Trump Corruption

Bolton Demands Expedited WH Review Of Book: There’s Nothing Classified In There And I Might Be Testifying

The Washington Post reports: An attorney for John Bolton has pushed back against the White House’s assessment that his book manuscript contains classified material and asked for an expedited review of a chapter about Ukraine in case the former national security adviser is called to testify in the Senate impeachment trial. The Jan. 24 email to the White House from …

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Dershowitz: Even If Trump Extorted Ukraine, So What?

CBS News reports: Alan Dershowitz argued that a quid pro quo involving a president’s political benefit was fine because all presidents believe their elections are in the public’s interest. Essentially, if Trump withheld nearly $400 million in aid to pressure Ukraine into announcing investigations of Democrats to help his campaign, that’s fine because Trump thinks his election is to the …

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GOP Senators Each Get Cake From Brooklyn Bakery

Grub Street reports: One of the biggest concerns surrounding the trial has been whether or not witnesses will be allowed to testify before the lawmaking body, and especially former national security adviser John Bolton.  Which is why Brooklyn bakery Butter & Scotch has undertaken the truly entertaining task of sending sheet cakes to 53 Republican senators. The cakes are the …

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Ankle Monitor Keeps Parnas Out Of Senate Trial Gallery

NBC News reports: Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani who has said he wants to testify in the president’s impeachment trial, showed up at the Senate on Wednesday attempting to gain entry. Parnas, however, can’t enter the Senate gallery because he is wearing an electronic monitoring device on his ankle — and no …

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Gardner Caves To Trump’s Threats On Trial Witnesses

Colorado Politics reports: Sen. Cory Gardner said Wednesday that he thinks the Senate has heard from enough witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, taking off the table a potential Republican vote to subpoena national security adviser John Bolton. “I do not believe we need to hear from an 18th witness,” the Colorado Republican told Colorado Politics in a statement. …

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White House Issues Formal Threat To Block Bolton Book

CNN reports: The White House has issued a formal threat to former national security adviser John Bolton to keep him from publishing his book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” sources familiar with the matter tell CNN. The White House had no comment. Neither Bolton nor a spokesman for the publisher, Simon & Schuster, responded to a …

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2016: Dershowitz Predicted Trump Would Be “Corrupt”

CNN’s K-File reports: Law professor Alan Dershowitz, who is a member of President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team, said in 2016 that he believed Trump was more corrupt than Hillary Clinton and more likely to continue being corrupt as president. Dershowitz spoke on the Senate floor Monday in defense of the President. He made the 2016 comments during an appearance …

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Dobbs: Bolton Is A Tool For The “Radical Dims” [VIDEO]

“Mitt Romney’s call for John Bolton’s testimony comes as no surprise. Romney has been, lets say, wobbly throughout. He’s long had connections with foreign policy RINOs and they with him. Bolton one of them. He served as Romney’s foreign policy adviser during Romney’s failed 2012 presidential run. “Not so complicated, is it? John Bolton himself has been reduced to a …

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GOP Senator Waffles On Having John Bolton Testify

Raw Story reports: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Wednesday briefly became the fourth Republican senator to say that former National Security Adviser John Bolton should testify — and then he changed his mind. Democrats would need four Republican senators to vote with them in order to hear Bolton’s testimony. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) …

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Parnas Seeks To Turn Over More Evidence To Democrats

And the hits just keep coming: Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, asked a federal court for permission to turn over more evidence to House Democrats after already providing some evidence, including a 2018 recording of Trump discussing the dismissal of then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. In a letter dated Friday, Parnas’s attorney …

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Rudy Giuliani: “John Bolton Stabbed Me In The Back”

The New York Daily News reports: The former New York mayor was upset Tuesday that Democrats are leaving him in the cold while pressing for John Bolton to be called as a witness at President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. “They have indicated in every way possible they are afraid of my physical presence,” Giuliani told the Daily News as part …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump’s Legal Team Concludes Defense

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump’s lawyers on Tuesday are kicking off their final day of arguments in his impeachment trial. After previewing their case in a short session on Saturday, Trump’s legal team doubled down on Monday, insisting that there was nothing improper about his dealings with Ukraine’s government and casting blame on former Vice President Joe Biden and …

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Former Trump Aide John Kelly: “I Believe John Bolton”

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports: President Donald Trump is denying that he told former National Security Adviser John Bolton he wanted to withhold military aid from Ukraine until the country launched investigations into Joe Biden and his son, allegations that Bolton levies in his new book, according to news reports. But one of Trump’s former top aides told a Sarasota crowd …

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Bolton Warned Barr: Trump Does Favors For Dictators

The New York Times reports: John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser, privately told Attorney General William P. Barr last year that he had concerns that President Trump was effectively granting personal favors to the autocratic leaders of Turkey and China, according to an unpublished manuscript by Mr. Bolton. Mr. Barr responded by pointing to a pair of Justice …

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Napolitano: Trump Should Just Use “So What” Defense

Mediaite reports: Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Andrew Napolitano argued that in light of newly reported revelations in an upcoming book by John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s best defense is to simply own up to all that the House Managers are alleging and simply argue that it’s not impeachable. Napolitano called material that appears to be in former National Security …

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GOP Braces For Domino Effect On Witnesses Vote

Axios reports: If at least four Senate Republicans decide to vote with Democrats this week to subpoena witnesses and documents in President Trump’s impeachment trial, Hill Republicans fear a potential domino effect, with additional GOP senators — especially those up for reelection in November — falling. “You don’t want to be one of the first four. But no one gives …

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Pence: Trump Never Asked Me To Pressure Ukraine

The Associated Press reports: Vice President Mike Pence’s office says he was not asked by President Donald Trump to raise the Biden family or Burisma in conversations with the president of Ukraine last year. Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short says in a statement that Trump “expressed concerns about corruption in Ukraine” in a meeting before Pence flew to Poland …

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McConnell Pissed At WH For Withholding Bolton Info

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not know that President Donald Trump’s administration had a copy of an explosive manuscript by ex-national security adviser John Bolton, a spokesman said. And Kentucky’s longtime senator, who has said he’s in “total coordination” with the White House on the impeachment trial, reportedly isn’t happy. A McConnell spokesman told The …

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Meadows Warns: You’ll Pay If You Break With Trump

CBS News reports: In an interview with “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell, Congressman Mark Meadows said there would be repercussions if Republicans break with President Donald Trump on impeachment. O’Donnell sat down with impeachment defense surrogates Representatives Meadows, Doug Collins, Elise Stefanik and Debbie Lesko. “Do you think Republican senators face political repercussions if they break with the president?” …

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Fox Publishes Demand For Bolton To Withdraw Book

From an op-ed just published by Fox News: Presidents must be able to candidly consult with their advisers without worrying they will leak these discussions to the press or obtain high-dollar book contracts to publish them. A book by a former national security adviser ahead of a president’s reelection bid may set a dangerous precedent since it could discourage future …

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