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Trump Was Trying to Build a Tower in Moscow During the Campaign

Trump wanted Trump Tower Moscow during campaignThroughout his campaign for president, Donald Trump repeatedly denied having anything to do with Russia. “I have nothing to do with Russia, nothing to do, I never met Putin, I have nothing to do with Russia whatsoever,” he said during an interview in July 2016.

He was even more emphatic on Twitter: “For the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia.” It was obvious, relatively early on, that this wasn’t, strictly speaking, true. The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., bragged in 2008 that “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” And if the Trump Organization

As The Washington Post reported on Sunday, the Trump Organization was actively pursuing real-estate opportunities in Russia in late 2015 and early 2016 to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

The project was spearheaded by Russian-born developer and longtime Trump associate Felix Sater (who helped build Trump SoHo) and Michael Cohen, an executive vice president at the Trump Organization and the president’s longtime personal attorney. The deal never came to fruition. But, as the Post reports, citing newly surfaced records reviewed by Trump Organization lawyers and several people familiar with the proposal, negotiations were ongoing throughout much of Trump’s presidential campaign: didn’t have actual investments inside Russia, it’s not because they didn’t try.

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White House 'pressuring' intelligence officials to find Iran in violation of nuclear deal

Tillerson and AmanoUS intelligence officials are under pressure from the White House to produce a justification to declare Iran in violation of a 2015 nuclear agreement, in an echo of the politicisation of intelligence that led up to the Iraq invasion, according to former officials and analysts.

The collapse of the 2015 deal between Tehran, the US and five other countries – by which Iran has significantly curbed its nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief – would trigger a new crisis over nuclear proliferation at a time when the US is in a tense standoff with North Korea.

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The Trouble With Ivanka’s Business Partner

Moshe Lax, Ivanka's businss partnerHis vendors call him a “career grifter.” His father’s creditors claim he’s a fraud and a serial extortionist who shakes people down with trumped-up threats of criminal charges. With these and other allegations piling up in court records along with judgments—against him, his wife and his businesses—for millions of dollars, his lawyers are abandoning him, saying he’s a deadbeat. All the while, he’s been living in one of the most luxurious mansions in the Bronx.

Meet Ivanka Trump’s longtime friend, matchmaker and business partner, Moshe Lax.

For the past decade, Lax, a 43-year-old New York diamond heir and entrepreneur, has been Trump’s partner in Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, the first major venture of her business career.

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Trump asked Sessions to drop charges against Arpaio months ago

Trump asked Sessions to drop charges against Arpaio months agoPresident Trump asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions about closing the criminal case against former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio months ago, The Washington Post reports.

According to the report, Trump was told it would be inappropriate to move ahead with such an action, and decided to let the trial take its course.

The president reportedly decided at the time that if Arpaio was convicted, he would grant him clemency.

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New Mueller Subpoenas Put Manafort in the Cross Hairs

Manafort firms receive subpoenasRobert Mueller’s probe into Russian electoral interference continues to ramp up. On Friday, NBC News reported that the ex-FBI head and special counsel had issued subpoenas seeking testimony from multiple public relations executives tied to ex-Trump campaign head Paul Manafort. This is the first time Mueller has sought grand jury testimony for his investigation; It’s also another piece of bad news for Manafort, who more than ever appears to be an essential figure in the ongoing inquiry.

Before running Donald Trump’s presidential campaign last year, Manafort worked for a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party led by Viktor Yanukyovch, who was eventually driven out by a popular revolt. Manafort promoted Kremlin-friendly interests through sophisticated public relations campaigns, but did not register as a foreign agent until earlier this year. A criminal investigation into Manafort’s foreign activity, which stretches back many years, was underway even before the 2016 election.

The specific lobbying effort Mueller is looking into involves an effort to gain Ukraine entry into the European Union. But NBC reports that Mueller is trying to piece together a larger picture, which include’s Manafort’s “offshore banking transactions, his tax compliance and his real estate dealings.”

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Trump’s 72-Hour War On Immigrants

Trump's 72 hour war on immigrantsWhen Steve Bannon left the White House, some immigrants’ rights advocates breathed a little sigh of relief. It now appears that sigh was premature.

In the last 72 hours, President Donald Trump’s actions have indicated that he will be unflinchingly aggressive in enforcing immigration laws—even if that means deporting people who aren’t criminals and shutting down the government.

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White House aide Sebastian Gorka resigns

White House deputy aide Sebastian Gorka resignsSebastian Gorka has resigned from his position as a top counterterrorism adviser to President Donald Trump, a White House official tells CNN.

Gorka was also a member of the White House's Strategic Initiatives Group, which he described as a focal point for task forces collaborating with people outside government. His resignation adds to a long list of high-profile departures from the White House, including chief strategist Steve Bannon, chief of staff Reince Priebus and press secretary Sean Spicer.

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