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Nigerian politician banned from the US spent Thursday night at Trump’s DC hotel — after paying $1.1 million to GOP lobbying firm

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The former vice president of Nigeria was allowed entry into the United States after paying $1.1 million to a lobbying firm linked to the White House, Popular Info reported Monday.

President George W. Bush signed Presidential Proclamation 7750 in 2004 which banned entry into the United States for people “engaged in or benefitting from corruption.”

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar — who is running for President in the February 16 election — has not been able to visit the United States for twelve years.

On Thursday, Abubakar checked into President Donald Trump’s Washington, DC hotel.

A bipartisan Senate report said that from 2000 to 2008, Abubakar’s wife helped him bring $40 million in “suspect funds” — including at least $1.7 million in bribes — into the United States.

But Abubakar is no longer banned from the United States.

Republican lobbyist Brian Ballard, who is close to the Trump White House, signed a $1.1 million per year contract to represent Abubakar’s political party, The People’s Democratic Party.

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Former principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah joined Ballard’s firm last week.

Watch video of Abubakar checking into Trump’s hotel:

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SNL imagines Alan Dershowitz and Mitt Romney in hell during impeachment trial sketch

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The skit began with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) meeting with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) about impeachment.

They were then joined by Alan Dershowitz (played by SNL alum Jon Lovitz), who spoke of his previous clients, Jeff Epstein (played by Adam Driver), O.J. Simpson and Claus von Bülow.

But Dershowitz suffered a heart attack and met the devil in hell, where he was reunited with Epstein.

“Yes, hello, everyone, it’s I, Alan Dershowitz,” he proclaimed. “It’s wonderful to be here. Because I’m not welcome anywhere else. There’s a lot of haters out there -- for no good reason. But like I said to my client and dear friend Jeffrey Epstein, haters gonna hate!”

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CNN’s Don Lemon collapses on his desk in laughter as guests Rick Wilson and Wajahat Ali dunk on Trump

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CNN anchor Don Lemon was infected with a case of the giggles Saturday night while discussing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Lemon was joined by two hilarious guests, New York Times contributing op-ed writer Wajahat Ali and Rick Wilson, the author of the bestselling 2018 book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever and the new book Running Against the Devil: A Plot to Save America from Trump -- and Democrats from Themselves.

The three were discussing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s interview with “All Things Considered” host Mary Louise Kelly, where he reportedly demanded she point to Ukraine on a blank map.

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Amy Klobuchar wins endorsement in first in the nation primary from the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) received a big endorsement on Saturday evening when her 2020 bid was endorsed by the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper.

"If there is to be any realistic challenge to Trump in November, the Democratic nominee needs to have a proven and substantial record of accomplishment across party lines, an ability to unite rather than divide, and the strength and stamina to go toe-to-toe with the Tweeter-in-Chief," the newspaper wrote. "That would be U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. She is sharp and witty, with a commanding understanding of both history and the inner workings of Capitol Hill."

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