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‘Disillusioned’ Trump megadonors have completely bailed on his 2020 campaign: report

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The billionaire Mercer family was one of President Donald Trump’s biggest financial benefactors in 2016 — but they appear to have completely withdrawn from political spending for the president’s reelection bid.

Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman reports that hedge-fund tycoon Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah Mercer are “disillusioned” and have all but disappeared from the political scene as the president is gearing up his 2020 campaign.

One source described as “familiar with the Mercers’ thinking” said that the family is upset that Trump has not provided them with the return on their investment they had been expecting.

“They think that the administration could do so much more,” the source said. “They’ve been very vocal about that to the president.”

A former Trump official similarly said of the Mercers that “it’s like they’ve disappeared.”

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Sherman’s sources say the Mercers have retreated from the spotlight because they did not anticipate the media scrutiny that came with funding not only Trump’s campaign but also far-right media outlets such as Breitbart News.

Additionally, the Mercers had originally been financial backers of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and only switched to Trump because they were desperate to stop Hillary Clinton from winning the White House.

“Trump was just Bob’s play against Hillary,” a former executive at Renaissance Technologies, the hedge fund where Robert Mercer once served as co-CEO, told Sherman. “Bob said she and her husband were murderers who would destroy the country. He thought she was an evil person and a socialist.”

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FLASHBACK: Jeffrey Epstein accuser revealed there are tapes of famous men with underage girls

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A 2015 report is resurfacing on Raw Story as the Jeffrey Epstein trial begins and Washington and New York men fear being outed.

It appears that a series of QAnon Facebook groups and pro-Trump groups were the ones responsible for posting the story.

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Fox News is so obsessed with Ocasio-Cortez they said her name three times as much as CNN or MSNBC

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It's clear that Fox News and other right-wing reporters are trying to create boogymen in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. A new analysis by CNN media reporter Brian Stelter, revealed that the conservative network has said Ocasio-Cortez's name more than CNN and MSNBC combined.

"First, Ocasio-Cortez and her "Squad" mate Ilhan Omar have been talked about a lot more on Fox than on other cable news channels this year," Stelter wrote. "Second, the freshmen have been getting more attention on cable than seasoned leaders of the Democratic Party."

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Congress should ask Mueller these specific questions about Trump’s involvement with Russia: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Never-Trump columnist Jennifer Rubin outlined the essential questions that Democrats should ask special counsel Robert Mueller in an op-ed for the Washington Post.

"Rather than engage in the normal scattershot questioning punctuated by speechifying, the House Judiciary Committee should assign its able attorney Norman Eisen to conduct the questioning," proposed Rubin. "Members could then follow up with additional questions.'

One question she proposed asking: "Mr. Mueller, the attorney general said you did not find 'collusion.' However, you did not look for collusion. Please explain what you looked for and how that differs from [Attorney General William] Barr’s assertion that you essentially cleared President Trump of collusion?"

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