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Rudy Giuliani urged Justice Dept to go easy on wealthy Venezuelan client: report

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Rudy Giuliani told U.S. prosecutors that his wealthy Venezuelan client deserved leniency in a criminal investigation, according to his indicted associate Lev Parnas and others.

Alejandro Betancourt, who’s reportedly an unindicted co-conspirator in a money laundering case, introduced President Donald Trump’s lawyer to the father of Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido, reported Reuters.

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Betancourt told Guiliani at a meeting in Spain that he secretly bankrolled Guaido’s efforts to take over leadership of Venezuela, according to four people familiar with the situation.

The Venezuelan businessman hoped that would help Giuliani persuade Trump’s Justice Department to drop the money laundering and bribery case against him in Florida, the sources said.

The president’s personal attorney urged officials at the Justice Department to go easy on Betancourt, according to Parnas and another person with direct knowledge.

Parnas told Reuters that Giuliani told him about the meeting soon afterward, and he and the other person said the president’s lawyer told prosecutors that Betancourt was helping U.S. interests by funding Guaido’s political efforts.

“Lev Parnas has no right to be talking about that meeting,” Giuliani told Reuters. “It was a confidential meeting — if it did happen.”

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“Lev Parnas’s credibility is worth nothing,” Giuliani added.


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REVEALED: How a GOP operative used Trump’s hatred of Mueller to help free infamously corrupt governor

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The Wall Street Journal has published a major new report about how Republican operative Mark Vargas used President Donald Trump's hatred of former special counsel Robert Mueller to wage a years-long public relations battle that culminated in the release of infamously corrupt former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

According to WSJ, Vargas helped get Trump to commute Blagojevich's sentence by writing opinion pieces that cast the former governor as a victim of a "deep state" conspiracy led by Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey.

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‘An international disgrace’: Trump slammed over ‘incoherent’ India press conference

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump took the stage in India for a solo press conference, during which he attacked two Supreme Court justices, lashed out at reporters, claimed that Democrats "loved" film producer and convicted sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, and lied about his motivations for replacing the Director of National Intelligence.

Commenters on social media slammed the president's chaotic and inflammatory remarks.

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Trump’s corruption of intel community ‘will make it easier for him to lie’: legal experts

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President Donald Trump struck a decisive blow in his ongoing war against truth by effectively politicizing U.S. intelligence agencies.

He has attacked the intelligence community throughout his presidency, but Trump's ouster of a well-respected acting director of national intelligence in favor of an inexperienced partisan ally shows his intention to corrupt those agencies for personal gain, according to a pair of legal experts writing for The Atlantic.

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