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House Dems hire veteran prosecutor who battled the Russian mob as they ramp up Trump investigations

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House Democrats have hired a former Manhattan prosecutor that specialized in Russian organized crime for their investigation into President Donald Trump.

The New Yorker‘s Jeffrey Toobin reported Tuesday that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has hired Daniel Goldman, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, to lead the panel’s investigations.

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Goldman, Toobin noted, “convicted individuals associated with Russian organized crime of securities fraud and health-care fraud, and convicted leading figures in the Genovese crime family of racketeering and murder.”

The prosecutor’s hiring “comes amid a flurry of investigative activity” by House Democrats, the columnist wrote, noting that Schiff and House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) are coordinating an investigation into Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank.

Additionally, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) on Monday revealed that the committee “demanded testimony and documents from eighty-one people and entities close to Trump relating to the issues of obstruction of justice and abuse of power,” Toobin wrote.

“All of these investigations appear to be much closer to the beginnings of their efforts than their ends,” he concluded.

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FBI investigating Erik Prince for arms trafficking after attempt to modify crop dusters into attack aircraft: report

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly investigating prominent Donald Trump supporter Erik Prince for violating arms trafficking laws.

"Prince, an heir to a billion-dollar fortune who is widely viewed as a shadow adviser to the president, is under federal investigation for his 2015 attempt to modify two American-made crop-dusting planes into attack aircraft — a violation of arms trafficking regulations," The Intercept reported Thursday, citing "two people familiar with the investigation."

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‘This is not how words work’: Trump trashed after ranting that Roger Stone will be ‘exonerated’

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President Donald Trump went off on a strange rant after the sentence was handed down in the Roger Stone case.

Trump was supposed to be speaking about his new system of pardons which would pass down recommendations, but instead, he wanted to talk about those he felt should be prosecuted instead of Stone.

"But it happened to Roger Stone, and it happened to Gen. Flynn. and it happened to -- I won't name names," Trump continued during his Hope for Prisoners commencement address. "I know Roger but a lot of people know Roger. Everybody sort of knows Roger. And what happened to him is unbelievable. They say he lied. But other people lied, too. Just to mention [James] Comey lied. [Andrew] McCabe lied. Lisa Page lied. Her lover Strzok, Peter Strzok, lied. You don't know who these people are? Trust me. They all lied."

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Trump’s praise for Dana Rohrabacher comes back to haunt him after ex-congressman confirms offering pardon deal to Julian Assange

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Former Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California confirmed a shocking revelation to Yahoo News on Thursday — that he had offered a pardon to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2017 if he publicly disputed the notion that Russia had hacked the Democratic National Committee.

The offer was first reported on Wednesday when Assange’s lawyers revealed the exchange in a British court.

But while Rohrabacher confirmed that he presented Assange with the idea, he said President Donald Trump was not aware of the possible pardon. Instead, Rohrabacher said that he discussed the pardon with then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly after the Assange meeting. But while Kelly was “courteous,” Rohrabacher said, they never broached the topic again, and there’s no indication Trump was even made aware of it.

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