Trump Corruption

“Smoking Gun” Released In Giuliani’s Ukraine Plot

The New York Times reports: One of the new documents shows Mr. Giuliani saying that he had Mr. Trump’s blessing to seek a meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president-elect, last spring, potential new evidence on the eve of the president’s impeachment trial. Mr. Giuliani has previously said he was acting at Mr. Trump’s direction in his dealings with Ukrainian officials, …

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New Bizarre Figure Emerges In Ukraine Scandal

The Daily Beast reports: Before Tuesday, he was best known as a little-known, scandal-scarred Republican congressional candidate who tweeted an obscene joke at Kamala Harris. But new documents from the House Intelligence Committee have put a completely different kind of spotlight on Robert F. Hyde, the Trump donor who appears to have tracked U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s movements in Ukraine. …

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Michael Flynn Seeks To Withdraw Guilty Plea

NPR reports: Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who admitted to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., wants to withdraw his two-year-old guilty plea, saying federal prosecutors reneged on a promise not to ask for jail time at his upcoming sentencing. Flynn, who held the post of national security adviser for less than a …

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House Dems Release New Impeachment Evidence

Politico reports: The House Intelligence Committee released new evidence on Tuesday related to the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, including information turned over by Lev Parnas, an indicted former associate of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. The release, which reflects the unfinished nature of the House’s impeachment inquiry, comes ahead of an expected House vote on Wednesday to formally …

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Barr Puts In Roadblocks To Future Presidential Probes

Law & Crime reports: U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Monday said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) would have to meet more rigorous standards before opening any future counterintelligence investigations into presidential campaigns. The more stringent protocols will require campaign probes to be approved by the top leaders at the Bureau and the Department of Justice (DOJ), currently FBI …

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Pentagon Contradicts Trump On $1B Saudi Payment

Vox reports: During an interview on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show Friday night, President Donald Trump made a stunning announcement: Saudi Arabia was paying the US $1 billion to send US troops to defend it from Iran. “We’re sending more [troops] to Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Arabia is paying us for it,” Trump said. “I said, ‘Listen, you’re a very …

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Warren Seeks Probe On Trump Telling Pals Of Airstrike

The Daily Beast reports: 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is calling on financial regulatory agencies to investigate whether President Donald Trump broke the law when he told associates and attendees of his Mar-a-Lago club to expect something “big” in response to Iran’s killing of an American contractor in Iraq. The Daily Beast previously reported that Trump told allies …

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Senators To Be Sworn In Thursday As Trump’s Jurors

The Hill reports: Senators expect to receive the articles of impeachment against President Trump from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday and then to be sworn in as jurors on Thursday ahead of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Pelosi says the House will vote Wednesday to send the two articles across the Capitol to begin the trial, and …

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US Embassies Weren’t Warned About Alleged Threat

The Washington Post reports: “I can reveal I believe it probably would’ve been four embassies,” he said in an interview Friday with Fox News Channel. Based on what is known so far, Trump’s statement was at best an unfounded theory and at worst a falsehood. At each turn in the commander in chief’s rapidly evolving narrative of why he authorized …

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Republican Group: Let John Bolton Testify [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: Republicans for the Rule of Law, a Republican organization led by longtime Trump skeptic Bill Kristol, released a new ad slamming President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans for not yet allowing former National Security advisor John Bolton to testify before the U.S. Senate. “This is Ambassador John Bolton. He was national security advisor to President Trump. He was …

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Giuliani Lobbies Trump To Join Legal Defense Team

CNN reports: Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, whose dealings with Ukraine are a key facet of the impeachment case, has been lobbying the President to join his legal team on the Senate floor during his upcoming trial. Giuliani has pressed Trump to make him part of the team of lawyers who will argue the case against his removal from …

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Watchdogs File Ethics Complaint Against McConnell

Common Dreams reports: The advocacy group Public Citizen on Monday filed a formal ethics complaint against Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, accusing the powerful Republican of betraying his oath of office by signaling overt bias in favor of President Donald Trump even before his looming impeachment trial begins. “The public declarations by Senator McConnell that his role in the impeachment process …

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WH Expects GOP Defections Over Trial Witnesses

CBS News reports: The White House is preparing for some Republican senators to join Democrats in voting to call witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial, which could get underway in the coming days. Senior White House officials tell CBS News they increasingly believe that at least four Republicans, and likely more, will vote to call witnesses. In addition to Senators …

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Trump: Doesn’t Matter If Iran Attack Was “Imminent”

The Washington Post reports: President Trump added to the controversy over his administration’s justification for the killing of an Iranian general, saying Monday that “it doesn’t really matter” whether it was in response to an imminent threat to the United States. In a tweet, Trump criticized Democrats for trying to determine whether Iranian attacks the administration has said were planned …

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Trump Lies About Obamacare In Attack On Bloomberg

From the far-right Washington Times: President Trump on Monday falsely claimed that he preserved a part of Obamacare that allows sicker Americans to buy insurance in the individual market without paying more than healthy people. The claim was part of a pair of tweets aimed at Mike Bloomberg, a potential 2020 rival who is running ads that attack Mr. Trump …

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Trump: Iran Was Planning To Attack Four US Embassies

The New York Times reports: President Trump said on Friday that Iran had planned to attack multiple embassies across the Middle East, including the American Embassy in Baghdad, after first asserting that he did not believe anyone had a right to more details on the intelligence that prompted the killing of an Iranian general. “I can reveal that I believe …

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Trump Says He’ll Block John Bolton From Testifying

The right wing Daily Caller reports: President Donald Trump said in a new interview on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” that he would use executive privilege to prevent former White House aide John Bolton from testifying in an impeachment trial. “Why not call Bolton? Why not allow him to testify? This thing is bogus. Why not allow Bolton to testify?” …

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Trump Asks Supreme Court To Hold Off On Obamacare Case Until After Election And You Already Know Why

The Washington Examiner reports: The Department of Justice doesn’t want the Supreme Court to fast-track a case that could result in Obamacare being thrown out ahead of the presidential election, despite its position that the healthcare law should be abolished. If the court agrees with the Trump administration, then President Trump and Republicans will be spared the possibility of having …

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REPORT: Trump Plans To Add Countries To Muslim Ban

The Associated Press reports: The White House is considering expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries amid a renewed election-year focus on immigration issues by President Donald Trump, according to four people familiar with the deliberations. A document outlining the plans has been circulating the White House, but the countries that would be affected are blacked out, according to …

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De Blasio Refers Trump Org Property Tax Review To DA

Politico reports: The de Blasio administration has referred findings from a review of the Trump Organization’s property tax filings to the Manhattan district attorney’s office, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday morning. In October, WNYC reported that President Donald Trump’s business portfolio would cite lower income from its properties when reporting to the Department of Finance, which is in charge …

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