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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).

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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.”

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.

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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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Facebook bans far-right website from pro-Trump advertising after they try to skirt transparency rules

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On Thursday, NBC News reported that Facebook has banned the Epoch Times from placing political advertisements, after the right-wing website tried to conceal its multimillion-dollar dark money streams and get around the social network's political advertising transparency rules in its propaganda supporting President Donald Trump.

The Epoch Times had tried to skirt rules by running ads under puppet names like "Honest Paper" and "Pure American Journalism," confusing users about who was really behind the ads.

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GOP leaders are pressuring Kansas Republican to resign from Congress immediately: report

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On Thursday, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Republicans in Kansas and Washington are pressuring Rep. Steve Watkins (R-KS) to step down after just eight months in office.

It is currently unclear why they are calling for his resignation.

Watkins has thus far given no indications he will leave office. His spokesman Jim Joice stated that he has no plans to resign, and disputed the idea that Republican officials are pressuring him to do so, but acknowledged there have been conversations around the topic.

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LAX customs officer calls journalist ‘fake news’ and demands to know if he works for CNN or MSNBC: report

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On Thursday, Empire Magazine's James Dyer stated in a Twitter thread that he was stopped by a customs official while arriving at Los Angeles International Airport, aggressively interrogated about his journalistic career, and accused of being "fake news":

Wow. Just... wow. Just went through LAX immigration. Presented my journalist visa and was stopped by the CBP agent and accused of being part of the ‘fake news media’.

— James Dyer (@jamescdyer) August 22, 2019

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