Trump Corruption

Trump: I Don’t Think I’ve Ever Spoken To Lev Parnas

USA Today reports: President Donald Trump and aides sought Thursday to distance him from a Soviet-born businessman who said Trump knew all about efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating U.S. political rival Joe Biden – a pivotal point in the Senate impeachment trial of the president. “I don’t believe I’ve ever spoken to him,” Trump told reporters about Lev Parnas, …

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Move To Withdraw Plea Postpones Flynn’s Sentencing

The Associated Press reports: A federal judge on Thursday postponed the sentencing of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, two days after Flynn moved to withdraw his guilty plea. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan did not immediately rule on Flynn’s request. Instead, in a brief written order, the judge asked for additional court filings on the matter over …

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BREAKING: FBI Visits Connecticut Home Of Robert Hyde

CNN reports: FBI investigators went to the home and business of Connecticut congressional candidate Robert Hyde, who has been caught up in the scandal about efforts to remove US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch from Ukraine on Thursday. The agents were seen by CNN and their presence was confirmed by a law enforcement official. They were at the home early Thursday morning …

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USGAO Rules Trump Illegally Withheld Aid To Ukraine

The Washington Post reports: The White House violated federal law in its hold on security aid to Ukraine last year, according to a decision by a congressional watchdog released on Thursday and reviewed by The Washington Post.The Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan agency that reports to Congress, found the Trump administration violated a law that governs how the White House …

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White House Shrugs Off Bombshells By Lev Parnas

NBC News reports: In response to Parnas’ interview, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Thursday morning, “These allegations are being made by a man who is currently out on bail for federal crimes and is desperate to reduce his exposure to prison.” “The facts haven’t changed — the president did nothing wrong and this impeachment, which was manufactured and …

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Lev Parnas Buries Trump, Pence, Barr, Giuliani [VIDEO]

Newsweek reports: Mike Pence was given the task of telling Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy that if he did not announce his government’s investigation into the Bidens, the U.S. would not provide any military aid. When asked if Pence was aware of the quid pro quo, Parnas said, “I’m going to use a famous quote from [Ambassador Gordon] Sondland. Everybody was …

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WE DON’T KNOW HIM: Top GOP Leaders Backpedal From Man Alleged To Have Menaced US Ambassador

Politico reports: Congressional Republicans are distancing themselves from Robert Hyde, a controversial House candidate and GOP donor who has become the latest figure to get wrapped up in the Ukraine saga that led to President Donald Trump’s impeachment. The top three Republican leaders in the House — Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and …

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Former Ukraine Ambassador Calls For Probe After Docs Appear To Show She Was Stalked By Giuliani’s Thugs

The Daily Beast reports: Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch has called for an investigation after newly released documents suggested her movements were being tracked and monitored during an alleged smear campaign against her by allies of President Trump. She requested an investigation Tuesday through her lawyer, Lawrence Robbins. “Needless to say, the notion that American citizens and others …

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“Smoking Gun” Released In Giuliani’s Ukraine Plot

The New York Times reports: One of the new documents shows Mr. Giuliani saying that he had Mr. Trump’s blessing to seek a meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president-elect, last spring, potential new evidence on the eve of the president’s impeachment trial. Mr. Giuliani has previously said he was acting at Mr. Trump’s direction in his dealings with Ukrainian officials, …

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New Bizarre Figure Emerges In Ukraine Scandal

The Daily Beast reports: Before Tuesday, he was best known as a little-known, scandal-scarred Republican congressional candidate who tweeted an obscene joke at Kamala Harris. But new documents from the House Intelligence Committee have put a completely different kind of spotlight on Robert F. Hyde, the Trump donor who appears to have tracked U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s movements in Ukraine. …

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Michael Flynn Seeks To Withdraw Guilty Plea

NPR reports: Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who admitted to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., wants to withdraw his two-year-old guilty plea, saying federal prosecutors reneged on a promise not to ask for jail time at his upcoming sentencing. Flynn, who held the post of national security adviser for less than a …

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House Dems Release New Impeachment Evidence

Politico reports: The House Intelligence Committee released new evidence on Tuesday related to the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, including information turned over by Lev Parnas, an indicted former associate of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. The release, which reflects the unfinished nature of the House’s impeachment inquiry, comes ahead of an expected House vote on Wednesday to formally …

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Barr Puts In Roadblocks To Future Presidential Probes

Law & Crime reports: U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Monday said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) would have to meet more rigorous standards before opening any future counterintelligence investigations into presidential campaigns. The more stringent protocols will require campaign probes to be approved by the top leaders at the Bureau and the Department of Justice (DOJ), currently FBI …

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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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