Trump Corruption

Schiff Fires Back After Trump Lies About John Bolton

The New York Daily News reports: Ahead of Tuesday’s opening arguments in his Senate impeachment trial President Trump tweeted that the House of Representatives was remiss in not seeking the testimony of his ex-national security adviser. The Democratic-led House did not issue a subpoena for Bolton after he said he wouldn’t appear until the conclusion of what would have been …

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Trump Legal Team Seeks “Swift Rejection” Of Charges

The New York Times reports: President Trump’s legal team will call on the Senate on Monday to “swiftly reject” the impeachment charges and acquit him, maintaining that he committed no impeachable offense and has been the victim of an illegitimate partisan effort to take him down. In a lengthy brief to be submitted to the Senate the day before his …

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GOP Senator Shrugs Off Trump’s Extortion Of Ukraine As Just Mistaken Judgment: “The President Is Human”

ABC News reports: A brief filed Saturday, written by the seven House impeachment managers, asserts that President Donald Trump’s scheme to withhold $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine in order to seek the announcement of a probe to benefit him politically was “the Framers’ worst nightmare.” “I don’t know that has been actually proven,” Shelby told ABC News Chief …

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Trump: “Who The Hell Cares About The Budget?”

The Washington Post reports: In a separate audio clip, Trump is heard boasting about increasing the defense budget by $2.5 trillion. To those who criticized his spending and the growing national debt, Trump said, “Who the hell cares about the budget? We’re going to have a country.” For most of Barack Obama’s time in office, Republicans seemed to care very …

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DOJ Defies Court On Kushner/Mueller Documents

Law & Crime reports: The Department of Justice on Friday evening released 176 pages of notes from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s interviews with key witnesses during his office’s investigation into Russian election interference. But the records, produced under a federal court order resulting from dual Freedom of Information Act (FIOA) lawsuits filed by CNN and BuzzFeed, conspicuously withheld all …

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GOP Donors Get Iran Strike Details Denied To Congress

CNN reports: President Trump recounted minute-by-minute details of the US strike that killed Iran’s top military commander during remarks to high-dollar Republican donors at his South Florida estate, according to audio obtained by CNN. In his speech — held inside the gilded ballroom on his Mar-a-Lago property — he claimed that Soleimani was “saying bad things about our country” before …

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New Docs Link Lev Parnas To Top Devin Nunes Aide

Politico reports: House impeachment investigators sought Friday to pull Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, deeper into the Ukraine scandal at the center of President Donald Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial. A set of text messages released Friday evening by the Intelligence Committee show a top Nunes aide, Derek Harvey, in frequent contact with Lev Parnas, the …

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Pompeo Claims He’ll Look Into Stalking Of Ambassador

CNN reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday publicly committed to look into the possible surveillance of former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch — more than 48 hours after the evidence of potential monitoring emerged and more than 24 hours after Ukraine announced its own investigation into the matter. “We will do everything we need to do to …

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Trump: Dems Timed My Trial To Cheat Bernie Sanders

The Hill reports: President Trump on Friday accused Democrats of deliberately diminishing Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) chances of winning the party’s presidential nomination by keeping him off the campaign trail to serve as a juror in the Senate impeachment trial. The president in a pair of tweets sought to exploit potential frustration among Democrats by echoing a theory among some …

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Mar-A-Lago Security Has Cost Local Govt $13.7 Million

The Palm Beach Post reports: The federal government reimbursed the county nearly $10 million for expenses through September 2018. The county is waiting to be paid for $3.8 million racked up in the fiscal year that ended in October. Local governments and law enforcement spent $13.7 million to protect President Donald Trump during the 27 visits he and his family …

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Lev Parnas: I’m Speaking Out Because I Fear Bill Barr

Yahoo News reports: Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas said he was giving media interviews about his role in President Trump’s attempts to convince Ukrainian officials to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden because he wanted to protect himself from Attorney General William Barr. Parnas made that claim in an interview with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, the second …

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Trump’s Tax Cuts Saved Big Banks $32 Billion In 2019

Bloomberg News reports: Savings for the top six U.S. banks from President Donald Trump’s signature tax overhaul accelerated last year, now topping $32 billion as the lenders curbed new borrowing, pared jobs and ramped up payouts to shareholders. JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., Wells Fargo & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley posted …

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Lev Parnas Implicates Rick Perry In Ukraine Conspiracy

The Week reports: Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in an interview that aired Thursday night that former Energy Secretary Rick Perry was directed by Rudy Giuliani to tell Ukraine its U.S. aid was contingent on the country announcing investigations of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Parnas alleges that after …

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DOJ Investigates James Comey Over Years-Old Leak

The New York Times reports: Federal prosecutors in Washington are investigating a years-old leak of classified information about a Russian intelligence document, and they appear to be focusing on whether the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey illegally provided details to reporters, according to people familiar with the inquiry. The case is the second time the Justice Department has investigated …

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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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