Trump Corruption

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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Trump To Halt Funding For World Health Organization

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced he is halting funding for the World Health Organization after the organization criticized his early response to the coronavirus epidemic. Trump accused the WHO of “severely mismanaging and covering up” the coronavirus crisis, specifically the initial outbreak in Wuhan, China. Trump previously threatened to cut off funding after the organization criticized …

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Trump Ridicules Cuomo For “Begging” For COVID Help

Mediaite reports: President Donald Trump attacked Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, mockingly claiming the New York governor was “begging” for federal government assistance to fight the coronavirus. Trump’s tweet comes after Cuomo repeatedly swatted down the president’s claim to have “total authority” on when states will end their coronavirus lockdowns in a series of interviews. Cuomo said on Monday night that …

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Trump Appeals To Block Release Of “Apprentice” Tapes

Law & Crime reports: President Donald Trump and three of his adult children have filed a notice of appeal in a New York City federal court after last week suffering a major defeat over a bid to keep a fraud and deceptive trade practices lawsuit out of the public judicial system. They’ve also moved to stop ongoing discovery efforts. Part …

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Paul Manafort Seeks Early Release Due To COVID Risk

Politico reports: President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is asking to be released from prison early and serve the remainder of his 7-and-a-half year sentence at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manafort’s attorney, Kevin Downing, asked the Federal Bureau of Prisons in a letter on Monday to release Manafort, saying his 71-year-old client is at “high risk” of …

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DeSantis Rules Pro Wrestling As An Essential Business, Wife Of WWE Owner Is Head Of Pro-Trump Super PAC

ESPN reports: WWE was deemed an “essential business” in Florida, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said Monday, allowing the company to resume live television shows from its Orlando training facility and Full Sail University in Winter Park. The decision, outlined in an April 9 memo from Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office, could open the door for other sports to resume in …

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Fauci Walks Back Criticism Of Trump’s Delay [VIDEO]

“The first and only time that Dr. Birx and I went in and formally made a recommendation to the president to actually have a ‘shutdown’ in the sense of strong mitigation, we discussed it. Obviously there would be concerns by some, and in fact, that might have some negative consequences. Nonetheless, the president listened to the recommendation. And went to …

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Secret Service Protected Trump Family On 4000 Trips In Last Three Years, Often For Trump Org-Related Business

Via Citizens For Responsibility and Ethics: Last fiscal year, the Trump family took more trips that required Secret Service protection than the Obama family took in seven, according to a budget document released by the Treasury Department. On average, Obama’s family took 133.3 protected trips per year, while the Trump family has taken an average of 1,625 annually. Much of …

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Court Orders Release Of Unaired Apprentice Tapes

Related to the previous JMG post. The Hollywood Reporter reports: Journalists, litigants and even actor Tom Arnold for years have been trying to get their hands on unaired footage from The Celebrity Apprentice that allegedly incriminates Donald Trump — and on Thursday a New York federal judge ordered MGM to hand over tapes in a lawsuit over an alleged multilevel …

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Trump Org Suffers Defeat In Racketeering Suit Battle

Law & Crime reports: President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and the Trump Organization just suffered a major defeat in federal court–losing a battle to have a years-old so-called “racketeering enterprising” lawsuit against them decided via secret arbitration. Those claims are now all but certain to be litigated publicly. The class action plaintiffs originally filed suit …

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Trump Ousts Pentagon IG Overseeing Pandemic Funds

The Washington Post reports: Glenn Fine, the acting inspector general at the Defense Department, was dismissed from his acting position at the Pentagon, making him ineligible to be the watchdog over spending to counter the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Fine, a career official who will remain a deputy inspector general, had been chosen for the spending role by …

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