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Democrats launching ‘aggressive new focus’ investigating Steve Mnunchin’s role in Russia scandals

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will be in the hot seat on Capitol Hill on Thursday as Congressional Democrats investigate President Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia.

Mnuchin’s classified briefing is “the start of an aggressive new focus on Mnuchin by newly empowered House Democrats,” NBC News reported Wednesday.

At focus in the closed-door hearing is Mnuchin’s decision to ease sanctions on companies aligned with Oleg Deripaska.

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Deripaska is a Russian oligarch with close ties to Vladimir Putin and former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort. In 2016, Mnuchin was Trump’s national finance chair.

Thursday’s hearing was scheduled after the Democratic chairs of the seven major investigative committees in the House of Representatives signed a joint-letter seeking information on why the Treasury Department eased the sanctions on Deripaska’s interests.

Congressional Democrats are investigating if the White House — and even Trump himself — exerted influence over Mnuchin’s decision.

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‘You should be ashamed’: Devin Nunes ripped for attacking impeachment witnesses in ‘lie-filled opening statement’

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) gave an "angry and conspiratorial" opening statement as the lead Republican defending President Donald Trump in the first televised impeachment hearing.

Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, talked about conspiracy theories and "nude pictures of Trump" during his opening statement.

The Fresno Republican's opening statement was roundly mocked online. Here's some of what people were saying:

Attacks on the state Department witnesses are stupid. Nunes and his talk of Ukrainian sequels belongs on Hannity. George Kent is showing us why right now. But I hope the GOP keeps acting this way. It will render meaningless any legit claims they make.

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David Cay Johnston issues ‘a warning’ after reading ‘Anonymous’ book: Trump is stupid, crazy and dangerous

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At DCReport we’ve scored an advance copy of the most anticipated book of the year, “A Warning” by “Anonymous, A Senior Trump Administration Official.” This book, which goes on sale Nov. 19, is as important, fascinating and easy to read as any book in our times.

The scariest line comes on Page 238, where the author identifies the most unwelcome visitor to the Trump White House—reason.

Crazy anecdote by idiotic tirade by telling detail gathered from behind closed doors at the White House, the author makes clear that this book is a work of duty by someone who loves America, has dedicated their life to our safety and well-being and is certain that all we hold dear is in grave danger.

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GOP litters impeachment hearing room with posters attacking Adam Schiff and the whistleblower

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Republicans in the House of Representatives have put up posters behind their seats that offer a preview of their strategy to defend President Donald Trump in Wednesday's open impeachment hearings.

As reported by Politico's Kyle Cheney, Republicans in the hearings are displaying posters that don't defend the substance of the charges against the president but instead impugn the integrity of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and the still-anonymous whistleblower who filed the complaint against the president.

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