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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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Here’s how the law governing whistleblowers applies to the Trump Ukraine complaint

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This week it was revealed that President Donald Trump did something so concerning that an intelligence staffer felt the need to report the incident and file for whistleblower protections.

Trump asked Ukraine to look into scandals about former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter. For nearly a year, Trump's former attorney Rudy Giuliani was admittedly working to persuade officials in Ukraine to find "dirt" on the Bidens that they could use in the election. While the accusations against the younger Biden have been disproven, it's suspected, but not confirmed, that this was the incident detailed in the complaint.

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Retiring Republican lawmaker blames Trump’s ‘petty, childish bullsh*t’ for massive GOP exodus

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In an examination of the record-breaking number of Republican lawmakers who have decided to quit or retire despite holding a seat in solidly conservative congressional districts, one lawmaker admitted that he grew weary of having to deal with Donald Trump's daily Twitter habit and other shenanigans -- so he is calling it quits.

As the Washington Post reports, "Since Trump’s inauguration, a Washington Post analysis shows that nearly 40 percent of the 241 Republicans who were in office in January 2017 are gone or leaving because of election losses, retirements including former House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis)."

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Internet rains hell on ‘fake Christian’ Karen Pence’s new Twitter account: ‘I can’t wait for the rapture’

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The Internet reacted with scorn over the weekend after Second Lady Karen Pence announced a new Twitter account aimed at reelecting President Donald Trump.

In her first tweet, Pence posted a video lavishing praise on the president.

"There are probably a lot of things you don't know about me," Pence says in the video. "For example, I enjoy painting, I love to ride my bike and I like nothing better than reading a good book. On my new Twitter account, I will share what I'm up to when I'm not in the office at the White House."

Excited to start a new #Twitter account to help tell the story of all the accomplishments under the leadership of @realDonaldTrump and @mike_pence! Follow along to KEEP AMERICA GREAT! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/RaPwC5ThyR

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