Trump Corruption

Bill Barr Defends Dropping Case Against Michael Flynn: An Easy Decision, “History Is Written By The Winners”

Talking Points Memo reports: Attorney General Bill Barr defended the Justice Department’s bombshell move to drop its case against Michael Flynn Thursday, telling CBS News that it was an “easy decision.” “I think easy because once I saw all the facts and some of the tactics used by the FBI in this instance and also the legal problems with the …

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Nadler Erupts Over DOJ’s “Outrageous” Move To Drop Flynn’s Charges, Vows To “Demand Answers” From AG

“This is outrageous! Flynn PLEADED GUILTY to lying to investigators. The evidence against him is overwhelming. Now, a politicized DOJ is dropping the case. “The decision to overrule the special counsel is without precedent and warrants an immediate explanation. “Due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, I worked with DOJ to postpone our scheduled hearing with AG Barr as attentions and …

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BREAKING: DOJ Drops Criminal Case Against Flynn

The Associated Press reports: The Justice Department on Thursday said it is dropping the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, abandoning a prosecution that became a rallying cry for Trump and his supporters in attacking the FBI’s Russia investigation. The move is a stunning reversal for one of the signature cases brought by special …

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Trump Asks SCOTUS To Block Release Of Mueller Docs

The Washington Post reports: The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block a ruling that requires the Justice Department to give Congress certain secret grand jury material from the investigation conducted by former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in March cleared the way for Congress to access secret …

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Trump To Weed Out “Disloyal” Civilians At Pentagon

Foreign Policy reports: In another move aimed at consolidating control over policy and messaging, the Trump administration is sending a White House loyalist to serve in a key Defense Department policy role that officials are worried is aimed at weeding out civilians not loyal to the president, Foreign Policy has learned. Michael Cutrone, who has been detailed as Vice President …

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Trump Names Top Donor As Postmaster General

The Washington Post reports: A top donor to President Trump and the Republican National Committee will be named the new head of the Postal Service, putting a top ally of the president in charge of an agency where Trump has long pressed for major changes in how it handles its business. The Postal Service’s board of governors confirmed late Wednesday …

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Trump Tells Nurse That PPE Shortages Are “Fake News”

CBS News reports: President Trump attempted to correct a nurse practitioner who said personal protective equipment is “not ideal” in parts of the country, and said she has been reusing her own N95 mask for “several weeks.” The president also called reports of PPE shortages “fake news” during his Oval Office event intended to honor nurses on the front lines …

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Trump Expected To Publicly Question COVID Death Tally

Axios reports: President Trump has complained to advisers about the way coronavirus deaths are being calculated, suggesting the real numbers are actually lower — and a number of his senior aides share this view, according to sources with direct knowledge. What’s next: A senior administration official said he expects the president to begin publicly questioning the death toll as it …

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Trump Defends Virus Response: I Have A Lot Going On

The Huffington Post reports: President Donald Trump once again deflected blame for his administration’s response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has infected more than 1.2 million people across the country, saying he had been too busy with probes into his conduct as president to ensure the federal stockpile of medical supplies was prepared for a pandemic. “Well, I’ll be …

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Unearthed Stats Indicate Trump “Sucked” At Baseball

The Daily Beast reports: Here’s a shock—President Trump, who has repeatedly boasted about how great he was at baseball in high school and how he could totally have gone pro if he’d wanted to, actually pretty much sucked at it. Slate has managed to unearth nine box scores from Trump’s time at New York Military Academy, which showed a four-for-29 …

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Chutzpah: Enquirer Parent AMI Seeks 7-Figure Bailout

The Daily Beast reports: Financially strapped American Media Inc., which under the leadership of chief executive David Pecker weaponized the National Enquirer to serve Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and then acknowledged violating federal campaign laws by paying $150,000 in hush money to an alleged Trump mistress, is applying for a taxpayer-backed Paycheck Protection Program loan. On Tuesday, the company declined …

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Group Linked To Junior Takes Stake In Fox Competitor

Vanity Fair reports: Trump’s view that Fox is insufficiently loyal has motivated him to look for a more reliable media partner. Trump now is on the verge of having that alternative. According to sources, an investor group aligned with his son Don Jr. and the Dallas-based Hicks family has acquired a major stake in One America News Network, the fledgling …

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Ousted Vaccine Scientist Files Formal Complaint: I Got Fired Because I Resisted Pushing Trump’s Malaria Drug

STAT News reports: Rick Bright, the ousted head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, has filed a formal whistleblower complaint alleging he was involuntarily transferred to a lower position at the National Institutes of Health because he raised concerns about the Trump administration’s Covid-19 response and about nepotism in the Department of Health and Human Services. Among the …

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Trump: Fauci Can Testify Before The Senate But Not Before The House Because “They’re A Bunch Of Haters”

The Hill reports: President Trump on Tuesday said Anthony Fauci will be allowed to testify before the Senate next week, but that he would prevent the government’s top infectious diseases expert from appearing before the House because he believes it’s full of “Trump haters.” “The House is a set up. The House is a bunch of Trump haters,” the president …

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In Honest Abe’s Shadow, Trump Out-Lies Even Himself

The Daily Beast reports: Even by President Donald Trump’s historically low standards, the town hall on reopening the nation’s economy featured some astounding falsehoods on Sunday night: that he was never warned about the novel coronavirus until late January; that all 43,000 people who returned to the United States from China after the implementation of his travel ban were tested; …

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Trump Claims He Never Got Early Warnings On COVID

The Independent reports: Donald Trump pushed back on Sunday against recent reporting that intelligence officials were issuing classified reports to his administration as early as last November warning about the early outbreak of coronavirus in the Wuhan province of China. The president also claimed the restrictions he placed on travel to the US from China in January have saved “tens …

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GWB Issues Call For National Unity, Trump Attacks Him

The Hill reports: President Trump on Sunday took aim at George W. Bush after the former Republican president issued a call to push partisanship aside amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. In a three-minute video shared on Twitter on Saturday, Bush urged Americans to remember “how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat.” In an …

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WH Blocks Fauci From Testifying Before House Panel

The Washington Post reports: The White House is blocking Anthony S. Fauci from testifying before a House subcommittee investigating the coronavirus outbreak and response, arguing that it would be “counterproductive” for him to appear next week while in the midst of participating in the government’s response to the pandemic. The White House issued a statement about Fauci’s testimony shortly after …

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REVERSAL: No Early Release From Prison For Cohen

The Daily Beast reports: Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer who was due to be released from federal prison to house arrest on Friday will remain behind bars, two people familiar with the situation told The Daily Beast. It was unclear what prompted the last-minute decision to not release Cohen after he – along with other prisoners – …

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Publicly Traded Companies Took Over $1B In SBA Funds

The Washington Post reports: Publicly traded companies have received more than $1 billion in funds meant for small businesses from the federal government’s economic stimulus package, according to data from securities filings compiled by The Washington Post. Nearly 300 public companies have reported receiving money from the fund, called the Paycheck Protection Program, according to the data compiled by The …

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