Trump Corruption

USPS Crisis Gives Opening For Trump To Hurt Amazon

The Washington Post reports: The Treasury Department is considering taking unprecedented control over key operations of the U.S. Postal Service by imposing tough terms on an emergency coronavirus loan from Congress, which would fulfill President Trump’s longtime goal of changing how the service does business. Officials working under Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who must approve the $10 billion loan, have …

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Billionaire Donor Prodded Trump On Malaria Drug

NBC News reports: A top HHS official who said he was transferred from his post for pushing back on “efforts to fund potentially dangerous drugs promoted by those with political connections” felt pressured to rush access to chloroquine treatments for coronavirus after Trump had a conversation about it with a mega-rich donor, a source close to the doctor told NBC …

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MAGA Firm Gets $7.6M Contract For 800 Feet Of Wall

The Daily Beast reports: Last Wednesday, while the country strained under a nationwide lockdown, the Army Corps of Engineers found time to award another border-wall contract to a company Trump personally championed—even as it’s under investigation by the Defense Department inspector general. Specifically, Fisher on Apr. 15 got $7,633,085 to build a mere “800 linear feet” of bollard barrier—that slatted …

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House Oversight Committee: Don’t Give Trump Org Rent Break On DC Hotel, “Blatant Conflict Of Interest”

Roll Call reports: Leaders of the House Oversight Committee are asking the General Services Administration to “stand up to the President” and deny his company’s apparent request for rent relief at the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. The statement was released after media outlets reported the Trump company sought a break on lease payments for its Washington hotel …

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Trump Org Seeks Bailout Money From UK And Ireland

Bloomberg News reports: The Trump Organization is seeking U.K. and Irish bailout money to help cover wages for bartenders, bagpipers and other employees furloughed from its European golf properties because of the coronavirus lockdown. Overseas businesses owned by U.S. President Donald Trump can tap government funds meant to help retain workers. In the U.S., by contrast, they’re specifically written out …

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El Paso Ready To Sue Trump For Unpaid Rally Expenses

The Texas Tribune reports: El Paso Mayor Dee Margo on Tuesday said city officials should probably consider suing President Trump’s campaign to recoup more than $500,000 in expenses incurred during a rally last year. The city spent about $470,000 on security and other costs for a Trump rally in South El Paso in February 2019. After that invoice went unpaid, …

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Billionaire Trump Donor Gets Contract To Track COVID

The Daily Beast reports: A Silicon Valley company co-founded by a close ally of President Donald Trump will play a major new role in helping the government track the spread of the coronavirus, pulling information that is being used by top administration officials, including the president himself. Palantir, the data-mining firm created by investor Peter Thiel, is best known for …

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Trump Org Seeks Rent Relief From Trump Admin

The New York Times reports: President Trump’s signature hotel in the nation’s capital wants a break on its rent. The landlord determining the fate of the request is Mr. Trump’s own administration. Trump International Hotel, just a few blocks from the White House, had been a favored gathering place for lobbyists, foreign dignitaries and others hoping to score points with …

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Senate Intel Report Confirms Russia Helped Trump

Politico reports: The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday reaffirmed its support for the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election with the goal of putting Donald Trump in the Oval Office. Tuesday’s bipartisan report, from a panel chaired by North Carolina Republican Richard Burr, undercuts Trump’s years of efforts to portray allegations of …

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National Chains Helped Deplete Small Business Grants

The Washington Post reports: The federal government gave national hotel and restaurant chains millions of dollars in grants before the $349 billion program ran out of money Thursday, leading to a backlash that prompted one company to give the money back and a Republican senator to say that “millions of dollars are being wasted.” Ruth’s Chris Steak House, a chain …

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Another Former Trump Aide Seeks Release From Prison

The New York Post reports: President Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates has asked to serve his remaining 45-day “intermittent” prison term at home amid fears of contracting COVID-19, according to a report. In a court filing Sunday, Gates urged a modification to his probation condition because he fears he could carry the coronavirus home and also infect his …

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Trump Continues To Stiff El Paso For Rally Services

El Paso’s ABC News affiliate reports: As the City of El Paso looks to trim costs, KTSM wondered if President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has paid the City the half-a-million dollar bill from his February 2019 campaigns top at the El Paso County Coliseum. City officials say the campaign has not paid the price tag, which was initially billed $470,417 …

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Mnuchin Claims Credit For Trump’s Name On Stimulus Checks: “It’s A Terrific Symbol To The American Public”

Mediaite reports: Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin in an interview on State of the Union With Jake Tapper touted that it was, in fact, his idea to print President Donald Trump’s name on coronavirus stimulus checks, billing the move as a “terrific symbol to the American public.” “Stimulus checks for $1,200 are being mailed out to many Americans, some …

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Cohen To Publish Trump Tell-All Book Before Election

The Daily Beast reports: Michael Cohen has been spending his time behind bars writing an explosive tell-all book about his stint as President Trump’s personal lawyer and plans on releasing it before the election, according to three people familiar with the project. Cohen, Inmate No. 86067-054, is being released early from federal prison because of concerns over coronavirus and after …

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Trump Continues To Lie About China “Paying” Tariffs

NBC News reports: When President Donald Trump’s super PAC released a TV ad campaign this week painting Joe Biden as soft on China, the apparent Democratic nominee’s campaign and outside allies immediately mobilized a full-court press to counter the attack. Trump’s America First Action PAC announced a $10 million TV and digital ad buy Thursday in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, …

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Trump Calls Democratic Senators “RUDE And NASTY” For Wanting Answers On Coronavirus Testing Availability

Politico reports: Senate Democrats exploded in frustration during a conference call with Vice President Mike Pence and Trump administration officials on Friday afternoon, with one normally laid-back senator asserting it was the most maddening phone call he’s ever taken part in, according to participants and people familiar with the call. The call between President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force and …

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Guess Why Gyms Are On Trump’s Reopening List?

The Daily Beast reports: President Trump unveiled a proposal this week to reopen America’s gyms in spite of the coronavirus outbreak after a phone call that included the head of the company that owns luxury fitness brands Equinox and SoulCycle, who also happens to be a high-profile Trump supporter. The White House included gyms among the businesses that would reopen …

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Grey-Haired Trump Threatens To Adjourn Congress

The Independent reports: Donald Trump is threatening to use a never-before-employed power of his office to adjourn both chambers of Congress so he can make “recess appointments” to fill vacant positions within his administration he says Senate Democrats are keeping empty amid the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Trump opened his daily virus press conference on Wednesday by griping about Senate Democrats …

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Trump Claims Executive Privilege In Amazon Lawsuit

Politico reports: The Pentagon’s inspector general “could not definitively determine” whether the White House influenced the procurement process for a major cloud computing contract because senior Defense Department officials were barred from answering questions on the subject during interviews, according to a 313-page report released on Wednesday. Department personnel who evaluated proposals and awarded the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract …

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Bailout Is Windfall For Wealthy Real Estate Investors

From opinion columnist Dana Milbank: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) have insisted that Congress spend another $250 billion on small businesses devastated by the pandemic, but they refuse to “renegotiate unrelated programs” from last month’s emergency coronavirus bill. What are they afraid of? Well, maybe it’s this: As the dust settles on …

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