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REVEALED: The Saudis have also been pumping cash into Trump’s infamous Scotland golf resort

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It’s not just the American military whose members have been spending cash at President Donald Trump’s golf resort in Turnberry, Scotland.

Politico reports that “a group of Saudi royals stayed at the resort for about a week at the tail end of extended travel” and that they brought “a party of 25 people and more than a hundred pieces of luggage.”

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This is not the first time that Saudi officials have plugged money into Trump properties.

As Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold has documented, members of the Saudi government have also helped prop up flagship Trump hotels in New York and Chicago since his election.

Between 2015 and 2017, documents obtained by the Post last year showed, rental revenue for rooms at Trump’s flagship hotel dropped by 14 percent when adjusted for inflation. However, in a recent note to hotel investors, the Trump Organization said that some of its bookings revenues had recovered thanks to an influx of tourists from Saudi Arabia.

Trump’s Turnberry resort has become controversial because members of the military have stayed there at taxpayer expense during refueling operations at Prestwick Airport, which is located roughly 20 miles away from the president’s resort.

Politico’s reporting also revealed on Tuesday that Air Force crews have stayed at Trump Turnberry for “days at a time” and that some members have been able “to hit the links on Turnberry’s world-class course and purchase mementos from the pro shop, where a child’s golf shirt runs 55 British pounds, about $68.”

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Indicted Giuliani associate Parnas claims Trump ordered a ‘secret mission’

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Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani who helped the former New York mayor hunt for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden in Ukraine, allegedly claimed that President Donald Trump personally tasked him with a “secret mission” to pressure Ukraine to investigate Biden at a White House party.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Parnas and Igor Fruman, who were indicted last month on charges alleging that they funneled foreign cash into U.S. elections, including a $325,000 contribution to a pro-Trump super PAC, appeared in a photo taken alongside Giuliani, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House Hanukkah party last year.

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Trump’s still pushing the bogus CrowdStrike conspiracy theory: But why and where did it come from?

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Last week, the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee shoehorned into the permanent record of the impeachment inquiry a conspiracy theory about the “real” attackers against the 2016 election. This defiant linkage to agitprop of dubious origin was yet another chapter in the GOP’s hopeless descent into complete make-believe.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Before we dig into the madness, there’s a history here that needs to be underscored, since the Republican appetite for crapola didn’t quite begin with Donald Trump.

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Mike Pence is trying to distance himself from Trump’s Ukraine scandal

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Vice President Mike Pence does not want you to think he’s at all wrapped up in the Ukraine scandal.

His press secretary, Katie Waldman, sent out an email blast Monday night to reporters ahead of the impeachment inquiry testimony of Jennifer Williams, another Pence aide. Waldman wanted to alert reporters to key points in the testimony:

Ahead of Pence aide Williams testifying tomorrow, VP press sec sends out blast email aiming to highlight other parts of previous testimony that affirm what Pence folks have said about Zelensky: pic.twitter.com/P9fhQpGnZT

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