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Bill Barr gets waiver to supervise case linked to investigation of Trump’s inauguration

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On Tuesday, Politico reported that Attorney General William Barr has been cleared to participate in an investigation of a foreign firm in a case of alleged money laundering. The waiver could in turn “give him a window” into a probe in New York related to Trump’s inauguration.

The developer is called 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

The waiver was handed down April 16th, national security reporter Natasha Bertrand first reported. The initial conflict of interest revolved around “the investigation and litigation of the 1MDB matter in which his former law firm represents an entity involved in the matter.”

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Barr, as Politico notes, used to work for Kirkland & Ellis. That company’s Senior partner Mark Filip now represents Goldman Sachs in the investigation into 1MDB.

There are multiple ongoing investigations into foreign entities illegally contributing to the Trump inaugural committee and shady characters linked to the inauguration and the Trump Victory Committee, devoted to Trump’s re-election. Politico details the connections:

As part of a wider probe into potentially illegal donations made by foreign nationals to Trump’s inaugural committee in 2017, New York prosecutors are investigating whether Jho Low, a Malaysian fugitive accused of helping to steal around $4.5 billion from 1MDB, illegally donated $100,000 to the Trump Victory committee in December 2017.

Low was indicted in the Eastern District of New York in October 2018 on money laundering and bribery charges.
The donation itself was made by U.S. citizen Larry Davis, the co-owner of Hawaii investment company LNS Capital, but investigators are scrutinizing whether transfers totaling $1.5 million that originated with Low earlier that year were funneled to the Trump Victory committee, according to the Wall Street Journal. Low has denied the allegations.

“Pursuant to the authority delegated under Section 3 of executive order 13770, I grant a waiver to William Barr, Attorney General, to U.S. Department of Justice, to participate in the investigation and litigation of the IMDB matter in which his former law firm represents and entity involved in the matter,” the order read.

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Read the original Politico report here.

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GOP candidate boasted about sneaking gun into school — now she’s getting investigated by the cops

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Peggy Hubbard, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Illinois, has apologized after she admitted to lying about bringing a gun with her into a high school during a candidate forum.

The Daily Herald reports that Hubbard last week told an audience at Hinsdale Central High School that she brought a gun in with her to make a point about how unsafe schools are.

"I walked in with a concealed carry and I had a gun and three clips and nobody checked," she said during the event.

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‘Trump 2020’ emblazoned hay bales burned to the ground by vandals

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Hay bales in the town of Ferndale, Washington, that were covered with a tarp featuring the slogan "TRUMP 2020" were burned to the ground by vandals this Sunday, Q13Fox reports.

Police say deputies arrived on the scene to find the bales on fire, which amounted to around $500 in damage. According to Sheriff Bill Elfo, political vandalism is on the rise in the area.

“Over the past year, the Sheriff’s Office has investigated several reports of damage and theft of a political campaign sign,” Elfo said. “In this instance, the crime resulted in the destruction of private property that had the propensity to spread and jeopardize nearby structures and their occupants. This incident also resulted in the use of Fire District, Sheriff’s Office and Ferndale Police assets that were unavailable for the duration of the response to respond to other emergencies."

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The ‘pro-life swing voter’ some moderate Democrats chase is a myth

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A thing that I do not understand is why journalists assume that Democratic presidential candidates absolutely must respond to pro-life activists, or deal with The Abortion Problem. I sometimes think it's because they teach you in journalism school that every four years Swing Voters sprout from the earth like cicadas demanding propitiation. And if the Swing Voters are not sufficiently placated, all manner of hell will break loose, like Swing Voters clinging to God & guns or refusing to speak to responsible centrist journalists in Midwestern diners so the poor scribblers can't expense their rice pudding. Things happen!

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