White House Calls for Transitional Government in Venezuela

After U.S. prosecutors filed drug-trafficking and money-laundering charges against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro last week, the Trump administration on Tuesday announced a plan to form a transitional government in the South American country that would see Maduro step down.

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Maduro Fires Back at ‘Racist’ Trump After Drug Charge

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro stood defiant in the face of a $15 million bounty by the United States to face drug trafficking charges, calling Donald Trump a “racist cowboy” and saying he is ready to fight by whatever means necessary should the U.S. and neighboring Colombia dare to invade.

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Citing Trump Interference, Wyden Asks Barr to Recuse From Halkbank Case

Senator Ron Wyden asked Attorney General William Barr on Monday to recuse himself from the record-breaking money laundering prosecution of Turkey’s state-run Halkbank, amid reports that Ambassador John Bolton told Barr that President Donald Trump has a compromised relationship with Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Wyden Probe of Turkish Bank Runs Into Mnuchin Meeting With Erdoğan

A month into Senator Ron Wyden’s investigation of Halkbank, the Turkish state-run bank accused of the biggest money-laundering scheme ever charged in U.S. history, U.S. Treasury officials informed lawmakers that Secretary Steven Mnuchin recently attended a White House lunch with Turkey’s strongman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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