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GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy accused of taking millions in Trump inauguration scam

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Federal prosecutors have intensified their criminal investigation of Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy.

They’re investigating whether Broidy — a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump who was later named deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee — gave clients special access at the 2017 inauguration in exchange for money, sources told the Wall Street Journal.

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Federal prosecutors asked the Trump inaugural committee in April for documents related to Broidy and his intelligence-contracting firm’s foreign and prospective clients.

Broidy’s company Circinus LLC provides intelligence research and analysis for foreign governments and other clients.

The GOP fundraiser invited several Angolan and Romanian officials to inaugural events, and introduced some of them to multiple members of Congress, after the Angolan government agreed to pay his company $6 million.

Rick Gates, the former deputy Trump campaign chairman and a Broidy associate, has been a cooperating witness in multiple investigations since pleading guilty last year as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

Justice Department prosecutors who specialize in fraud and public corruption cases have asked to speak with another Broidy associate, Lisa Korbatov, who helped set up the deal between Circinus and the Angolan government.

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Another associate, former Fugees rapper Pras Michel, was recently indicted on a campaign-finance charge after detailing in court documents a scheme to funnel millions of dollars in illicit funds to Broidy.

Broidy was represented by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who is serving a prison term after pleading guilty to a variety of charges, in negotiating a $1.6 million payout to a former Playboy model with whom he had an affair.

The Trump campaign responded to the document request but have not heard anything further from prosecutors, according to a spokesman.

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A spokesman for Circinus declined to comment.


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Ex-Devin Nunes aide sues publication that exposed his alleged role in Trump’s Ukraine scandal

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Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), is suing Politico after it published a report that exposed his alleged role in the Ukraine scandal that's engulfing the Trump White House.

Fox News reports that Patel, who currently works at the National Security Council, is alleging that the Politico story is false and defamatory and part of a broad conspiracy to bring down President Donald Trump.

The story in question claimed that Patel constantly fed negative information about Ukraine to the president and helped convince him that the country was out to get him.

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‘Disgusting, trashy and pathetic’: George Conway rains hell on Nikki Haley for calling Trump ‘truthful’

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Attorney George Conway, the husband of Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, rained hell on former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley on Monday over her description of President Donald Trump as "truthful."

The spat started when Haley bashed Conway after he referred to Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-MI) as "lying trash" last week.

"This is absolutely uncalled for and disgusting," Haley complained on Twitter. "What is wrong with people? George Conway is the last person that can call someone 'trash.'"

Conway did not hold back in his reply.

"Oh, Nikki Haley, just the other day you said that the world’s biggest pathological liar, Donald Trump, was a 'truthful' man," he said. "That's the very essence of disgusting, trashy, and pathetic -- utterly shameless and transparent dishonesty."

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Supreme Court temporarily halts order to turn over Trump tax records to Congress

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The Supreme Court temporarily blocked a ruling that requires an accounting firm to turn over President Donald Trump's taxes.

The court on Monday temporarily blocked the order requiring Mazars to hand over copies of Trump's taxes to Congress, reported CNBC.

Trump has refused to show his tax returns since announcing his run for president in 2015, although those documents are customarily made public by presidential candidates.

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