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President Trump’s former campaign manager signed a secret, $10 million contract with a Russian billionaire that advanced the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a new report reveals.


Paul Manafort’s previously undisclosed work with Putin ally and aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska comes despite denials from the Trump campaign and White House of links to the Russian government, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.


In a 2005 memo to the Russian businessman, Manafort pitched his services as a way to benefit Deripaska, as well as Putin.

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WASHINGTON — Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is suggesting that alleged government surveillance of Donald Trump during his campaign may have gone beyond the president’s accusation that former President Barack Obama had his phones tapped.


Conway tells New Jersey’s Bergen County Record “there are many ways to surveil each other.” She says “you can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets — any number of ways.” Conway didn’t offer any evidence for the remark.


It follows Trump’s claim that Obama had Trump’s “wires tapped” at Trump Tower before the election. Trump hasn’t provided evidence and Obama has denied the charge.

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Congress will investigate President Trump’s claim that his phones were illegally tapped by the Obama administration, the House Intelligence Committee chair announced Sunday.


“One of the focus points of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation is the US government’s response to actions taken by Russian intelligence agents during the presidential campaign,” said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).


“As such, the committee will make inquiries into whether the government was conducting surveillance activities on any political party’s campaign officials or surrogates, and we will continue to investigate this issue if the evidence warrants it.”

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Vice President Mike Pence used a private email account to conduct public business as governor of Indiana, his office said in a statement Thursday.


The private email account was first reported by the Indianapolis Star, which said Pence used it at times to discuss sensitive matters and homeland security issues. The account was hacked last summer, the newspaper added.


During the 2016 presidential campaign, Pence criticized Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, saying it endangered national security.

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The FBI shot down a recent request from the White House to publicly blast media reports about the alleged communications between President Trump’s associates and the Russians during the 2016 campaign, a report says.


Multiple US officials who’ve been briefed on the matter told CNN that White House officials had been asking the bureau to say the stories were wrong, and that there had been no contacts between the two parties whatsoever — but they refused.


The communications between the Trump administration and the FBI are said to be a direct violation of government procedures, which bar contact during ongoing investigations.

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