Trump Corruption

Mnuchin’s Ritzy LA Country Club Got Millions In Bailout

The Daily Beast reports: An exclusive California golf course that has counted Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin among its members is seeing plenty of the taxpayers’ green. The Riviera Country Club, located in a posh enclave of Los Angeles, received $2 million to $5 million in assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program—a multibillion-dollar initiative intended to carry small businesses and their …

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Vindman Retiring Over Trump’s “Campaign Of Bullying”

CNN reports: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry, is retiring from the US Army after more than 21 years of military service because he determined that his future in the armed forces “will forever be limited” due to political retaliation by the President and his allies, his lawyer told CNN Wednesday. Vindman has …

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Conway Blasts Reporters For Stories On Mary Trump’s “Fictional” Book: “Family Matters” Should Stay Private

Mediaite reports: In an interview on Fox News Tuesday, Harris Faulkner asked Conway for her response to an anecdote in which Ms. Trump and her aunt blasted the president’s “blatant racism” and lack of principles. Conway responded by disputing Mary Trump’s claim that the president and his sister have a negative relationship with each other. After that, she quickly turned …

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Christian Grifters Scoop Up Millions In SBA Bailouts: Jim Bakker, Liberty Counsel, Paula White, And Jay Sekulow

Peter Montgomery reports at Right Wing Watch: Conservative evangelical churches and advocacy groups led by vocal boosters of President Donald Trump have received millions of dollars in coronavirus relief funds, marking a new milestone in the religious​ right’s long campaign to take a wrecking ball to the wall separating church and state. The American Center for Law and Justice, part …

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Niece’s Book: Trump Paid Someone To Take His SAT

The New York Times reports: As a high school student in Queens, Ms. Trump writes, Donald Trump paid someone to take a precollegiate test, the SAT, on his behalf. The high score the proxy earned for him, Ms. Trump adds, helped the young Mr. Trump to later gain admittance as an undergraduate to the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton business …

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“Explosive” Tell-All Coming From Ex-Melania Gal Pal

The Daily Beast reports: Following months of legal drama, threats, and public controversy surrounding multiple books published by former Trumpworld insiders, yet another blockbuster Trump book is set to hit shelves this summer and contain “explosive” revelations about first lady Melania Trump, written by her once close adviser and friend of 15 years. According to people familiar with the project, …

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Trump Cultist Megachurch Got Up To $5M SBA Bailout

Reuters reports: A Dallas megachurch whose pastor has been a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump was approved for a forgivable loan worth $2 million to $5 million, according to long-awaited government data released on Monday. Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a rally last month at the First Baptist Church of Dallas, whose pastor, Robert Jeffress, has been on …

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GOP Congress Members Got Millions In SBA Bailouts

The Washington Post reports: At least seven members of Congress or their spouses received loans, including lawmakers who were directly involved in shaping regulations and also benefited from a blanket waiver of ethics concerns. Among the loan recipients disclosed is KTAK Corp., a Tulsa-based operator of fast food franchises owned by Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.). KTAK reported receiving between $1 …

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Kanye West’s Clothing Company Got Up To $5M Bailout

Billboard Magazine reports: Kanye West’s Yeezy company received more than $2 million through the Paycheck Protection Program, the Small Business Administration disclosed on Monday (July 6). Yeezy, an LLC formed by the musician and clothing designer, received a loan between $2 million and $5 million, according to the SBA. The company disclosed that it saved 160 jobs because of the …

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Niece’s Book: For Trump, “Cheating Is A Way Of Life”

The New York Daily News reports: A forthcoming book by President Trump’s estranged niece describes him as a “toxic” bully who practices “cheating as a way of life” and made fun of his own father when his health began to deteriorate, according to a Monday press release. Having spent much time at the sprawling Queens home where President Trump and …

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Multiple Trump Cronies Got “Small Business” Bailouts

The Wall Street Journal reports: The federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program designed to help small businesses weather fallout from the coronavirus pandemic helped a broad swath of organizations, including prominent restaurant chains, law firms and non-profits. Among the recipients the Trump administration disclosed Monday: Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, the law firm headed by antitrust litigator David Boies; Newsmax Media Inc., …

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Mary Trump’s Book Release Moved Up To Next Week

USA Today reports: The publisher of a book on President Donald Trump and his family announced Monday they are moving up the publication date to July 14 due to “high demand and extraordinary interest” in the tell-all tome by Mary Trump. The president’s niece, embroiled in a legal battle over the book with her uncles, including the president’s brother Robert …

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Trump Rages That Fox Promotes “Suppression Polls”

The Huffington Post reports: President Donald Trump said he’s done with Fox News after the network on Sunday showed him trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in the polls. Trump claimed he was leading in “real polls” but did not cite any. Trump has repeatedly attacked news agencies for reporting on polls unfavorable to him and even sent a “cease …

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Trump: We’d Have Few Cases If We Didn’t Test So Much

The Hill reports: President Trump voiced frustration Saturday with rising COVID-19 case counts as both the U.S. and many states have reported new record totals in recent days. Administration officials have blamed the surges on increased testing, but health advocates have pointed out that rates of positive tests are also increasing. At an indoor campaign rally in Oklahoma last month, …

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Michael Cohen Spotted Dining At Swanky Manhattan Eatery In Apparent Violation Of House Arrest Orders

The New York Post reports: Michael Cohen could soon be back to chowing down in a prison cafeteria. The recently sprung jailbird was caught by The Post dining out on Manhattan’s Upper East Side — and the meal may cost him his freedom, legal experts said Friday. Exclusive photos show President Trump’s former personal lawyer seated at a sidewalk table …

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Pentagon Appointees To Face Trump Loyalty Tests

Foreign Policy reports: A pair of 20-something White House staffers will begin conducting interviews with political appointees at the Defense Department starting next week, three current and former U.S. officials told Foreign Policy, a move that some fear could lead to more dismissals of Pentagon officials considered disloyal to President Donald Trump. The White House liaison office sent an email …

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Eric Trump Deletes Tweet Linking Bill Clinton To Jeffrey Epstein’s Madam After Getting Roasted By Twitter Users

Nobody ever accused a Trump of being self-aware: Eric Trump tweeted, and then deleted, a photo of former President Bill Clinton with Jeffrey Epstein‘s alleged partner-in-crime Ghislaine Maxwell, after Twitter users buried him in a deluge of photos of Maxwell appearing very chummy with his father, President Donald Trump. Trump’s tweet was especially ill-advised considering that photos of Maxwell and …

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Trump Again Lies That Cases Are Up Because Testing Is

The Independent reports: Donald Trump has once again claimed that the US’s surge in coronavirus cases is simply the result of expanded testing – even as the rate of tests coming back positive rises and the country’s death toll increases. Mr Trump’s claim that the expansion of testing is the sole reason that the US is counting more cases has …

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Feds Lend $700 Million To Trucking Company Currently Being Sued For Overcharging The Feds For Shipping

One day we’ll learn who got the kickbacks: The Treasury Department on Wednesday approved a $700 million loan to YRC Worldwide, a financially-troubled trucking company that is also being sued by the Defense Department (DOD) for overpricing shipping costs. “We are pleased for Treasury to make this loan pursuant to the CARES Act,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a …

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Ousted US Attorney To Testify Before House Committee

CBS News reports: Geoffrey Berman, the former top federal prosecutor in New York, will testify before the House Judiciary Committee for a closed-door interview next week, a person familiar with the matter tells CBS News. Berman was removed from his role as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York last month. He initially refused to leave office …

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