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Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen giving 'critical information' to Russia investigation

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen giving 'critical information' to Russia investigationMichael Cohen, Donald Trump‘s former personal lawyer, has said he is providing “critical information” as part of the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. Having admitted guilt to a string of charges last month, Mr Cohen said on Thursday he was handing the information to special counsel Robert Mueller‘s prosecutors without a cooperation agreement. Mr Trump’s former fixer could be a vital witness for investigators as they examine whether the president’s campaign coordinated with Russians.



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Former Student: Brett Kavanaugh’s Prep School Party Scene Was A ‘Free-For-All’

Former Student: Brett Kavanaugh’s Prep School Party Scene Was A ‘Free-For-All’For the duration of his time on campus, a former student recalls, the guiding



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Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort pleads guilty and agrees to co-operate with Russia probe to avoid second trial

Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort pleads guilty and agrees to co-operate with Russia probe to avoid second trial  Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has agreed to “fully” cooperate with the Russian election meddling investigation in a plea deal to avoid a second criminal trial.  Manafort will have to conduct interviews and debriefings with the probe’s prosecutors, hand over documents and testify in future cases as part of the agreement, a judge said on Friday.  It means that a member of the Trump campaign’s inner circle has now agreed to tell Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the Russia investigation, what really happened behind closed doors during the presidential race.  Paul Manafort is a former campaign chairman for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential bid Credit: AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN Manafort pleaded guilty to two criminal charges – one for conspiracy against the United States and another for conspiracy to obstruct justice – but saw five other charges dropped as part of the deal.  It brings the total number of Trump aides who have pleaded guilty to crimes to five. The others are his former attorney Michael Cohen, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.  The White House attempted to put distance between Mr Trump and Manafort, whose crimes relate to his business dealings in Ukraine as a political consultant before he joined the campaign.  Profile | Paul Manafort Sarah Sanders, Mr Trump’s press secretary, said: "This had absolutely nothing to do with the President or his victorious 2016 Presidential campaign. It is totally unrelated." Manafort, who served as campaign chairman during the summer of 2016 and helped guide it through a turbulent Republican National Convention, has repeatedly refused to co-operate with the Mueller probe in the past.  But last month he was found guilty of eight counts of tax fraud, bank fraud and failure to report a foreign bank account. He was expected to face a prison term of up to a decade.  Mr Trump praised him shortly after the convictions as being "brave" for not ‘flipping’ – agreeing to hand over information to prosecutors in turn for leniency.  There were reports that the US president had discussed using his executive powers to pardon Manafort in private with aides. In public he did not rule out such a move.  However with Manafort facing a second criminal trial – jury selection was due to take place on Monday – reports begun to surface that the former aide was considering a deal.  On Friday morning, Mr Mueller’s team filed a new document outlining two criminal charges, down from an original seven – the first solid indication a plea agreement was coming.  The first charge related to money laundering, tax fraud, foreign bank accounts, lobbying and making misrepresentations to the Justice Department. The second was linked to witness tampering.  Donald Trump, left, and Paul Manafort at the Republican National Convention in July 2016 Credit: REUTERS/Rick Wilking Appearing in court in Alexandria, Virginia – just across the river from Washington DC – Manafort pleaded guilty to the crimes.  Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that as part of the plea deal he would have to cooperate "fully and truthfully" with Mr Mueller's investigators.  It remains unclear exactly what information Manafort has that was deemed of value to the prosecutors. It is also unclear whether the information relates to Mr Trump or other campaign figures.  Kevin Downing, Manafort’s lawyer, said that his client cut a deal with prosecutors "to make sure that his family was able to remain safe and live a good life”. He added that Manafort has "accepted responsibility".  Rudy Giuliani, Mr Trump's attorney, said: "The president did nothing wrong. Once again an investigation has concluded with a plea having nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign."          



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Former EPA Chief Scott Pruitt May Soon Have A New Gig. With The Coal Industry.

Former EPA Chief Scott Pruitt May Soon Have A New Gig. With The Coal Industry.Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt may soon



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Former outlawed opposition leader returns to Ethiopia

Former outlawed opposition leader returns to EthiopiaThe popular leader of a formerly outlawed opposition group returned to Ethiopia on Sunday where he was greeted by a crowd of thousands after 11 years in exile, an AFP reporter witnessed. Berhanu Nega, the leader of the former armed movement Ginbot 7, returned with scores of other senior members of the group, after reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed removed the group from a list of “terrorist” organisations in July. Speaking at a ceremony in the capital Addis Ababa, Berhanu said he had been forced to wage an armed struggle to fight for Ethiopians’ rights, however recent political changes had convinced him to return to the country and conduct a peaceful campaign.



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Former Ted Cruz Campaign Strategist Has A Wake-Up Call For His Old Boss

Former Ted Cruz Campaign Strategist Has A Wake-Up Call For His Old BossWhat once seemed unthinkable is now considered at least possible: Sen. Ted



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Former Trump administration staffer talks anonymous op-ed

Former Trump administration staffer talks anonymous op-edFmr. Trump administration homeland security adviser Tom Bossert says the executive branch staffer who wrote an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times should "quit or identify themselves, or both."



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'He Made Me Better.' George W. Bush Pays Tribute to Former Rival John McCain

'He Made Me Better.' George W. Bush Pays Tribute to Former Rival John McCain"John detested the abuse of power. He could not abide bigots. There was something deep inside him that made him stand up for the little guy, to speak for forgotten people in forgotten places"



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At National Cathedral, former presidents pay homage as McCain takes his place in history

At National Cathedral, former presidents pay homage as McCain takes his place in historyFormer presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton sat with their spouses in the front pews of Washington National Cathedral for a funeral service that brought together dignitaries from both parties,



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Former Texas Cop Found Guilty Of Killing Unarmed Teenager Jordan Edwards

Former Texas Cop Found Guilty Of Killing Unarmed Teenager Jordan EdwardsRoy Oliver, a former Texas police officer, was convicted on Tuesday for



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