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‘Deliberate law breaking’: Watch prosecutors explain the charges against Giuliani henchmen

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On Thursday, federal prosecutors indicted two men—Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman—for breaking campaign finance law.

Parnas and Fruman, close associates of Rudy Giuliani, have acted as emissaries in Ukraine for the president’s lawyer in his efforts to dig up dirt on the Bidens.

Thursday afternoon federal agents held a press conference to explain the severity of the charges against the men. They said the two engaged in “deliberate lawbreaking.” They’re accused of channeling money from Russians to GOP candidates—and of using their influence to try and get the Ukraine ambassador fired.

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U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman explained the two men “sought political influence not only to advance their own financial interests, but to advance the political interest of…a Ukrainian government official who sought the dismissal of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine,” Berman said.

William Sweeney, Assistant Director-in-charge of the FBI’s New York office, explained the import of the arrests to U.S. Democracy.

“Campaign finance laws exist for a reason. American voters deserve a campaign process that’s not corrupted by foreign interests,” Sweeney said.

“We gather evidence. We collect facts. And we will act on them when appropriate.”

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‘Every word is a lie’: Pompeo gets shredded for extremely misleading claims about Trump’s policy in Syria

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faced furious backlash for his defense of President Donald Trump's policy toward Syria.

The State Department tweeted out an interview Pompeo conducted with Nashville's WZTV-TV, where the secretary insisted the U.S. was "leading from the front" and building coalitions to handle Syria and other foreign policy challenges.

.@SecPompeo: We’re leading from the front, to build out coalitions that can effectively deal with some of the most difficult challenges facing the world today – and most importantly, the most difficult challenges that present risk to the American people. https://t.co/Dd6gGPs6hz pic.twitter.com/RTy2NPMZqF

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State Dept official testifying on Capitol Hill has warned for months about Giuliani’s ‘disinformation’ campaign: report

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George P. Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state in charge of Ukraine policy who is testifying on Capitol Hill as part of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, has reportedly been warning colleagues about Rudy Giuliani running a "disinformation" campaign since this past March.

The New York Times reports that Kent for several months has "raised concerns to colleagues early... about the pressure being directed at Ukraine by Mr. Trump and his private lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to pursue investigations into Mr. Trump’s political rivals."

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Retired general tells Fox News: ‘We’ve already lost our reputation — we have abandoned an ally’

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A recently retired general lamented to Fox News this week that President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria has already damaged U.S. national interests by abandoning the Kurds.

"The deed has been done," retired Army Major General Malcolm Frost explained to Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin. "So what's happening is we've already lost our reputation. We have abandoned an ally, and thirdly, those ISIS prisoners are going to escape."

Read Griffin's tweets below.

U.S. military is in the process of withdrawing nearly all of the 1000 or so US troops that helped stabilize northern Syria. A US military spokesman says it has pulled out of Manbij, Syria - to make way for Russian-backed Syrian forces who have taken over the abandoned U.S. base.

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