Trump Corruption

Rex Tillerson: It’s “Wrong” To Seek Foreign Favors

PBS NewsHour reports: Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday told the PBS NewsHour that asking for personal favors and using United States assets as collateral is “wrong.” Tillerson spoke with NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff at a luncheon hosted by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in San Antonio. Tillerson discussed reports that President …

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Next Three Days: Nine Impeachment Witnesses Testify

The Associated Press reports: Nine witnesses. Five hearings. Three days. The Trump impeachment inquiry is charging into a crucial week as Americans hear from some of the most important witnesses closest to the White House in back-to-back-to-back live sessions. Among them, Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the wealthy donor whose routine boasting about his proximity to Donald Trump is now bringing the …

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SCOTUS Temporarily Blocks US House Subpoena For Trump’s Financial Records Until New Filings Are Made

Bloomberg Law reports: U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts temporarily blocked a subpoena from a House panel for President Donald Trump’s financial records while the justices consider a request for a longer delay. The administrative stay comes after the House said in a letter it would accept a delay until the end of the month. The order from Roberts applies until …

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House Investigates Whether Trump Lied To Mueller

CNN reports: The House of Representatives is now investigating whether President Donald Trump lied to special counsel Robert Mueller in written answers he provided in the Russia investigation, the House’s general counsel said in federal court Monday. “Did the President lie? Was the President not truthful in his responses to the Mueller investigation?” House general counsel Douglas Letter told the …

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RNC Claims It Has Returned Doug Manchester’s Money

Rapid response damage control to this morning’s expose: The Republican National Committee (RNC) said it cut ties with billionaire Doug Manchester, President Trump’s former nominee for ambassador to the Bahamas, after his “decision to link future contributions to an official action” as his nomination was at a standstill in the Senate. In a statement to CBS News, the RNC said …

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Trump Claims He Will “Strongly Consider” Testifying

ABC News reports: President Donald Trump tweeted Monday that he would “strongly consider” testifying in impeachment inquiry proceedings — either in writing or in person. Trump’s tweet came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested in a CBS “Face the Nation” interview Sunday that Trump testify. Testimony by Trump would be an about-face for the administration, which has previously said it …

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CBS News: Trump Admin Tried To Sell Ambassadorship

CBS News reports: A CBS News investigation has uncovered a possible pay-for-play scheme involving the Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to the Bahamas. Emails obtained by CBS News show the nominee, San Diego billionaire Doug Manchester, was asked by the RNC to donate half a million dollars as his confirmation in the Senate hung in …

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Trump Rips “Nasty, Obnoxious” Fox Host Chris Wallace

USA Today reports: President Donald Trump fired off some furious tweets about “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, calling the veteran journalist “nasty & obnoxious” for his “dumb and unfair” interview with House Minority Whip Steve Scalise. During Wallace’s interview of Scalise, he confronted the Louisiana Republican on several points in their discussion of the impeachment inquiry. When Scalise said …

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Schumer: Trump Should Come Testify Under Oath

“Speaker Pelosi invited President Trump to come testify, and I think her invitation is correct. If Donald Trump doesn’t agree with what he’s hearing, doesn’t like what he’s hearing, he shouldn’t tweet — he should come to the committee and testify under oath. “And he should allow all those around him to come to the committee and testify under oath. …

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Giuliani Rages: Impeachment Hearings Are A “Travesty”

Yahoo News reports: Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, tweeted early Sunday that the House investigation into President Donald Trump is “a travesty.” “After 3 witnesses no evidence has been presented of any offense. The first two permanent diplomats had no direct knowledge just overhearing things. The third one had no knowledge not even hearsay. This is a travesty,“ …

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Intel Dem: Sondland’s Testimony Will Show Bribery

The Hill reports: Rep. Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.) said Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland’s testimony will show President Trump participated in the “solicitation of a bribe.” Maloney told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” that the “evidence is building” against President Trump in the impeachment inquiry. He said President Trump’s call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky demonstrated the White …

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NEW: Bolton Met Privately With Trump On Ukraine Aid

Axios reports: Former White House national security adviser John Bolton met privately with President Trump in August in an effort to convince him to release nearly $400 million in frozen military aid to Ukraine, former National Security Council official Tim Morrison told impeachment investigators last month. The episode underscores how important Bolton’s testimony could ultimately be to determining why Trump …

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Roger Stone Clutched Bible As He Arrived For Verdict

Reuters reports: Before the verdict was announced, Roger Stone, 67, arrived at the courthouse clad in a pinstripe suit, blue tie with white dots, white handkerchief in his pocket, arm in arm with his wife, sunglasses in one hand, a small red copy of the Bible in the other and a smile on his face. When the verdict was read, …

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Trump Celebrates Release Of Pardoned Murderer

Mediaite reports: President Donald Trump celebrated the release of Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance — whom Trump freed from the remainder of a 19-year murder sentence — by tweeting a video of Lorance reuniting with his family. Trump’s grant of clemency was made over the objections of his own Department of Defense, according to news reports. From the linked Fox …

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Secret Service Docs Show Trump Lied About G7 Search

From with government watchdog group CREW: CREW received records from the United States Secret Service that, along with emails from Doral city officials, undermine President Trump’s dubious claim that members of the Secret Service wanted the 2020 G-7 Summit to be hosted at Trump’s Doral resort in Miami. The reality appears to be quite different, with the Secret Service instead …

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US Official Confirms Damning Trump/Sondland Call

The New York Times reports: An official from the United States Embassy in Kiev confirmed to House impeachment investigators on Friday that he overheard a call between President Trump and a top American diplomat in July in which the president inquired about investigations he wanted from Ukraine, according to three people familiar with the testimony. The official, David Holmes, testified …

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Trump Files Second SCOTUS Request: Hide My Taxes

CNN reports: Attorneys for President Donald Trump returned to the Supreme Court on Friday to ask the justices for the second day in a row to block a demand for his income tax returns — this one from House Democrats. On Thursday, Trump’s lawyers asked the Supreme Court to hear their appeal of a lower-court ruling that would allow the …

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Dems Accuse Trump Of Witness Intimidation In Real Time, Republicans Flee Questions About The Tweets

Politico reports: Lawmakers of both parties were stunned to see Trump’s disparaging tweet about the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine in the middle of a hearing where she had already described in great detail how she felt personally threatened by the president. “It’s not something I would do,” Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, told …

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Twitter Bot Networks Attack Marie Yovanovitch

Buzzfeed News reports: The phrase “I hired Donald Trump to fire people like Yovanovitch” trended on Twitter Friday morning as former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified in front of the impeachment inquiry held by the House Intelligence Committee. And while it may have seemed like a spontaneous outcry from supporters of the president, the phrase has spread at …

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Trump: Everybody Knows Who The Whistleblower Is

The Hill reports: President Trump on Friday claimed the identity of the whistleblower who first raised concerns about his relationship with Ukraine is known to everyone in D.C. “Everyone in Washington knows who it is, by the way. The whistleblower is no great secret,” Trump told “The Dan Bongino Show,” without naming a name. “Everybody knows who the whistleblower is, …

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