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REVEALED: Notorious Trump Tower meeting in 2016 the target of congressional inquiry with major US banks

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More details have emerged about the financial documents obtained by congressional investigators related to the Trump family’s business relationships with Russian oligarchs.

In an update to an earlier report, Wall Street Journal reporter Rebecca Ballhaus reveals that major Wall Street firms have given investigators “records on Russian business people connected to a Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 involving members of Trump’s family.”

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Although Ballhaus does not name a specific person, she is likely referring to Aras Agalarov, the Russian oligarch that arranged the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting in which Donald Trump Jr. was told he would receive “dirt” on Hillary Clinton as part of the Russian government’s efforts to help his father win the presidency.

Agalarov and Trump collaborated to bring the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow in 2013, and Trump even appeared in a music video for Agalarov’s son, Emin, who at the time was an aspiring pop star.

In addition to receiving information about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, Congress has also requested “any information the banks may have about Russians connected to conversations the Trump organization officials had about a potential real-estate development in Moscow,” the Journal reports.


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John Bolton had concerns about Donald Trump’s favors to autocrats: report

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Former national security advisor John Bolton privately told the US attorney general last year about concerns that President Donald Trump was essentially granting favors to autocrats, The New York Times reported Monday.

It said the revelations, concerning the leaders of China and Turkey, come in an unpublished book manuscript by Bolton.

The same manuscript says Trump told Bolton that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security aid to Ukraine until officials there helped to investigate his political rivals, the Times previously reported.

Those allegations have roiled Trump's impeachment trial that is ongoing in the US Senate.

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Fox News host scolds Mike Pompeo for scuffle with reporter: ‘Don’t be such a baby!’

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Fox News host Steve Hilton scolded Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for being a "baby," a "bully" and an "embarrassment" after NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly reported that he berated and cursed at her for asking questions about the Ukraine scandal.

"Secretary of State Mike Pompeo got into an ugly dustup with an NPR reporter this week, and I've got something I want to get off my chest," Fox's Steve Hilton told his viewers on Sunday.

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White House grants press access to Christian site whose founder called impeachment a ‘Jew coup’

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The White House granted press credentials to a Christian news site whose founder claimed that President Donald Trump's impeachment was a "Jew coup" organized by a "Jewish cabal" in anti-Semitic remarks.

Five employees of the Florida-based conservative Christian news outlet TruNews received press credentials from the White House to cover Trump's trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week, founder Rick Wiles told The New York Times from a ski lodge reserved for press members by the Trump administration. The outlet was not granted special access to Trump, though TruNews' Edward Szall asked Ivanka Trump a question during a news conference, according to the report.

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