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Scott Pruitt Bypassed the White House to Give Big Raises to Favorite Aides

EPA's Scott Pruitt

In early March, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt approached the White House with a request: He wanted substantial pay raises for two of his closest aides.

The aides, Sarah Greenwalt and Millan Hupp, were part of the small group of staffers who had traveled with Pruitt to Washington from Oklahoma, where he had served as attorney general. Greenwalt, a 30-year-old who had worked as Pruitt’s general counsel in Oklahoma, was now his senior counsel at the EPA. Hupp, 26, was working on his political team before she moved to D.C. to become the agency’s scheduling director.

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Attorney Alex van der Zwaan, first person sentenced in Mueller probe, gets 30 days in prison

Attorney Alx Ven der ZwaanA London lawyer who admitted lying to Robert Mueller's team in November 2017 was ordered Tuesday to 30 days in prison, in the first sentence imposed since the special counsel was appointed nearly a year ago.

Alex van der Zwaan pleaded guilty in February to making false statements when he was interviewed last fall about his phone calls and e-mails with a former Trump campaign aide, Richard Gates.

Van der Zwaan addressed the judge directly, saying, "What I did was wrong. I apologize to the court, my wife and my family."

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Jill McCabe, wife of fired FBI official, breaks silence: Trump attacks on family were 'nightmare'

Jill McCabe talks about attacks on family

Jill McCabe, the wife of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who, along with her husband, was repeatedly attacked by President Donald Trump, broke her silence in a passionate editorial, calling the ordeal that the president put her a family through a "nightmare."

Jill McCabe, an emergency room pediatrician who ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate in Virginia in 2015, faced criticism from Trump about donations made to her campaign, while her husband was also the target of broadsides from the president and was ultimately fired just days shy of his planned retirement.

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Mueller investigation probes consulting firm linked to UAE

Mueller probes UAE

US special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating a private consulting firm established in Israel and is linked to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Wall Street Journal reported.

In a report published on Monday, the newspaper cited individuals familiar with the case as saying that the firm, Wikistrat, was contracted to work for the UAE by lobbying the US to support a 10-month blockade imposed on Qatar by several Arab countries, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Wikistrat, a company based in Washington, DC that offers geopolitical analysis, was established in 2010 by Joel Zamel and Daniel Green.

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Trump Aide Papadopoulos Said Sessions ‘Encouraged’ Contact With Clinton ‘Dirt’ Professor

Papadopoulis sid Sessions encouraged getting Hillary dirt

At a London bar in May 2016, after numerous drinks, Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos bragged to an Australian diplomat the Russians had obtained damaging information on Hillary Clinton. The diplomat reported the conversation to American officials, which prompted the FBI to launch their investigation of the Trump campaign and its connections to Russia.

On Thursday at a Chicago nightclub, Papadopoulos had some drinks and, in a conversation with a new acquaintance, allegedly made new and explosive claims about Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Trump appeals New York ruling that let Zervos suit move forward

Summer Zervos suit against Trump challenged

Lawyers for President Donald Trump are seeking an appeal after a judge last month refused to dismiss a lawsuit by a former "Apprentice" contestant who says Trump groped and kissed her following her appearance on the reality-TV show.

Trump's attorneys filed court papers over the weekend to appeal the New York court decision that allows Summer Zervos to proceed with her lawsuit, in which she says Trump defamed her by denying her account of their encounters.

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New Trump White House aide has Cambridge Analytica ties

Cambridge Analytica

A newly appointed Trump national security council aide and longtime behavioral change analyst worked until recently for the parent of Cambridge Analytica, the controversial political data company whose role in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is drawing scrutiny for its alleged improper use of private Facebook data.

Kirsten Fontenrose joined the Trump White House in March as the NSC senior director for Gulf Affairs. There is no indication that Fontenrose, who also has worked for the State Department and U.S. military, was involved in Cambridge’s election effort or any other activities that have come under scrutiny by investigators.

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