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GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy’s shady Trump inaugural scheme probed by federal grand jury

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A federal grand jury is investigating top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy over allegations that he used his position on President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee to help him strike deals with foreign officials.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn recently supoenaed Trump’s inaugural committee seeking records related to 20 individuals and businesses connected to Broidy, including the current president of Angola and two politicians in Romania, reported the Associated Press.

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Investigators want to determine whether Broidy violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits U.S. citizens from offering foreign officials “anything of value” to gain a business advantage.

The 61-year-old Broidy 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.

Broidy’s lawyers argue the GOP fundraiser did not have a contract or exchange money with any Romanian government politicians, and claimed the dealings Angola had no connection to Trump’s inaugural committee.

The grand jury is also seeking records related to George Nader, a Broidy associate who served as an adviser to the United Arab Emirates, and also testified to special counsel Robert Mueller and was recently jailed on federal child pornography charges.

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‘The ground is shifting’: Longtime GOP aide sounds the alarm that Trump is putting Arizona in play

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Chuck Coughlin, who once served as a top aide to two different Republican governors in Arizona, is warning that President Donald Trump is putting his state in play for the 2020 presidential election.

In an interview with Politico, Coughlin said his party has expressed real anxiety about the state turning blue next year.

"Republicans are very concerned,” he said. "The ground is shifting."

At the moment, just 45 percent of Arizona voters have a favorable view of Trump, while 53 percent have an unfavorable view. Additionally, the victory of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) in last year's midterm elections showed that Democrats can be competitive in statewide races in a place that became famous for electing iconic conservative senators such as John McCain and Barry Goldwater.

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PolitiFact corrects conservatives: The NYT Kavanaugh story has not been debunked

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The new report from The New York Times on the allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh contained some stunning new revelations — including that several people tried to contact the FBI to corroborate Deborah Ramirez's assault allegation but were ignored, and that prominent attorney Max Stier alleges he saw Kavanaugh take part in a third assault.

But conservative news sites are now running with the idea that the Times article has been discredited and that the paper has retracted its claims. PJ Media, a prominent right-wing site, ran the headline "New York Times Now Admits New Kavanaugh Accusation Is Fake News."

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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.

When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.

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