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National security expert explains how Russian operatives compromise people like Trump

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On Sunday, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani admitted that talks about the construction of Trump Tower in Moscow continued up to November of 2016.

“Well, it’s our understanding that they went on throughout 2016. Weren’t a lot of them, but there were conversations. Can’t be sure of the exact date. But the president can remember having conversations with [Michael Cohen] about it,” Giuliani said.

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The admission raises questions about whether President Trump’s approach to Russia, such as his promise as candidate to lift sanctions, was driven by his own financial interests.

On CNN Monday, national security attorney Susan Hennessey explained that the Russia playbook involves a “carrot and stick” approach that mixes threatening behavior—like potential blackmail—with financial incentives to achieve their geopolitical goals.

“So we’ve seen the model by which they use the carrot and the stick. The threat of something holding over you but also an incentive,” she says. “A reason to want to favor their interest. So I think this is something that is sort of right out of the Russian playbook.”

“And notably, this is something that as a candidate, Donald Trump would have been and reportedly was warned about,” she added. “The Russians use these tactics in order to ultimately compromise people.”

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Giuliani associates’ company promised to build a bizarre temple over Jerusalem

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The Wall Street Journal has uncovered new details about the strange work done by Fraud Guarantee, the company founded by Lev Parnas, the indicted henchman of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Specifically, the Journal was given information from an investor who says he plugged $250,000 into Fraud Guarantee after Parnas told him that he could use his connections with President Donald Trump to help promote his initiative to create peace in the Middle East.

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Liberal PACs gear up for major ad blitz to flip GOP-controlled legislatures in states where Trump is vulnerable

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According to a report from Politico, two left-leaning PAC's are working in concert to flip GOP-majority legislatures in reliably conservative or too- close-to-call states.

With Donald Trump expected to be at the top of the Republican ticket, "Arena and Future Now Fund, are planning to spend $7 million to try to flip GOP-controlled state legislatures in Florida, Arizona, Michigan and North Carolina," the report states.

According to Daniel Squadron, co-founder of the Future Now Fund, "If you look at where the important states are, the places most people are watching are the Electoral College to secure the White House. But the truth is that when you talk about the impact of 2020, electoral control of the state legislatures is critical.”

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Newly revealed letter details Rudy Giuliani’s work for Fraud Guarantee company owned by indicted henchman

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A newly revealed letter sheds light on Rudy Giuliani's work for Fraud Guarantee, a company founded by his indicted associates Lev Parnas and David Correia -- and the document has been handed over to investigators.

Fraud Guarantee circulated an investor letter last year that shows the company would pay the consulting firm Giuliani Partners up to $2 million for the first year and give the former New York City mayor equity in the company, reported the Wall Street Journal.

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