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Trump DHS officials ‘seemingly unaware’ they met cybersecurity expert with alleged Kremlin ties: report

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A German cybersecurity expert who was accused by his own country’s counterintelligence officials of taking part in Russian influence operations met last year with members of President Donald Trump’s Department of Homeland Security.

The Daily Beast reports that Hans-Wilhelm Dünn, president of the German Cyber-Security Council, came to America last November and met with several DHS officials, including Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Driggers.

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Dünn would then subsequently dine with Michael Chertoff, the former Secretary of Homeland Security under George W. Bush and now the CEO of the Chertoff Group.

The Daily Beast notes that these visits were problematic because “about six months before he arrived in America, Dünn had been publicly exposed in the German media as having numerous links to Russian intelligence and influence operations, including one financed by the U.S.-sanctioned oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin.”

However, the publication said that DHS officials were “seemingly unaware” of the allegations leveled against Dünn. Additionally, high-ranking government officials in France also met with Dünn and were also seemingly ignorant of his alleged Kremlin ties.


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Trump probably won’t try to pardon himself for one major reason

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With less than two months remaining in his term, President Donald Trump may try to become the first president to pardon himself -- but there's a catch.

Rick Wilson and Molly Jong-Fast discussed the president's potential pardons, and the risks involved with granting himself a pardon, on their podcast "The New Abnormal," posted on The Daily Beast.

“The essential thing of a pardon is it involves the admission of a crime," Wilson said, "and so he has to admit that he violated the law."

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Busted again: Perdue traded hundreds of thousands worth of bank stocks while on Senate Banking Committee

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David Perdue, one of two multimillionaire Georgia Republican senators facing insider-trading scrutiny ahead of runoff elections in January, traded hundreds of thousands of dollars in bank stock while passing pro-bank legislation on the Senate Banking Committee, financial disclosures show.
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Donald Trump’s worst fear has come true — it is why he’s been spiraling out of control since the election: report

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Writing in the New York Times this Thursday, Dan Barry says that in the wake of the 2020 election, President Trump has run head-first into the epithet he's long used to slander others.

"Loser."

Speaking to the Times, former Trump business associate Jack O’Donnell pointed out that the first thing Trump calls someone who's wronged him is "loser."

“That’s his main attack word. The worst thing in his world would be to be a loser. To avoid being called a loser, he will do or say anything," he said.

In reality, Trump has been a loser many times over. "In fact, his greatest success flowed not from real estate but from the creation of a popular alternate-reality television persona — Donald Trump, master of the boardroom — that he ultimately rode to the White House," Barry writes. "But his famous aversion to the label of loser has now reached its apotheosis."

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