Trump Corruption

Trump: We’d Have Few Cases If We Didn’t Test So Much

The Hill reports: President Trump voiced frustration Saturday with rising COVID-19 case counts as both the U.S. and many states have reported new record totals in recent days. Administration officials have blamed the surges on increased testing, but health advocates have pointed out that rates of positive tests are also increasing. At an indoor campaign rally in Oklahoma last month, …

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Michael Cohen Spotted Dining At Swanky Manhattan Eatery In Apparent Violation Of House Arrest Orders

The New York Post reports: Michael Cohen could soon be back to chowing down in a prison cafeteria. The recently sprung jailbird was caught by The Post dining out on Manhattan’s Upper East Side — and the meal may cost him his freedom, legal experts said Friday. Exclusive photos show President Trump’s former personal lawyer seated at a sidewalk table …

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Pentagon Appointees To Face Trump Loyalty Tests

Foreign Policy reports: A pair of 20-something White House staffers will begin conducting interviews with political appointees at the Defense Department starting next week, three current and former U.S. officials told Foreign Policy, a move that some fear could lead to more dismissals of Pentagon officials considered disloyal to President Donald Trump. The White House liaison office sent an email …

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Eric Trump Deletes Tweet Linking Bill Clinton To Jeffrey Epstein’s Madam After Getting Roasted By Twitter Users

Nobody ever accused a Trump of being self-aware: Eric Trump tweeted, and then deleted, a photo of former President Bill Clinton with Jeffrey Epstein‘s alleged partner-in-crime Ghislaine Maxwell, after Twitter users buried him in a deluge of photos of Maxwell appearing very chummy with his father, President Donald Trump. Trump’s tweet was especially ill-advised considering that photos of Maxwell and …

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Trump Again Lies That Cases Are Up Because Testing Is

The Independent reports: Donald Trump has once again claimed that the US’s surge in coronavirus cases is simply the result of expanded testing – even as the rate of tests coming back positive rises and the country’s death toll increases. Mr Trump’s claim that the expansion of testing is the sole reason that the US is counting more cases has …

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Feds Lend $700 Million To Trucking Company Currently Being Sued For Overcharging The Feds For Shipping

One day we’ll learn who got the kickbacks: The Treasury Department on Wednesday approved a $700 million loan to YRC Worldwide, a financially-troubled trucking company that is also being sued by the Defense Department (DOD) for overpricing shipping costs. “We are pleased for Treasury to make this loan pursuant to the CARES Act,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a …

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Ousted US Attorney To Testify Before House Committee

CBS News reports: Geoffrey Berman, the former top federal prosecutor in New York, will testify before the House Judiciary Committee for a closed-door interview next week, a person familiar with the matter tells CBS News. Berman was removed from his role as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York last month. He initially refused to leave office …

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Barr Set To Replace Brooklyn US Attorney With Crony

CNN reports: The Justice Department is considering replacing the US attorney in Brooklyn with a senior department official close to Attorney General William Barr, officials briefed on the matter said. On Thursday, Richard Donoghue, the US attorney for the Eastern District of New York, told his staff he’d be stepping down to move to Washington as the Justice Department’s principal …

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Four Trump Ambassadors Dumped Stocks In January

CNBC reports: Several U.S. ambassadors actively shed their stock holdings as President Donald Trump tried to downplay the coronavirus outbreak in its early stages. Ambassadors to Uruguay, France, Morocco and Italy sold shares in transactions that could have made them millions of dollars, according to financial disclosure filings reviewed by CNBC. Much of their sales were in January and continued …

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Pence Chief Of Staff Has Not Divested From Companies Affected By COVID Pandemic, Keeps Meeting With Them

From the government watchdog group CREW: New evidence has emerged that suggests Vice President Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short appears to have participated in three additional meetings with companies whose stock he held, which could violate criminal conflict of interest law, according to a letter sent today to the FBI by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). …

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CIA Briefs Congressional Leaders On Russian Bounties

ABC News reports: CIA Director Gina Haspel led a slate of intelligence officials to the U.S. Capitol Thursday to brief a select group of lawmakers on reports Russia offered bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan. Members of the so-called “Gang of Eight” were expected to attend Thursday’s briefing. The exclusive group is comprised of the legislative …

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SCOTUS Blocks House From Secret Mueller Docs

CNN reports: Grand jury material from former special counsel Robert Mueller won’t be released to the Democratic-led House of Representatives at least for now, after the Supreme Court on Thursday granted the Trump administration’s request to take up the case next term. The court’s move is a win for the Justice Department and means that the information, which includes portions …

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RNC Paying Ex-Apprentice Staffer Who Has Trump Dirt

The Daily Beast reports: Last year, the Republican National Convention began cutting checks to a former producer of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice who was accused of having, as one contestant put it, “all the dirt” on Donald Trump. From August 2019 through May 2020, the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Convention made a dozen payments totaling more than …

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Court Lifts Restraining Order On Mary Trump’s Book

The Washington Post reports: A New York court on Wednesday lifted a temporary restraining order against the publication of a book by President Trump’s niece, enabling publisher Simon & Schuster to continue printing and distributing the explosive insider account by Mary L. Trump. A state Supreme Court’s appellate division on Wednesday lifted the restraining order that had been imposed on …

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Trump Lies About Biden’s “Scripted” Press Conference

Even the Daily Caller isn’t buying it: President Donald Trump accused former Vice President Joe Biden of fielding scripted questions during his Tuesday press conference in Wilmington, Delaware. Ari Fleischer, White House press secretary for former President George W. Bush, said that though he “was critical of the press for the softball questions they threw to Biden,” the former vice …

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Trump: Russian Bounty Story Is A “Fake News Hoax”

Politico reports: President Trump claimed early Wednesday that reports about suspected Russian bounties on coalition forces in Afghanistan were a “hoax” meant to damage him politically. The White House has denied that Trump was personally briefed on the intelligence before it became public, though it has sidestepped questions about subsequent reports that the information was cited in one of Trump’s …

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New Trump Ads Promote Parscale’s Facebook Page

The New York Times reports: President Trump’s re-election campaign has begun spending heavily on Facebook ads that also promote the social media pages of his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, running more than $325,000 in such ads, mostly in recent weeks. Until this week, Mr. Parscale was one of only three people whose Facebook and Instagram pages the campaign had used …

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Dems Rage After “Starkly Partisan” Census Appointees

Politico reports: Last Monday, Commerce deputy secretary Karen Dunn Kelley [photo] informed Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham and his career deputy, Ron Jarmin, that the two new appointees, Commerce aides Nathaniel T. Cogley and Adam Korzeniewski, had been installed in senior roles at the Census Bureau — a move that blindsided both of them, according to a Census Bureau official. …

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Court Temporarily Blocks Book By Trump’s Niece

Vice News reports: A judge in New York State just slapped a temporary restraining order on President Trump’s niece, ordering her to hold off on publishing her damning tell-all book about her uncle until the court can issue a final ruling. The decision marks a near-term victory for Trump’s younger brother, Robert Trump, in his legal battle to keep Mary …

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There’s Always A Tweet: Intelligence Briefings Edition

Mediaite reports: Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt justified President Donald Trump’s inaction with intelligence on Russia because “all president’s don’t read all of their briefings.” “This is not anything new,” Earhardt said on the matter. “The point here is: if it is not verified by our 16 intelligence agencies, that’s their job, that’s what they do it doesn’t get to the …

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