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Trump profited from kids cancer charity, report says

Trump charity bilked by Eric A cancer charity run by President Donald Trump 's son Eric paid the family's Trump Organization more than $1.2 million for fundraising golf events despite Eric's claims that the charity was able use a Trump golf course for free, a new report says.

The Forbes magazine story also says that "while donors to the Eric Trump Foundation were told their money was going to help sick kids, more than $500,000 was re-donated to other charities, many of which were connected to Trump family members or interests, including at least four groups that subsequently paid to hold golf tournaments at Trump courses."

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Trump reportedly asked Coats to intervene with Comey on Russia probe

Daniel CoatesDirector of National Intelligence Daniel Coats told associates that in March, President Trump personally requested he urge then-FBI Director James Comey to back away from investigating former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as part of the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election, The Washington Post reports.

On March 22, Coats was attending a meeting at the White House with officials from other agencies, and when it was over, Trump asked everyone to leave but Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, people with knowledge of the event told the Post. Trump complained about Comey and the investigation, and then made his request of Coats.

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A-list mob prosecutor joins Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation team

MuellerRobert Mueller, the former FBI director who’s now serving as the special counsel in the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, has put together a team of experienced prosecutors — including some who have experience going after organized crime.

Politico has talked with some veteran prosecutors who say that Mueller “has assembled a potent team with backgrounds handling everyone from politicians to mobsters and who know how to work potential witnesses if it helps them land bigger fish.”

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White House ices Russia war room idea

Corey Lewandsowski not to man 'war room'The White House’s Russia investigation “war room” may have been killed before the battle.

Just days before former FBI Director James Comey’s Senate testimony about his firing, President Donald Trump decided that all inquiries related to the scandals engulfing his administration should be handled by his outside lawyer in New York instead of by a team based inside the White House, according to four advisers close to Trump.

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Four top law firms turned down requests to represent Trump

Top law firms refuse to rerpesent TrumpTop lawyers with at least four major law firms rebuffed White House overtures to represent President Trump in the Russia investigations, in part over concerns that the president would be unwilling to listen to their advice, according to five sources familiar with discussions about the matter.

The unwillingness of some of the country’s most prestigious attorneys and their law firms to represent Trump has complicated the administration’s efforts to mount a coherent defense strategy to deal with probes being conducted by four congressional committees as well as Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller.

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'Torture memo' author nominated for Trump administration post

steven BradburySteven Bradbury, a former George W. Bush administration official who authored legal memos authorizing "enhanced interrogation techniques" that have been regarded as torture, has been nominated to be General Counsel of Transportation.

Bradbury, who is a litigation partner at Dechert LLP in Washington, D.C., was spotted at the White House in March.

In May 2005, Bradbury wrote three memos, including one that authorized the use of 13 different techniques to use against high value detainees, which included dietary manipulation, facial slap or insult slap, cramped confinement, water dousing and waterboarding. The memos later became known as the "torture memos."

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Federal contractor arrested for sending classified NSA intelligence to news outlet

Reality Leigh WinnerThe charges against Reality Leigh Winner came about an hour after the publication of a story based on an NSA document detailing Russian attempts to hack American voting systems in 2016.

President Trump has been pushing Justice to go after leakers inside the federal government, which he has identified as "the big story" when it comes to Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Winner's arrest could signal the federal government is going to aggressively investigate and prosecute individuals who send classified intelligence to news organizations.

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