC America First Action, all of whom allegedly worked with Parnas and Fruman as they helped Giuliani run the Ukraine scheme.

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