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Michael Flynn’s secret work as a foreign agent while on Trump’s campaign was even more extensive than we knew: prosecutors

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Michael Flynn, who briefly served as national security advisor in the Trump Administration in 2017, has yet to be sentenced for making false statements to the FBI — a crime he pled guilty to as part of his agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and former Special Counsel Robert Mueller. But a hearing that took place in a courtroom in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday morning indicated that the DOJ could have a lot more information on Flynn. And it involves secretly doing work for the Turkish government.

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Previously, Flynn admitted to filing false lobbying disclosure forms regarding work that his company, the Flynn Intel Group, did for Turkey in 2016. But the hearing on Friday, according to CNN, indicated that federal authorities believe Flynn had a deeper involvement with the Turkish government.

The report explained:

Flynn has previously only admitted publicly to filing false foreign lobbying disclosure documents regarding work for Turkey done by his lobbying group the Flynn Intel Group in 2016.
Prosecutors wrote to lawyers for Flynn’s ex-lobbying partner Bijan Kian that the US government was “in possession of multiple, independent pieces of information relating to the Turkish government’s efforts to influence United States policy on Turkey and Fethullah Gulen, including information relating to communications, interactions, and a relationship between Ekim Alptekin and Michael Flynn, and Ekim Alptekin’s engagement of Michael Flynn because of Michael Flynn’s relationship with an ongoing presidential campaign, without any reference to the defendant of FIG.”

Flynn was an adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign before joining the White House.

Mark MacDougall, attorney for Flynn’s former lobbying partner, Bijan Kian, indicated in the courtroom that information newly revealed about Flynn may be classified. But Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, was critical of the latest accusation against his client.

Powell, in response, asserted, “We have no idea what the government is talking about. It smacks of desperation.”

Powell went on to say, “Whatever it is, it cannot be new information to the prosecution. And it was only a few months ago prosecutors recommended probation for him.”

Flynn is among the Trump associates who was caught up in Mueller’s Russia investigation. After Flynn admitted to lying to the FBI and agreed to a plea deal, Kian was charged with illegally lobbying for the Turkish government. Kian’s trial is set to begin on Monday.


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WATCH: New Zealand prime minister unfazed as quake hits during an interview

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A moderate 5.6-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand's North Island early Monday but failed to crack Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's trademark composure as she conducted a live television interview.

The quake struck just off the coast before 8:00 am local time (2000 Sunday GMT) at a depth of about 52 kilometres (32 miles) near Levin, about 90 kilometres north of Wellington, the US Geological Survey said.

St John Ambulance and New Zealand Police both said there were no initial reports of injuries or damage. There was no tsunami warning.

But there was sustained shaking in Wellington, where Ardern was being interviewed on breakfast television from parliament's Beehive building, which is designed to absorb seismic forces by swaying slightly on its foundations.

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US farmers are starting to worry as crop prices dip during COVID-19 crisis: ‘It’s kind of glum’

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Dave Burrier steered his tractor through a field, following a GPS map as he tried to plant as much corn as possible amid the yellow and green rye covering the ground.

Striving to get a massive yield out of his crops in rural Maryland is how Burrier hopes to make it through yet another uncertain year, beset by market disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and renewed trade tensions between the United States and China.

"We've had so much price erosion that we're basically at below the cost of production. We've got to figure out how to manage and turn a profit," Burrier told AFP.

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‘It’s the first time I’ve played golf in almost 3 months’: Trump makes excuses for golfing during coronavirus pandemic

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President Donald Trump was blasted on Sunday for playing golf during the coronavirus pandemic, a dramatic economic recession and after proclaiming churches "essential."

Instead of joining his voters sitting in the pews, Trump went for the links, which drew criticisms for the hypocrisy.

"Sleepy Joe’s representatives have just put out an ad saying that I went to play golf (exercise) today. They think I should stay in the White House at all times. What they didn’t say is that it’s the first time I’ve played golf in almost 3 months, that Biden was constantly vacationing, relaxing & making shady deals with other countries, & that Barack was always playing golf, doing much of his traveling in a fume spewing 747 to play golf in Hawaii - Once even teeing off immediately after announcing the gruesome death of a great young man by ISIS!" tweeted Trump.

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