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Major Trump inaugural funder faces second federal probe as investigation continues to heat up

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The Trump inaugural continues to cause trouble for the administration, as a second federal probe has been opened against inaugural donor Imaad Zuberi, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Zuberi was a Democratic donor but supported Trump in 2016. His gifts to the President’s inaugural totaled $1 million and he attended multiple inaugural events.

Federal legal teams in New York and Los Angeles are looking into Zuberi’s links to Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Qatar and Turkey.

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The two probes differ, the WSJ notes. One looks at communications between the Trump inaugural committee and Zuberi. The other has to do with whether foreign money illegally funded the Trump inaugural.

The controversies over improper funding of Trump’s inaugural and other Trump campaign and administration activities continue to rack up, even as the President claims the Barr memo cleared him of any wrongdoing. A redacted version of the Mueller report is expected to be released tomorrow.


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Viewers baffled as GOP counsel appears to push anti-Trump talking points during Yovanovich cross-examination

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House Republican impeachment inquiry attorney Steve Castor on Friday baffled viewers with a line of questioning that appeared to be beneficial to House Democrats' case for impeaching President Donald Trump.

Among other things, Castor referred to ambassador Bill Taylor as a man of integrity and also didn't challenge former ambassador Marie Yovanovich's story that she had been the subject of a smear campaign launched by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.

In fact, Castor's line of questioning was so friendly to House Democrats, that some Twitter users joked that he was a "deep state plant" who's secretly helping to impeach the president.

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CNN legal analysts rip apart Jim Jordan’s ‘nonsensical’ defense of Trump witness intimidation

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CNN legal analyst Elie Honig blasted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for arguing that President Donald Trump hadn't engaged in witness intimidation by tweeting attacks on a former ambassador as she testified against him in the impeachment inquiry.

Jordan argued the tweet can't be witness intimidation because Marie Yovanovitch wouldn't have known about the attack if Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hadn't read it to her, but Honig said the GOP lawmaker's claim was ridiculous.

"His point is nonsensical," Honig said. "Of course, she was going to find out about a tweet that went out to 60 million people-plus. The law covers any way you look regarding timing."

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Marie Yovanovitch made a ‘mockery’ of Trump’s dismissal of the ‘deep state’ with her testimony: CNN’s David Gregory

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CNN contributor David Gregory used his time during a panel segment on the impeachment testimony of Marie Yovanovitch to hammer President Donald Trump for attacking the diplomat on Twitter as she spoke -- then said she had made a "mockery" of his [Trump's] dismissal of the "deep state."

According to Gregory, viewers might think he was naive to believe the president would not get personal and go after Yovanovitch, but that he was honestly stunned.

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