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Meghan McCain’s father-in-law and five other Trump appointees facing investigations over ethics violations

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Six more officials in President Donald Trump’s administration are under investigation over possible ethics violations, the Washington Post is reporting.

The latest staffers all work for the Interior Department which has been roiled by investigations into the previous head, Ryan Zinke, who stepped down, only to have his replacement, former lobbyist David Bernhardt also come under scrutiny.

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According to the report, “Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech, White House liaison Lori Mashburn, three top staffers at the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, and the department’s former energy policy adviser” are facing investigations by the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General.

Domenech is the father-in-law of “The View” panelist Meghan McCain, with The Washington Post adding, “Domenech, the highest-ranking official named in the complaint, continued to interact with the conservative think tank that used to employ him before he joined Interior,” according to reporting in The Guardian.

The reports states, “To avoid conflicts of interest, Trump signed an executive order days after taking office that requires appointees to recuse themselves from specific matters involving their former employers and clients for two years. The complaint, which cites reports in HuffPost and the Guardian as well as extensive public records, outlines how a half-dozen political appointees at Interior continued to discuss policy matters with organizations that had employed them in the past.”

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New Jersey man indicted as possible Hezbollah terrorist who wanted to bomb FBI, bridges and tunnel

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NBC investigative reporter Tom Winter reported Thursday that the U.S. Attorneys office in New York has indicted a New Jersey man who was scouting locations to bomb in the United States in the name of Hezbollah.

According to NBC News, Alexei Saab was arrested in July after he was discovered to be scouting locations like the FBI building in New York, bridges and tunnels in New Jersey and New York, Rockafeller Plaza, Times Square and some targets in Boston and Washington, D.C. like Fenway Park.

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‘No comment’: Ukraine president won’t say if Trump personally asked for his country’s help with Joe Biden

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Al-Monitor reporter Laura Rozen tweeted a list of all of the foreign leaders that President Donald Trump called from June to August 12, 2019. Of those leaders, House committee chairs said they intend to look specifically at a July 25 conversation between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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The Independent reported Wednesday that Trump allegedly told Zelensky to "reopen" an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Republican congressman collapses in capital rotunda moments before going on Fox Business

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According to Samantha-Jo Roth of NY1, Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) collapsed in the Cannon House Office Building Rotunda as he was about to go on air with Fox News.

The police and members of the media quickly came to his aid until he was conscious.

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“I’m back,” Reed told police officers who came up to assist him.

According to Roth, he is speaking and conscious.

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