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Mueller, NY state attorney general join efforts in Manafort probe

Eric SchneidermanInvestigators for Special Counsel Robert Mueller have joined efforts with the New York State attorney general's office in its probe of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's business and real estate dealings, according to a person familiar with the matter.

CBS News' Pat Milton reports that prosecutors from the State attorney general's office and prosecutors from the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan have worked together successfully in the past in white collar and corruption investigations.


Manafort Notes From Russian Meet Contain Cryptic Reference to ‘Donations’

Manafort notes from Russian MeetingPaul Manafort's notes from a controversial Trump Tower meeting with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign included the word "donations," near a reference to the Republican National Committee, two sources briefed on the evidence told NBC News.

The references, which have not been previously disclosed, elevated the significance of the June 2016 meeting for congressional investigators, who are focused on determining whether it included any discussion of donations from Russian sources to either the Trump campaign or the Republican Party.


Trump civil rights official listed Clinton attacks as qualification on resume

Civil rights official used attacks against Clinton in resumeAn official who now works for the Trump administration listed attacking former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton as some of her "top five qualifications" to work in the Trump administration, according to a new review of her resume on Thursday.

Candice Jackson, who is deputy assistant secretary in the civil rights division at the Department of Education, claimed on her resume bringing to a 2016 presidential debate a group of women who had accused former President Clinton of rape, according to Politico.


RNC chief of staff resigns amid rash of departures

RNC staffer resignsSara Armstrong, the top staffer at the Republican National Committee, is departing, according to three people familiar with the move — the latest in a string of high-level departures at the RNC.

Armstrong, the RNC's chief of staff, is exiting to take a senior job at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She had been serving in the chief of staff role since early this year after helping to oversee President Donald Trump's inauguration planning.


Someone’s Lying About the Money for Trump Tower Moscow

Someone's lying about Trump Moscow TowerSomeone is lying.

Either it’s Felix Sater, President Trump’s felonious old crony, who claimed that a sanctioned Russian bank was ready to finance a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Or it’s representatives of the bank, Russia’s second-largest, who say they never considered providing cash to the project, contradicting Sater’s emailed assertions to his boyhood friend, Trump attorney Michael Cohen, revealed by congressional investigators this week.


With Ivanka Trump’s Blessing, White House Ditches Equal Pay Rule

Ivanka ikays gender equality pay changeDays after issuing a bland statement supporting women’s equality, the Trump administration halted a key equal pay initiative on Tuesday put in place by the Obama administration.

The scrapped provision would have required employers to report aggregate information on how much they pay workers ― broken down by gender, race and ethnicity ― and would have been a critical first step in figuring out the scope of the pay gap at different companies.


Cyber experts were blocked in their push to patch voting systems in 2016

Cyber experts blocked in 2016 electionThey knew Russian operatives might try to tamper with the nation’s electronic voting systems. Many people inside the U.S. government and the Obama White House knew.

In the summer of 2016, a cluster of volunteers on a federally supervised cybersecurity team crafting 2018 election guidelines felt compelled to do something sooner. Chatting online, they scrambled to draw up ways for state and local officials to patch the most obvious cyber vulnerabilities before Election Day 2016.


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