Trump Corruption

Postal Service Reviews Package Delivery Contracts As Major Trump Donor Is About To Be Postmaster General

The Washington Post reports: Weeks before a Republican donor and top White House ally becomes postmaster general, the U.S. Postal Service has quietly launched a review of its package delivery contracts and lost its last senior official who was not appointed by President Trump. The moves, confirmed by six people with knowledge of the Postal Service’s inner workings but not …

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Graham Rejects Trump’s Demand For Obama To Testify

Axios reports: Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) responded to President Trump’s tweet calling for Graham to compel former President Obama to testify before Congress about the Russia investigation, telling Politico: “I don’t think now’s the time for me to do that. I don’t know if that’s even possible.” Graham released a statement on Thursday saying the Judiciary Committee will …

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$27M Grant For Trump Donor’s Private Jet Company

NBC News reports: A private jet company founded by a donor to President Donald Trump received nearly $27 million in government funding under a program run by the Treasury Department, according to government filings. Clay Lacy Aviation, a private jet charter company based in Van Nuys, California, that serves wealthy executives and celebrities, received the government grant as part of …

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LIVE VIDEO: Ousted Vaccine Doc Testifies Before House

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump on Thursday tore into ousted federal scientist-turned-whistleblower Dr. Rick Bright just before Bright was set to testify before Congress that the U.S. “missed early warning signals” about the coronavirus. “I don’t know the so-called Whistleblower Rick Bright, never met him or even heard of him,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning. Bright is scheduled to testify before …

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Court Revives Emoluments Suit Against Trump Hotel

The Washington Post reports: A federal appeals court on Thursday revived a lawsuit seeking to block President Trump’s hotel in downtown Washington from accepting payments from foreign and state governments. In a divided decision, the court refused to dismiss the novel lawsuit that accuses the president of illegally profiting from foreign and state government patrons at his D.C. hotel. The …

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Michael Flynn May Face Perjury Charge In New Twist

The New York Times reports: The federal judge overseeing the case against President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn appointed a hard-charging former prosecutor and judge late on Wednesday to oppose the Justice Department’s effort to drop the case and to explore a perjury charge against Mr. Flynn. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s appointment of the former judge, John …

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Trump And GOP Plot To Battle Vote-By-Mail Lawsuits

CNN reports: President Donald Trump has been increasingly engaged in the legal battles unfolding across the country over the issue of vote-by-mail, urging his political advisers to take an aggressive posture to counter Democratic lawsuits on the issue. Trump met with his political aides on Thursday at the White House about the legal efforts, a source familiar with the meeting …

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Paul Manafort Released To Home Confinement

NBC News reports: Paul Manafort, the imprisoned former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, was released to home confinement for the remainder of his sentence Wednesday amid concerns he could contract coronavirus in federal prison, a person familiar with his case confirmed to NBC News. Manafort’s release follows a request from his attorneys to the Federal Bureau of Prisons that …

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Judge Slows DOJ Move To Drop Charges Against Flynn

The New York Times reports: A federal judge overseeing the criminal case of President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn opened the door late Tuesday for legal experts and other outside parties to oppose the Justice Department’s motion to drop the case, suggesting he has at least some skepticism about the government’s argument that Mr. Flynn should never …

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Analysis: Trump Seeking To “Slow Walk” SCOTUS Cases

From a USA Today opinion column: President Donald Trump likes to characterize himself as a counter-puncher. But on Tuesday before the Supreme Court, his lawyers seemed more interested in stalling. At issue before the court are three lawsuits filed by Trump to prevent his accounting firm and banks from complying with subpoenas seeking Trump’s financial records. These cases cover separation …

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Kushner “Can’t Commit” Election Won’t Be Postponed

From a lengthy interview with Time Magazine: Jared Kushner himself had previously told TIME that Trump’s pitch to voters this fall was going to focus on a booming economy. Now, Trump is trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in both national and swing-state polls. Kushner said Trump is “looking forward” to debating Biden and dismissed the polls as “inaccurate.” When …

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MAGA Rep’s Bill Would Backfire On Glorious Leader

The Daily Beast reports: It’s almost certain that Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) did not intend to prohibit the president from steering campaign funds to his own hotels, resorts, and golf clubs. He introduced a bill this month explicitly designed to target campaign spending by a House colleague, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). But the language of his legislation would very likely …

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SCOTUS Justices Appear Divided On Trump’s Financials

Unsurprisingly. Reuters reports: U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared divided as they weighed President Donald Trump’s bid to prevent Democratic-led congressional panels from getting his financial records, with its conservative majority appearing to be concerned about improper harassment of the president by lawmakers. In a major showdown over presidential powers, justices asked tough questions of an attorney for Trump …

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LIVE AUDIO: SCOTUS Hears Case On Trump’s Financials

The New York Times reports: It seems that every 23 years, or about once in a generation, the Supreme Court considers whether presidents must abide by the rules that govern other citizens. In 1974, it unanimously required President Richard M. Nixon to turn over tapes of conversations in the Oval Office. Twenty-three years later, in 1997, it unanimously required President …

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Senate Republicans Break With Trump On “Obamagate”

Politico reports: President Donald Trump’s aggressive campaign to encourage sweeping investigations of his predecessor Barack Obama met a unanimous response from Senate Republicans: No thanks. “I’m not anticipating calling President Obama,” said Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), whose panel is investigating the origins of the 2016 Russia investigation, even as he vowed to bring in former senior Obama administration …

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Trump Won’t Name Crime He Says Obama Committed

The Hill reports: President Trump on Monday declined to name the crime he believes former President Obama committed, as he was pressed on a string of critical tweets he sent over the weekend accusing his predecessor of committing the biggest political crime in history. “You know what the crime is. The crime is very obvious to everybody. All you have …

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Trump: “We Have Met The Moment And Prevailed”

Boing Boing reports: Donald Trump, on the day the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 passed 80,000, declared success in the war on coronavirus: “We have met the moment and we have prevailed.” One week ago today, the impeached and manifestly unfit president of the U.S. said it was too soon to declare “mission accomplished.” But today, victory has been declared, …

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Tomorrow: SCOTUS Hears Case On Trump’s Financials

Roll Call reports: Trump’s personal lawyers and the DOJ have warned the justices that Congress needs to be stopped. They say lower court rulings that allow the House to demand Trump’s personal and business financial information from an auditing firm and two banks will open up a new political weapon for Congress to harass a president and keep him from …

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2000 Former DOJ Officials Call For Barr’s Resignation

ABC News reports: Nearly 2000 former Justice Department officials have signed onto a letter calling for Attorney General William Barr to resign over what they describe as his improper intervention in the criminal case of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn. Last week, the DOJ moved to drop charges against Flynn who had pleaded guilty twice to lying to …

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Pence Would Welcome Return Of “Patriot” Michael Flynn

Axios reports: Vice President Mike Pence told “Axios on HBO” that he welcomes the idea of bringing Michael Flynn back into government, after the Justice Department moved last week to drop its criminal case against President Trump’s former national security adviser. Trump said April 30 that he would “certainly consider” bringing Flynn back into the administration. Since Flynn had been …

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