Trump Corruption

Barr Disputes DOJ Report On Launch Of Russia Probe

The Washington Post reports: Attorney General William P. Barr has told associates he disagrees with the Justice Department’s inspector general on one of the key findings in an upcoming report — that the FBI had enough information in July 2016 to justify launching an investigation into members of the Trump campaign, according to people familiar with the matter. The Justice …

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Henchman: Give My Files To Impeachment Committees

ABC News reports: An attorney representing Rudy Giuliani’s indicted associate, Lev Parnas, asked that materials seized during his client’s arrest be released to the House committees leading the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Joseph Bondy, the lawyer for Parnas, asked a federal court in Manhattan on Monday for an update on discovery in his client’s case, specifically referring to …

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More Charges “Likely” Against Giuliani’s Henchmen

Bloomberg News reports: The U.S is “likely” to bring additional charges in a case against Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, associates of Rudy Giuliani who are accused of skirting campaign contribution limits as part of a plot to oust the American ambassador to Ukraine, a prosecutor said. Speaking in response to a question from U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken about …

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Kellyanne Conway: I’ll Only Testify If Adam Schiff Does

Talking Points Memo reports: White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says she will appear to testify on behalf of the White House as part of the House’s impeachment inquiry under one condition: House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) must do the same. Conway made the crack during a press gaggle with reporters inside the White House briefing room on Monday, …

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Trump Praises Senator For Lies About Ukraine President

ABC News reports: President Trump on Monday praised Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) for his appearance a day earlier on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where anchor Chuck Todd questioned the senator for pushing the unsubstantiated claim that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election. Kennedy has been part of controversial interviews each of the past two Sundays after making claims about Ukraine’s …

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GOP Judiciary Member: I’m Calling Schiff To Testify

The Hill reports: Rep. Doug Collins (Ga.), the top GOP member of the House Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is the most important witness Republicans want to question in the upcoming phase of the impeachment inquiry. “The first and foremost person who needs to testify is Adam Schiff,” Collins said on “Fox News Sunday,” …

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Giuliani: “This Frame-Up Is Worse Than McCarthyism”

Newsweek reports: President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani branded the impeachment inquiry worse than the McCarthyism of the 1950s and called it a “frame-up.” Giuliani is under scrutiny by federal prosecutors in part because of his activities in Ukraine. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York has hit multiple Giuliani associates with subpoenas in recent weeks, The …

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Trump Legal Strategy: Run Out The Clock Until Election

Axios reports: President Trump keeps losing in court, but his legal strategy is winning as he plays for time, The New York Times reports. Why it matters: Even as the Democrats take Trump to court over ignored subpoenas, he benefits by letting it all bleed out slowly. Voters won’t be learning new damaging facts about him before they hit the …

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DOJ Report: The FBI Never Spied On Trump Campaign

The New York Times reports: The Justice Department’s inspector general found no evidence that the F.B.I. attempted to place undercover agents or informants inside Donald J. Trump’s campaign in 2016 as agents investigated whether his associates conspired with Russia’s election interference operation, people familiar with a draft of the inspector general’s report said. The determination by the inspector general, Michael …

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Anonymous Author: I’ll Unmask Before The Election

Politico reports: The anonymous Trump administration official who set Washington ablaze with an op-ed detailing an insider plot to restrain President Donald Trump has vowed to expose their identity as the 2020 election heats up. “Trump will hear from me, in my own name, before the 2020 election,” the official declared in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session on Tuesday …

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Giuliani Sought $200K Payday From Ukraine Prosecutor

The Washington Post reports: President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, negotiated earlier this year to represent Ukraine’s top prosecutor for at least $200,000 during the same months that Giuliani was working with the prosecutor to dig up dirt on vice president Joe Biden, according to people familiar with the discussions. The people said that Giuliani began negotiations with Ukraine’s …

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REVEALED: Two WH Officials Quit Over Ukraine Issue

The Washington Post reports: Two officials at the White House Office of Management and Budget recently resigned in part over concerns about the holdup on Ukraine aid, a career employee of the agency told impeachment investigators, according to a transcript of his testimony released Tuesday. Mark Sandy, the only OMB official to testify in the impeachment inquiry, did not name …

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Trump Makes 100th Mar-A-Lago Visit As President

Via the watchdog group CREW: President Trump hit an important milestone as he returned to Florida over the Thanksgiving holiday: 100 visits to Mar-a-Lago. In 1,040 days as president, he has prioritized visiting his properties over the course of his presidency, making time for nearly 400 visits to the businesses that he still owns and profits from. Of all of …

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White House Lawyers Briefed Trump On Whistleblower Complaint Before He Unfroze Military Aid To Ukraine

The New York Times reports: President Trump had already been briefed on a whistle-blower’s complaint about his dealings with Ukraine when he unfroze military aid for the country in September, according to two people familiar with the matter. Lawyers from the White House counsel’s office told Mr. Trump in late August about the complaint, explaining that they were trying to …

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Trump Denies Telling Giuliani To Go To Ukraine For Dirt

Bloomberg reports: Donald Trump denied directing Rudy Giuliani to go to Ukraine to look for dirt on his political rivals, in an interview with former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. “No, I didn’t direct him, but he is a warrior, he is a warrior,” Trump told O’Reilly in an interview streamed on the internet on Tuesday. Giuliani has said publicly …

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Anonymous Author To Hold Online “Ask Me Anything”

A rather fascinating stunt: “Anonymous,” the senior Trump administration official who wrote the blockbuster New York Times op-ed that was turned into a bestselling book, will make a public appearance of sorts — albeit online with an undisclosed identity for now, according to a person close to the author. The author of “A Warning” is hosting a Reddit “Ask Me …

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House Committee Sues Ross And Barr For Defying Subpoena For Records On Census Citizenship Question

Courthouse News reports: Riding on a unanimous Supreme Court ruling effectively blocking the Trump administration from including a citizenship question on the 2020 census, the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday sued Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for not responding to a congressional subpoena for records on the hotly debated issue. Barr and Ross have refused to …

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Giuliani Lobbied DOJ On Behalf Of Corrupt Oil Baron

The Washington Post reports: When Rudolph W. Giuliani went to Madrid in August to confer with a top aide to the Ukrainian president and press for political investigations sought by President Trump, he also met with a previously unidentified client with very different interests. While in Spain, Giuliani stayed at a historic estate belonging to Venezuelan energy executive Alejandro Betancourt …

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Trump Claims He’d “Actually Like” His Staffers To Testify But He Has To Protect The Rights Of Future Presidents

The Guardian reports: Trump has just sent a tweet thread claiming he would “actually like” his current and former aides to testify in the impeachment inquiry but that he is “fighting for future Presidents and the Office of the President.” This claim should be treated with a healthy dose of skepticism, given Trump’s past assertions that he would actually love …

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Trump Puts Jared Kushner In Charge Of Seizing Private Property Needed To Construct Border Wall Sections

The Washington Post reports: President Trump has made his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the de facto project manager for constructing his border wall, frustrated with a lack of progress over one of his top priorities as he heads into a tough reelection campaign, according to current and former administration officials. The president’s son-in-law and senior adviser is pressing U.S. Customs and …

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