Trump Corruption

Trump Claims Executive Privilege In Amazon Lawsuit

Politico reports: The Pentagon’s inspector general “could not definitively determine” whether the White House influenced the procurement process for a major cloud computing contract because senior Defense Department officials were barred from answering questions on the subject during interviews, according to a 313-page report released on Wednesday. Department personnel who evaluated proposals and awarded the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract …

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Bailout Is Windfall For Wealthy Real Estate Investors

From opinion columnist Dana Milbank: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) have insisted that Congress spend another $250 billion on small businesses devastated by the pandemic, but they refuse to “renegotiate unrelated programs” from last month’s emergency coronavirus bill. What are they afraid of? Well, maybe it’s this: As the dust settles on …

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Trump To Halt Funding For World Health Organization

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced he is halting funding for the World Health Organization after the organization criticized his early response to the coronavirus epidemic. Trump accused the WHO of “severely mismanaging and covering up” the coronavirus crisis, specifically the initial outbreak in Wuhan, China. Trump previously threatened to cut off funding after the organization criticized …

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Trump Ridicules Cuomo For “Begging” For COVID Help

Mediaite reports: President Donald Trump attacked Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, mockingly claiming the New York governor was “begging” for federal government assistance to fight the coronavirus. Trump’s tweet comes after Cuomo repeatedly swatted down the president’s claim to have “total authority” on when states will end their coronavirus lockdowns in a series of interviews. Cuomo said on Monday night that …

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Trump Appeals To Block Release Of “Apprentice” Tapes

Law & Crime reports: President Donald Trump and three of his adult children have filed a notice of appeal in a New York City federal court after last week suffering a major defeat over a bid to keep a fraud and deceptive trade practices lawsuit out of the public judicial system. They’ve also moved to stop ongoing discovery efforts. Part …

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Paul Manafort Seeks Early Release Due To COVID Risk

Politico reports: President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is asking to be released from prison early and serve the remainder of his 7-and-a-half year sentence at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manafort’s attorney, Kevin Downing, asked the Federal Bureau of Prisons in a letter on Monday to release Manafort, saying his 71-year-old client is at “high risk” of …

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DeSantis Rules Pro Wrestling As An Essential Business, Wife Of WWE Owner Is Head Of Pro-Trump Super PAC

ESPN reports: WWE was deemed an “essential business” in Florida, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said Monday, allowing the company to resume live television shows from its Orlando training facility and Full Sail University in Winter Park. The decision, outlined in an April 9 memo from Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office, could open the door for other sports to resume in …

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Fauci Walks Back Criticism Of Trump’s Delay [VIDEO]

“The first and only time that Dr. Birx and I went in and formally made a recommendation to the president to actually have a ‘shutdown’ in the sense of strong mitigation, we discussed it. Obviously there would be concerns by some, and in fact, that might have some negative consequences. Nonetheless, the president listened to the recommendation. And went to …

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Secret Service Protected Trump Family On 4000 Trips In Last Three Years, Often For Trump Org-Related Business

Via Citizens For Responsibility and Ethics: Last fiscal year, the Trump family took more trips that required Secret Service protection than the Obama family took in seven, according to a budget document released by the Treasury Department. On average, Obama’s family took 133.3 protected trips per year, while the Trump family has taken an average of 1,625 annually. Much of …

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Court Orders Release Of Unaired Apprentice Tapes

Related to the previous JMG post. The Hollywood Reporter reports: Journalists, litigants and even actor Tom Arnold for years have been trying to get their hands on unaired footage from The Celebrity Apprentice that allegedly incriminates Donald Trump — and on Thursday a New York federal judge ordered MGM to hand over tapes in a lawsuit over an alleged multilevel …

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Trump Org Suffers Defeat In Racketeering Suit Battle

Law & Crime reports: President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and the Trump Organization just suffered a major defeat in federal court–losing a battle to have a years-old so-called “racketeering enterprising” lawsuit against them decided via secret arbitration. Those claims are now all but certain to be litigated publicly. The class action plaintiffs originally filed suit …

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Trump Ousts Pentagon IG Overseeing Pandemic Funds

The Washington Post reports: Glenn Fine, the acting inspector general at the Defense Department, was dismissed from his acting position at the Pentagon, making him ineligible to be the watchdog over spending to counter the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Fine, a career official who will remain a deputy inspector general, had been chosen for the spending role by …

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Questions Arise Over Malaria Drugmaker’s Cohen Link

Newsweek reports: Social media users have been reacting to President Donald Trump’s championing of the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19, with some referring to a deal struck in 2017 between the pharmaceutical company Novartis, which makes the drug, and the president’s former lawyer Michael Cohen. On Sunday night and Monday morning, Novartis, the Swiss pharmaceutical company that …

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Former Intel IG: Trump Fired Me For Doing My Job

Politico reports: The intelligence community watchdog removed abruptly late Friday by President Donald Trump says he believes Trump ousted him because of his evenhanded handling of a whistleblower complaint that ultimately led to the president’s impeachment. “It is hard not to think that the President’s loss of confidence in me derives from my having faithfully discharged my legal obligations as …

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Collins Very Concerned About Firing Of Intel Official

Fox News reports: Democrats on Friday reacted furiously to President Trump’s decision to fire the intelligence community inspector general who informed Congress about the Ukraine whistleblower complaint. “Trump’s dead of night decision to fire ICIG Michael Atkinson is another blatant attempt to gut the independence of the Intelligence Community and retaliate against those who dare to expose presidential wrongdoing,” said …

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Trump Earns “Pants On Fire” Rating For Insane Claim He Inherited “Broken” Virus Tests From The Obama Admin

PolitiFact reports: President Donald Trump deflected blame for the slow start of testing for the new coronavirus in the United States. “We inherited a broken test,” he said on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” March 30. Trump said much the same the day before during a Rose Garden press conference. “We took over a dead, barren system,” Trump said. “That …

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Trump Organization Lays Off, Furloughs 1500 Staffers

The Washington Post reports: The Trump Organization has laid off or furloughed about 1,500 employees at hotels in the United States and Canada as the coronavirus pandemic inflicts further pain on the president’s private business. With most of President Trump’s hotels and clubs closed amid stay-at-home orders around the world, the Trump Organization has responded by slashing costs, much like …

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RETRIBUTION: Trump Fires Intel Inspector General

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump notified Congress on Friday that he is firing the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community who was involved in triggering an impeachment probe of the president last year. In a letter to key lawmakers, Trump said he planned to remove the official, Michael Atkinson, in 30 days, saying, “it is vital that I have …

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Critics Pile On After Kushner’s Virus Response Lies, Federal Website Edited To Make Him Appear Truthful

The New York Times reports: At one of the most perilous moments in modern American history, Mr. Kushner is trying in a disjointed White House to marshal the forces of government for the war his father-in-law says he is waging. A real estate developer with none of the medical expertise of a public health official nor the mobilization experience of …

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Junior Backs Fired Fox News Host On “Virus Scam”

First, a reminder on Trish Regan’s firing: Fox Business announced on Friday that Trish Regan, the host of the network’s “Trish Regan Primetime” program, has been let go in the aftermath of her infamous tirade claiming that the COVID-19 outbreak was part of some kind of anti-Trump scheme run by Democrats and the media. The development came several weeks after …

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