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Ex-U.S. attorney reportedly testifies he quit before Trump could fire him for not backing election fraud claims


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Ex-U.S. cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs tells 60 Minutes how he knows the 2020 election wasn’t rigged


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Ex-U.S. Marine accused of spying in Russia says guard threatened him with gun: Ifax

Ex-U.S. Marine accused of spying in Russia says guard threatened him with gun: IfaxA former U.S. Marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying told a court on Thursday that a prison guard had forced him to his knees in custody and that he had been threatened with a gun, the Interfax news agency reported. Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in December and accused of espionage. At a hearing on Thursday, the court ordered Whelan held in custody until Dec. 29.



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Ex-U.S. envoy Huntsman urges rethink of Russia sanctions in WSJ op-ed

Ex-U.S. envoy Huntsman urges rethink of Russia sanctions in WSJ op-edDays after ending his term in Moscow, former United States ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman has urged Washington to review its sanctions-dominated approach to Russia, questioning its efficiency and calling for dialogue. The U.S. has placed multiple layers of sanctions on Russia, its senior officials and largest companies, as well as businessmen it views as connected to the Kremlin, the bulk of them linked to Moscow’s role in the Ukrainian crisis which began in 2014 and has yet to be resolved. In a column www.wsj.com/articles/america-needs-dialogue-with-moscow-11570488054 for the Wall Street Journal published on Monday, Huntsman argued that “sanctions have become our go-to foreign policy tool to admonish misbehavior” but not all of them are having the desired effect.



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Watchdog reveals mysterious attempt to smear ex-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine

Watchdog reveals mysterious attempt to smear ex-U.S. ambassador to UkraineThe State Department’s inspector general briefed congressional aides Wednesday about an apparent attempt to smear the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, who is seen by House Democrats as a key witness in their impeachment inquiry. Steve Linick, the inspector general, revealed that a packet of documents containing misinformation about the former ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch, was sent to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier this year from an unknown source. Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, was also a target of debunked conspiracy theories laid out in the documents, lawmakers and aides said.



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Full U.S. pullout from Afghanistan could ignite 'total civil war': ex-U.S. envoys

Full U.S. pullout from Afghanistan could ignite 'total civil war': ex-U.S. envoysNine former U.S. ambassadors on Tuesday warned that Afghanistan could collapse in a “total civil war” if President Donald Trump withdraws all U.S. forces before the Kabul government and the Taliban conclude a peace settlement. The nine, including five former ambassadors to Kabul, a former special envoy to Afghanistan and a former deputy secretary of State, issued their warning a day after U.S. chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad announced a draft accord with the Taliban for an initial drawdown of nearly 5,000 U.S. troops.



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UPDATE 2-Russia extends detention of ex-U.S. Marine accused of spying

UPDATE 2-Russia extends detention of ex-U.S. Marine accused of spyingA court on Friday extended by two months the pre-trial detention of a former U.S. Marine who has been held in Russia on suspicion of spying since December and who accused Moscow prison authorities of injuring him. The court ordered Paul Whelan held until the end of October, as Russian news agencies reported that authorities said they planned to wrap up their investigation into him in two weeks and present definitive accusations. Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained by agents from Russia’s Federal Security Service in a Moscow hotel room on Dec. 28 after a Russian acquaintance gave him a flash drive which his lawyer said he thought contained holiday photos, but which actually held classified information.



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Ex-U.S. Vice President Biden denies inappropriate conduct over alleged kiss

Ex-U.S. Vice President Biden denies inappropriate conduct over alleged kissBiden has said he does not recall the 2014 incident. The allegation was made in an online essay published on Friday by Lucy Flores, a party activist who was running to be Nevada’s lieutenant governor. Flores said Biden also touched her shoulders and smelled her hair when they appeared at an event together, making her feel uncomfortable.



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Ex-U.S. Vice President Biden denies inappropriate conduct over alleged kiss

Ex-U.S. Vice President Biden denies inappropriate conduct over alleged kissBiden has said he does not recall the 2014 incident. The allegation was made in an online essay published on Friday by Lucy Flores, a party activist who was running to be Nevada’s lieutenant governor. Flores said Biden also touched her shoulders and smelled her hair when they appeared at an event together, making her feel uncomfortable.



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Ex-U.S. marine jailed in Russia for spying was misled: lawyer

Ex-U.S. marine jailed in Russia for spying was misled: lawyerRussia’s Federal Security Service detained Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, in a Moscow hotel room on Dec. 28. Whelan appeared in a Moscow court on Tuesday, where a judge rejected releasing him on bail. Whelan, who denies the charges, was detained after receiving a thumb drive containing a list of all the employees of a secret Russian state agency, the Russian online news portal Rosbalt.ru reported this month.



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