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Julian Assange arrested in London after Ecuador withdraws his asylum

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Julian Assange has been arrested in London after Ecuador withdrew his asylum.

The fugitive founder of WikiLeaks was wanted by British police for skipping bail in August 2012, while he was under investigation for sexual assault and rape in Sweden, and had lived since then in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, reported NBC News.

The Australian had long complained that he would eventually be extradited to the U.S. to face charges if he was forced to surrender.

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The 47-year-old Assange and WikiLeaks have been implicated by U.S. intelligence services and special counsel Robert Mueller in a scheme to release emails hacked by Russian intelligence from the Democratic National Committee.

President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has testified before Congress that Assange had been in contact with Republican operative Roger Stone to coordinate the release of the stolen emails during the 2016 campaign.

Assange has insisted the hacked emails had not come from Russia.

Sweden eventually dropped its investigation of Assange, and he is no longer wanted by authorities there, but London’s Metropolitan Police said he would be arrested for violating his bail if he ever left the embassy.

Assange became an Ecuadorian citizen last year but had quarreled with embassy staff for years, especially in recent months.

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Feds seek interviews with Ukraine’s state-run energy company as Giuliani probe heats up

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Federal prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York are seeking to interview people who have knowledge of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani's dealings with Naftogaz, which is Ukraine's state-run oil-and-gas company.

CNN reports that prosecutors have reached out to multiple people with knowledge of Naftogaz in recent weeks, which the network says suggests "investigators have opened a line of inquiry into whether Giuliani and his associates sought to secure energy deals by asserting influence on the company."

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Bill Barr’s fascist manifesto: Is this man the real threat to American democracy?

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The biggest moment in former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch's impeachment-hearing testimony on Friday was when House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told her that President Trump was attacking her on Twitter as she was speaking.

Trump's defenders came out in force, offering various explanations for his mob-like behavior. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, has been arguing that Trump was just testing the Ukrainians to see if they would fall into his trap and prove they were corrupt. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., using the abusive-husband excuse, insisted that it's Trump's political opponents who make him behave the way he does — they are "tormenting" him and should have just covered up his crimes for the good of the country. It's clear that the only thing they can settle on is the inane story that Trump prefers: He did absolutely nothing wrong and anyone who says otherwise is a partisan hack acting in bad faith.

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Soledad O’Brien scorches media for failures covering Trump: ‘Quoting lies is a bad strategy!’

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Former CNN host Soledad O'Brien this week gave a scorching rebuke to what she says have been failures by the media in covering President Donald Trump.

In an interview with the Daily Beast, O'Brien argues that the American press simply isn't equipped to handle Trump's rampant and record-breaking dishonesty.

"What drives me more nutty than the president -- who I think is obviously a terrible human being in a lot of ways -- is the way in which the media does not know how to handle him,” she said. “Quoting people who are saying lies is a really bad strategy. When President Trump says the moon is made of cheese, well, it’s not."

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