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Senate Republicans split from Trump admin and vote to keep sanctions on businesses linked to Russian oligarch

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Republicans in the Senate offered a rare rebuke of the Trump administration Tuesday when some voted with Democrats to block the lifting of sanctions on a Kremlin-linked Russian oligarch’s businesses.

Bloomberg News’ Laura Litvan tweeted that 11 Republicans joined Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in blocking the Treasury Department from lifting sanctions on “three firms with ties to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.”

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Deripaska entered the public consciousness due to his relationship to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Ast early as April 2016, the oligarch’s ties to Manafort — who was later revealed to be in Deripaska’s debt — drew suspicion about the Trump campaign’s ties to the Kremlin.

In December 2018, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that the department was lifting sanctions on businesses tied to Deripaska — a move that drew bipartisan outcry.

Mnuchin took to the Senate to shore up opposition to Schumer’s bill blocking the sanctions, to no avail.

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On January 10, NBC News reported that Deripaska is suing Manafort and his former deputy Rick Gates, who along with his old boss has been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller, for over $25 million in damages from a failed business venture.


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WATCH: Trump flees Bedminster press conference after reporter busts him for lying about veterans

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President Donald Trump held his second hastily arranged press conference in two days at his Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey on Saturday.

Trump began the press conference by falsely claiming credit for the Veterans Choice bill that was signed by President Barack Obama.

CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale has recorded Trump lying about the bill more than 140 times.

https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1292194842064441344

But this time, CBS News reporter Paula Reid challenged Trump on his lies.

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Trump accuses Democrats of ‘trying to steal an election’ with mail-in voting during the COVID-19 pandemic

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President Donald Trump accused Democrats of conspiring to steal an election at a hastily arranged news conference held at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.

And angry Trump lashed out at Democrats for seeking to allow voting by mail in the November election.

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's press conference, where he questioned if Democrats love America:

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Pelosi blasts Trump as ‘not a well person’ and wonders if GOP is motivated by a ‘manhood thing’: report

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) briefed members of the Democratic Caucus on Saturday about the state of negotiations over the next coronavirus stimulus bill.

Luke Broadwater, a congressional correspondent for The New York Times, posted a thread about the call on Twitter, citing "sources on call."

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) was also on the call, and reportedly blasted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows for the failure to reach a deal.

“Meadows, when John Boehner and Paul Ryan was Speaker, impeded every agreement they tried to make with us on must-pass legislation," Hoyer reported said.

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