Trump Corruption

Adam Schiff: Pardoning Stone Would Be Impeachable

Raw Story reports: Rep. Adam Schiff suggested that a presidential pardon for Roger Stone would be an impeachable offense. Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced the longtime Republican operative to 40 months in prison, saying Stone had lied to Congress and threatened a witness to cover up possible wrongdoing by President Donald Trump — and Schiff sent a warning against a …

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Trump Claims He Won’t Pardon Roger Stone For Now

CNN reports: President Donald Trump said Thursday he won’t act to grant clemency to his friend and former associate Roger Stone right now, saying he wants the process to play out before making a decision. “I’m not going to do anything in terms of the great powers bestowed upon a president of the United States, I want the process play …

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Trump Admin Backs Oracle In Court Battle On Day Oracle’s Founder Holds High-Ticket Trump Fundraiser

Axios reports: The Trump administration is siding with Oracle in the database giant’s dispute with Google before the Supreme Court — a move that comes as Oracle’s founder hosts a high-dollar fundraiser for the president. Billions of dollars — and, Google argues, the future of software innovation — are at stake as a long-running copyright dispute between the two giant …

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Ex-GOP Rep: I Did Offer Pardon To Julian Assange

Yahoo News reports: Former California Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher confirmed in a new interview that during a three-hour meeting at the Ecuadorian Embassy in August 2017, he told Julian Assange he would get President Trump to give him a pardon if he turned over information proving the Russians had not been the source of internal Democratic National Committee emails published …

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Roger Stone Heckled As “Traitor” Outside Courthouse

Mediaite reports: Roger Stone was greeted with jeers and heckling as he entered a federal courtroom in Washington D.C. Thursday morning for sentencing after being found guilty of seven counts including witness tampering and lying to Congress. The notorious and ostensibly self-described dirty trickster — and once President Richard Nixon ally turned President Donald Trump 2016 campaign sideman — could …

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John Bolton: My Testimony Wouldn’t Have Mattered

The Associated Press reports: Former national security adviser John Bolton on Wednesday denounced the House’s impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump as ”grossly partisan” and said his testimony would not have changed Trump’s acquittal in the Senate, as he continued to stay quiet on the details of a yet-to-be-released book. Bolton contended that the House “committed impeachment malpractice,” drawing some …

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WH Accuses DNC Of Fabricating Assange/Pardon Claim

The Washington Post reports: A day after President Trump issued executive clemency to 11 people including former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, another potential Trump pardon is in the news. This one: For Julian Assange. Assange’s lawyers claimed in a London court Wednesday that they would provide evidence that then-Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) promised Assange a pardon or some other favor …

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Woman Convicted In $205M Medicare Kickback Fraud Scheme: President Trump Has Given Me My Life Back

NBC News Miami reports: A woman who served nearly a decade behind bars for her role in a health care and money laundering scheme returned to Miami-Dade County early Wednesday morning. President Donald Trump on Tuesday commuted the prison sentence of Judith Negron, who was serving time for her role in a $205 million Medicare fraud scheme back in 2011. …

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Assange: Trump Offered Pardon To Lie About Russia

The Daily Beast reports: President Trump offered to pardon Julian Assange if he agreed to cover up the involvement of Russia in hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee, which were later published by WikiLeaks, a London court was told Wednesday. Lawyers acting for Assange have argued that the Australian should not be extradited to the U.S. because the case …

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Trump Pushes Out Official Who OK’d Aid To Ukraine

The Military Times reports: The Pentagon’s top policy official is reportedly being pushed out of the department, as part of the fallout from the Ukraine military aid issue at the center of the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Trump confirmed that John Rood, undersecretary of defense for policy, is departing―a move that leaves yet another significant vacancy at the top …

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Children’s Hospital Extorted By Blago: No Comment

Forbes reports: Executives at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and pediatric doctors there had no comment Tuesday following word President Donald Trump was commuting the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich, who has been serving eight years in federal prison following a conviction in a campaign corruption scheme was accused, among other things, of trying to sell …

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Parscale Hires Former Top Cambridge Analytica Staffer

Politico reports: President Donald Trump’s campaign is bringing on an alum of the controversial data firm Cambridge Analytica, a move likely to raise alarms among Trump critics and data privacy advocates who worry the president will push the technological envelope to get reelected in 2020. Matt Oczkowski, who served as head of product at Cambridge before it went bankrupt and …

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Trump’s Blago Move Was Another Win For “Fox Cabinet”

Media Matters reports: Blagojevich’s team followed in the footsteps of other would-be pardon-seekers by pursuing a Fox-centric PR strategy. His wife, Patti Blagojevich, made the rounds on Fox beginning in April 2018, appearing at least seven times on the network’s programming to date. She received a sympathetic platform from Fox hosts including Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Martha MacCallum, and Jeanine …

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DOJ Spox Denies Report AG Bill Barr Might Resign

The Washington Post reports: Attorney General William P. Barr has told people close to President Trump — both inside and outside the White House — that he is considering quitting over Trump’s tweets about Justice Department investigations, three administration officials said, foreshadowing a possible confrontation between the president and his attorney general over the independence of the Justice Department. So …

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Trump Claims To Know Name Of “Anonymous” Author

Fox News reports: President Trump on Tuesday claimed he knows the identity of the anonymous administration official who penned a scathing tell-all about his White House but said he won’t reveal the name publicly. “I know who it is,” Trump told reporters gathered at Andrews Air Force Base before departing on a trip to California. Trump added that he can’t …

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Trump Commutes Corruption Sentence Of Blagojevich

The New York Times reports: President Trump has commuted the 14-year prison sentence of former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois, the Democrat who was convicted of trying to essentially sell President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat for personal gain, according to a person briefed on the decision. Mr. Trump commuted the former governor’s sentence on Tuesday and is planning …

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Federal Judges Call Emergency Meeting On Meddling

The Washington Post reports: The head of the Federal Judges Association is taking the extraordinary step of calling an emergency meeting to address the intervention in politically sensitive cases by President Trump and Attorney General William P. Barr. U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe, the Philadelphia-based judge who heads the voluntary association of around 1,100 life-term federal judges, told USA …

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Judge Refuses To Delay Sentencing For Roger Stone

CNN reports: Roger Stone will still be sentenced Thursday, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, amid a tumultuous week that saw President Donald Trump suggest she is biased and several prosecutors quit his case after Justice Department leadership rescinded their initial sentencing recommendation. Judge Amy Berman Jackson says she’ll consider his latest request for a new trial on a different schedule …

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Trump Threatens To Sue Over Mueller Investigation

The Hill reports: President Trump on Tuesday suggested he may file lawsuits over the outcome of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, saying its findings are “badly tainted.” The president in a series of tweets also made multiple misleading claims about Mueller and his investigation as he again lashed out over the trial of longtime associate Roger Stone, who is …

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Bolton Hints At More Dirt If His Book Ever Comes Out

The New York Times reports: John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser to President Trump, suggested on Monday that his unpublished book contained far more revelations than just the campaign to pressure Ukraine for help with domestic politics but said he was fighting “censorship” by the White House. In his first public appearance since the Senate impeachment trial in …

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