Trump Corruption

Man Who Blocked Hurricane Relief For Puerto Rico Says He’s “The Best Thing That Ever Happened” To Them

The Independent reports: Donald Trump on Friday claimed he was the “best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico,” despite personally blocking funding to the U.S. territory for years, even as the island tried to rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017. “I have to say in a very nice way, very respectful way, I’m the best thing …

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Trump Now Promising COVID Vax For All By April 2021

The Washington Post reports: Earlier in the week, Trump challenged CDC Director Robert Redfield when Redfield said a coronavirus vaccine wouldn’t be widely available to the public until the middle of next year. Trump claimed Redfield was “confused” by the question and misspoke. “I think he made a mistake with that statement,” Trump said Wednesday. “When he said it, I …

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Lincoln Project: Trump Is Horrible Role Model For Kids

Just in from the Lincoln Project: With the election approaching in just 46 days, many Americans are reflecting on what qualities they want the nation’s leader to possess. Today, The Lincoln Project today released a new video reminding voters of a fundamental requirement that’s been lacking for the last four years – “Goodness.” “Donald Trump’s cruelty and callousness is not …

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Parents Sue Trump For Doctored “Racist Baby” Video

The Wrap reports: The lawsuit, filed in New York Supreme Court, said that Trump, his campaign and Logan Cook, a pro-Trump meme maker known as Carpe Donktum online who created the doctored video, behaved in a manner that was “extreme, shocking and outrageous” and “beyond the bounds of decency.” The suit also said that Trump, in sharing the manipulated video, …

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Former Pence Advisor: Trump Often Derailed COVID Meetings To Rant About Fox News Being Mean To Him

Mediaite reports: The New Yorker’s Susan Glasser interviewed former Pence advisor Olivai Troye Thursday, which she discussed during a Friday morning appearance on CNN’s New Day. Glasser told host Alisyn Camerota that, according to Troye, Trump often derailed coronavirus task force meetings and was “only focused solely on the election.” She also noted “several times” when President Trump would enter …

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Trump Has Failed To Stop Mail Voting In Any State

Politico reports: President Donald Trump has spent $20 million of his political war chest to stop it. He riffs about it at rallies. He tweets relentlessly about it. Yet six months into a crusade to stop universal mail-in voting, Trump hasn’t yet prevented a single state from sending voters the unsolicited ballots he claims, with minimal evidence, are ripe for …

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US Admits Republican Rep Offered Pardon For Assange In Return For Covering Up Russia’s Help In DNC Hack

The Daily Beast reports: Lawyers representing the United States at Julian Assange’s extradition trial in Britain have accepted the claim that the WikiLeaks founder was offered a presidential pardon on the condition that he would help cover up Russia’s involvement in hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee. Jennifer Robinson, a lawyer, told the court that she had attended a …

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Jared Kushner On Dying NYers: “That’s Their Problem”

Vanity Fair reports on March 2020 meeting between Silicon Valley leaders and Jared Kushner: Kushner, seated at the head of the conference table, in a chair taller than all the others, was quick to strike a confrontational tone. “The federal government is not going to lead this response,” he announced. “It’s up to the states to figure out what they …

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HHS Posted Testing Change Over CDC Objections

The New York Times reports: A heavily criticized recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month about who should be tested for the coronavirus was not written by C.D.C. scientists and was posted to the agency’s website despite their serious objections, according to several people familiar with the matter as well as internal documents obtained by The …

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DOJ Hits Giuliani Crony In Alleged $2M Fraud Scheme

NBC News reports: Federal prosecutors have brought new charges against Lev Parnas, a former associate of Rudy Giuliani, accusing him of duping investors in a company called Fraud Guarantee. A superseding indictment unsealed Thursday says that Parnas and a second man, David Correia, convinced investors to hand over more than $2 million between 2012 and 2019 for a new venture …

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Yet Another Trump Tweet Gets “Misleading” Warning

Another useless action by Twitter: Twitter added a label directing users to information about “safe and secure” mail-in voting methods to a tweet posted by President Trump Thursday morning attacking vote-by-mail. The social media platform said it added the label to the tweet for “making a potentially misleading statement regarding the process of mail-in voting.” Twitter’s clickable-label directs users to …

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Trump Implies He Could Win US Open Golf Tournament

Roll Call reports: President Donald Trump is a member at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York, where the U.S. Open is being contested this week. It’s a notoriously tough layout — but Trump is claiming he routinely scores well enough that he probably should have entered the tournament. Appearing on Fox Sports Radio Thursday morning, the president was asked …

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Trump: We May Never Know Who Really Won Election

Mediaite reports: President Donald Trump baselessly questioned the validity of the November 3rd general election in a Thursday morning tweet that criticized what he called “unsolicited ballots,” and cited the efforts of the pro-Trump political group True the Vote. The two-part tweet came shortly after a Fox & Friends segment aired an interview with Catherine Engelbrecht, founder, and president of …

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Trump: “My People Got Outplayed” On Pandemic PR

The Hill reports: President Trump in an interview late Wednesday appeared to blame his own staff for losing the coronavirus “public relations” battle while again attacking China’s government over its handling of the virus. Speaking with Greta Van Susteren on Gray TV’s “Full Court Press: Election Countdown,” Trump discounted the idea that his administration could have done more to prevent …

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Feds Considered Using “Heat Ray” On DC Protesters

The Washington Post reports: Hours before law enforcement forcibly cleared protesters from Lafayette Square in early June amid protests over the police killing of George Floyd, federal officials began to stockpile ammunition and seek devices that could emit deafening sounds and make anyone within range feel like their skin is on fire. The technology, also called a “heat ray,” was …

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Trump On COVID Death Toll: If You Take Out The Blue States, We’re Doing Better Than Anybody In The World

Mediaite reports: “If you look at what we have done and all of the lives we saved,” Trump said, before showing an initial fatality projection of more than two million deaths if no mitigation measures would be taken. “We are below that. That was if we did a good job. If not so good, 1.5 million and two million. That’s …

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Trump Contradicts CDC Head On Masks And Vaccine

CNBC reports: CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told lawmakers at a Senate hearing he expects vaccinations to begin in November or December, but in limited quantities with those most in need getting the first doses, such as health-care workers. He said it will take about “six to nine months” to get the entire American public vaccinated. Trump said Redfield was …

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Rudy Giuliani Took Bailout Funds For Mystery Company

Salon reports: A payroll company owned by Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, took between $150,000 and $350,000 in taxpayer-backed emergency small business loans this spring. It’s unclear what Giuliani did with the money. The loan reveals a previously unreported, 18-year-old company owned by Giuliani. Giuliani initially told Salon he was ignorant of the purpose of this company, which has …

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USPS Stiffed On $25M Cost Of Trump’s COVID Mailer

Because nothing matters anymore: As the coronavirus began spreading across the country in March, a white-and-blue postcard from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived in every mailbox in the United States. It communicated basic public health do’s and don’ts — wash your hands, avoid crowds, stay home if you feel sick—which were billed as “President Trump’s Coronavirus Guidelines …

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HHS Spox Takes Leave Of Absence After Bizarre Video

NBC News reports: The top spokesman for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services is taking a leave of absence, the agency announced Wednesday, days after he promoted dangerous conspiracy theories during a Facebook Live video. In the video, Caputo, who is HHS’ assistant secretary for public affairs, charged that scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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