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As White House dismisses planetary emergency as ‘niche’ issue, Trump skips G7 climate meeting

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At the meeting the U.S. president didn’t attend, world leaders agreed to a $20 million package to fight the fires currently ravaging the Amazon rainforest

After White House officials accused world leaders of attempting to embarrass U.S. President Donald Trump by focusing on the climate crisis at the G7 summit in France, Trump on Monday skipped a session on climate, oceans, and biodiversity during which representatives agreed to a $20 million package to help fight fires that have been ravaging the Amazon rainforest for weeks.

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French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed that Trump did not show up to the session. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said a senior Trump administration official attended the meeting in the president’s place.

After the climate session concluded, Trump was asked by a reporter whether he made it to the meeting.

“I’m going to. In fact, it’s going to be in a little while,” said the U.S. president, seemingly unaware the session had already taken place.

As The Hill reported, “It was unclear if he heard a reporter who noted the session had just happened.”

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Trump went on to falsely claim the U.S. is “right now having the cleanest air and cleanest water on the planet.”

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As The Guardian reported Saturday, Trump aides accused Macron attempting to “embarrass his U.S. counterpart by making the summit focus on ‘niche issues’ such as climate change,” which the U.S. president has described as a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.

Trump officials, according to The Guardian, complained “the summit had moved from core issues such as global economics and trade to ‘niche issues’ such as climate change, gender equality, and development in Africa.”

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IG demolishes Trump campaign aide’s claim that he was set up by the FBI

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Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with foreign agents during the 2016 presidential campaign, has long claimed that he was set up by the FBI to deliver a corrupt pretext for investigating President Donald Trump.

However, the new report about the origins of the Russia probe released by Inspector General Michael Horowitz takes a sledgehammer to this claim, as it shows the foreign agent who met with Papadopoulos and talked about Russia having "dirt" on Hillary Clinton was not affiliated with the FBI.

In its report, the IG's office says that it "searched the FBI's database of Confidential Human Sources (CHS), and did not find any records indicating that [Maltese academic Joseph] Mifsud was an FBI CHS, or that Mifsud's discussions with Papadopoulos were part of an FBI operation."

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Rep. Collins’ freak-out was a ‘tell’ for GOP panic: Rick Wilson

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Former Republican Rick Wilson speculated on Twitter that the outbursts by Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are a "tell" for their panic.

During the hearings Monday, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) flew off the handle as he grilled Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman about why the impeachment report included Rep. Devin Nunes' (R-CA) phone records.

"You decided to play Match Game." - Rep. Collins presses Goldman on who looked for Rep. Nunes' phone number among subpoenaed phone records. https://t.co/R00wU44FfN #ImpeachmentHearings pic.twitter.com/ON0SLyfaCg

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‘A damn liar’: Bill Barr ripped for ‘playing clean up for Trump’ after release of IG report

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Attorney General William Barr massaged the findings of the Department of Justice investigation into the origins of the Russia probe -- and legal experts and other social media users were appalled.

The attorney general claimed this report, like special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, had cleared President Donald Trump of wrongdoing, and insisted the probe had found the FBI had conducted an improper investigation of his 2016 presidential campaign.

“The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken," Barr said in a statement. "It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory.”

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