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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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Trump declares impeachment ‘dead’ — and demands apology — in late night Twitter outburst

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President Donald Trump lashed out on his favorite social media platform late Thursday evening.

Eight minutes before midnight eastern time, Trump unloaded.

Trump wrote, "Democrats must apologize to USA: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that 'United States Ambassador Gordon Sondland did NOT link financial military assistance to a request for Ukraine to open up an investigation into former V.P. Joe Biden & his son, Hunter Biden. Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me, about a connection between the assistance and the investigation.'”

Trump did not say why he was taking the word of a foreign official over multiple sworn testimonies from members of his own administration.

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Pelosi is ‘marrying up the facts and the law’: Ex-prosecutor says ‘bribery’ is a critical indictment of Trump

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi was masterful in using the word "bribery" to describe President Donald Trump's actions with Ukraine that are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, according to a former federal prosecutor.

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams interviewed former Assistant U.S. Attorney Berit Berger on Thursday evening's "The Last Word."

Please expand for us on why it is significant and why is it important to label this bribery," Williams said.

"So I think Nancy Pelosi was very specific in calling this bribery for two reasons," Berger replied.

"The first is that -- unlike quid pro quo -- ribery is something that most people understand, especially people who have children," she said, with a chuckle. "We all sort of have a general understanding of that."

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Giuliani henchmen showered Republican with cash — and Trump almost made him ambassador to Ukraine: report

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Yet another bombshell report has shed new light on President Donald Trump's suspicious Ukraine policies.

"At the same time that Rudy Giuliani and his now-indicted pals were pushing for President Donald Trump to remove Amb. Marie Yovanovitch from her post in Ukraine, Trump administration officials were eyeing potential contenders to take over her job. One of the people in the mix, according to three sources familiar with the discussions, was Rep. Pete Sessions, a former Congressman who called for Yovanovitch’s firing," The Daily Beast reported Thursday night. "He is also a longtime ally of the former New York Mayor, and is believed to have taken millions of dollars from Giuliani’s indicted cronies."

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