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#NEW: Rick Gates told Mueller that he and Manafort shared Trump Campaign Polling Data in 2016 w/ Konstantin Kilimnik, who has ties to Russian Intelligence.

In new unsealed court docs, it was revealed that Gates was at least one source for the revelation.

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#BREAKING: In new court filing, it was revealed that Konstantin Kilimnik...WAS IN DC FOR THE INAUGURATION.

The Manafort and Gates associate, with ties to Russian Intelligence, met with Manafort about the "Russia-Ukraine peace plan."

#REDFLAG: In court transcripts, Andrew Weissman, senior Mueller prosecutor, suggested Konstantin Kilimnik's relationship w/ Manafort & Gates...TIES DIRECTLY TO #CONSPIRACY/COLLUSION.

“This goes...very much to the heart of what the [SCO] is investigating.”
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#BREAKING: TRUMP DIRECTED COHEN TO LIE TO CONGRESS.

He told Cohen to give FALSE testimony about building a Trump Tower Moscow, aka the Moscow Project.

There's a reason Mueller had Cohen plead guilty to THIS crime.

It's #WitnessTampering + #Obstruction.
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#WATCH: Barr said a President suborning perjury would be #Obstruction.

Q: "A president persuading a person to commit perjury would be obstruction. Is that right?"

Barr: "Yes."

Q: "...a president...convincing a witness to change testimony would be obstruction...?"

Barr: "Yes."
#REDFLAG: Mueller's Office takes the rare step of PUSHING BACK on Buzzfeed News' reporting.

They seem to dispute the "description" and "characterization" of corroborating documents and testimony in the article.

But not necessarily the central premise...

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#UPDATE: Trump announced he was withdrawing troops from Syria, on the same day that the Treasury Dept announced they were lifting sanctions off of Oleg Deripaska's companies.

We can be pretty sure BOTH were discussed in Helsinki.

#WhatHappenedInHelsinki?
#BREAKING: “Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations w/Putin, including...taking possession of his interpreter’s notes and instructing him not to discuss what had transpired w/other officials”

#WhatHappenedInHelsinki
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#REDFLAG: "U.S. officials said there is NO DETAILED RECORD, even in classified files, of Trump's face-to-face interactions with Putin at FIVE locations over the past two years. Such a gap would be unusual in any presidency..."

#WhatHappenedInHelsinki?

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#BREAKING: Maria Butina PLEADS GUILTY to acting as an agent of the Kremlin — agreeing to cooperate w/ Federal Prosecutors.

The "Russian gun-rights activist" is the first Russian national convicted for conspiring to influence U.S. Policy.

She infiltrated the NRA and GOP in 2016.
#RELATED: Russia, Dark Money, the NRA, and the 2016 election.

Thankfully, the Senate just overturned the Trump administration rule change that would've allowed orgs like the NRA to keep donors secret...

...a rule changed the same day Butina was charged.
#RELATED: The wife of a former NRA president offered Maria Butina 1 million dollars to secure tons of Russian jet fuel for an American middleman. The scheme would've violated sanctions.

Clearly, those around the NRA knew Butina wasn't just an "activist."
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#KEYTHOUGHTS: Some things to note on Michael Cohen's guilty plea today for lying to Congress about his efforts to negotiate a Trump Tower Moscow deal w/ Russia during 2016.

1/ It's no coincidence that this comes TWO DAYS before Trump's next scheduled meeting w/ Putin at the G20.
2/ This new move by Mueller is perfectly-orchestrated. This isn't only about lying to Congress and cooperation...

It directly IMPLICATES Trump himself...and his children.

According to Cohen, he gave each of them regular briefings throughout the process.
3/ Cohen admits (with CORROBORATION thru documentary evidence seized by the FBI and Mueller) that Moscow Project negotiations lasted thru JUNE 2016.

That's months after the timeline Trump, Cohen, and those around them, have claimed.

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#CONFESSION: I didn't vote in 2010.

I didn't understand the importance of midterms. I was in college in NY, away from my home state of IL. I didn't know how I'd vote.

I told myself it didn't matter b/c both IL + NY are blue states, so my vote wouldn't make a difference, right?
#CONFESSION: I didn't vote in 2012.

Despite believing that presidential elections matter — in 2012, life got in the way. I lost my mom 1 month out.

Again, I didn't know how to vote while at college. Besides, both NY and IL are blue, so my vote wouldn't make a difference, right?
#CONFESSION: I didn't vote in 2014.

Out of college, I had moved to LA, but I didn't know if I'd be there long, so where would I vote? Besides, I thought midterms didn't really matter. Besides, CA is a blue state, like IL and NY, so my vote wouldn't make a difference, would it?
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#FTR: Nixon WH Counsel, John Dean, is pretty much universally considered a hero in the Watergate scandal.

While he wasn't an angel, his cooperation ultimately led to Nixon's impeachment and resignation.

Hmm, I wonder why Trump would call him a "RAT" and view him negatively...?
#FLAG: Trump invokes McCarthyism, while hurling unfounded accusations at Democrats and the Special Counsel.

He claims he demands transparency, while his White House lies at every turn.

When he says "many lives have been ruined," he's setting up pardons.
#FLAG: Trump and the Right Wing often say "No Collusion...except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats."

It's a repeated counter-narrative about the FusionGPS commissioned #SteeleDossier, claiming it's collusion.

It's been debunked. But truth isn't truth.
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#TRUTHBOMB: You've heard it a million times.

"There was No Collusion except with the Democrats and Russia!"

It's an often-repeated right-wing counter-narrative pointing to the FusionGPS commissioned #SteeleDossier.

Here's why they're full of it and how to counter it.

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#FLAG: Trump defenders say if it's illegal to get "opposition research" from a foreign national...

...then the Democrats are guilty of it, because they commissioned Christopher Steele, a former British spy and UK national, to gather intel that became the #SteeleDossier.

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#FLAG: Let's look at the specific law...

52 USC 30121 - It's illegal to solicit, accept, or receive a contribution (opposition research) or donation of money or other thing of value from a foreign national in connection with an election.

But the fact is. STEELE WAS PAID.

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#BREAKING: TWO WEEKS BEFORE INAUGURATION TRUMP WAS SHOWN PROOF PUTIN PERSONALLY ORDERED U.S. ELECTION HACK AND INTERFERENCE.

Trump was shown messages from Russian Military.

Each time he's cast doubt, he lied to cover up Russia's attack on our democracy.
nytimes.com/2018/07/18/wor…
#OBVIOUSLY: None of this is surprising. But would love to hear what Republicans have to say now...

What about the House Intel Republicans who claimed that they did not believe Putin personally ordered election interference to help Trump and hurt Hilary?
#RELATED: Trump and Clinton were both warned by the FBI in Summer 2016 that Russia COULD TRY TO INFILTRATE or SPY ON THEIR CAMPAIGNS.

Trump has claimed multiple times that the FBI and Obama Administration didn't warn him and did nothing to stop Russia...
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#REDFLAG: TRUMP ATTACKS NATO ALLIES AHEAD OF SUMMIT.

Continues to do Putin's bidding.
#FTR: The ONLY time in NATO's history where a member country invoked Article 5's collective defense which says that an attack on one ally is an attack on all...

...was by the United States after 9/11.

The United States benefits from NATO. All allies do.
#RELATED: JUST YESTERDAY, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called upon NATO to refocus on the threat Russia poses and defending its alliance.

24 hours later, Trump launches his attack on NATO.

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🏳️‍🌈TODAY’S PRIDE HERO🏳️‍🌈
Harvey Milk (1930 – 1978)

Visionary #LGBTQ, civil, and human rights leader. One of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S.

His life was tragically cut short when he was assassinated nearly one year after taking office.

#LGBTVoices
Harvey was born May 22, 1930, in Woodmere, NY. Harvey and his only sibling, Robert, worked in the family’s department store, “Milks.” They were a small middle-class Jewish family that had founded a Jewish synagogue and was well known in their community for their civic engagement.
Milk knew he was gay while attending high school, where he was a popular student w/ interests from opera to football.

While in college, Milk penned a weekly student newspaper column where he questioned issues of diversity and lessons learned from the recently ended World War.
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🏳️‍🌈TODAY’S PRIDE HERO🏳️‍🌈
Laverne Cox (age unknown)

The first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy for acting, and the first openly transgender woman of color to star in a scripted TV series.

Known for her role on Orange is the New Black.

#LGBTVoices
Born in Mobile, Alabama. She and her twin brother were raised by their single mother, Gloria, who was a teacher.

While she was born biologically male, she always felt female.

Laverne was bullied and attempted suicide at age 11. But she found strength in her love for the arts.
Laverne attended high school at the Alabama School of Fine Arts before going to Indiana University and Marymount Manhattan College, where her twin brother also went and studied the visual arts.

Laverne studied acting in addition to graduating with a BFA in dance.
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🏳️‍🌈TODAY’S PRIDE HERO🏳️‍🌈
Alan Turing (1912-1954)

An eccentric British mathematician, widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence.

Turing broke the Nazi Enigma code, playing a crucial role in the allied victory in WWII.

#LGBTVoices
Turing spent much of his early life separated from his parents, as his father worked in the British administration of India.

At 13, he was sent to a large boarding school, with a rigid syllabus, so Turing studied advanced modern scientific ideas, such as relativity, on his own.
In his seminal 1936 paper, "On Computable Numbers," Turing proved that the theory of a universal algorithmic method of determining truth in math cannot exist.

He also introduced the notion of a universal computing machine, the "Turing Machine” — the basis of the modern computer.
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#OBSERVATIONS: A few thoughts in reflecting on the Trump legal team letter that argues the President is above the law.

1. TRUMP'S LAWYERS BASICALLY CONCEDE HE OBSTRUCTED JUSTICE.

They aren't saying he didn't obstruct. They're saying because he's the President, it's not a crime.
2. TRUMP'S TEAM LEAKED THE LETTER, DESPITE TRUMP ACCUSING MUELLER'S TEAM OF THE LEAK.

Trump tweeted this week that he doesn’t have time to focus on the Russia investigation b/c he's so busy president-ing...

WHICH IS THE SAME ARGUMENT MADE IN THE LETTER.

Here's Trump accusing Mueller's team of leaking...

We know the Special Counsel doesn't leak.

It's NOT A COINCIDENCE that the claims in the letter mirror Trump's tweets this week. Once again, just like the #49Questions by Sekulow, it's from Trump's side.
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#FTR: NORTH KOREA HAS NOT AGREED TO DENUCLEARIZATION.

They have just stated that they're suspending nuclear and ballistic missile testing...which they had done in practice for months.

THE FACT THAT TRUMP DOES NOT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE SHOULD CONCERN EVERY AMERICAN AND OUR ALLIES.
TRUMP WANTS A "WIN" SO BADLY, HE'LL MAKE A HORRIBLE DEAL.

In suggesting that North Korea has made large concessions prior to this summit...HE'S PUT US IN A WEAK POSITION AT THE NEGOTATIATING TABLE.

They can now claim they've already taken drastic action.
#RELATED: My other big concern with Trump's idea of "diplomacy."

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#BLUEWAVE2018: IF THERE'S ONE THING YOU DO TODAY, READ & WATCH THIS!

308 days til the 2018 Midterm Elections. It's time to talk about HOW we take back the House & Senate.

THE STRATEGY MUST BE TWO-FOLD:

1. DEFEND BLUE SEATS. #KeepItBlue
2. FLIP RED SEATS. #FlipItBlue

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#SENATE: DEMs are at a "disadvantage" and ON THE DEFENSE.

DEMOCRATS and Independents must DEFEND 25 SEATS.

REPUBLICANS must only DEFEND 9 SEATS.

For a Majority, DEMS MUST KEEP ALL SEATS...and #FLIP2 BLUE.
#SENATE: TRUMP WON 10 STATES w/ SEATS DEMs MUST DEFEND.

Montana, North Dakota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Florida, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

HILLARY WON 1 STATE GOP MUST DEFEND...Nevada.

See competitive races below. Made BEFORE Franken's open seat.
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