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FBI interviews associate of top fundraiser for Trump’s 2016 campaign: report

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On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that the FBI has questioned Lisa Korbatov, a Los Angeles GOP activist and former business associate of key Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy.

Korbatov was reportedly questioned by Justice Department investigators in Washington about her work with Broidy, as well as about President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Broidy, a major fundraiser for Trump’s campaign and inaugural committee, previously served as deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee. He resigned from the RNC last April amid allegations that Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen brokered a $1.6 million payoff to a Playboy Playmate who claims to have had an abortion after he impregnated her. Broidy categorically denies this accusation.

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It is unclear exactly what the Justice Department’s interest in Broidy is, but a Washington Post report last August suggested that prosecutors were looking into whether Broidy offered to facilitate official Trump administration actions on behalf of foreign entities in return for tens of millions of dollars.

Broidy is at least tangentially associated with multiple entities at the heart of criminal investigations. The Trump inaugural committee, which Broidy helped fund, is currently under investigation by federal prosecutors who are trying to determine whether any of its donors sought quid pro quo arrangements, or whether any of its funding was improperly diverted into the Trump Organization.

Meanwhile, one of the prosecutors investigating Broidy is also involved in the DOJ probe of 1MDB, the Malaysian wealth fund. 1MDB is at the heart of a massive international scandal, in which fund managers allegedly embezzled $4.5 billion and engaged in widespread bribery and money laundering to conceal it. An anonymous associate named in a civil forfeiture complaint against indicted 1MDB financier Low Taek matches Broidy’s description, and the Wall Street Journal has also reported Broidy was in talks to earn millions of dollars if the Justice Department stopped investigating Low.

There is currently no confirmation that Broidy has engaged in any criminal activity, and Broidy has denied wrongdoing. His spokespersons declined to speak to The Daily Beast on the record.

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New testimony adds 2 stunning — and previously unknown — details about the Ukraine extortion

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New testimony released Monday from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Ukraine scandal included at least two new stunning details about the quid pro quo scheme at the heart of the matter.

Overall, the transcripts for depositions of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who were advisers to U.S. envoy Kurt Volker, built on the story of that we already know: that President Donald Trump pushed a shadow foreign policy to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political opponents, a scheme that involved using his office and military aid as leverage over the country in opposition to the official policy.

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Trump blasted for his ‘Endorsement of Doom’ after Sean Spicer loses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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Team Trump had gone all in urging supporters to vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the game show "Dancing with the Stars."

Votes had been urged by RNC officials and Trump himself had urged his 66 million Twitter followers to vote for Spicer.

Despite the full heft of the Trump campaign, Spicer lost on Monday's show.

Trump deleted his failed tweet urging votes for Spicer -- and instead said it was a "great try" by his former advisor.

Looks like this endorsement was as successful as your last one!

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‘He’s misunderstood’: Nikki Haley tells Fox News how Trump is actually a really good listener

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Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump during a Monday appearance with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor if Trump was "misunderstood."

"I do think he’s misunderstood," Haley replied.

"I can tell you, from the first day to the last day that I worked for the president, he always listened, he was always conscious of hearing other voices, allowing people to debate out the issues, and then he made his decision," Haley claimed.

She argued that, "I saw a president that was very thoughtful, looked at all of the issues, made decisions, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with him."

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