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Rick Perry confirms Trump's Ukraine policy passed through Giuliani, recounts a wild call with Rudy

Rick Perry confirms Trump's Ukraine policy passed through Giuliani, recounts a wild call with RudyEnergy Secretary Rick Perry led the U.S. delegation to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's inauguration in May. In a subsequent May 23 meeting in the White House, President Trump said he wouldn't agree to meet Zelensky until the Ukrainians "straightened up their act," Perry told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, adding that he later understood Trump to be referring to concerns about his 2016 presidential campaign. In order to resolve those concerns, Perry said, Trump told him to "visit with Rudy," meaning Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.Perry says he agreed to call Giuliani in the hopes it would ease the way for Trump to meet with Zelensky. "And as I recall the conversation, he said, 'Look, the president is really concerned that there are people in Ukraine that tried to beat him during this presidential election,'" Perry told the Journal. "Rudy didn't say they gotta do X, Y, and Z," he added. "He just said, 'You want to know why he ain't comfortable about letting this guy come in? Here's the reason.'"Those reasons, Perry recalled, involved three conspiracy theories: That Ukraine was responsible for former British spy Christopher Steele's dossier on Trump; that Ukraine had Hillary Clinton's email server; and that Ukrainian's "dreamed up" evidence that led to Paul Manafort's conviction and imprisonment.Trump's former homeland security adviser, Thomas Bossert, said last month he was "deeply frustrated" that Giuliani had poisoned Trump's mind with those "completely debunked" conspiracy theories. Perry had a more detached response. "I don't know whether that was crap or what," he said, "but I'm just saying there were three things that he said. That's the reason the president doesn't trust these guys."Trump finally called Zelensky on July 25, and their conversation — specifically Trump's request that Zelensky investigate Joe Biden and his son — led to a whistleblower complaint and a House impeachment inquiry. In that inquiry, several diplomats have expressed concerns about Giuliani's shadow diplomacy in Ukraine on behalf of Trump and possibly other clients. Federal prosecutors in New York are also reportedly investigating Giuliani's Ukraine business dealings. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.



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Turkey recounts Istanbul votes after Erdogan's party appeals loss

Turkey recounts Istanbul votes after Erdogan's party appeals lossTurkish electoral authorities on Wednesday recounted votes in more than a dozen Istanbul districts after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AKP challenged results giving the opposition a narrow victory in a weekend election. The AKP won most votes nationwide in Sunday’s municipal ballot, but tallies also showed the party lost the capital Ankara and the country’s economic hub Istanbul in one of its worst setbacks in a decade and a half in power. AKP officials on Tuesday filed a challenge with electoral authorities saying they had found irregularities in ballots in both Ankara and Istanbul.



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Recounts in some undecided midterm races conclude

Recounts in some undecided midterm races concludeAndrew Gillum and Bill Nelson conceded in their respective governor's and Senate races in Florida, while the question of who will be voted speaker of the House remains.



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Florida Gov. Rick Scott Formally Ousts Democrat Bill Nelson After Recounts

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Formally Ousts Democrat Bill Nelson After RecountsFlorida Gov. Rick Scott has officially won his third statewide race by his



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AP Explains: Florida's difficult, high-profile recounts

AP Explains: Florida's difficult, high-profile recountsFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's election started badly when Hurricane Michael disrupted early voting in some Panhandle counties. Long lines, ballot shortages and other problems followed statewide, both during early voting and on Election Day. Now the state is having recounts in its U.S. Senate and governor races.



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Marco Rubio's Biblical Criticism Of Florida Election Recounts Goes Awry

Marco Rubio's Biblical Criticism Of Florida Election Recounts Goes AwrySen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) went full Old Testament on Wednesday with his latest



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Key Florida county prepares for recounts in too-close-to-call races

Key Florida county prepares for recounts in too-close-to-call racesBroward County officials have been working around the clock to complete a recount of the races for governor and U.S. Senate.



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Key Florida county prepares for recounts in too-close-to-call races

Key Florida county prepares for recounts in too-close-to-call racesBroward County officials have been working around the clock to complete a recount of the races for governor and U.S. Senate.



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Recounts ordered in Florida Senate, governor races

Recounts ordered in Florida Senate, governor racesTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida secretary of state ordered recounts in the U.S. Senate and governor races on Saturday, an unprecedented review of two major contests in the state that took five weeks to decide the 2000 presidential election.



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Donald Trump Calls For End To Florida Recounts, Flouting Democratic Process

Donald Trump Calls For End To Florida Recounts, Flouting Democratic ProcessPresident Donald Trump on Monday called on Florida election officials to buck



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