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Ex-Ambassador McFaul speculates on the pee tape: ‘Everything that happens at the Ritz-Carlton goes to the Kremlin’

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If Donald Trump did hire Russian prostitutes for a “golden showers” show at the Ritz Carton Hotel in Moscow, the Kremlin has the tapes, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia explained on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Saturday.

“Now people say on this show a few moments ago, it was all about money. Where are you on that? host Chris Matthews asked Ambassador Michael McFaul.

“What is Trump’s motive for siding with Putin?” he asked.

“I don’t know,” McFaul admitted. “I want to be clear, there’s lots of circumstantial evidence about the money they took in 2008 and maybe he’s beholden — I don’t want to connect those dots until I know the evidence, and that’s why we need Mr. Mueller to finish his job.”

There are also reports Trump is compromised by damning material.

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In the salacious Steele Dossier, former British spy Christopher Steele reported that Trump could be subject to blackmail.

“Trump’s personal obsessions and sexual perversion in order to obtain suitable ‘kompromat’ (compromising material) on him,” Steele wrote.

“According to Source D, where s/he had been present, Trump’s (perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew President and Mrs. Obama (who he hated) had stayed on one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him,” Steele explained.

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The Steele Dossier was originally published by Buzzfeed News (screengrab)

“Do you think it’s kompromat, the dossier and the hotel room?” Wallace asked.

“I honestly don’t know,” McFaul replied. “I do know that that’s the way Putin does his business. He gives money to people for free, and then creates leverage. And he gathers kompromat on all kinds of people, in Russia, in other countries.”

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“If you stay at the Ritz-Carlton, everything that happens in the Ritz-Carlton goes to the Kremlin,” McFaul said. “That I know for sure.”

Steele, who ran the Moscow desk for Britains MI6, also believed that Putin would have the tapes.

“The hotel was known to be under FSB control with microphones and concealed cameras in all the mail rooms to record anything they wanted to,” Steele wrote in his dossier.

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White supremacists accounted for majority of terror-related arrests in last year: FBI director

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FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers on Tuesday that his agency has so far made roughly 100 terrorism-related arrests so far this fiscal year -- and the majority of them are related in some way to the white supremacist movement.

As Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky reports, Wray made his remarks about white supremacist terrorists while being questioned by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Despite the fact that white supremacists accounted for a majority of terror-related arrests in the first three quarters of this fiscal year, however, Wray also said that the FBI still considers jihadi-inspired terrorism to be the greater overall threat.

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Florida cop runs down joy-riding black teen on bicycle — then officers shock him with a Taser

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Florida police chased down a joy-riding black teenager, struck the bicycle he was riding and then violently arrested him after he fled in terror.

Jaydon Stubbs and four friends were riding July 17 on their way to Hollywood Beach when an officer spotted the teens in an area where there had been a string of recent burglaries, reported WPLG-TV.

The officer saw the boys popping wheelies and ignoring traffic laws, so she tried to stop them for questioning -- but they split up and rode away from her.

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Here’s how Boris Johnson is already shaping up to be Britain’s Trump

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On Tuesday, Boris Johnson, former British Foreign Secretary and leader of the Conservative Party, secured the votes in Parliament to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

It is an outcome that was long considered likely — and it creates parallels with the 2016 election of President Donald Trump in the United States, as there are a great many similarities between the politics and styles of these two men, notes NPR.

First, and most obviously, both men are brusque right-wing populists who have made controlling immigration their core issue on the political stage — in Trump's case it is building the wall, while in Johnson's case it is implementing Brexit.

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