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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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Florida sheriff ordered his officers to not wear face masks — and then banned the safety gear

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A Florida sheriff ordered his officers to not wear face masks -- and banned the safety gear from his office -- even as the southern US state has hit record daily coronavirus death tolls.

Sheriff Billy Woods, of central Florida's Marion County, emailed deputies Tuesday to tell them of the new mask prohibition, according to local paper the Ocala Star Banner, citing the message.

"My order will stand as is when you are on-duty/working as my employee and representing my Office – masks will not be worn," the email read.

The sheriff allowed for certain exceptions, including for officers who work in prisons, schools, hospitals or with people suspected of being infected with the virus.

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Fast-moving brush fire north of Los Angeles has prompted mandatory evacuation orders for some 500 homes

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A fast-moving brush fire north of Los Angeles prompted mandatory evacuation orders for some 500 homes on Wednesday as firefighters battled the flames that had burned 10,000 acres by early evening, authorities said.

The Lake Fire erupted at around 3:30 pm (2230 GMT) near Lake Hughes, about a 90-minute drive from Los Angeles.

Rapidly-spreading flames had scorched some 10,000 acres (4,050 hectares) within a little more than three hours, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

"Multiple agencies are battling a brush fire near the Lake Hughes area in the Angeles National Forest," the department said in a tweet.

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‘Trump should know how to be in public with a woman who publicly humiliated him’: Trevor Noah jokes

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"The Daily Show's" Trevor Noah couldn't help but notice President Donald Trump's confusion during the Q&A of his daily coronavirus press briefing. Trump was asked about Vice President Joe Biden's pick as Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate. In his attacks on Harris, Trump seemed to be spending more time defending Biden than he did attacking him.

Trump claimed the reason he was surprised Biden picked Harris is that she was "very very nasty to Joe Biden," he said she was "probably nastier even than Pocahontas," his nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). "She was very disrespectful to Joe Biden."

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