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Rudy Giuliani offered to help Ukrainian oligarch fight extradition to US in exchange for Biden dirt: report

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Rudy Giuliani offered a quid pro quo to an indicted Ukrainian oligarch as part of an apparent extortion campaign currently under congressional investigation.

Dmytro Firtash, a Kremlin-linked energy baron who’s facing extradition to the U.S. on bribery and racketeering charges, told the New York Times that he met with Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman in June to discuss his legal case.

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The pair, who have since been indicted on campaign finance violations, told Firtash they could help with his Justice Department problems if he hired pro-Trump attorneys Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing.

Parnas and Fruman also asked Firtash to help Giuliani dig up dirt on Joe Biden’s activities regarding Ukraine, where his son Hunter Biden sat on the board of an energy company.

An attorney for Parnas has confirmed that his client met with Firtash at Giuliani’s request and offered a quid pro quo linking his extradition matter to Trump’s re-election campaign.

“Without my will and desire,” Firtash told the Times, “I was sucked into this internal U.S. fight.”

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AG Bill Barr will ‘try to interfere’ in the 2020 election to re-elect Trump: MSNBC national affairs analyst

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Attorney General William Barr will use the Department of Justice to "try to interfere" in the 2020 presidential election to re-elect Donald Trump, MSNBC's national affairs analyst predicted on Tuesday.

John Heilemann was interviewed by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC's "The Last Word."

"The attorney general, from the moment he walked into this job, has behaved in a -- as a ruthless, relentless political hack and a thug and who has behaved not as attorney general of the United States," Heilemann said.

"He made a travesty of the Mueller report and continues to lie on Donald Trump's behalf at every opportunity," he added.

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Trump welcomed Russia’s Sergey Lavrov to the White House — to humiliate us all

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Despite the fact that President Donald Trump still refuses to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington for an officials meeting — a topic at the center of the scandal driving Trump’s impeachment — the White House hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday.

And while Lavrov was honored with his second private Oval Office meeting (the first one was a cataclysmic disaster) and a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the foreign minister took his opportunity here to repeatedly humiliate the United States.

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United States, Mexico, Canada finalize Donald Trump’s USMCA trade deal

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The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal Tuesday to finalize their new trade agreement, paving the way to ratification after more than two years of arduous negotiations.

However, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the US Senate would likely delay Congressional ratification of the agreement until next year, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In reality, it is the second time the three countries have triumphantly announced the conclusion of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal meant to replace the 25-year-old NAFTA, which President Donald Trump complains has been "a disaster" for the US.

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