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Trump fan who claimed Yovanovitch surveillance introduced himself as DEA agent: report

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A Dutch superfan of President Donald Trump has been pretending to be a U.S. federal law enforcement officer and claimed to be starting up a tech surveillance company, according to newly revealed documents and interviews with associates.

Anthony de Caluwe first surfaced in the Ukraine saga after text messages released by House investigators showed him sending encrypted messages about former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s movements in Kyiv, and NBC News has turned up new details about his shady past.

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The 54-year-old de Caluwe, who’s been living in Belgium and Florida, posts pro-Trump content across multiple social media accounts, often purporting — sometimes accurately, sometimes dubiously — to be present at Trump properties and Republican events.

None of the photos show him with the president himself.

De Caluwe, who claims his texts about surveilling Yovanovitch were just “ridiculous banter” with a friend, often attacked the former Ukraine ambassador online — and she was removed in March 2019, the same period he was sending cryptic texts to GOP congressional candidate Robert Hyde, who then passed along the information to Rudy Giuliani and his now-indicted associate Lev Parnas.

A half-dozen people who know de Caluwe told NBC News about his sketchy business interests, and two associates were concerned that his fanatical dedication to Trump could become a threat to the president.

Others say he made fantastical stories, especially after drinking, and sought investors for a number of too-good-to-be-true schemes.

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Four people, including Hyde, told NBC News that he claimed to be working for the Drug Enforcement Administration, and he occasionally told others he worked for the FBI or CIA.

“He said he was with the DEA and all that, law enforcement,” said Leland McKee, a Trump supporter and frequent Mar-A-Lago guest. “He was trying to solicit money from anyone he could get money from, and I knew there was something not quite right.”

Photos show him wearing what appears to be a DEA badge, which he often flashed when introducing himself, and told others that his Dalmatian dog was a drug-sniffing police canine.

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Impersonating a U.S. law enforcement officer is a violation of federal law, but none of the agencies commented on his claims about working for them.

No evidence at this point indicates that he was actually surveilling Yovanovitch, but the FBI has been sharing information with multiple foreign governments with de Caluwe — who was romantically involved with a Ukrainian woman who regularly visits her home country.

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Trump spent 45 minutes talking with cast of right-wing play dramatizing ‘Deep State’ conspiracy theories: report

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The coronavirus emergency has given President Donald Trump one of the most daunting tests of his administration, with less than a year to go before he stands for re-election.

And yet in the midst of all the chaos, one thing the president found time to do on Thursday was meet with the cast of a bizarre right-wing play dramatizing the supposed "deep state" plot at the FBI to frame Trump in the Russia investigation.

According to The Daily Beast, Trump spent 45 minutes talking with the people behind "FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers," which focuses on the affair between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The leading roles of Strzok and Page were played by Dean Cain, the former Superman actor, and Kristy Swanson, who played the starring role in the 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie.

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All US Navy ships in the Pacific near countries with coronavirus ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days

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CNN National Security reporter Ryan Browne tweeted Thursday that the U.S. Navy has ordered all of its vessels in the Pacific that have been near countries with COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, "to remain at sea for at least 14 days before pulling into another port in order to monitor sailors for any symptoms of the virus."

Health experts have said that the two-week period should give enough time for infected people to become aware that they are sick.

The highly-contagious disease has spread very quickly in South Korea and California after public exposure. The first person verified with "community-spread" transmission was identified just outside of Sacramento, California.

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‘Most wicked to ever represent Cleveland’: Jim Jordan ripped by hometown paper for covering up sex scandal

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President Trump likes to call his enemies 'sleaze bags" and Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan a "warrior," but according to Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Brent Larkin, Trump has it backward.

While Jordan may not seem like the worse politician to ever come out of Ohio, the "crimes" he's committed "don't involve felonies," according to Larkin. "They are crimes against America, crimes involving total disregard for the principles of democracy, trampling the truth on behalf of a corrupt president who revels in his inhumanity."

Watching Jordan question witnesses during the House impeachment inquiry particularly incensed Larkin, who writes that it was like watching a man who "spent his childhood gleefully ripping wings off flies."

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