Trump Corruption

Feds Probe Junior’s Killing Of Endangered Sheep

Roll Call reports: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it will review allegations that Donald Trump Jr., may have illegally killed a rare sheep during a recent trip to Mongolia and imported parts of the animal back to the U.S. Animal conservation activists said President Donald Trump’s eldest son may have violated a federal wildlife anti-trafficking law after ProPublica …

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New York Judge Tosses Charges Against Manafort

CNBC reports: A judge on Wednesday dismissed New York state criminal charges filed against Paul Manafort, the fallen Republican lobbyist who served for several months as President Donald Trump’s campaign chief in 2016. Judge Maxwell Wiley said during a hearing in Manhattan Supreme Court that New York’s double-jeopardy law barred the state indictment against Manafort. The Washington Post reports: Manafort, …

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Transportation Sec Eyed For “Unfair” $67M Fed Grant

The Independent reports: Kentucky’s largest transportation grant application under the Trump administration benefited from a process that the government’s top watchdog said lacked “the assurance of fairness.” The $67.4 million grant application for Boone County — a rapidly growing suburban district of political importance to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the husband of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao — was initially …

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Trump Takes “Zero” Responsibility For Impeachment

Mediaite reports: In brief comments to reporters today, President Donald Trump said he feels he has “zero” responsibility for his likely impeachment. CNN’s Jim Acosta asked, “Mr. President, do you take any responsibility for the fact that you are about to be impeached?” “No. I don’t take any. Zero, to put it mildly,” Trump responded, insisting again his phone call …

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Feds Say Henchman Hid Another Shady $1M Payment

Reuters reports: U.S. prosecutors said in court on Tuesday that Lev Parnas, an associate of U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, received a $1 million payment from a lawyer for Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash. Prosecutors said that Parnas, who has been charged with campaign finance violations, should have his bail revoked because he concealed the payment from them, …

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Paul Manafort Hospitalized For “Cardiac Event”

ABC News reports: President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been hospitalized for a cardiac event while serving his over seven-year sentence for charges related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, according to two sources familiar with his situation. Manafort has been serving out his sentence as of late in a federal correction institution in central Pennsylvania. Manafort …

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Ex-Trump Staffer Rick Gates Sentenced To 45 Days

NBC News reports: Rick Gates, the former deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump and ex-business partner of Paul Manafort, was sentenced to three years probation and 45 days in jail on Tuesday after he cooperated extensively with federal investigators. Gates and Manafort were the first ex-Trump campaign officials to be charged by former special counsel Robert Mueller, accused of evading …

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Giuliani: Yes, WH Staffers Might Want Me To Go Away

From the right wing Daily Caller: President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Monday that it “could be” true that senior White House officials want him to go away. Further, he claims that those officials who do want him to be quiet have bought into the “spin” of the Democrats. “The fact is, there …

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McConnell Rejects Schumer’s Call For WH Witnesses

The Washington Post reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer was making “a strange request” for impeachment trial proceedings expected in January. “We certainly do not need jurors to start brainstorming witness lists for the prosecution,” McConnell said. The back-and-forth came as the House prepares to vote to impeach President Trump along party …

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Giuliani: I Pushed Trump To Boot Ukraine Ambassador

The New York Times reports: Rudolph W. Giuliani said on Monday that he provided President Trump with detailed information this year about how the United States ambassador to Ukraine was, in Mr. Giuliani’s view, impeding investigations that could benefit Mr. Trump, setting in motion the ambassador’s recall from her post. In an interview, Mr. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, described …

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Lindsey Graham Won’t “Pretend To Be A Fair Juror”

NBC News reports: The Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee said, “I am trying to give a pretty clear signal I have made up my mind. I’m not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here.” On CBS’s Face the Nation, Graham, who’s grown quite incurious about basic details of recent White House scandals, added, “I don’t need any …

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Federal Court Swats Down Flynn, Sets Sentencing Date

The Washington Post reports: A federal judge on Monday rejected Michael Flynn’s attacks against the FBI and the Justice Department, setting a long-delayed sentencing for President Trump’s former national security adviser for Jan. 28. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of Washington, D.C. dismissed Flynn’s motion to find prosecutors in contempt. In a 92-page decision, Sullivan ruled there was no …

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Giuliani Confirms Smear Campaign Against Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch: I Just Needed Her “Out Of The Way”

From a New Yorker profile of Yuriy Lutsenko, the disgraced former prosecutor general of Ukraine: In a long conversation with me this past November, Giuliani largely confirmed Lutsenko’s account of their relationship. He, too, saw Yovanovitch as an obstacle, hindering his attempt to dig up dirt against his client’s rival in advance of the 2020 election. “I believed that I …

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Giuliani Henchman Claims $1M From Russia Was Loan

Bloomberg News reports: Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani indicted on U.S. campaign finance charges, said a $1 million transfer into his wife’s bank account from Russia was the proceeds of a loan — and not an attempt to conceal his assets. Federal prosecutors raised the transfer in a filing last week asking the judge to revoke Parnas’s bail …

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WaPo: Donald Trump Has Publicly Lied 15,413 Times

The Washington Post reports: In 2017, President Trump made nearly 1,999 false or misleading claims. In 2018, he added another 5,689, for a total of 7,688. Now, with a few weeks still left in 2019, the president already has more than doubled the total number of false or misleading claims in just a single year. As of Dec. 10, his …

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Graham: I Don’t Need Evidence, I’m Ready To Vote

The Hill reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) doubled down on his push for a speedy Senate impeachment trial, saying he doesn’t need to hear from witnesses before taking a vote on whether to convict or acquit President Trump. “I think what’s best for the country is to get this thing over with,” Graham said in an interview on CBS’s “Face …

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Graham Invites Giuliani To Speak To Senate Panel

Politico reports: In an interview airing on Face the Nation Sunday, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Linsdey Graham said that Rudy Giuliani, who is serving as the president’s personal attorney, could appear before his committee separately from the impending Senate impeachment trial. “Rudy, if you want to come and tell us what you found, I’ll be glad to talk to …

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WH Counsel To Defend Trump During Senate Trial

NBC News reports: White House counsel Pat Cipollone is expected to argue on behalf of President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial, a senior administration official told NBC News on Friday. It wasn’t immediately clear whether any additional counsel would either represent or advise the White House in the impeachment trial. As Trump’s lawyer in the Senate, Cipollone — …

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Trump Claims He Wouldn’t Mind A Long Senate Trial

CNN reports: President Trump was just asked if he prefers a long or short trial in the Senate. “I’ll do whatever I want. Look — we did nothing wrong, so I’ll do long or short,” Trump said. If the House approves the articles of impeachment against Trump as they are expected to do next week, the Senate will then hold …

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WH Rages About “Shameful” Impeachment Vote

Fox News reports: After the vote, the White House released a scathing statement, dismissing the inquiry as a “charade.” “This desperate charade of an impeachment inquiry in the House Judiciary Committee has reached its shameful end,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said. “The President looks forward to receiving in the Senate the fair treatment and due process which continues …

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