Trump Corruption

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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Pence Aide Found Trump’s Ukraine Call To Be Political

CNN reports: An aide to Vice President Mike Pence who listened to the call between President Donald Trump and the Ukrainian President told impeachment inquiry investigators on Thursday that she found the conversation to be unusual because it was political in nature, according to two sources familiar with the testimony. Jennifer Williams, an aide in the vice president’s office and …

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Talks With Trump Dominate Day Two Of Stone Trial

CNN reports: Federal prosecutors for the second time at Roger Stone’s trial highlighted the volume of conversations Stone had with then-candidate Donald Trump and other top officials from his campaign throughout 2016. Prosecutors have attempted to paint a detailed image of who Stone spoke to and when, as the first witness, a former FBI agent who worked on the Stone …

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State Department Official Blasted Giuliani’s “Campaign Of Lies” In Testimony, Per Newly Released Transcripts

Politico reports: House Democrats on Thursday released another deposition transcript ahead of public hearings scheduled for next week. This time, the deposition was that of George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary at the State Department whose portfolio includes Ukraine. Kent testified in a closed session on Oct. 15, telling lawmakers that, like other career diplomats, he was essentially cut out …

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Trump Ordered To Pay $2 Million For Charity Fraud

CNN reports: A judge ordered President Donald Trump to pay $2 million to a collection of nonprofit organizations as part of a settlement with the New York state attorney general’s office to resolve a civil lawsuit that alleged “persistent” violations of charities law that included unlawful coordination with the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, according to a court filing Thursday. Filed …

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Junior Defends Daddy In Combative Interview [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., appeared on ABC’s The View on Thursday to promote his new book “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.” Trump Jr. has consistently said he hasn’t profited off of his father’s presidency. On Monday, President Trump tweeted, urging his followers to “Go order” Don Jr.’s …

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John Bolton Fails To Show For Impeachment Deposition

Axios reports: Former White House national security adviser John Bolton did not appear for his closed-door deposition on Thursday, instead telling the House committees conducting the impeachment inquiry that he would challenge a potential subpoena for his testimony in court. Why it matters: A House Intelligence Committee official said that Democrats have “no interest in allowing the administration to play …

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Hugh Hewitt Calls On McConnell To Block Trump’s Trial

“When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died on Feb. 13, 2016, it took McConnell about an hour to declare that the Senate would not consider a replacement nominee until after the November presidential election. “This bold move on behalf of the Constitution will always be McConnell’s crowning achievement as leader: He let the people decide the direction of the court. …

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Cultists Rain Threats Down On Whistleblower’s Lawyers After Trump Jr. And Others Publicize His Alleged Name

Yahoo News reports: On the evening of Oct. 2, Mark Zaid, one of the attorneys representing the anonymous official whose whistleblower complaint sparked the impeachment probe into President Trump, received an email with the subject line: “a bullet in your head.” Zaid reported the email to the FBI, which investigated and determined the threat wasn’t credible, but that message was …

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Trump Rages: “We Don’t Have Freedom Of The Press!”

The Washington Post reports: Trump dismissed as “FAKE NEWS” reports that he wanted Barr to hold a news conference declaring that Trump broke no laws during a phone call in which he pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate the Bidens. According to a story first reported by The Washington Post, Barr ultimately declined to do so, and Trump has mentioned …

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REPORT: Trump Wanted Barr To Hold Press Conference Declaring That He Broke No Laws With Call To Ukraine

The Washington Post reports: President Trump wanted Attorney General William P. Barr to hold a news conference declaring that the commander in chief had broken no laws during a phone call in which he pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate a political rival, though Barr ultimately declined to do so, people familiar with the matter said. The request from Trump …

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Damning Transcript Of Bill Taylor’s Testimony Released

Business Insider reports: The transcript of the testimony of the top US diplomat to Ukraine, Ambassador Bill Taylor, was released by House investigators leading the impeachment inquiry on Tuesday. Upon the release of the document, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff tweeted: “Ambassador Taylor’s testimony reveals how, through a shadow foreign policy channel, Trump withheld military assistance and a White …

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Former Trump Advisor Bannon To Testify Against Stone

This is beyond delicious: Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is expected to testify against Roger Stone in his trial for lying to Congress, federal prosecutors said in court Wednesday. In his opening statement, prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky said he also plans to call Rick Gates, another former top aide to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, to testify at Stone’s …

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Giuliani Lawyers Up As Impeachment Probe Deepens

Politico reports: Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, announced Wednesday he’d obtained new legal representation as part of the House impeachment inquiry and amid federal scrutiny of his business dealings in Ukraine. Giuliani’s decision to hire new lawyers came even as he maintains he did nothing illegal in his efforts to pressure Ukrainian officials to open investigations that could …

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