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It Has Begun — Dems Hire Money-Laundering Experts To Dig Into Trump’s Financial Ties To Russia: Report

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As they prepare to take control of the House of Representatives, Democrats in the Intelligence Committee are hiring money-laundering and forensic accounting experts to investigate Donald Trump’s financial ties to Russia, according to a new report by The Daily Beast.

Citing three sources with knowledge of the matter, the Daily Beast revealed that the panel is hiring experts “to examine unanswered financial questions about Trump and Russia.”

The experts would also work with the Intelligence Panel on all of the topics before the panel, a Democratic source told the Beast.

According to the report, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the likely pick to take over the committee, has signaled his interest in investigating Trump’s relationship to Germany-based Deutsche Bank.

The Beast noted that Deutsche Bank loaned money to Trump at times when other lenders and the president may still owe it money.

RELATED: Trump Tower Exposed As a ‘Cathedral Of Money Laundering’ By Investigative Reporter.

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Court Hearing: Trump Offered Assange Pardon If He Covered Up Russian DNC Hack

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A lawyer for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has claimed in court that President Trump offered to pardon Assange if he agreed to help cover up Russia’s involvement in hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

In 2017, The Wall Street Journal reported that Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) attempted to broker a deal for a pardon between the White House and Assange.

Assange has argued that he should not be extradited to the U.S. because the American case against him is politically motivated. His lawyers told the court that Trump’s alleged offer to pardon Assange proved that this was no ordinary criminal investigation.

Edward Fitzgerald, who was representing Assange in court, said he had evidence that a quid pro quo was put to Assange by Rohrabacher, who was known as Putin’s favorite congressman.

Courtroom reporter James Doleman broke the news on Twitter after Assange made the remarks while appearing at a pretrial hearing via teleconference.

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