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Giuliani visited convicted Trump campaign manager in prison to get dirt on Ukraine: report

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On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani has repeatedly turned to a questionable source to try to get dirt on Ukraine: Trump’s imprisoned former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

Giuliani has reportedly communicated with Manafort several times over the last few months, in an attempt to gather evidence that Ukraine was trying to tip the scales for Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee in the 2016 presidential election — much the same way that the Kremlin was working to assist Trump. This theory has been banging around the GOP for a while, although there is zero evidence Democratic officials did anything improper.

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Manafort has had financial ties to Ukrainian oligarchs for years, which ultimately led to his conviction and imprisonment for bank fraud and tax evasion.

The communications with Manafort appear to be yet another aspect of Giuliani’s efforts to weaponize Ukraine against the 2020 election — efforts which ultimately led to Trump pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to help him find dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.


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President helped ‘increase anti-Trump turnout’ in red-state governor’s races — which could spell disaster for the GOP

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President Donald Trump was once the Republican Party's greatest asset in an election, mobilizing thousands of supporters to rush to the polls. Recently, however, it seems he's now driving anti-Trump votes up so much that it may no longer be worth the Trump trouble.

“So you’ve got to give me a big win, please,” Trump told a Louisiana crowd this week before the GOP candidate lost the governor's race in a red state.

“What Trump did in Louisiana was increase voter participation. While he increased the pro-Trump turnout, he also increased the anti-Trump turnout. That’s kind of the lesson here,” polling analyst Ron Faucheux told The Washington Post in an interview.

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Ambassador Sondland was updating Trump officials on progress of ‘push for investigations’ — including Mulvaney

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The Wall Street Journal obtained emails showing that ahead of President Donald Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ambassador Gordon Sondland was updating officials on the strive for investigations.

Chief of staff and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney was one of the main points of contact, and he replied to the email saying he would schedule the call with Zelensky.

“I talked to Zelensky just now. He is prepared to receive Potus’ call. Will assure him that he intends to run a fully transparent investigation and will ‘turn over every stone,’” Sondland wrote in an email on July 19.

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White House desperately scheduling things for Trump to do so he won’t watch the impeachment hearings

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Given President Donald Trump worked to intimidate witnesses in real-time during the hearings on the impeachment inquiry last week, the White House is desperately searching for something that can keep him busy.

Axios reported Sunday, the presidential daily schedule will be designed to keep the president distracted with their own counter-programming.

"Trump's schedule for the coming week shows him governing," Axios reported. He'll be promoting jobs and talking about things like "art and culture."

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