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Revealed: Top Trump Senate Ally Met With Foreign Official Spreading False Ukrainian Conspiracy Theory

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A top ally to President Donald Trump, Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson, met with a Ukrainian official who has been spreading the false conspiracy theory that the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign worked with Ukraine in an attempt to beat Donald Trump.

“I was in Washington, and Sen. Johnson found out I was in D.C., and staff called me and wanted to do a meeting with me. So I reached out back and said, ‘Sure, I’ll come down the Hill and talk to you,’ ” former Ukrainian diplomat Andrii Telizhenko told The Washington Post.

Telizhenko, who has spent hours working with Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, spent 30 minutes or more with Senator Johnson, and an additional five hours with Johnson’s Senate staff. Presumably taxpayers paid staffers’ salaries during those meetings.

Johnson is a powerful Senate Republican. He is chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and sits on other committees that have control over U.S. policy on Ukraine.

Telizhenko said he spoke with Sen. Johnson about “the DNC issue,” which the Post describes as “his unsubstantiated claim that the Democratic National Committee worked with the Ukrainian government in 2016 to gather incriminating information about then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.”

Senator Johnson, who has been unwavering in his support for President Trump, now faces an ethical conflict of interest should the House vote to impeach the president. Johnson is in the middle of the Ukrainian conspiracy, and some are asking if he should recuse from the impeachment trial. A spokesperson refused to say if he would.

Senator Johnson earlier this month spoke to far right wing pundit Mark Levin on Fox News to spread his Ukrainian conspiracy theories.

Photo of Telizhenko and Johnson taken at the hart Senate Office Building, posted to Facebook July 11

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Supreme Court Blocks House Subpoena for Trump’s Financial Records – for Now

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The U.S. Supreme Court has just issued a temporary stay blocking a House subpoena that would require the release of President Donald Trump’s financial documents. Chief Justice John Roberts issued the order.

The stay is until “further order,” and allows time for both sides to submit arguments, according to Bloomberg News.

Calling it an “indefinite delay,” the Associated Press notes the “hold could last a matter of days or weeks,” if the Court decides to let two lower court rulings in favor of the House stand.

“But the delay could extend for months if the justices decide they need to hear arguments and issue a written opinion,” the AP adds.

Responses from both sides are due Thursday, according to this document posted by Axios:

 

 

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House Investigating if Trump Lied to Mueller

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The U.S. House of Representatives is investigating if President Donald Trump lied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his 22-month long Russia probe.

The Washington Post reports the attorney for the House revealed the existence of the investigation to a panel of judges. The House is arguing that it must be allowed to see secret grand-jury materials from Mueller’s investigation. The Dept. of Justice has been blocking that request after a lower court ordered the materials handed over to Congress.

The New York Times adds that the investigation is focused on the written answers Trump submitted to questions from the Special Counsel.

It is a crime to lie to the FBI or the DOJ.

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Three People Dead in Shooting at Oklahoma Walmart

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Three people were shot to death at a Duncan, Oklahoma Walmart, according to KOCO 5 News.

The Duncan Banner reports police have confirmed the shooting suspect is dead. It is currently unclear if they are included in the death toll.

A mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas left 20 people dead and dozens injured. It led the company in September to ask customers to cease open-carry of guns and announce it would stop the sale of many types of ammunition.

Just days later Walgreens and CVS pharmacies, and Kroger and Wegmans supermarkets announced they too were asking customers to no longer enter their stores openly-carrying guns.

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