Trump Corruption

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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COURT: Trump Can’t Claim Immunity On Tax Returns

CNN reports: In the long saga of Donald Trump’s tax returns, Monday was a very important day. A three-judge federal appeals court ruled that Trump cannot claim presidential immunity to avoid eight years of his tax returns being subpoenaed by a grand jury. Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow immediately released a statement saying that Trump will appeal the ruling. Which is …

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White House: Impeachment Is Unconstitutional

Raw Story reports: White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham on Monday went off on a nonsensical rant about the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry. During an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Grisham accused House Democrats of violating the Constitution by impeaching Trump, despite the fact that impeachment is a process outlined in the Constitution. “Undermining the president is dangerous and …

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All Broadcast Networks To Air Impeachment Hearings

The Associated Press reports: ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS will set aside scheduled programming to cover the House’s first open impeachment hearings on President Trump. The cable news networks CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CSPAN will also provide live coverage. The broadcast networks’ announcement Friday that they would televise the hearing, however, gives the event an extra measure of …

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Giuliani’s Henchman Delivered Aid Threat To Ukraine

The New York Times reports: Not long before the Ukrainian president was inaugurated in May, an associate of Rudolph W. Giuliani’s journeyed to Kiev to deliver a warning to the country’s new leadership, a lawyer for the associate said. The associate, Lev Parnas, told a representative of the incoming government that it had to announce an investigation into Mr. Trump’s …

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Rick Perry Secured Huge Ukraine Deal For His Donors

The Associated Press reports: Two political supporters of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry secured a potentially lucrative oil and gas exploration deal from the Ukrainian government soon after Perry proposed one of the men as an adviser to the country’s new president. Perry’s efforts to influence Ukraine’s energy policy came earlier this year, just as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s new government …

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Trump Warns Republicans Not To Budge On Ukraine

The New York Daily News reports: President Trump on Sunday called on Republicans to fully support his “perfect” Ukraine call and not just attack the impeachment inquiry. Trump appeared to take aim at a number of party members starting to attack his July 25 chat with the Ukrainian president while still arguing it was not deserving of ousting an elected …

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Rand Paul: Trump Has “Every Right” To Extort Ukraine

“I think we’ve gotten lost in this whole idea of quid pro quo. If you’re not allowed to give aid to people who are corrupt — there’s always contingencies on aid. Presidents since the beginning of time have resisted Congress and there’s been this sort of back and forth jockeying over what is sent. “But also presidents have withheld aid …

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US Freed Ukraine Aid Before Trump Says He Did

Bloomberg reports: President Donald Trump says he lifted his freeze on aid to Ukraine on Sept. 11, but the State Department had quietly authorized releasing $141 million of the money several days earlier, according to five people familiar with the matter. The State Department decision, which hasn’t been reported previously, stemmed from a legal finding made earlier in the year, …

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Dem Senators File FOIA Request On Barr/Ukraine

Axios reports: Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris, Richard Blumenthal and Sheldon Whitehouse requested documents and communications from the Justice Department on Nov. 8 related to President Trump’s reported call for Attorney General Bill Barr to hold a press conference exonerating the president of any wrongdoing on the July 25 Ukraine call. The White House continues to defy congressional subpoenas related to …

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Mulvaney Files To Join Suit Against House Subpoenas

Politico reports: Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney is asking to join a pending lawsuit aimed at clarifying whether the House of Representatives can require senior advisers to President Donald Trump to testify in the ongoing impeachment probe related to Ukraine. Mulvaney’s move in a court filing late Friday night could breathe new life into the suit filed …

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GOP Puts Hunter Biden On Impeachment Witness List

Fox News reports: House Republicans plan to call Hunter Biden, the Ukraine whistleblower and a range of other witnesses to testify in the upcoming public Trump impeachment hearings, according to a witness list obtained exclusively by Fox News. It is unclear, at this point, how many of the Republicans’ proposed witnesses will be approved by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam …

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Damning Transcripts Tie Mulvaney To Quid Pro Quo

The Hill reports: Former National Security Council (NSC) official Fiona Hill described a meeting with Ukrainian officials on July 10 during which U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland said he had an agreement with Mulvaney that a White House meeting with Ukraine’s president would be contingent on Kiev launching investigations. “Sondland, in front of the Ukrainians, as I …

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Interior Sec Proposes Major Contract For Ex-Employer

The Associated Press reports: The Interior Department is proposing to award one of the first contracts for federal water in perpetuity to a powerful rural California water district that had long employed Secretary David Bernhardt as a lobbyist. Conservation groups are demanding fuller disclosure of financial terms and an environmental review of the proposed deal for the California’s Westlands Water …

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John Bolton’s Lawyer Teases Revelations On Ukraine

The New York Times reports: John R. Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, has knowledge of “many relevant meetings and conversations” connected to the Ukraine pressure campaign that House impeachment investigators do not yet know about, his lawyer told lawmakers on Friday. The lawyer, Charles J. Cooper, made that tantalizing point in a letter to the chief House lawyer …

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BUT NO SECRET DECODER RING: Trump Campaign Sells “Official Impeachment Defense Membership Card”

Just in from the Trump campaign: THIS IS A WITCH HUNT! READ THE TRANSCRIPT! President Trump is calling you to FIGHT BACK and become one of the first patriots to receive their Official Impeachment Defense Membership Card. This card will mark your status as one of his TOP DEFENDERS, and with it, you will be at the forefront of this …

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Trump Gets Blistering Cease-And-Desist Letter From Whistleblower’s Lawyer On Causing “Physical Danger”

CNN reports: A lawyer for the Ukraine whistleblower, whose complaint document triggered the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, has sent a letter to the White House warning the President to “cease and desist” attacking his client. “I am writing out of deep concern that your client, the President of the United States, is engaging in rhetoric and activity …

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NO SHOW: Mick Mulvaney Defies House Subpoena

The Associated Press reports: Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has stood up Democrats in their impeachment inquiry, skipping his 10 a.m. deposition as Democrats wrap up closed-door interviews and move into a public phase of the investigation. Democrats subpoenaed Mulvaney late Thursday as the White House signaled that he wouldn’t appear. The White House instructed its officials …

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Junior Compares Soldiers Buried At Arlington To The “Suffering And Sacrifices” Of Getting His Father Elected

Mediaite reports: Donald Trump Jr., in his new book, compared the plight of the Trump family to that of soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery. In an excerpt from his just-released “Triggered”, Trump Jr. described how he felt visiting Arlington on the day before President Donald Trump’s inauguration. “I rarely get emotional, if ever,” he wrote. “I guess you’d call …

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Ivanka: Identity Of The Whistleblower Isn’t Relevant

The Associated Press reports: Ivanka Trump on Friday echoed her father’s view that the House impeachment investigation is an attempt to overturn the 2016 election. But, in an interview with The Associated Press, she parted ways with President Donald Trump by calling the identity of the impeachment whistleblower “not particularly relevant.” The Republican president and some of his allies have …

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