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Manafort’s mysterious $1 million donor begs court to keep his name secret — so that he doesn’t lose friends

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An anonymous California man who donated $1 million to Paul Manafort in 2017 is asking courts to keep his name from the public so as not to “shatter” his friendships and relationships.

CNN reported that lawyers for Woodlawn LLC, a shell company claiming to be the lender, filed a motion on Thursday to keep his name private.

The lawyers cited the man’s residence in Southern California — a region “where President Trump is highly unpopular” — as one of the reasons for his request.

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“It is well known that friendships and other relationships have shattered over political views in our current ‘tribal’ society,” the filing read.

The report noted that the shell company is willing to share the man’s identity with the courts while still preventing “the general public from learning the identity of a private person.”

“He has been and remains extremely concerned that if his identity is revealed to the public, he will suffer grave damage to his business and personal relationships due to the unpopularity of President Trump and anyone closely associated with the President, such as Paul Manafort, in California, where he lives and does business,” the anonymous donor’s lawyer’s said in the filing.

CNN noted that the mysterious benefactor’s donation to Manafort was made just before the former Trump campaign chairman was indicted in 2017 — a fact that raised the suspicions of prosecutors, who said it’s similar to “other fake or illegal payments” he received.

Prosecutors further alleged that Manafort could be the person behind Woodlawn LLC and would therefore be self-lending — an accusation the shell company called a “preposterous theory” that is “misleading and frivolous.”

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Melania Trump scorched by columnist for standing by president’s Thunberg bullying: ‘Indefensible’

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In a piece for the Washington Post, columnist Karen Tumulty called out first lady Melania Trump for her statement defending her husband's bullying of 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg in a fit of jealousy after she was selected Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

Responding to a statement from the White House that stated, “BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children. It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do. Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” Tumulty wasn't having it.

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BUSTED: Devin Nunes is hiding how he’s paying for all his frivolous lawsuits — which could land him in more trouble

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On Saturday, the Fresno Bee dived into a lingering question: How does Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) pay for all the lawsuits he is filing against journalists, satirists, and political critics?

"Nunes, R-Tulare, has filed lawsuits against Twitter, anonymous social media users known as Devin Nunes' Cow and Devin Nunes' Mom, a Republican political strategist, media companies, journalists, progressive watchdog groups, a political research firm that worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and a retired farmer in Nunes’ own district," noted the Bee.

These lawsuits were mainly filed in Virginia — a state with very loose laws against so-called "SLAPP suits," or meritless lawsuits intended to drown people in legal expenses in retaliation for expressing political opinions. Nunes was assisted in these suits by Steven Biss, a Virginia attorney, and yet except for the suit against the retired farmer, there is no clear record in Nunes' FEC reports of how he paid for the suits.

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Trump brings up Brett Kavanaugh in rage tweet at Democrats about coming impeachment trial

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On Saturday, President Donald Trump brought up Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in a bizarre rant against the "Radical Left, Do Nothing Dems" and his anger over the direction of the impeachment process:

After watching the disgraceful way that a wonderful man, @BrettKavanaugh, was treated by the Democrats, and now seeing first hand how these same Radical Left, Do Nothing Dems are treating the whole Impeachment Hoax, I understand why so many Dems are voting Republican!

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