Trump Corruption

GOP Witness Volker Turns Out To Be Disaster For GOP

Politico reports: The former special U.S. envoy for Ukraine was the first impeachment witness to testify behind closed doors and assured lawmakers he saw no indication that President Donald Trump had conditioned a White House meeting and military assistance for Ukraine on a promise from the country’s president to investigate Trump’s political rivals. But after a cascade of witnesses told …

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Whistleblower’s Lawyer Rages At Jordan: STOP LYING!

The Hill reports: An attorney representing a whistleblower in the intelligence community who filed an inspector general complaint at the center of the impeachment proceedings lashed out at Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Tuesday, accusing the congressman of lying and spreading conspiracy theories. Andrew Bakaj tweeted Tuesday that Jordan had lied about who the unnamed whistleblower had contacted before filing …

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Zelensky: Ukraine Is Sick And Tired Of Impeachment

Politico Europe reports: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday expressed annoyance that he’s been dragged into the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Following an event in Kyiv, the president responded to questions from a CNN reporter about whether he was prepared to publicly announce investigations into the Biden family. “I think everybody in Ukraine is so tired about …

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Judge Rejects Trump’s Bid To Dismiss Defamation Suit

CNN reports: A Manhattan judge has cleared the way for President Donald Trump to be deposed in a defamation lawsuit filed by a former “Apprentice” contestant who has accused Trump of sexual assault. Trump’s legal team had argued that a stay is necessary “given the novel and important Constitutional issues involved,” the “special considerations due” their previous requests to dismiss …

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US Army Prepared To Move Vindman And His Family To Military Base To Protect Them From Violent Cultists

The Wall Street Journal reports: The U.S. Army is prepared to move Col. Vindman and his family onto a military base in the area to ensure their security if it is determined that they are in physical danger, according to U.S. officials. Army security officials in recent weeks conducted a security assessment at Col. Vindman’s request, reviewing both his and …

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Axios: Most Damaging Leaks Come From Trump World

Axios reports: As televised impeachment hearings roll into Week 2, one surprise has been how many of the Trump team’s wounds have been self-inflicted, because of his allies’ curious habit of leaking on themselves. Rudy Giuliani, at the center of the Ukraine interference, butt-dialed an NBC reporter, and was “heard discussing need for cash and trashing Bidens.” Reporters took to …

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Rex Tillerson: It’s “Wrong” To Seek Foreign Favors

PBS NewsHour reports: Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday told the PBS NewsHour that asking for personal favors and using United States assets as collateral is “wrong.” Tillerson spoke with NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff at a luncheon hosted by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in San Antonio. Tillerson discussed reports that President …

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Next Three Days: Nine Impeachment Witnesses Testify

The Associated Press reports: Nine witnesses. Five hearings. Three days. The Trump impeachment inquiry is charging into a crucial week as Americans hear from some of the most important witnesses closest to the White House in back-to-back-to-back live sessions. Among them, Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the wealthy donor whose routine boasting about his proximity to Donald Trump is now bringing the …

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SCOTUS Temporarily Blocks US House Subpoena For Trump’s Financial Records Until New Filings Are Made

Bloomberg Law reports: U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts temporarily blocked a subpoena from a House panel for President Donald Trump’s financial records while the justices consider a request for a longer delay. The administrative stay comes after the House said in a letter it would accept a delay until the end of the month. The order from Roberts applies until …

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House Investigates Whether Trump Lied To Mueller

CNN reports: The House of Representatives is now investigating whether President Donald Trump lied to special counsel Robert Mueller in written answers he provided in the Russia investigation, the House’s general counsel said in federal court Monday. “Did the President lie? Was the President not truthful in his responses to the Mueller investigation?” House general counsel Douglas Letter told the …

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RNC Claims It Has Returned Doug Manchester’s Money

Rapid response damage control to this morning’s expose: The Republican National Committee (RNC) said it cut ties with billionaire Doug Manchester, President Trump’s former nominee for ambassador to the Bahamas, after his “decision to link future contributions to an official action” as his nomination was at a standstill in the Senate. In a statement to CBS News, the RNC said …

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Trump Claims He Will “Strongly Consider” Testifying

ABC News reports: President Donald Trump tweeted Monday that he would “strongly consider” testifying in impeachment inquiry proceedings — either in writing or in person. Trump’s tweet came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested in a CBS “Face the Nation” interview Sunday that Trump testify. Testimony by Trump would be an about-face for the administration, which has previously said it …

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CBS News: Trump Admin Tried To Sell Ambassadorship

CBS News reports: A CBS News investigation has uncovered a possible pay-for-play scheme involving the Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to the Bahamas. Emails obtained by CBS News show the nominee, San Diego billionaire Doug Manchester, was asked by the RNC to donate half a million dollars as his confirmation in the Senate hung in …

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Trump Rips “Nasty, Obnoxious” Fox Host Chris Wallace

USA Today reports: President Donald Trump fired off some furious tweets about “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, calling the veteran journalist “nasty & obnoxious” for his “dumb and unfair” interview with House Minority Whip Steve Scalise. During Wallace’s interview of Scalise, he confronted the Louisiana Republican on several points in their discussion of the impeachment inquiry. When Scalise said …

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Schumer: Trump Should Come Testify Under Oath

“Speaker Pelosi invited President Trump to come testify, and I think her invitation is correct. If Donald Trump doesn’t agree with what he’s hearing, doesn’t like what he’s hearing, he shouldn’t tweet — he should come to the committee and testify under oath. “And he should allow all those around him to come to the committee and testify under oath. …

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Giuliani Rages: Impeachment Hearings Are A “Travesty”

Yahoo News reports: Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, tweeted early Sunday that the House investigation into President Donald Trump is “a travesty.” “After 3 witnesses no evidence has been presented of any offense. The first two permanent diplomats had no direct knowledge just overhearing things. The third one had no knowledge not even hearsay. This is a travesty,“ …

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Intel Dem: Sondland’s Testimony Will Show Bribery

The Hill reports: Rep. Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.) said Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland’s testimony will show President Trump participated in the “solicitation of a bribe.” Maloney told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” that the “evidence is building” against President Trump in the impeachment inquiry. He said President Trump’s call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky demonstrated the White …

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NEW: Bolton Met Privately With Trump On Ukraine Aid

Axios reports: Former White House national security adviser John Bolton met privately with President Trump in August in an effort to convince him to release nearly $400 million in frozen military aid to Ukraine, former National Security Council official Tim Morrison told impeachment investigators last month. The episode underscores how important Bolton’s testimony could ultimately be to determining why Trump …

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Roger Stone Clutched Bible As He Arrived For Verdict

Reuters reports: Before the verdict was announced, Roger Stone, 67, arrived at the courthouse clad in a pinstripe suit, blue tie with white dots, white handkerchief in his pocket, arm in arm with his wife, sunglasses in one hand, a small red copy of the Bible in the other and a smile on his face. When the verdict was read, …

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Trump Celebrates Release Of Pardoned Murderer

Mediaite reports: President Donald Trump celebrated the release of Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance — whom Trump freed from the remainder of a 19-year murder sentence — by tweeting a video of Lorance reuniting with his family. Trump’s grant of clemency was made over the objections of his own Department of Defense, according to news reports. From the linked Fox …

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