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FEMA emergency service contractors told to stop working during Trump’s shutdown: report

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Donald Trump’s government shutdown has led to the suspension of emergency services staffed by private contractors.

The Young Turks’ Ken Klippenstein reported Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency instructed hundreds of private contractors to cease working as the government ran out of funds to pay them.

“A full year appropriation or a continuing resolution has not been enacted for the current fiscal year,” the DHS notice sent at the end of 2018 read. “As a result, certain existing contracts will be stopped.”

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The report noted that although “public disclosures are limited about the work being stopped,” many of the contracts appear to relate to emergency services and preparedness.

Earlier in the week, McClatchy reported that some wildfire services — including the training of firefighters — had been halted due to the shutdown.

Klippenstein noted that the wildfire services report emerged the same day President Trump tweeted that he’d “ordered FEMA to send no more money” to California to fight the state’s wildfires, which he claimed would never have happened with proper forest management.

“The contracts reviewed by TYT reveal that additional emergency services have also been suspended, from support for management of hazardous materials to meals for government employees deployed to Puerto Rico,” the report noted.

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EU ambassador Sondland criticized Trump over Ukraine efforts: ‘Inviting a foreign government to interfere US election would be wrong’

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Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, will tell Congress that he criticized President Donald Trump over his efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating a political rival.

The Trump megadonor-turned-diplomat appeared Thursday before three House committees to discuss his role in a White House scheme to enlist a foreign government to dig up campaign dirt against Joe Biden as Ukraine awaited congressionally approved military aid.

According to his prepared statement, Sondland will tell lawmakers that Ukraine was expected to announce "anti-corruption" investigations against the former vice president and his son Hunter Biden as a "one of the pre-conditions for securing a White House meeting" for its president Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Giuliani’s Ukraine henchman once held a gun to man’s head and threatened to kill him if he told police: report

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Lev Parnas, one of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani's henchmen who tried to help him pressure the Ukrainian government, has a long history of making death threats and associating with fraudsters, according to a new report from Politico.

According to Politico, a restraining order filed by a man who was once Parnas's landlord back in 2008 claimed that Parnas threatened to kill him after he asked him to vacate the apartment that he was renting.

"If you call the cops, they are not going to find you ever," Parnas told the man, according to the complaint.

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‘Increasingly likely’ Bolton will be hauled before House investigators over Trump’s Ukraine fiasco: report

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According to The Daily Beast, President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser John Bolton is "increasingly likely" to be subpoenaed by Democratic investigators in the House as part of the impeachment proceedings into Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

Bolton, a longtime neoconservative war hawk, served in the role after Trump fired Gen. H. R. McMaster, but often clashed with the president on matters of national security and left the administration on bitter terms.

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