Trump Corruption

DC Sues Trump Organization Over Alleged $1M Scam

The Washington Post reports: D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine sued President Trump’s inaugural committee and business Wednesday, alleging that the committee violated its nonprofit status by spending more than $1 million to book a ballroom at Trump’s D.C. hotel that its staff knew was overpriced and that it barely used. During the lead-up to Trump’s January 2017 inauguration, the …

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Senate Republicans Kill Bid For Mulvaney To Testify

The New York Times reports: Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic attempt on Tuesday to issue a subpoena summoning Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, to testify in President Trump’s impeachment trial. The 53-to-47 vote, which fell along party lines, was the latest effort by Democrats to force the inclusion of new evidence in the proceeding. Mr. Mulvaney …

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Senate Republicans Kill Bid For State Department Docs

NBC News reports: Sen. Chuck Schumer has introduced his second amendment, to subpoena State Department documents related to the charges against the president. They are reading the text of the amendment now. Why it’s important: The State Department is in possession of highly relevant records and communications involving officials in the Office of the Secretary as well as officials covering …

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Rudy Giuliani Claims He Would Testify If Called [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer and a key player in the Ukraine pressure campaign at the heart of the impeachment case, said Monday night that he would happily testify in the Senate trial if called as a witness. “I wouldn’t mind being called as a witness for a lot of reasons, including being able to …

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POLL: 21% Grade Trump An “A”, 38% Give Him An “F”

Politico reports: According to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, just over two-in-10 voters — 21 percent of respondents — give Trump an “A” grade for the job he has done as president, and another 17 percent give him a “B.” The 38 percent who give Trump an “A” or a “B” is equal to the 38 percent of voters who …

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Schumer Blasts McConnell’s Senate Trial “Cover Up”

The Hill reports: Senate Democrats slammed Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday night over his proposed rules for President Trump’s impeachment trial, accusing the GOP leader of a “cover up.” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called McConnell’s proposal a “national disgrace,” and vowed to try to change it on the floor on Tuesday. The rules would condense the …

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Trump And GOP Plot To Block Bolton’s Testimony

The Washington Post reports: President Trump’s legal defense team and Senate GOP allies are quietly gaming out contingency plans should Democrats win enough votes to force witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial, including an effort to keep former national security adviser John Bolton from the spotlight, according to multiple officials familiar with the discussions. While Republicans continue to express …

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McConnell Issues Resolution On Senate Trial Format

The Washington Post reports: In a four-page resolution, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the opening arguments would begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, with each side given 24 hours to present their case over a two-day period. The Senate will vote on the resolution Tuesday. The question of witnesses would be decided after senators have 16 hours to …

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Conway: MLK Would Be Against Impeachment [VIDEO]

“I’ve held my opinion on it for a very long time, but when you see the articles of impeachment that came out, I don’t think it was Dr. King’s vision to have Americans dragged through a process where the president is not going to be removed from office, is not being charged bribery, extortion, high crimes and misdemeanors.  I, this …

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Schiff Fires Back After Trump Lies About John Bolton

The New York Daily News reports: Ahead of Tuesday’s opening arguments in his Senate impeachment trial President Trump tweeted that the House of Representatives was remiss in not seeking the testimony of his ex-national security adviser. The Democratic-led House did not issue a subpoena for Bolton after he said he wouldn’t appear until the conclusion of what would have been …

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Trump Legal Team Seeks “Swift Rejection” Of Charges

The New York Times reports: President Trump’s legal team will call on the Senate on Monday to “swiftly reject” the impeachment charges and acquit him, maintaining that he committed no impeachable offense and has been the victim of an illegitimate partisan effort to take him down. In a lengthy brief to be submitted to the Senate the day before his …

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GOP Senator Shrugs Off Trump’s Extortion Of Ukraine As Just Mistaken Judgment: “The President Is Human”

ABC News reports: A brief filed Saturday, written by the seven House impeachment managers, asserts that President Donald Trump’s scheme to withhold $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine in order to seek the announcement of a probe to benefit him politically was “the Framers’ worst nightmare.” “I don’t know that has been actually proven,” Shelby told ABC News Chief …

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Trump: “Who The Hell Cares About The Budget?”

The Washington Post reports: In a separate audio clip, Trump is heard boasting about increasing the defense budget by $2.5 trillion. To those who criticized his spending and the growing national debt, Trump said, “Who the hell cares about the budget? We’re going to have a country.” For most of Barack Obama’s time in office, Republicans seemed to care very …

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DOJ Defies Court On Kushner/Mueller Documents

Law & Crime reports: The Department of Justice on Friday evening released 176 pages of notes from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s interviews with key witnesses during his office’s investigation into Russian election interference. But the records, produced under a federal court order resulting from dual Freedom of Information Act (FIOA) lawsuits filed by CNN and BuzzFeed, conspicuously withheld all …

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GOP Donors Get Iran Strike Details Denied To Congress

CNN reports: President Trump recounted minute-by-minute details of the US strike that killed Iran’s top military commander during remarks to high-dollar Republican donors at his South Florida estate, according to audio obtained by CNN. In his speech — held inside the gilded ballroom on his Mar-a-Lago property — he claimed that Soleimani was “saying bad things about our country” before …

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New Docs Link Lev Parnas To Top Devin Nunes Aide

Politico reports: House impeachment investigators sought Friday to pull Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, deeper into the Ukraine scandal at the center of President Donald Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial. A set of text messages released Friday evening by the Intelligence Committee show a top Nunes aide, Derek Harvey, in frequent contact with Lev Parnas, the …

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Pompeo Claims He’ll Look Into Stalking Of Ambassador

CNN reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday publicly committed to look into the possible surveillance of former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch — more than 48 hours after the evidence of potential monitoring emerged and more than 24 hours after Ukraine announced its own investigation into the matter. “We will do everything we need to do to …

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Trump: Dems Timed My Trial To Cheat Bernie Sanders

The Hill reports: President Trump on Friday accused Democrats of deliberately diminishing Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) chances of winning the party’s presidential nomination by keeping him off the campaign trail to serve as a juror in the Senate impeachment trial. The president in a pair of tweets sought to exploit potential frustration among Democrats by echoing a theory among some …

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Mar-A-Lago Security Has Cost Local Govt $13.7 Million

The Palm Beach Post reports: The federal government reimbursed the county nearly $10 million for expenses through September 2018. The county is waiting to be paid for $3.8 million racked up in the fiscal year that ended in October. Local governments and law enforcement spent $13.7 million to protect President Donald Trump during the 27 visits he and his family …

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Lev Parnas: I’m Speaking Out Because I Fear Bill Barr

Yahoo News reports: Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas said he was giving media interviews about his role in President Trump’s attempts to convince Ukrainian officials to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden because he wanted to protect himself from Attorney General William Barr. Parnas made that claim in an interview with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, the second …

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