Trump Corruption

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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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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