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Jussie Smollett ‘apologizes’ to ‘Empire’ cast : ‘I swear to God — I did not do this’

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After appearing in court Thursday afternoon and being released on a $100,000 bond Jussie Smollett headed over to the set of “Empire” where he was schedule to shoot a scene.

According to TMZ Smollett apologized to the cast and crew – but not for faking a hate crime, which is what Chicago Police earlier in the day insisted he did.

“I’m sorry I’ve put you all through this and not answered any calls,” Smollett said, TMZ reports. “I wanted to say I’m sorry and, you know me, I would never do this to any of you, you are my family.”

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“I swear to God, I did not do this,” Smollett, who was described as “emotional,” reportedly told the crew.

Smollett then left, and returned later to shoot his scene.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Thursday morning told reporters Smollett staged a hoax hate crime assault “to further his own public profile,” and because he was “dissatisfied” with his salary.

Johnson had strong words against Smollett, saying he “took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”

Smollett surrendered to police early Thursday morning, was arrested and charged with “disorderly conduct,” for allegedly filing a false police report.

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Indicted Giuliani associate helped Nunes arrange meetings during his overseas trips to discredit the Russia investigation

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On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that Lev Parnas, the Rudy Giuliani associate currently under federal indictment for campaign finance violations, helped Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) arrange meetings in Europe as part of his efforts to discredit the investigation of Russian contacts within President Donald Trump's campaign.

According to congressional records, Nunes, in his capacity as then-House Intelligence Chairman, visited Europe from November 30 to December 3, of last year, during which he was accompanied by three staffers — Derek Harvey, Scott Glabe, and George Pappas — at a taxpayer expense of over $63,000.

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Rick Wilson mocks GOP as impeachment witnesses ‘obliterate’ their talking points: ‘Dumber than a sack of hair’

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On Wednesday, as the House wrapped up another day of bombshell impeachment testimony from multiple foreign service officers, former GOP strategist and Never Trump conservative Rick Wilson mocked President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, pointing out that all of their major talking points to defend the president's conduct in Ukraine have been "obliterated":

1/ Hey committee Republicans! Have you noticed every single line of defense that you've mounted this week for the president has been utterly fucking obliterated?

Is this clear to you yet?

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Pro-Trump fundraisers subpoenaed by Manhattan federal prosecutors investigating Giuliani henchmen

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On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that federal prosecutors with the Southern District of New York have issued subpoenas for a number of people financing President Donald Trump's re-election effort, as well as independent pro-Trump groups, as part of their investigation of indicted Rudy Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.

Among those subpoenaed are Brian Ballard, a Trump campaign donor, and two people who helped fundraise for the super PAC America First Action, all of whom allegedly worked with Parnas and Fruman as they helped Giuliani run the Ukraine scheme.

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