Trump Corruption

Mulvaney Denies Testimony Tying Him To Ukraine Plot

From a statement issued this afternoon by Mick Mulvaney: Fiona Hill’s testimony is riddled with speculation and guesses about any role that Mr. Mulvaney played with anything related to Ukraine. She bases much of her testimony about him on things allegedly heard from unnamed staffers, guards in the West Wing, and “many people.” The fact is that Ms. Hill has …

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Republicans Advise White House On Trump’s Trial, Suggest Limiting Senate Proceedings To Two Weeks

The Washington Post reports: A group of Republican senators and senior White House officials met privately Thursday to map out a strategy for a potential impeachment trial of President Trump, including proceedings in the Senate that could be limited to about two weeks, according to multiple officials familiar with the talks. Republican Sens. Mike Lee (Utah), Ron Johnson (Wis.), John …

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RNC Paid $100K To Get Junior’s Book On Bestseller List

Raw Story reports: A new Federal Elections Commission filing unearthed by New York Times reporter Nick Confessore shows that the Republican National Committee blew nearly $100,000 to help promote Donald Trump Jr.’s book “Triggered.” According to the filing, the RNC made a $94,800 payment to bookseller Books-a-Million on October 29th this year, which was just days before Trump Jr.’s “Triggered” …

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Witness Says Bolton Knew Of Trump’s Extortion Plot

Politico reports: David Holmes, a State Department official detailed as a political counselor at the U.S. embassy in Kyiv, testified that former national security adviser John Bolton said during a meeting in August that the hold on military aid to Ukraine wouldn’t be lifted unless Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was able to “favorably impress” President Trump. The revelation suggests that …

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California Supreme Court Boots Tax Returns/Ballot Law

The Sacramento Bee reports: President Donald Trump won’t have to release his tax returns to get on California’s 2020 primary ballot following a unanimous ruling from the state Supreme Court on Thursday that invalidated a new state law. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 27 into law in July to compel presidential and gubernatorial candidates to release five years of …

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Napolitano Schools Fox Cast On Sondland’s Testimony

“One would expect the president, in September, after the whistleblower’s allegations came out, after the president was accused of a quid pro quo, to say ‘no quid pro quo.’ But it is clear from what Ambassador Sondland testified yesterday that there was an understanding that the president wanted some things from the Ukrainians. “So the ambassador is not a never …

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Trump Claims He’ll Release Financials Before Election And You’ll See He’s “Much Richer” Than You Thought

The Hill reports: President Trump on Thursday blasted investigators seeking his financial records and said he would release them voluntarily ahead of the 2020 election, although he made a similar pledge in 2016. Former special counsel Robert Mueller has not said he reviewed Trump’s financial records in his investigation into Russian election interference. Trump previously pledged in September to release …

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Today’s Witness: Republicans Push Ukraine “Fiction”

Axios reports: Former White House official Fiona Hill will tell Thursday’s impeachment hearing that a “fictional narrative” about Ukraine, driven by partisan politics, distracted President Trump from the real threat that Russia poses to America’s democracy. Why she matters: Hill, who left last summer as Trump’s top adviser on Russia and Europe, gives House investigators a window into former national …

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LIVE VIDEO: Impeachment Hearings Day Four, Part 2

The House is obviously running behind schedule. PBS NewsHour reports: Laura Cooper is the Defense Department’s deputy assistant secretary for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia and thus the top Pentagon official working on Ukraine. In closed-door testimony last month, she told investigators that the White House had directed the freeze on aid to Ukraine and that Kyiv was concerned by the …

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Fox Host Chris Wallace: Sondland’s Bus Just Ran Over Trump, Pence, Pompeo, Bolton, Giuliani, And Mulvaney

Fox News reports: During day four of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland “took out the bus” and “ran over” President Trump and other top officials, host of “Fox News Sunday” Chris Wallace said Wednesday. Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with host Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith, Wallace said he thinks what Gordon Sondland was “trying to do” …

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Pompeo: I’m Proud Of Our Ukraine Accomplishments

Yahoo News reports: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday he did not watch a testimony from European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump and that he was proud of American policy in Ukraine. “I didn’t see a single thing … I was working, I was in meetings all day,” Pompeo told …

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Trump: I Don’t Really Know Gordon Sondland [VIDEO]

Vox reports: On Wednesday, Trump — who nominated Sondland for an ambassadorship after Sondland gave $1 million to his inaugural fund — said to reporters outside the White House, “I don’t know him very well. I have not spoken to him much. This is not a man I know well. Seems like a nice guy though,” Trump said of Sondland. …

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Eric Trump Mocks “Boring” Impeachment Hearings

“It’s dry, boring and as invested as I am in this whole thing, it certainly doesn’t keep your attention very well. And I’ve been trying to watch it for the last couple of days and it’s, I don’t know, it’s pretty painful. If this is a Democratic Hail Mary, they’re not going to be successful with this. “I mean, look …

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White House Advisor Pam Bondi: Trump Would Love To Testify But He Won’t “Because This Is A Sham Court”

USA Today reports: President Donald Trump “should not” provide testimony to the House impeachment inquiry because Democrats are conducting unfair hearings, a White House aide said Wednesday. “No one would advise him to testify because this is a sham court,” said Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general brought in as a White House communications adviser. On Monday, Trump tweeted …

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Sondland Drives Quid Pro Quo Bus Over Trump, Pence, Pompeo, And Giuliani In Devastating Testimony [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified Wednesday more bluntly than he had before that President Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, sought to condition a White House invite for Ukraine’s new president to their demands that his country publicly launch investigations that could damage Trump’s political opponents. “I know that members of this committee have frequently …

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BOMBSHELL: Sondland To Admit Explicit Quid Pro Quo

NBC News reports: Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland is pointing the finger at President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former national security adviser John Bolton in explosive public testimony on Wednesday in which he says explicitly there was a “quid quo pro” linking a White House visit for Ukraine’s president to investigations into Trump’s political opponents. …

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Judge To Rule On House Subpoena For Ex-WH Counsel

The Washington Post reports: A federal judge said she intends to rule no later than the end of the day Monday on whether former White House counsel Donald McGahn must testify under subpoena to Congress, after the House Judiciary Committee asked her to accelerate a decision because it aims to call him after the current round of public impeachment hearings …

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White House Sends Allies Anti-Vindman Talking Points

The Daily Beast reports: The Trump White House has taken the extraordinary step of distributing talking points to allies of the president trashing one of its employees. The talking points, which were shared with The Daily Beast, focus on Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified publicly on Tuesday that he had registered complaints about President Donald Trump’s call with the …

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Trump Campaign Still Stiffing Cities For Rally Costs

There have been comparatively bigger fish for the media to fry lately, but Trump is still stiffing cities for his rally costs. The mayor’s office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, said this week that the city is resending a $211,000 bill to President Trump’s campaign for costs incurred during his visit to the area earlier this year. A spokeswoman for the …

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GOP Witness Volker Turns Out To Be Disaster For GOP

Politico reports: The former special U.S. envoy for Ukraine was the first impeachment witness to testify behind closed doors and assured lawmakers he saw no indication that President Donald Trump had conditioned a White House meeting and military assistance for Ukraine on a promise from the country’s president to investigate Trump’s political rivals. But after a cascade of witnesses told …

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