Trump Corruption

WH Bans CNN From Traditional Pre-SOTU Luncheon

CNN reports: President Donald Trump’s targeting of CNN is moving to yet another arena: The annual presidential lunch with television network anchors. CNN anchors are being excluded from Tuesday’s lunch, three sources said on Monday night. Trump, like presidents before him, typically invites anchors from all the major networks to dine with him at the White House in advance of …

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REPORT: Trump Wants Bolton Criminally Prosecuted

Vanity Fair reports: Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, Mitt Romney, and John Bolton. “Trump’s playbook is simple: go after people who crossed him during impeachment.” Several sources said Bolton is at the top of the list. Trump’s relationship with Bolton was badly damaged by the time Bolton left the White House in September. Trump has since blamed his former national security …

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Parnas Pal Nearly Had Cannabis Deal With Trump’s VA

Politico reports: A businessman facing federal charges over an alleged plot to trade political donations for help obtaining marijuana licenses around the country was working on a medical cannabis research deal with the Department of Veterans Affairs just weeks before his indictment. Andrey Kukushkin, a Ukraine-born cannabis investor whose multi-state marijuana projects and political donations were allegedly illegally funded by …

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Senate Whip Count: Trump’s Acquittal Now A Certainty

Politico reports: A Senate vote to convict President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial is now a mathematical impossibility. More than 34 senators have indicated they intend to acquit the president, or have declared the House’s two impeachment charges against him to be insufficient to merit a conviction, according to a POLITICO analysis of public comments and official statements from …

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Public To Get $3.4M Tab For Trump’s Super Bowl Party

The Huffington Post reports: Taxpayers shelled out another $3.4 million to send President Donald Trump to Florida this weekend so he could host a Super Bowl party for paying guests at his for-profit golf course. The president’s official schedule shows him spending two and a half hours Sunday evening at a “Super Bowl LIV watch party” at Trump International Golf …

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Ernst: We Would Try To Impeach Biden “Immediately”

Bloomberg News reports: Iowa Senator Joni Ernst warned Sunday that Republicans would immediately push to impeach Joe Biden over his work in Ukraine as vice president if he win the White House. “I think this door of impeachable whatever has been opened,” Ernst said in an interview with Bloomberg News. “Joe Biden should be very careful what he’s asking for …

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Roger Stone Finds Jesus At Franklin Graham Rally

From the far-right Newsmax: A Florida preacher says Roger Stone, facing up to 50 years in jail later this month on a his felony conviction, prayed with evangelical leader Franklin Graham and has “put his faith in God.” “Hundreds of Graham’s supporters flocked to meet Roger with nothing but well-wishes, support, and prayers,” Tampa Bay area-based millennial pastor Randy Coggins …

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GOP Senator: I Hope Trump Doesn’t Do Crimes Again

Axios reports: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he believes President Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine to “encourage” its government to investigate the Bidens, but that he will vote to acquit Trump on Wednesday because he believes the consequences of the president’s actions should be decided in the next election. “If you have eight …

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Jared Kushner: John Bolton Didn’t Have What It Takes

CNN reports: President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that impeachment has not hurt the President’s support, insisting that his base “is strong and getting stronger” and that former White House officials who have raised concerns about Trump “didn’t have what it took.” Kushner told Zakaria that people outside Washington aren’t paying attention to the impeachment …

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DOJ Court Filing Reveals It Has Trump/Ukraine Emails

CNN reports: The Department of Justice revealed in a court filing late Friday that it has two dozen emails related to the President Donald Trump’s involvement in the withholding of millions in security assistance to Ukraine — a disclosure that came just hours after the Senate voted against subpoenaing additional documents and witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial, paving the way …

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John Kelly: The GOP Only Gave Trump “Half A Trial”

The New Jersey Advance reports: A Senate vote to end President Donald Trump’s impeachment proceedings without calling witnesses should be considered “half a trial,” the president’s former chief of staff John Kelly said Friday. “In my view, they kind of leave themselves open to a lot of criticism,” Kelly said in an interview in advance of his Feb. 12 appearance …

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Marie Yovanovitch Retires From State Department

Axios reports: Former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch has retired from the State Department, NPR first reported. The career diplomat remained on payroll since she was ousted from the department last year, per NPR. Why it matters: During her closed-door deposition before House impeachment committees, Yovanovitch testified that President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani led the smear campaign that led to her …

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Senate Vote On Acquittal Likely To Be On Wednesday

NPR reports: The Senate still must vote on whether or not to acquit Trump of the charges against him, a vote now expected to come next Wednesday, Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri told reporters. The agreement would give senators the weekend off, with the trial resuming Monday with closing arguments from both sides, as well as time for senators …

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Senate Votes 51-49 Against Calling Trial Witnesses

The New York Times reports: The Senate voted on Friday to block the consideration of additional witnesses and documents in President Trump’s impeachment trial, as Republicans shut down a push by Democrats to bring in new evidence and cleared the way for a swift acquittal in the coming days. The nearly party-line vote came after a bitter, four-hour debate between …

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LIVE VIDEO: Vote On Witnesses May Happen Soon

Click the videos. Much consulting going on. CNET reports: Friday marks a pivotal day in the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Senators will first decide whether to call witnesses. If they then vote against witnesses, they could move straight to votes on the articles of impeachment. Friday’s session will start at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. With 53 …

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Pompeo Won’t Dispute Allegations In Bolton’s Book

ABC News reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to directly dispute allegations reportedly contained in an unpublished manuscript of former national security adviser John Bolton’s forthcoming book, saying he would not comment on press reports “off in the lands of the hypothetical.” In Kyiv on Friday, Pompeo downplayed the report’s credibility — but did not explicitly deny its contents. …

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Schumer Denies Report: No Deal In Place On Trial’s End

I was all set to post this and then Schumer denied it all. NBC News reports: Sens. Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell told their members at their respective closed-door lunches that the two leaders have agreed to a proposal that would culminate in a Wednesday vote to acquit the president, according to two Democrats in the room and two Republican …

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Rubio: Even If What Trump Has Done Is Impeachable, Removing Him Would Be Too Divisive For The Country

From Rubio’s statement published today on Medium: As Manager Jerry Nadler (D-NY) reminded us Wednesday night, removal is not a punishment for a crime. Nor is removal supposed to be a way to hold Presidents accountable; that is what elections are for. The sole purpose of this extraordinary power to remove the one person entrusted with all of the powers …

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Murkowski Caves To Trump’s Threats On Witnesses

The New York Times report: Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, said Friday she would vote against including new witnesses and documents in President Trump’s impeachment trial, likely dealing a fatal blow to Democrats’ attempts to compel new evidence. “I carefully considered the need for additional witnesses and documents, to cure the shortcomings of its process, but ultimately decided that …

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BOOK: Trump Ordered Bolton To Help Extort Ukraine

The New York Times reports: More than two months before he asked Ukraine’s president to investigate his political opponents, President Trump directed John R. Bolton, then his national security adviser, to help with his pressure campaign to extract damaging information on Democrats from Ukrainian officials, according to an unpublished manuscript by Mr. Bolton. Mr. Trump gave the instruction, Mr. Bolton …

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