Trump Corruption

Trump Rages: Dems Want To Take Away Your Guns, Your Vote, Your Healthcare, Your Freedom, Everything!

Mediaite reports: President Donald Trump has been busy offering counter-programming on Wednesday during the first public impeachment hearings. He’s tweeted 13 times since the start of testimonies, and also dropped this wild video attacking Democrats. “What’s going on now is the single greatest scam in the history of American politics,” Trump says in the video. “The Democrats want to take …

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Barr Can’t Recall Trump Request For Ukraine Presser

ABC News reports: United States Attorney General William Barr says he does not recall a request by the White House to publicly defend President Trump over the July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which has become a central focus of the U.S House impeachment inquiry. Barr was visiting Memphis Wednesday to announce an initiative to reduce gun violence. …

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Bill Taylor: Staff Was Told Trump Wanted Biden Probe

The New York Times reports: William B. Taylor Jr., the top United States diplomat in Ukraine, offered dramatic new testimony Wednesday about how President Trump’s preoccupation with investigating former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was affecting his actions toward Ukraine. Mr. Taylor said that a member of his staff overheard a telephone conversation in which the president mentioned “the …

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Bannon Hails Pelosi’s “Brilliant” Impeachment Strategy

CBS News reports: Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon praised House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, saying her handling of the impeachment inquiry is “actually quite brilliant.” “I disagree with her ideologically, but I think Nancy Pelosi is a master at political warfare. I think, strategically, what she has done from their perspective is actually quite brilliant,” Bannon said …

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Adam Schiff: Trump’s Charges Could Include Bribery

NPR reports: With the House set to begin public impeachment inquiry hearings against President Trump on Wednesday, the man tasked with leading the Democrats’ investigation says he already sees several potential impeachable offenses Trump has committed, including bribery. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said on Tuesday that he thinks there’s a clear argument to be made that Trump …

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GOP Senator: Trump’s Trial Would Last 6 To 8 Weeks

The Washington Post reports: Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) predicted a Senate impeachment trial would last six to eight weeks, although the top Republican in the chamber, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), has yet to weigh in. Burr made the comment Monday at an event at Wake Forest University with Sen. Mark R. Warner (Va.), the top …

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Trump Advisor Floats Deep Middle Class Tax Cuts

The Hill reports: Stephen Moore — a fellow at the Heritage Foundation who played a key role in developing President Trump’s tax proposals in 2016 — said Tuesday that he’s pitched several tax plan ideas for the president’s reelection campaign, including consolidating the number of tax brackets from seven “to potentially three or four.” Moore told The Hill on Tuesday …

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Flashback: When Watergate Hearings Gripped America

The opening paragraphs here should draw you in: The media coverage of Watergate gave us much of today’s concussive, ballistic jargon of scandal. There were “bombshells.” There were “smoking guns.” Ever since, we have measured controversies as if on a decibel meter, judging them by their “fireworks” and “explosive” drama. But the most striking thing for a viewer in 2019, …

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Trump Mulls Firing Inspector General For Disloyalty

The New York Times reports: President Trump has discussed dismissing the intelligence community’s inspector general, Michael Atkinson, because Mr. Atkinson reported a whistle-blower’s complaint about Mr. Trump’s interactions with Ukraine to Congress after concluding it was credible. Mr. Trump first expressed his dismay about Mr. Atkinson around the time the whistle-blower’s complaint became public in September. In recent weeks, he …

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Record Pre-Sales For Anonymous Trump Tell-All Book

CNN reports: “A Warning,” written by an anonymous person who has worked at a senior level in the Trump administration, is already a hit, according to the book’s publisher. While the book won’t be out for another week, the Twelve imprint at Hachette Book Group says “A Warning” has “garnered more pre-orders than any other nonfiction book at any imprint …

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Court Told Trump Lied About Wikileaks Talk With Stone

CNBC reports: A former top Trump campaign official on Tuesday testified that President Donald Trump talked to political trickster Roger Stone about WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign. That testimony by Rick Gates at Stone’s trial contrasts with Trump’s claim last November that Trump did not recall speaking to Stone about WikiLeaks, the document disclosure group that during the 2016 campaign …

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Top Trump Official Busted For Wildly Fake Resume

As of this writing, this woman still has her job. A senior Trump administration official has embellished her résumé with misleading claims about her professional background — even creating a fake Time magazine cover with her face on it — raising questions about her qualifications to hold a top position at the State Department. An investigation found that Mina Chang, …

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Bolton Slams Jared/Ivanka In Private Speech, Suggests Trump’s Financial Interests Are Guiding Turkey Policy

NBC News reports: Former national security adviser John Bolton derided President Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law during a private speech last week and suggested his former boss’ approach to U.S. policy on Turkey is motivated by personal or financial interests, several people who were present for the remarks told NBC News. According to six people who were there, Bolton also …

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Mulvaney Drops Lawsuit Plan, Defies House Subpoena

Law.com reports: Mick Mulvaney on Tuesday said he would defy a U.S. congressional subpoena seeking his testimony as part of the impeachment inquiry, abruptly dropping plans to file a lawsuit confront whether House Democrats could force him to sit for questioning. The about-face came a day after Mulvaney’s lawyer, William Pittard of Washington’s KaiserDillon, told a Washington federal trial judge …

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HHS Funneled Hefty Contracts To Trump Officials

Politico reports: At least eight former White House, presidential transition and campaign officials for President Donald Trump were hired as outside contractors to the federal health department at the cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, according to documents newly obtained by POLITICO. They were among at least 40 consultants who worked on a one-year, $2.25 million contract …

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Trump Promises To Release “Tantalizing” Transcript

NBC News reports: President Trump said he would release the transcript of his first call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky this week, describing it as more important than his second call with the leader that is at the center of the House impeachment inquiry. Trump indicated last week that he would was open to publicly releasing a transcript of his …

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Top Pentagon Official Testifies Trump Froze Ukraine Aid

NBC News reports: Laura Cooper, the top Pentagon official overseeing U.S. policy regarding Ukraine, told House impeachment investigators last month that President Donald Trump directed the relevant agencies to freeze aid to Ukraine over the summer, according to a transcript of her testimony released Monday. Cooper, during Oct. 23 testimony before the three House committees leading the impeachment inquiry into …

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CNN Op-Ed: If The GOP Calls Hunter Biden To Testify On Corruption, Democrats Should Then Call Ivanka Trump

Radio host Dean Obeidallah writes for CNN: In keeping with their “tin foil hat” defense to impeachment, Republicans want to call as a witness, Hunter Biden. Nunes explained in his letter that the purported reason they are calling Biden is so that he “can assist the American public in understanding the nature and extent of Ukraine’s pervasive corruption.” If the …

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Rudy Giuliani May Launch Impeachment Podcast

This will totally work out fine: Rudy Giuliani is considering re-entering the impeachment fray by launching a podcast to provide impeachment analysis of the public hearings in the House of Representatives scheduled for later this week. Giuliani was overheard discussing the plans with an unidentified woman while at a crowded New York City restaurant, Sant Ambroeus, over lunch on Saturday. …

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Alan Dershowitz: Obstruction Of Justice Isn’t A Crime

“There are two issues: What happened on those phone calls, and is there any possibility that there is an impeachable offense? Let’s get to the second one first — the answer is no. There is no possibility. Take the worst, worst, worst-case scenario — the president abused his foreign policy power to gain political advantage. How many presidents have done …

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