Trump Corruption

Pentagon Contradicts Trump On $1B Saudi Payment

Vox reports: During an interview on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show Friday night, President Donald Trump made a stunning announcement: Saudi Arabia was paying the US $1 billion to send US troops to defend it from Iran. “We’re sending more [troops] to Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Arabia is paying us for it,” Trump said. “I said, ‘Listen, you’re a very …

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Warren Seeks Probe On Trump Telling Pals Of Airstrike

The Daily Beast reports: 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is calling on financial regulatory agencies to investigate whether President Donald Trump broke the law when he told associates and attendees of his Mar-a-Lago club to expect something “big” in response to Iran’s killing of an American contractor in Iraq. The Daily Beast previously reported that Trump told allies …

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Senators To Be Sworn In Thursday As Trump’s Jurors

The Hill reports: Senators expect to receive the articles of impeachment against President Trump from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday and then to be sworn in as jurors on Thursday ahead of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Pelosi says the House will vote Wednesday to send the two articles across the Capitol to begin the trial, and …

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US Embassies Weren’t Warned About Alleged Threat

The Washington Post reports: “I can reveal I believe it probably would’ve been four embassies,” he said in an interview Friday with Fox News Channel. Based on what is known so far, Trump’s statement was at best an unfounded theory and at worst a falsehood. At each turn in the commander in chief’s rapidly evolving narrative of why he authorized …

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Republican Group: Let John Bolton Testify [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: Republicans for the Rule of Law, a Republican organization led by longtime Trump skeptic Bill Kristol, released a new ad slamming President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans for not yet allowing former National Security advisor John Bolton to testify before the U.S. Senate. “This is Ambassador John Bolton. He was national security advisor to President Trump. He was …

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Giuliani Lobbies Trump To Join Legal Defense Team

CNN reports: Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, whose dealings with Ukraine are a key facet of the impeachment case, has been lobbying the President to join his legal team on the Senate floor during his upcoming trial. Giuliani has pressed Trump to make him part of the team of lawyers who will argue the case against his removal from …

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Watchdogs File Ethics Complaint Against McConnell

Common Dreams reports: The advocacy group Public Citizen on Monday filed a formal ethics complaint against Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, accusing the powerful Republican of betraying his oath of office by signaling overt bias in favor of President Donald Trump even before his looming impeachment trial begins. “The public declarations by Senator McConnell that his role in the impeachment process …

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WH Expects GOP Defections Over Trial Witnesses

CBS News reports: The White House is preparing for some Republican senators to join Democrats in voting to call witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial, which could get underway in the coming days. Senior White House officials tell CBS News they increasingly believe that at least four Republicans, and likely more, will vote to call witnesses. In addition to Senators …

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Trump: Doesn’t Matter If Iran Attack Was “Imminent”

The Washington Post reports: President Trump added to the controversy over his administration’s justification for the killing of an Iranian general, saying Monday that “it doesn’t really matter” whether it was in response to an imminent threat to the United States. In a tweet, Trump criticized Democrats for trying to determine whether Iranian attacks the administration has said were planned …

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Trump Lies About Obamacare In Attack On Bloomberg

From the far-right Washington Times: President Trump on Monday falsely claimed that he preserved a part of Obamacare that allows sicker Americans to buy insurance in the individual market without paying more than healthy people. The claim was part of a pair of tweets aimed at Mike Bloomberg, a potential 2020 rival who is running ads that attack Mr. Trump …

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Trump: Iran Was Planning To Attack Four US Embassies

The New York Times reports: President Trump said on Friday that Iran had planned to attack multiple embassies across the Middle East, including the American Embassy in Baghdad, after first asserting that he did not believe anyone had a right to more details on the intelligence that prompted the killing of an Iranian general. “I can reveal that I believe …

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Trump Says He’ll Block John Bolton From Testifying

The right wing Daily Caller reports: President Donald Trump said in a new interview on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” that he would use executive privilege to prevent former White House aide John Bolton from testifying in an impeachment trial. “Why not call Bolton? Why not allow him to testify? This thing is bogus. Why not allow Bolton to testify?” …

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Trump Asks Supreme Court To Hold Off On Obamacare Case Until After Election And You Already Know Why

The Washington Examiner reports: The Department of Justice doesn’t want the Supreme Court to fast-track a case that could result in Obamacare being thrown out ahead of the presidential election, despite its position that the healthcare law should be abolished. If the court agrees with the Trump administration, then President Trump and Republicans will be spared the possibility of having …

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REPORT: Trump Plans To Add Countries To Muslim Ban

The Associated Press reports: The White House is considering expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries amid a renewed election-year focus on immigration issues by President Donald Trump, according to four people familiar with the deliberations. A document outlining the plans has been circulating the White House, but the countries that would be affected are blacked out, according to …

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De Blasio Refers Trump Org Property Tax Review To DA

Politico reports: The de Blasio administration has referred findings from a review of the Trump Organization’s property tax filings to the Manhattan district attorney’s office, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday morning. In October, WNYC reported that President Donald Trump’s business portfolio would cite lower income from its properties when reporting to the Department of Finance, which is in charge …

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Report: Trump Ordered Strike Over Impeachment Fears

The Hill reports: President Trump said his order to launch the drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani came amid pressure from Senate Republicans he views as key allies in his upcoming impeachment trial, the Wall Street Journal reported and New York Times reported this week. The articles did not name the GOP senators, but many of Trump’s allies …

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McConnell Tells Senate To Expect Trial Start Next Week

Roll Call reports: Republican senators were told by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday to keep their schedules flexible for the end of next week when they might take up impeachment. Congress is scheduled to leave Washington for a weeklong break at the end of next week that includes the MLK Day holiday on Jan. 20. An attendee at …

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Rudy Giuliani: The Supreme Court Should Rule That Trump’s “Political” Impeachment Is Unconstitutional

Rudy Giuliani writes for the Daily Caller: The Constitution is silent on the Supreme Court’s role in an impeachment except to provide that it is presided over by the chief justice. However, the Constitution is also silent on the court’s power to declare federal and state laws and government action unconstitutional. It was determined by former Chief Justice John Marshall …

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NYC Bar Association To Congress: Investigate Bill Barr

Bloomberg News reports: The New York City Bar Association has asked Congress to investigate U.S. Attorney General William Barr, saying his recent actions and statements have positioned the Justice Department and its prosecutors as “political partisans willing to use the levers of government to empower certain groups over others.” The request disclosed on Thursday appears to be the first time …

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Pompeo Bans War Crimes Investigators From US Entry

Reuters reports:  The United States will withdraw or deny visas to any International Criminal Court personnel investigating possible war crimes by U.S. forces or allies in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday. The court, which sits in The Hague, responded that it was an independent and impartial institution and would continue to do its work “undeterred” by …

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