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FBI releases wide-ranging Trump Organization records — complete with heavy redactions and unreadable text

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The FBI on Tuesday released a cache of documents about the Trump Organization after a Freedom of Information Act request — complete with heavy redactions and difficult-to-read text.

Ken Klippenstein, a reporter with The Young Turks’ investigative news arm, noted on Twitter that the FBI had released the documents — and joked about how much information had been redacted.

In the 100 pages of documents, the bureau revealed that it had at multiple times beginning in the 1980’s investigated issues related to the Trump Organization — many of which appear to have been brought to the FBI’s attention by the company itself.

In one almost-entirely unredacted segment, the bureau summarized an incident, via a news article from 1994, in which Trump was angry that a man named Chuck Jones reportedly had nude photographs of his then-wife Marla Maples that were later stolen.

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In the same article cited by the FBI, the bureau wrote that Maples brought the singer Michael Bolton “back to her room” after Trump left Manhattan for a trip.

You can access the entire Trump Organization cache via the FBI Vault.

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Ukrainian-Russian developer with Trump Tower Moscow ties suing after getting bilked for $200,000 at inauguration

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It is illegal for foreigners to donate to presidential inaugurations, but a new lawsuit sheds light on how wealthy foreigners attempted to buy access to the Trump administration.

"A Ukrainian-Russian developer who wanted access to President Trump’s inauguration filed a lawsuit on Tuesday saying he was bilked out of the $200,000 he paid for what he thought would be V.I.P. tickets to the event," The New York Times reported Tuesday.

"The developer, Pavel Fuks, who once discussed a Moscow real estate project with Mr. Trump, said in the lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, that he had paid the money to a firm at the direction of Yuri Vanetik, a prominent Republican fund-raiser and sometime lobbyist," the newspaper explained. "But, the lawsuit said, Mr. Vanetik failed to come through with the promised tickets, and Mr. Fuks ended up watching the inauguration from a Washington hotel bar."

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Indicted Republican gets his passport back — so he can leave the country prior to his bribery trial

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Despite being indicted and waiting to stand trial, a North Carolina judge returned the passport of a top Republican and is allowing him to leave the country.

Former North Carolina GOP Chair Robin Hayes spent a decade in Congress and was once the Republican nominee for governor.

In April, Hayes was indicted on bribery and wire fraud charges.

Despite the seriousness of the charges, a federal judge will temporarily return Hayes' passport for him to travel abroad in July, WSCO-TV correspondent Joe Bruno reported on Tuesday.

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Republican Attorney General sued by four women for retaliating against their sexual harassment complaints: report

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On Tuesday, Indiana's GOP attorney general, Curtis Hill, was sued in federal court by four women, who accuse him of defaming them and engaging in retaliation after they reported episodes of his sexual harassment.

Democratic state Rep. Mara Reardon, communications director Gabrielle McLemore, and legislative assistants Niki DaSilva and Samantha Lozano, are pursuing both compensatory and punitive damages for sexual harassment, retaliation, sexual battery and defamation, and want the judge to order Hill to apologize and retract his claims that the women are liars.

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