Trump Corruption

COVID Postcard From Trump Cost USPS $28 Million

USA Today reports: A postcard mailed to every American household that included coronavirus social distancing guidelines and also prominently featured President Donald Trump’s name cost the U.S. Postal Service $28 million, USA TODAY has learned. The coronavirus card, which began appearing in U.S. mailboxes in March, drew fire from good-government groups that said it applied a political veneer to the …

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Trump Hotel Partner Lobbied WH On Trade With Turkey

Courthouse News reports: Three White House cabinet members received pitches last week to dramatically increase trade with Turkey. Capitalizing on the coronavirus pandemic, the letters came from Mehmet Ali Yalçındağ, the chairman of Turkey’s oldest state-sponsored trade group who partnered with Ivanka Trump and the president on the Trump Towers Istanbul deal. “Well before Covid-19 and the new set of …

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Pence Aide Owns Stock In COVID Response Companies

NPR reports: Marc Short, the chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, owns between $506,043 and $1.64 million worth of individual stocks in companies doing work related to the Trump administration’s pandemic response — holdings that could run afoul of conflict of interest laws. Many of the medical, pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies – including 3M, Abbott Laboratories, Gilead Sciences, …

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Hair Furor To Sign Executive Order About Social Media

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump will sign an executive order shortly regarding social media companies, a White House spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany made the remark to reporters aboard Air Force One, traveling with Trump to Washington from Florida a day after Twitter Inc attached a warning to some of his tweets prompting readers to fact-check the president’s …

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Kellyanne Conway: If People Can Wait In Line For An Hour To Buy A Cupcake, They Can Wait In Line To Vote

“People very proudly show up and go to the polls. They really are, I mean they wait in line for, at Georgetown Cupcake for an hour to get a cupcake. So I think they can probably wait in line to do something as consequential and critical and constitutionally significant as cast their ballot.” “The Democrats don’t like their candidate, they …

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Trump Campaign Wails After Twitter Slaps Fact-Check Labels On Trump’s Lying Tweets: “Biased Fake News”

“We always knew that Silicon Valley would pull out all the stops to obstruct and interfere with President Trump getting his message through to voters. Partnering with the biased fake news media ‘fact checkers’ is only a smoke screen Twitter is using to try to lend their obvious political tactics some false credibility.” – Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, via …

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Trump Gaslights: I Didn’t Mock Biden For Wearing Mask

The Hill reports: President Trump on Tuesday said he found it “unusual” that Joe Biden wore a mask to a Memorial Day ceremony the previous day. “Biden can wear a mask, but he was standing outside with his wife, perfect conditions, perfect weather. They’re inside they don’t wear masks,” Trump said during a Rose Garden event on insulin prices. “And …

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DOJ Files Brief Backing Alabama Absentee Ballot Rule Requiring Two Witnesses Or Notary For Mailed Ballots

Via press release from the Justice Department: The Department of Justice filed a Statement of Interest Monday in an Alabama federal court to promote the proper and uniform interpretation of the Voting Rights Act. The Statement of Interest is part of the Department of Justice’s continuing efforts around the country to enforce our nation’s federal voting rights laws. The lawsuit …

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Top Pentagon IG Resigns After Trump Sidelines Him From Overseeing $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Funding

Axios reports: Glenn Fine, the Pentagon’s principal deputy inspector general, submitted his resignation on Tuesday. Why it matters: President Trump removed Fine as the Pentagon’s acting inspector general in April 7 after a group of independent federal watchdogs selected him to lead the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, which was set up to oversee the rollout of the $2 trillion coronavirus …

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Trump Again Lies That Biden Has Apologized To Him

Never a peep about his lies from the cultists: Trump went on a Memorial Day attack on rival Joe Biden, who emerged from hohis Delaware home for the first time in weeks to lay a wreath at a veterans cemetary, on a day Trump paid a visit to Arlington Cemetery. Trump has previously claimed Biden sent him a letter of …

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Trump Claims “Zero Interest” In Holding Convention At His Miami Resort As “The Ballroom Isn’t Big Enough”

Forbes reports: President Donald Trump said in a tweet Monday he has “zero interest” in moving the Republican National Convention to his Doral golf resort in Florida, just hours after he suggested the August convention would have to move out of North Carolina unless Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper agrees to allow thousands to gather for the convention. Earlier this month, …

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WaPo: Trump’s Latest IGs Have “Preposterous” Conflicts

The Washington Post reports: The political appointee President Trump installed last week to investigate waste, fraud and abuse at the Transportation Department is the same official in charge of one of the agency’s key divisions. That means Howard “Skip” Elliott is now running an office charged with investigating his own actions. “The idea that an independent IG could simultaneously be …

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Trump Lies For 1000th Time About Voting By Mail

Talking Points Memo reports: Trump has repeatedly shared unsubstantiated claims about mail-in voting since winning the 2016 presidential election. He’s become increasingly vocal about the issue in recent weeks, as more states increase vote-by-mail opportunities due to concerns about individuals packing into polling locations during the pandemic. After Michigan and Nevada took steps last week to increase voting by mail, …

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On His Way To Another Round Of Golf, Trump Again Accuses Joe Scarborough Of Committing 2001 Murder

On his way for a second straight day of golf amid a pandemic that has killed nearly 100,000 Americans, Trump again accused MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of murdering an assistant in his US House office 19 years ago. This is the third time in the last ten days that Trump has tweeted since an accusation, this time linking to a …

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Trump: We Don’t Want Anybody To Do Mail-In Ballots Unless They’re Sick Or They “Live In The White House”

“We don’t want them to do mail-in ballots because it’s going to lead to total election fraud. So we don’t want them to do mail-in ballots. We don’t want anybody to do mail-in ballots. Now, if somebody has to mail it in because they’re sick, or, by the way, because they live in the White House and they have to …

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Trump Repeats Vow To Defund States Over Mail Voting

The Hill reports: President Trump on Wednesday doubled down on his threat to withhold funding from states over plans to allow more voting to be conducted by mail, claiming that mail-in ballots are riddled with “tremendous fraud.” “Mail-in ballots are very dangerous. There is tremendous fraud involved and tremendous illegality,” Trump told reporters during a meeting with Arkansas Gov. Asa …

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SCOTUS Backs Trump, Blocks Release Of Mueller Files

Bloomberg News reports: The U.S. Supreme Court blocked House Democrats for now from getting access to confidential materials from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, granting a request from President Donald Trump’s administration. The court put the case on a fast track, giving the Trump administration until June 1 to file its appeal. That suggests the court will say before …

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Pompeo Flees Briefing Amid Grilling About Fired IG

CNBC reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday lashed out at Democrats investigating him, particularly Sen. Bob Menendez, as he defended his recommendation to President Donald Trump to fire the State Department’s internal watchdog. Pompeo has come under intense scrutiny since Trump followed through on his Cabinet official’s urging to fire Inspector General Steve Linick. “This is all coming …

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Trump Admin Amassing Citizenship Data On Everybody

NPR reports: You will not find a citizenship question on the 2020 census forms. But in the months since federal courts permanently blocked the Trump administration from asking the hotly-contested question for this year’s national head count, the administration has been pushing ahead with a backup plan — amassing government records to try to determine the U.S. citizenship status of …

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Pompeo And Wife Eyed Over Lavish Secret Dinners

NBC News reports: As federal workers file out of the State Department at the end of a Washington workday, an elite group is often just arriving in the marbled, flag-lined lobby: Billionaire CEOs, Supreme Court justices, political heavyweights and ambassadors arrive in evening attire as they’re escorted by private elevator to dinner with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Until the …

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