Trump Corruption

Ex-Clients Of DHS Sec Got $160M In DHS Contracts

CNBC reports: Several former lobbying clients of Chad Wolf, now the acting secretary of Homeland Security, have received millions of dollars’ worth of government contracts while he has held senior positions within the department. Wolf, who became the acting chief of the department late last year, was a lobbyist for over a decade at Wexler & Walker before he took …

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Republicans Work To Get West On Ballot In Four States

NBC News reports: Republicans in at least four states, including a crucial swing state, appear to be helping music superstar Kanye West gain ballot access for November’s election, actions that raise new questions about the hip-hop star’s presidential bid. West’s bid has been marred by missed deadlines and faulty filings that have frustrated his efforts to make the ballot in …

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Texas Man Used Bailout Funds To Buy Lamborghini

This isn’t a rerun, it’s just more Trumpian oversight. From the Justice Department: A Houston, Texas man has been taken into custody on allegations he fraudulently obtained more than $1.6 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. Lee Price III, 29, spent the money on luxury …

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State Dept Acting IG Resigns Amid Pompeo Probe

The Associated Press reports: The State Department’s acting inspector general resigned abruptly on Wednesday following the firing of his predecessor in circumstances now being investigated by Congress. Stephen Akard announced his resignation just two days after Democrats issued subpoenas for several of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s top aides to answer questions about the shakeup in the watchdog’s office. The …

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Lincoln Project Roasts Trump’s “Secretary Of Failure”

New today from the Lincoln Project: In a new video released today, “Secretary of Failure,” The Lincoln Project scrutinizes Senior Advisor Jared Kushner’s malignant response to the national COVID-19 pandemic. A recent article from Vanity Fair highlighted the outright maliciousness and evilness of Kushner’s actions: He scrapped a national response plan, believing the virus would affect only Democratic states and …

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Trump: Mail Voting Will Drag Out Election “For Years”

Mediaite reports: President Donald Trump continued his attack on mail-in voting on Wednesday by claiming it would make the 2020 election “go on for years” due to delays. There is no evidence of widespread corruption in mail-in voting that would delay the November results for “years,” and critics have accused the president of assailing such voting in order to undermine …

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Trump May Deliver Nomination Acceptance Speech From White House, Breaking Decades Of Campaign Protocol

The Washington Post reports: Republican National Convention planners are considering the White House South Lawn as the site of President Trump’s nationally televised nomination acceptance speech later this month, according to a Republican familiar with the discussions. The decision to stage the most high-profile political event of Trump’s reelection campaign at the national seat of presidential power would be just …

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Trump Sues To Stop Voting By Mail In Nevada

NBC News reports: The re-election campaign of President Donald Trump on Tuesday night followed through on his threats to sue Nevada over its plan to conduct the November election almost entirely by mail-in ballot. The suit, which claims such statewide voting by mail is unconstitutional, comes one day after Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill that would facilitate mail-in …

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Trump Lawyer Helping Kanye West Qualify For Ballot

Vice News reports: Kanye West has officially submitted signatures to appear on the ballot in Wisconsin, arguably the most important state on the presidential map — and those signatures were dropped off by an experienced GOP operative with ties to President Trump’s campaign. A local reporter recorded Lane Ruhland heading in to drop off the signatures that would qualify West …

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Trump: I Endorsed Voting By Mail In Florida Because The State Has A “Great Republican Governor” [VIDEO]

“Florida’s got a great Republican governor. And it had a great Republican governor. Two great governors. And over a long period of time they’ve been able to get the absentee ballots done extremely professionally. “They’re so well run. Florida’s a very well run state. Low taxes, low everything. They’ve done a great job. Really a great job. “And the two …

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WH Unsure How US Gets Cut Of TikTok Sale [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: White House officials on Tuesday could not say how the U.S. government would receive a portion of the proceeds from any sale of TikTok’s U.S. operations, one day after President Donald Trump called for a cut of the money. “There’s no specific blueprint here,” White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Fox Business Network on Tuesday. “It …

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SEC Investigates Kodak Over Stock Surge After Loan

The Wall Street Journal reports: The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the circumstances around Eastman Kodak Co.’s  announcement of a $765 million government loan to make drugs at its U.S. factories, according to people familiar with the matter. News of the loan last week caused Kodak’s shares to rise as high as $60, before falling to about $15 on …

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REVERSAL: Trump Urges Floridians To Vote By Mail

CNN reports: After repeatedly seeking to discredit mail-in voting, President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed Florida’s election system is “safe and secure” and encourages Floridians to vote by mail. This comes days after Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said on a Trump campaign conference call that he had no concerns about mail-in voting in his state. The President has recently begun …

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In Shocking Axios Interview, Trump Shrugs Off COVID Deaths, Belittles John Lewis, Defends Ghislaine Maxwell

Axios reports: President Trump said in an interview with “Axios on HBO” that he thinks the coronavirus is as well-controlled in the U.S. as it can be, despite dramatic surges in new infections over the course of the summer and more than 150,000 American deaths. “They are dying, that’s true. And you have — it is what it is. But …

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George Conway: Trump’s Name Should Live In Infamy, Remember Him Not As A President, “But As A Cheat”

George Conway writes for the Washington Post: Trump should have been removed already twice over, for obstructing the Russia investigation and extorting Ukraine. His effort to sabotage a democratic system he swore to protect only confirms his unfitness for the job. But it’s too late for impeachment now. Trump’s sanction must come at the polls, and beyond. For the sake …

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Trump Demands US Get Cut Of TikTok Sale [VIDEO]

Bloomberg News reports: President Donald Trump said TikTok will have to close in the U.S. by Sept. 15 — unless there’s a deal to sell the social network’s domestic operations to Microsoft Corp. or another U.S. company. Trump also said the federal government will have to be paid a “substantial amount of money” as part of any deal. “I don’t …

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Manhattan DA Filing Suggests Trump Organization Is Under Investigation For “Extensive Criminal Conduct”

The Hill reports: The Manhattan district attorney’s office on Monday hinted that its subpoena for President Trump’s tax returns is part of an investigation into “possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization,” including potential fraud allegations detailed in media reports in recent years. In response to the latest legal challenge by Trump’s attorneys, New York County prosecutors …

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James O’Keefe Exposed In Plot To Undermine Election

The New Republic reports: For well over a year, Project Veritas has been secretly producing undercover stings designed to undermine the integrity of absentee and mail-in ballot counts—an endeavor codenamed “Diamond Dog,” according to documents we have obtained. Diamond Dog began as only one facet of Project Veritas’s 2020 rat-fucking strategy, but with the onset of the pandemic, which has …

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When Trump Claimed He Struck Oil In Manhattan

Mother Jones resurfaces a classic Trump tale: Donald Trump, oil tycoon? That’s what it sounded like in 1985, when Trump announced he had struck oil on a sprawling vacant lot he owned on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. ”Isn’t it amazing?” Mr. Trump told the New York Times. “It’s a classic major oil find in Manhattan.” Not quite. The oil wasn’t …

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Trump: Media Lies About COVID To Make Me Look Bad

The Hill reports: President Trump again accused the news media of being “the enemy of the people” and “working overtime” to make the country and him “look as bad as possible” in a series of Monday tweets. Trump’s tweets focused on his assertion that the U.S. is doing better than other countries in handling the coronavirus. The U.S. has recorded …

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