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Trump swore interpreter to secrecy after Putin meeting and took away notes: report

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President Donald Trump went to “extraordinary lengths” to hide his meetings with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin from his own White House aides, reports the Washington Post.

According to the Post, Trump took away his interpreter’s notes from the meeting “instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials.”

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“The constraints that Trump imposed are part of a broader pattern by the president of shielding his communications with Putin from public scrutiny and preventing even high-ranking officials in his own administration from fully knowing what he has told one of the United States’ main adversaries,” the Post writes.

According to officials, “the president thinks the presence of subordinates impairs his ability to establish a rapport with Putin.”

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Right-wing media lashes out at Lindsey Graham for resisting calls to investigate Trump probes

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Right-wing media figures are turning up the pressure on Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to push back against the various investigations that have consumed President Donald Trump.

Rush Limbaugh, Lou Dobbs, Tucker Carlson and other conservative commentators want Graham to use his power as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate the origins of the Russia probe and the impeachment inquiry, reported CNN.

Graham had promised back in May to investigate how the FBI came to investigate Trump's campaign ties to Russia, but his committee hasn't held any hearings on that.

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Republicans are pushing a debunked conspiracy theory to exonerate Paul Manafort

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Republicans who are desperately pushing back against the impeachment of President Donald Trump have embraced a debunked conspiracy theory whose aim is to exonerate convicted criminal and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The Daily Beast reports that Trump-loving Republicans have recently embraced a conspiracy theory claiming that the so-called Ukrainian "black ledger" that showed Manafort on the receiving end of corrupt payments was nothing more than a forgery.

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REVEALED: Ukrainian president felt pressured by Trump — and American diplomats knew it

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A new report from the Associated Press claims that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky privately admitted feeling pressured by the Trump administration to intervene in the 2020 election -- and American diplomats were aware of his concerns.

According to the AP's sources, American officials earlier this year were briefed on a meeting that Zelensky held in which he expressed concern that President Donald Trump's associates were trying to drag him into American politics with their demands that he launch an investigation of Burisma, the former employer of former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter.

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