Trump Corruption

Questions Arise Over Malaria Drugmaker’s Cohen Link

Newsweek reports: Social media users have been reacting to President Donald Trump’s championing of the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19, with some referring to a deal struck in 2017 between the pharmaceutical company Novartis, which makes the drug, and the president’s former lawyer Michael Cohen. On Sunday night and Monday morning, Novartis, the Swiss pharmaceutical company that …

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Former Intel IG: Trump Fired Me For Doing My Job

Politico reports: The intelligence community watchdog removed abruptly late Friday by President Donald Trump says he believes Trump ousted him because of his evenhanded handling of a whistleblower complaint that ultimately led to the president’s impeachment. “It is hard not to think that the President’s loss of confidence in me derives from my having faithfully discharged my legal obligations as …

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Collins Very Concerned About Firing Of Intel Official

Fox News reports: Democrats on Friday reacted furiously to President Trump’s decision to fire the intelligence community inspector general who informed Congress about the Ukraine whistleblower complaint. “Trump’s dead of night decision to fire ICIG Michael Atkinson is another blatant attempt to gut the independence of the Intelligence Community and retaliate against those who dare to expose presidential wrongdoing,” said …

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Trump Earns “Pants On Fire” Rating For Insane Claim He Inherited “Broken” Virus Tests From The Obama Admin

PolitiFact reports: President Donald Trump deflected blame for the slow start of testing for the new coronavirus in the United States. “We inherited a broken test,” he said on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” March 30. Trump said much the same the day before during a Rose Garden press conference. “We took over a dead, barren system,” Trump said. “That …

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Trump Organization Lays Off, Furloughs 1500 Staffers

The Washington Post reports: The Trump Organization has laid off or furloughed about 1,500 employees at hotels in the United States and Canada as the coronavirus pandemic inflicts further pain on the president’s private business. With most of President Trump’s hotels and clubs closed amid stay-at-home orders around the world, the Trump Organization has responded by slashing costs, much like …

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RETRIBUTION: Trump Fires Intel Inspector General

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump notified Congress on Friday that he is firing the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community who was involved in triggering an impeachment probe of the president last year. In a letter to key lawmakers, Trump said he planned to remove the official, Michael Atkinson, in 30 days, saying, “it is vital that I have …

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Critics Pile On After Kushner’s Virus Response Lies, Federal Website Edited To Make Him Appear Truthful

The New York Times reports: At one of the most perilous moments in modern American history, Mr. Kushner is trying in a disjointed White House to marshal the forces of government for the war his father-in-law says he is waging. A real estate developer with none of the medical expertise of a public health official nor the mobilization experience of …

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Junior Backs Fired Fox News Host On “Virus Scam”

First, a reminder on Trish Regan’s firing: Fox Business announced on Friday that Trish Regan, the host of the network’s “Trish Regan Primetime” program, has been let go in the aftermath of her infamous tirade claiming that the COVID-19 outbreak was part of some kind of anti-Trump scheme run by Democrats and the media. The development came several weeks after …

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Trump Lies That Airline And Amtrak Passengers Are Getting “Very Strong Tests” For Virus Before Boarding

CNN’s relentless Daniel Dale reports: President Donald Trump falsely claimed Thursday that airplane and train passengers are being given “very strong tests” for the coronavirus both before departure and after arrival. Asked at a White House briefing if he is considering a temporary ban on domestic flights and rail travel, Trump said he was thinking about how to handle flights …

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Trump Organization Seeks Relief From Loans, Leases

The New York Times reports: All over the country, businesses large and small are seeking breathing room from their lenders, landlords and business partners as they face the financial fallout from the coronavirus crisis. President Trump’s family company is among those looking for help. With some of its golf courses and hotels closed amid the economic lockdown, the Trump Organization …

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Trump Attacks Schumer For “Complaining” About Lack Of Medical Supplies: “You Should Have Pushed Harder”

Talking Points Memo reports: President Donald Trump attacked Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Thursday morning after the Democratic leader criticized Trump’s fumbling response to the medical equipment shortage in New York. During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Schumer described how New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio have been “calling all over the …

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Secret Service Signs New Trump Golf Cart Contract

The Washington Post reports: The Secret Service this week signed a $45,000 contract to rent a fleet of golf carts in Northern Virginia, saying it needed them quickly to protect a “dignitary” in the town of Sterling, home to one of President Trump’s golf clubs, according to federal contracting data. The contract was signed Monday and took effect Wednesday, records …

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Trump’s Blame List For Virus Response Grows Daily: Governors, Hospitals, Media, Corporations, And Obama

The Washington Post reports: “I don’t take responsibility at all.” That’s what President Trump said this month when asked whether he takes responsibility for the slow rollout of testing that public health officials say handicapped the country’s ability to protect Americans from the coronavirus. But Trump’s desire to not take responsibility could also be extrapolated to the coronavirus crisis in …

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Kushner-Linked Firm Built Virus Site Trump Promised

The Atlantic reports: On March 13, President Donald Trump promised Americans they would soon be able to access a new website that would ask them about their symptoms and direct them to nearby coronavirus testing sites. He said Google was helping. That wasn’t true. But in the following days, Oscar Health—a health-insurance company closely connected to Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner—developed …

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Trump: I Haven’t Heard About Testing Being A Problem

CBS News reports: Several rural-state governors alerted President Trump on Monday that they are struggling to obtain urgently needed medical supplies and testing equipment, warning that despite the worsening coronavirus situation in New York and other urban areas, more sparsely populated parts of the country need help, too. In response to requests for more testing kits, Mr. Trump said, “I …

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Court Okays Fraud Suit Against Trump Hotel Company

The Hill reports: U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos, an Obama-appointee, decided a former business partner of Trump International Hotels Management could amend its lawsuit against the company to include claims of fraud and breach of contract, according to the ruling obtained by The Hill. The business partner Orestes Fintiklis and his fund Ithaca Capital Investments obtained control of the Panama …

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DOJ Seeks Emergency Power For Indefinite Detentions

Politico reports: The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies — part of a push for new powers that comes as the coronavirus spreads through the United States. Documents reviewed by POLITICO detail the department’s requests to lawmakers on a host of topics, including the statute …

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Trump Donors Paid Mar-A-Lago Tens Of Thousands To Fund Lavish 51st Birthday Party For Junior’s Girlfriend

The New York Times reports: It was a lavish birthday party for Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle. The setting was Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s private club in Palm Beach, Fla. The guest list included dozens of Trump family members and friends. But when it came to picking up the tab, hands went out to other attendees. Among them were at …

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Trump Denies He Lied About Google (Which He Did)

Wired reports: President Donald Trump announced Friday that the US government’s coronavirus testing apparatus, which has lagged badly behind other developed nations, would soon get an assist from Google. The search and advertising giant will create a website, Trump said, that would help Americans figure out if they need a test for the virus, and if so where they can …

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Google: Trump Just Lied About Us Building A Site

The Verge reports: Google is not working with the US government in building a nationwide website to help people determine whether and how to get a novel coronavirus test, despite what President Donald Trump said in the course of issuing an emergency declaration for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, a much smaller trial website made by another division of Alphabet, Google’s …

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