Trump Corruption

Pompeo Claims He’ll Look Into Stalking Of Ambassador

CNN reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday publicly committed to look into the possible surveillance of former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch — more than 48 hours after the evidence of potential monitoring emerged and more than 24 hours after Ukraine announced its own investigation into the matter. “We will do everything we need to do to …

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Trump: Dems Timed My Trial To Cheat Bernie Sanders

The Hill reports: President Trump on Friday accused Democrats of deliberately diminishing Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) chances of winning the party’s presidential nomination by keeping him off the campaign trail to serve as a juror in the Senate impeachment trial. The president in a pair of tweets sought to exploit potential frustration among Democrats by echoing a theory among some …

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Mar-A-Lago Security Has Cost Local Govt $13.7 Million

The Palm Beach Post reports: The federal government reimbursed the county nearly $10 million for expenses through September 2018. The county is waiting to be paid for $3.8 million racked up in the fiscal year that ended in October. Local governments and law enforcement spent $13.7 million to protect President Donald Trump during the 27 visits he and his family …

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Lev Parnas: I’m Speaking Out Because I Fear Bill Barr

Yahoo News reports: Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas said he was giving media interviews about his role in President Trump’s attempts to convince Ukrainian officials to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden because he wanted to protect himself from Attorney General William Barr. Parnas made that claim in an interview with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, the second …

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Trump’s Tax Cuts Saved Big Banks $32 Billion In 2019

Bloomberg News reports: Savings for the top six U.S. banks from President Donald Trump’s signature tax overhaul accelerated last year, now topping $32 billion as the lenders curbed new borrowing, pared jobs and ramped up payouts to shareholders. JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., Wells Fargo & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley posted …

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Lev Parnas Implicates Rick Perry In Ukraine Conspiracy

The Week reports: Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in an interview that aired Thursday night that former Energy Secretary Rick Perry was directed by Rudy Giuliani to tell Ukraine its U.S. aid was contingent on the country announcing investigations of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Parnas alleges that after …

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DOJ Investigates James Comey Over Years-Old Leak

The New York Times reports: Federal prosecutors in Washington are investigating a years-old leak of classified information about a Russian intelligence document, and they appear to be focusing on whether the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey illegally provided details to reporters, according to people familiar with the inquiry. The case is the second time the Justice Department has investigated …

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Trump: I Don’t Think I’ve Ever Spoken To Lev Parnas

USA Today reports: President Donald Trump and aides sought Thursday to distance him from a Soviet-born businessman who said Trump knew all about efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating U.S. political rival Joe Biden – a pivotal point in the Senate impeachment trial of the president. “I don’t believe I’ve ever spoken to him,” Trump told reporters about Lev Parnas, …

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Move To Withdraw Plea Postpones Flynn’s Sentencing

The Associated Press reports: A federal judge on Thursday postponed the sentencing of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, two days after Flynn moved to withdraw his guilty plea. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan did not immediately rule on Flynn’s request. Instead, in a brief written order, the judge asked for additional court filings on the matter over …

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BREAKING: FBI Visits Connecticut Home Of Robert Hyde

CNN reports: FBI investigators went to the home and business of Connecticut congressional candidate Robert Hyde, who has been caught up in the scandal about efforts to remove US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch from Ukraine on Thursday. The agents were seen by CNN and their presence was confirmed by a law enforcement official. They were at the home early Thursday morning …

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USGAO Rules Trump Illegally Withheld Aid To Ukraine

The Washington Post reports: The White House violated federal law in its hold on security aid to Ukraine last year, according to a decision by a congressional watchdog released on Thursday and reviewed by The Washington Post.The Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan agency that reports to Congress, found the Trump administration violated a law that governs how the White House …

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White House Shrugs Off Bombshells By Lev Parnas

NBC News reports: In response to Parnas’ interview, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Thursday morning, “These allegations are being made by a man who is currently out on bail for federal crimes and is desperate to reduce his exposure to prison.” “The facts haven’t changed — the president did nothing wrong and this impeachment, which was manufactured and …

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Lev Parnas Buries Trump, Pence, Barr, Giuliani [VIDEO]

Newsweek reports: Mike Pence was given the task of telling Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy that if he did not announce his government’s investigation into the Bidens, the U.S. would not provide any military aid. When asked if Pence was aware of the quid pro quo, Parnas said, “I’m going to use a famous quote from [Ambassador Gordon] Sondland. Everybody was …

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WE DON’T KNOW HIM: Top GOP Leaders Backpedal From Man Alleged To Have Menaced US Ambassador

Politico reports: Congressional Republicans are distancing themselves from Robert Hyde, a controversial House candidate and GOP donor who has become the latest figure to get wrapped up in the Ukraine saga that led to President Donald Trump’s impeachment. The top three Republican leaders in the House — Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and …

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Former Ukraine Ambassador Calls For Probe After Docs Appear To Show She Was Stalked By Giuliani’s Thugs

The Daily Beast reports: Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch has called for an investigation after newly released documents suggested her movements were being tracked and monitored during an alleged smear campaign against her by allies of President Trump. She requested an investigation Tuesday through her lawyer, Lawrence Robbins. “Needless to say, the notion that American citizens and others …

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“Smoking Gun” Released In Giuliani’s Ukraine Plot

The New York Times reports: One of the new documents shows Mr. Giuliani saying that he had Mr. Trump’s blessing to seek a meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president-elect, last spring, potential new evidence on the eve of the president’s impeachment trial. Mr. Giuliani has previously said he was acting at Mr. Trump’s direction in his dealings with Ukrainian officials, …

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New Bizarre Figure Emerges In Ukraine Scandal

The Daily Beast reports: Before Tuesday, he was best known as a little-known, scandal-scarred Republican congressional candidate who tweeted an obscene joke at Kamala Harris. But new documents from the House Intelligence Committee have put a completely different kind of spotlight on Robert F. Hyde, the Trump donor who appears to have tracked U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s movements in Ukraine. …

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Michael Flynn Seeks To Withdraw Guilty Plea

NPR reports: Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who admitted to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., wants to withdraw his two-year-old guilty plea, saying federal prosecutors reneged on a promise not to ask for jail time at his upcoming sentencing. Flynn, who held the post of national security adviser for less than a …

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House Dems Release New Impeachment Evidence

Politico reports: The House Intelligence Committee released new evidence on Tuesday related to the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, including information turned over by Lev Parnas, an indicted former associate of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. The release, which reflects the unfinished nature of the House’s impeachment inquiry, comes ahead of an expected House vote on Wednesday to formally …

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Barr Puts In Roadblocks To Future Presidential Probes

Law & Crime reports: U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Monday said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) would have to meet more rigorous standards before opening any future counterintelligence investigations into presidential campaigns. The more stringent protocols will require campaign probes to be approved by the top leaders at the Bureau and the Department of Justice (DOJ), currently FBI …

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