Trump Corruption

Bar Association: AG Should Recuse On Ukraine Issues

The New York Law Journal reports: The New York City Bar Association in a statement Wednesday called on U.S. Attorney General William Barr to stand aside in any ongoing or future review by the Department of Justice of issues stemming from the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine, in which Barr has allegedly involved. If Barr does not recuse himself, the …

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Guiliani’s Henchmen Plead Not Guilty In Federal Court

NPR reports: Two of Rudy Giuliani’s associates appeared in federal court Wednesday in Manhattan, where they pleaded not guilty to charges of illegally funneling foreign donations to U.S. political candidates. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman are both U.S. citizens born in the former Soviet Union: Parnas in Ukraine, and Fruman in Belarus. They face charges of conspiring to violate the …

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Ukraine President Held Meeting About Trump And Giuliani’s Pressure On Bidens Before Even Taking Office

The Associated Press reports: More than two months before the phone call that launched the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Ukraine’s newly elected leader was already worried about pressure from the U.S. president to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden. Volodymyr Zelenskiy gathered a small group of advisers on May 7 in Kyiv for a meeting that was supposed …

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Trump Lawyer Tells Federal Appeals Court That The President Can’t Be Prosecuted For Shooting Somebody

Politico reports: A lawyer for Donald Trump argued in federal court on Wednesday that the president could shoot someone on 5th Avenue in New York City and not be prosecuted. The lawyer, William Consovoy, was responding to a question by Judge Denny Chin of the Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, who asked, “What’s your view on the 5th …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Delivers Remarks On Syria/Kurds

The Hill reports: President Trump is set to deliver remarks on Syria Wednesday morning. Trump withdrew U.S. troops from northern Syria earlier this month in a move that sparked fierce bipartisan pushback from lawmakers who worried the it would be seen as a betrayal to Kurdish allies in the region. Turkey launched a military operation targeting the Kurds shortly after …

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US Ambassador Undermines US Policy On Hungary

The New York Times reports: Since becoming ambassador in June 2018, David Cornstein has assiduously courted Mr. Orban, giving the Hungarian leader unexpected influence in the Trump administration. Mr. Cornstein used his decades-long friendship with President Trump to help broker a coveted Oval Office meeting for Mr. Orban last May — a meeting now under scrutiny by impeachment investigators in …

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White House Blasts “Triple Hearsay” Ukraine Testimony

The Daily Beast reports: The White House issued a statement late Tuesday lashing out at “far-left lawmakers and radical unelected bureaucrats” after President Trump’s acting ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, told Congress that U.S. military aid to Ukraine was made contingent on the Ukrainian president formally announcing investigations into U.S. domestic affairs. “President Trump has done nothing wrong—this is a …

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Former Acting AG: “Abuse Of Power Is Not A Crime”

“I’m a former prosecutor and what I know is this is a perfect time for a preliminary hearing, where you would say, ‘Show us your evidence. What evidence of a crime do you have?’ I mean, the Constitution, you know, sort of — abuse of power is not a crime. Let’s fundamentally boil it down to — you know, the …

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Michael Cohen Offers Dirt On Giuliani’s Henchman

Vanity Fair reports: Michael Cohen, according to people familiar with the situation, has information that could be pertinent to the SDNY’s investigation into Lev Parnas, one of the men who worked with Giuliani to dig up dirt on Trump’s political opponents. Parnas, according to these sources, contacted Cohen in the first few weeks after Trump took office. He introduced himself …

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House Dems Battle DOJ For Trump DC Hotel Financials

Courthouse News reports: A Justice Department lawyer faced an uphill battle Tuesday in arguing that lawmakers lack standing to access financials on the president’s eponymous hotel, located just blocks from the White House. “They do not have a private right to information,” Justice Department attorney Hashim Mooppan told the three-judge panel this morning. In asserting otherwise, David Charney Vladeck, an …

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McConnell Contradicts Trump On His “Innocent” Call To The Ukrainian President: We Never Spoke About That

CBS News reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell denied telling President Trump his July phone call with the Ukrainian president was “innocent,” as the president had indicated earlier this month. Asked on Tuesday whether he believes the president has handled the U.S. relationship with Ukraine “perfectly,” McConnell told CBS News he had not spoken to the president about the July …

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Trump Official Behind Anonymous Op-Ed Pens Book

The New York Times reports: An anonymous Trump administration official who published a September 2018 essay in The New York Times, about the active resistance to the president’s agenda and behavior from within his own administration, will publish a book next month. The author, who has not been publicly identified, created an uproar when he or she wrote in an …

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US Ambassador Contradicts Trump: I Was Told Ukraine Had To Publicly Go After The Bidens To Get Our Money

The Washington Post reports: The senior U.S. diplomat in Ukraine said Tuesday he was told release of military aid was contingent on public declarations from Ukraine that it would investigate the Bidens and the 2016 election, contradicting President Trump’s denial that he used the money as leverage for political gain. Acting ambassador William B. Taylor Jr. testified behind closed doors …

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Trump Floats Conway Or Mnuchin To Replace Mulvaney

Bloomberg reports: Donald Trump has for weeks been privately testing the idea of replacing his chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, who’s swiftly fallen out of favor with some of the president’s allies after high-profile stumbles handling the House impeachment inquiry. About a month ago, Trump said to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in front of a roomful of staff: “You have …

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Explosive Testimony By Acting US Ukraine Ambassador Draws “Gasps” From Lawmakers: “Incredibly Damning”

CNBC reports: A top diplomat testified Tuesday in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump after House Democrats issued a subpoena to him following State Department attempts to block his appearance, an official working on the probe told NBC News. Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor appeared Tuesday morning on Capitol Hill for a scheduled deposition in the House …

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Dems To File Emoluments Brief Over Trump’s G7 Pick

The Miami Herald reports: Congressional Democrats will file a legal brief in federal court on Tuesday asserting that President Trump’s promotion of his Doral resort for the G-7 summit was further evidence he has violated the Emoluments Clause, despite his decision to reverse course. The initial announcement last week — from Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, as he …

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Giuliani’s Henchman Campaigned With Florida Gov

Politico reports: Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian American businessman accused of funneling foreign money into U.S. elections, attended a string of events with Ron DeSantis in the closing moments of the Republican candidate’s 2018 campaign for governor in Florida. In a photograph taken Nov. 4, two days before the election that propelled DeSantis to victory, Parnas is next to the smiling …

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Trump Compares Impeachment Process To “Lynching”

ABC News reports: President Donald Trump compared the impeachment process to “a lynching” on Twitter Tuesday morning. “So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights,” he wrote. “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing …

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McConnell Preps GOP Senators For Trump’s Trial

The Hill reports: The GOP leader told colleagues during a PowerPoint presentation that they would not be allowed to speak during the trial and that any motions to dismiss the impeachment articles would be reserved for Trump’s defense team and the House Democratic impeachment managers, Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), who attended the meeting, told The Wall Street Journal. McConnell later …

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CNN Poll: 50% Want Trump Shitcanned, +8 Since June

CNN reports: Half of Americans say President Donald Trump should be impeached and removed from office, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, a new high in CNN polling on the topic and the first time that support for impeachment and removal has significantly outpaced opposition. As support for impeachment has inched upward, however, Trump’s approval ratings overall …

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