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Trump’s top fundraiser spotted with Beverly Hills Republicans — despite being under investigation

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After a series of stories about international political donations through the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the chief of the committee is falling under the watchful eyes of investigators.

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman reported that President Donald Trump’s pal Tom Barrack was spotted in Beverly Hills for the top fundraisers in California over the week.

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The billionaire investor was at real estate developer Geoffrey Palmer’s home during a round-table event. The president “acknowledged him pleasantly,” according to one account. He then appeared at a breakfast for the president in Los Angeles Wednesday morning. He’s already given $360,000, the maximum allowed.

“As federal prosecutors examine the presidential inaugural committee, which Mr. Barrack chaired, and possible lobbying efforts by foreign governments looking to influence the new administration, Mr. Barrack is sending signals that the attention on him has not deterred his interest in engaging in the 2020 campaign,” wrote Haberman.

Their relationship has been strained according to political insiders, but Haberman said that the two men still speak, and Trump was pleased to see Barrack at the fundraisers.

Federal inquiries into Barrack have been going on for more than a year, though he has yet to be charged. His aides have said Barrack is cooperating with investigators.

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Typically when someone is under investigation, politicians and political leaders aren’t interested in being seen with them.


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Family of slain UK teen says Trump tried to ‘railroad’ them into meeting his alleged killer

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America has been dealing with a mild international incident after Anne Sacoolas, an American diplomatic wife in the United Kingdom, killed 19-year-old motorcyclist Harry Dunn while driving on the wrong side of a British road. Sacoolas, who has diplomatic immunity and was recalled to the United States after the incident, has faced calls from the Dunn family to return to Britain and face charges.

But on Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that President Donald Trump apparently thought it would be a good idea to bring the Dunns to the White House while they were campaigning for justice for their son, and introduce them to Sacoolas so they could talk the whole thing over.

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‘Total humiliation of the USA’: Trump roasted for Turkey’s snub of Mike Pence

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an on Wednesday declared that he would not meet with American Vice President Mike Pence, who had traveled to the Turkish capital of Ankara to discuss a potential ceasefire in northern Syria.

Specifically, the Turkish leader insisted that he would only meet President Donald Trump himself to discuss any matters related to his country's invasion of Syria.

"When Trump comes here, I'll be talking," Erdo?an told Sky News.

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Turkish president snubs Pence ahead of meeting: ‘When Trump comes here I’ll be talking’

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdo?an thumbed his nose at President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence had been scheduled to meet Thursday with the Turkish president in Ankara to urge an immediate ceasefire in Syria and work toward a negotiated settlement, but Erdo?an abruptly snubbed the U.S. vice president.

Erdo?an told Sky News that his own vice president, Fuat Oktay, would instead meet with Pence.

“When Trump comes here," Erdo?an said, "I’ll be talking.”

Turkey's president @RTErdogan tells @AlexCrawfordSky he will not speak with the US Vice President about a ceasefire in Syria during his visit - adding that he will only talk to President @realDonaldTrump.

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