Trump Corruption

Giuliani: I Have “Insurance” To Keep Trump Loyal And My RICO Files Will Be Released If I Should “Disappear”

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani gave a wide-ranging interview on Saturday in which the former New York City mayor attacked numerous figures involved in the impeachment hearings and claimed for the second time to have “insurance” when questioned whether the president would remain loyal to him. “I’ve seen things written like he’s going to throw …

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Top House Dem Says Nunes Ethics Probe Likely

Politico reports: The top Democrat on the House armed services committee said Saturday that Republican Rep. Devin Nunes is likely to face an ethics investigation over allegations he met with an ex-Ukrainian prosecutor at the center of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. “Quite likely, without question,” House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash) said when asked …

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New Records Show Multiple Calls Between Giuliani And Pompeo, Suggest Trump Facilitated Yovanovitch Smear

Courthouse News reports: President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani had multiple phone calls with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo weeks before the ouster of U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, according to State Department records released under court order Friday evening. The documents were released to the watchdog group American Oversight in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Among the …

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Giuliani’s Henchman Willing To Spill Dirt On Nunes

The Daily Beast reports: Lev Parnas, the Soviet-born businessman whose involvement in helping the president’s personal attorney seek out kompromat on Joe Biden in Ukraine is at the center of an impeachment inquiry, is reportedly prepared to testify to Congress about Rep. Devin Nunes meeting with a Ukrainian official as part of the same dirt-digging mission. Nunes, the top-ranking Republican …

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Giuliani Claims Biden “Bribed The President” Of Ukraine

Mediaite reports: Rudy Giuliani called into America This Week and mounted stunning new allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden regarding the alleged Ukraine corruption that the Trump administration claimed to be investigating. Giuliani defended the Trump administration’s foreign policy saying, “The reality is the president is confronting Ukraine correctly, the country as a big problem with corruption.” “You know …

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Trump: I Won’t Be Impeached, “They Have Nothing”

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump says he does not expect to be impeached, claiming Democrats have “absolutely nothing” incriminating, despite days of public testimony by witnesses who said Trump withheld aid from Ukraine to press the country to investigate his political rivals. Trump said Friday, “I think it’s very hard to impeach you when they have absolutely nothing.” …

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Trump Parrots Debunked Ukraine Conspiracy To Fox

Axios reports: President Trump spent 53 minutes of his Friday morning on the phone with the hosts of “Fox & Friends” — his latest call-in to one of his favorite TV shows. President Trump spent a chunk of the interview repeating a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election. “That’s what the word is,” he claimed …

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Trump Tells State TV: I Hardly Know Sondland [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: President Trump on Friday dismissed U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland’s testimony that there was a quid pro quo in his efforts to press Ukraine for investigations, calling it “total nonsense.” “I hardly know him,” Trump said of Sondland, a hotelier and GOP donor. “I have spoken to him a few times.” “I want nothing …

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Ivanka Laments Decline In “Morals” With Fake Quote

The Washington Post reports: The first daughter weighed in on her father’s impeachment Thursday evening with a quote from 19th century French historian Alexis de Tocqueville warning that impeachment could be used politically. On Twitter, Ivanka Trump shared without comment this quote: “A decline of public morals in the United States will probably be marked by the abuse of the …

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Democrats Plan Impeachment Vote By Christmas

CNN reports: House Democrats say they are undeterred by the White House preventing first-hand witnesses from testifying before the House Intelligence Committee — and now are actively preparing for the next step in their eight-week-old investigation and the likely impeachment of President Donald Trump. Privately, Democrats are anticipating a busy December that will be filed with proceedings before the House …

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Lindsey Graham Launches Investigation Into Bidens

The New York Times reports: Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Thursday requesting documents related to former vice president Joe Biden and his communications with Ukrainian officials, a step seen as a GOP effort to counter the House impeachment investigation of President Trump. Graham’s inquiry is focused on any calls …

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Mulvaney Denies Testimony Tying Him To Ukraine Plot

From a statement issued this afternoon by Mick Mulvaney: Fiona Hill’s testimony is riddled with speculation and guesses about any role that Mr. Mulvaney played with anything related to Ukraine. She bases much of her testimony about him on things allegedly heard from unnamed staffers, guards in the West Wing, and “many people.” The fact is that Ms. Hill has …

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Republicans Advise White House On Trump’s Trial, Suggest Limiting Senate Proceedings To Two Weeks

The Washington Post reports: A group of Republican senators and senior White House officials met privately Thursday to map out a strategy for a potential impeachment trial of President Trump, including proceedings in the Senate that could be limited to about two weeks, according to multiple officials familiar with the talks. Republican Sens. Mike Lee (Utah), Ron Johnson (Wis.), John …

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RNC Paid $100K To Get Junior’s Book On Bestseller List

Raw Story reports: A new Federal Elections Commission filing unearthed by New York Times reporter Nick Confessore shows that the Republican National Committee blew nearly $100,000 to help promote Donald Trump Jr.’s book “Triggered.” According to the filing, the RNC made a $94,800 payment to bookseller Books-a-Million on October 29th this year, which was just days before Trump Jr.’s “Triggered” …

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Witness Says Bolton Knew Of Trump’s Extortion Plot

Politico reports: David Holmes, a State Department official detailed as a political counselor at the U.S. embassy in Kyiv, testified that former national security adviser John Bolton said during a meeting in August that the hold on military aid to Ukraine wouldn’t be lifted unless Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was able to “favorably impress” President Trump. The revelation suggests that …

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California Supreme Court Boots Tax Returns/Ballot Law

The Sacramento Bee reports: President Donald Trump won’t have to release his tax returns to get on California’s 2020 primary ballot following a unanimous ruling from the state Supreme Court on Thursday that invalidated a new state law. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 27 into law in July to compel presidential and gubernatorial candidates to release five years of …

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Napolitano Schools Fox Cast On Sondland’s Testimony

“One would expect the president, in September, after the whistleblower’s allegations came out, after the president was accused of a quid pro quo, to say ‘no quid pro quo.’ But it is clear from what Ambassador Sondland testified yesterday that there was an understanding that the president wanted some things from the Ukrainians. “So the ambassador is not a never …

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Trump Claims He’ll Release Financials Before Election And You’ll See He’s “Much Richer” Than You Thought

The Hill reports: President Trump on Thursday blasted investigators seeking his financial records and said he would release them voluntarily ahead of the 2020 election, although he made a similar pledge in 2016. Former special counsel Robert Mueller has not said he reviewed Trump’s financial records in his investigation into Russian election interference. Trump previously pledged in September to release …

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Today’s Witness: Republicans Push Ukraine “Fiction”

Axios reports: Former White House official Fiona Hill will tell Thursday’s impeachment hearing that a “fictional narrative” about Ukraine, driven by partisan politics, distracted President Trump from the real threat that Russia poses to America’s democracy. Why she matters: Hill, who left last summer as Trump’s top adviser on Russia and Europe, gives House investigators a window into former national …

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LIVE VIDEO: Impeachment Hearings Day Four, Part 2

The House is obviously running behind schedule. PBS NewsHour reports: Laura Cooper is the Defense Department’s deputy assistant secretary for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia and thus the top Pentagon official working on Ukraine. In closed-door testimony last month, she told investigators that the White House had directed the freeze on aid to Ukraine and that Kyiv was concerned by the …

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