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Judge again dismisses Clinton email suits

Clinton email request nixed by judge again

A federal judge has dismissed — for a second time — a pair of lawsuits seeking to force the State Department to do more to recover former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails.

The new ruling from U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg could irritate President Donald Trump, who is said to have been fuming in recent weeks over reports that the State Department is still processing a backlog of tens of thousands of Clinton emails the FBI came across during its investigation into whether Clinton or her aides broke the law by exchanging information deemed classified. Trump has also complained publicly that the Justice Department has failed to to dig into Clinton's email use.

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Mueller probing alleged Flynn plan to deliver cleric to Turkey

Flynn role in capturing Turkish cleric probed by MuellerSpecial counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether U.S. President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was involved in an alleged plan to seize a Muslim cleric and deliver him to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Under the plan, Flynn, who was fired by Trump after just 24 days in the job, and his son, Michael Flynn Jr, were to receive up to $15 million for forcibly removing Fethullah Gulen from his U.S. home and delivering him to the Turkish government, people familiar with the investigation told the Journal.

The alleged plan emerged during Mueller’s wider investigation of possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any collusion by the Trump campaign.

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Top Trump aide Miller interviewed in Mueller's probe

Stephen Miller interviewed in Russia probe

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller has been interviewed as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian influence over the 2016 election, CNN reported Thursday.

Miller is the highest-ranking current member of the Trump administration to be interviewed in Mueller’s investigation, signaling the probe is closing in on the White House.

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Ex-Trump bodyguard testifies Russian operative offered to 'send five women' to future President's hotel room

Schiller talks about Russian offer of 5 woman to Trump at Miss UniverseA former Trump bodyguard told members of Congress that a Russian operative offered to "send five women" to Donald Trump's Moscow hotel room after a 2013 business meeting, but the Trump camp turned the offer down.

According to NBC News, the pitch came after a meeting in preparation for the Miss Universe Pageant, which was held in Russia that year.

Longtime Trump bodyguard Keith Schiller shared the story as part of his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Moscow meddling in the 2016 election.

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Russian Twitter trolls diverted attention from Trump's 'Access Hollywood' comments

Russian trolls used Twitter to divert viewers from Trump Access Hollywood tapeTwitter accounts linked to Russian agents sought to draw attention away from President Trump's crude comments to "Access Hollywood" late in last year's campaign and  focus criticism on the mainstream media and Hillary Clinton, according to an Associated Press analysis.

After The Washington Post released a 2005 recording of Trump boasting about groping and kissing women without their permission, Russian-backed Twitter accounts promoted the release of hacked emails from Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, and criticized the media for reporting on the so-called "Access Hollywood" tapes, the analysis shows.

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Trump voter fraud commission faces lawsuit from member

Trump voter commission sued

A member of President Donald Trump's commission on voter fraud sued in federal court on Thursday, alleging that the commission is violating federal law by excluding him and others from participating in the work of the commission and refusing to provide documents available to other members.

The lawsuit, filed by Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., claims violations of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and seeks to compel the commission to hand over all documents Dunlap has requested along with all future documents prepared for or by the commission. In addition, Dunlap is asking the court to compel the commission to include him in all communications among commissioners and staff and prevent the commission from releasing any final report until he has had a chance to review it.

TVNL Comment: This is a bogus committee formed to 'prove' that Trump won the popular vote.  His ego has no boundaries and remains at an infantile level. Scary.

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U.S. Subpoenas Icahn Over Biofuel Action While Trump Adviser

Carl Icahn enterprice subpoenaed for biofuel policy when working for TrumpIcahn Enterprises said in a recent filing that it's cooperating with the demand for information by the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York. The firm is controlled by Icahn, who also serves as its chairman.

Authorities want information relating to "Mr. Icahn's role as an advisor to the President," the November 3 filing said.

Icahn, one of Trump's earliest and loudest backers on Wall Street, stepped down suddenly in August as Trump's special adviser on regulatory reform.

Additionally, Icahn Enterprises (IEP) said authorities are looking into actions taken by both the firm and Icahn relating to the Renewable Fuels Standard -- an EPA regulation that has been hurting a small oil refinery Icahn owns.

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