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Friday, March 22, 2019

FBI Raided Trump Fundraiser’s Office in Money Laundering Probe

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

Federal authorities raided the office of Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy last summer, seeking records related to his dealings with foreign officials and Trump administration associates, according to a sealed search warrant obtained by ProPublica.

Agents were authorized to use the mega-donor’s hands and face to unlock any phones that required fingerprint or facial scans.

The Washington Post reported last August that the Justice Department was investigating Broidy. The sealed warrant offers new details of federal authorities’ investigation of allegations that Broidy had attempted to cash in on his Trump White House connections in dealings with foreign officials.

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Graham Would Hold Mueller Report Hostage — Over Hillary’s Emails

Sen. Lindsey Graham — the South Carolina Republican who’s morphed into one of the bgigest Trump apologists in Congress — blocked a resolution on Thursday that would have called for special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to be made public.

His reason?

He said he first needs a special counsel appointed to investigate Hillary Clinton’s emails.

“We let Mueller look at all things Trump related to collusion and otherwise,” Graham said on the Senate floor, after blocking a request for a vote to demand Mueller’s report be made public. “Somebody needs to look at what happened on the other side and find out if the FBI and the DOJ had two systems, one supporting the person they wanted to win and one out to get the person they wanted to lose.”

Let’s be clear, Clinton’s use of a private email server was heavily investigated, and it was determined that there was no case to bring against her.…

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Manafort Sentenced To Additional 43 Months In Federal Prison

Paul Manafort, the convicted felon who led Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign during a crucial period, was sentenced to an additional 43 months in federal prison on Wednesday — ensuring the disgraced Republican political operative will spend seven-and-a-half years behind bars for his crimes.

Manafort’s new prison time — which he received for committing conspiracy against the U.S. and conspiracy to obstruct justice after Manafort attempted to tamper with witnesses in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — will be tacked on to the 47 months in prison Manafort was sentenced to last week by a federal judge in Virginia.

That 47-month sentence Manafort received was incredibly light compared to the 19- to 24-year sentence recommended for the host of crimes Manafort was both convicted of and pleaded guilty to committing.…

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