Trump Corruption

Ex-Trump Staffer Rick Gates Sentenced To 45 Days

NBC News reports: Rick Gates, the former deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump and ex-business partner of Paul Manafort, was sentenced to three years probation and 45 days in jail on Tuesday after he cooperated extensively with federal investigators. Gates and Manafort were the first ex-Trump campaign officials to be charged by former special counsel Robert Mueller, accused of evading …

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Giuliani: Yes, WH Staffers Might Want Me To Go Away

From the right wing Daily Caller: President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Monday that it “could be” true that senior White House officials want him to go away. Further, he claims that those officials who do want him to be quiet have bought into the “spin” of the Democrats. “The fact is, there …

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McConnell Rejects Schumer’s Call For WH Witnesses

The Washington Post reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer was making “a strange request” for impeachment trial proceedings expected in January. “We certainly do not need jurors to start brainstorming witness lists for the prosecution,” McConnell said. The back-and-forth came as the House prepares to vote to impeach President Trump along party …

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Giuliani: I Pushed Trump To Boot Ukraine Ambassador

The New York Times reports: Rudolph W. Giuliani said on Monday that he provided President Trump with detailed information this year about how the United States ambassador to Ukraine was, in Mr. Giuliani’s view, impeding investigations that could benefit Mr. Trump, setting in motion the ambassador’s recall from her post. In an interview, Mr. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, described …

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Lindsey Graham Won’t “Pretend To Be A Fair Juror”

NBC News reports: The Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee said, “I am trying to give a pretty clear signal I have made up my mind. I’m not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here.” On CBS’s Face the Nation, Graham, who’s grown quite incurious about basic details of recent White House scandals, added, “I don’t need any …

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Federal Court Swats Down Flynn, Sets Sentencing Date

The Washington Post reports: A federal judge on Monday rejected Michael Flynn’s attacks against the FBI and the Justice Department, setting a long-delayed sentencing for President Trump’s former national security adviser for Jan. 28. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of Washington, D.C. dismissed Flynn’s motion to find prosecutors in contempt. In a 92-page decision, Sullivan ruled there was no …

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Giuliani Confirms Smear Campaign Against Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch: I Just Needed Her “Out Of The Way”

From a New Yorker profile of Yuriy Lutsenko, the disgraced former prosecutor general of Ukraine: In a long conversation with me this past November, Giuliani largely confirmed Lutsenko’s account of their relationship. He, too, saw Yovanovitch as an obstacle, hindering his attempt to dig up dirt against his client’s rival in advance of the 2020 election. “I believed that I …

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Giuliani Henchman Claims $1M From Russia Was Loan

Bloomberg News reports: Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani indicted on U.S. campaign finance charges, said a $1 million transfer into his wife’s bank account from Russia was the proceeds of a loan — and not an attempt to conceal his assets. Federal prosecutors raised the transfer in a filing last week asking the judge to revoke Parnas’s bail …

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WaPo: Donald Trump Has Publicly Lied 15,413 Times

The Washington Post reports: In 2017, President Trump made nearly 1,999 false or misleading claims. In 2018, he added another 5,689, for a total of 7,688. Now, with a few weeks still left in 2019, the president already has more than doubled the total number of false or misleading claims in just a single year. As of Dec. 10, his …

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Graham: I Don’t Need Evidence, I’m Ready To Vote

The Hill reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) doubled down on his push for a speedy Senate impeachment trial, saying he doesn’t need to hear from witnesses before taking a vote on whether to convict or acquit President Trump. “I think what’s best for the country is to get this thing over with,” Graham said in an interview on CBS’s “Face …

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Graham Invites Giuliani To Speak To Senate Panel

Politico reports: In an interview airing on Face the Nation Sunday, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Linsdey Graham said that Rudy Giuliani, who is serving as the president’s personal attorney, could appear before his committee separately from the impending Senate impeachment trial. “Rudy, if you want to come and tell us what you found, I’ll be glad to talk to …

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WH Counsel To Defend Trump During Senate Trial

NBC News reports: White House counsel Pat Cipollone is expected to argue on behalf of President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial, a senior administration official told NBC News on Friday. It wasn’t immediately clear whether any additional counsel would either represent or advise the White House in the impeachment trial. As Trump’s lawyer in the Senate, Cipollone — …

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Trump Claims He Wouldn’t Mind A Long Senate Trial

CNN reports: President Trump was just asked if he prefers a long or short trial in the Senate. “I’ll do whatever I want. Look — we did nothing wrong, so I’ll do long or short,” Trump said. If the House approves the articles of impeachment against Trump as they are expected to do next week, the Senate will then hold …

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WH Rages About “Shameful” Impeachment Vote

Fox News reports: After the vote, the White House released a scathing statement, dismissing the inquiry as a “charade.” “This desperate charade of an impeachment inquiry in the House Judiciary Committee has reached its shameful end,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said. “The President looks forward to receiving in the Senate the fair treatment and due process which continues …

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Judiciary Committee Passes Two Impeachment Articles

The Associated Press reports: After a grueling 14-plus hours of debate Thursday, the House judiciary committee advanced two articles of impeachment to a full vote before the House of Representatives next week, bringing President Trump one step closer to being impeached. The committee was supposed to vote on the articles Thursday, but Democratic chair Jerry Nadler made a surprise decision …

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TODAY: Supreme Court Hears Three Trump Appeals

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump’s fight to keep his personal financial records private reaches a new stage on Friday when U.S. Supreme Court justices meet to consider up to three hotly-contested cases pitting Trump against congressional Democrats and a New York prosecutor. The Republican president is trying to block subpoenas for bank records, tax returns or other materials demanded by …

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McConnell: I’ll Take My Trial Cues From Trump’s Lawyers

Mediaite reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says he will take his marching orders during an impeachment trial directly from President Donald Trump’s lawyers. Appearing on Hannity Thursday night, McConnell dished on his strategy for a Senate impeachment trial. “Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with White House counsel,” McConnell said. “There will be no difference between the …

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Michael Cohen Asks Court For Reduced Sentence Or Early Release, Says DOJ Has Not Acted In “Good Faith”

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen today asked a judge to consider either reducing his three-year prison term to just one year, or to release him into home confinement and community service for the remainder of his existing sentence. Cohen’s lawyers suggested that the U.S. Justice Department, under the leadership of Attorney General William …

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Full Federal Appeals Court Hears Emoluments Case

Talking Points Memo reports: A Richmond federal appeals court was united on Thursday on one question: the emoluments issues raised by President Trump’s ownership of hotels while in office are virtually without precedent. The questions of exactly how and why a case brought was unprecedented, however, left judges split along partisan and ideological lines. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals …

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Fox Anchor Chris Wallace: Trump Is Engaged In The Worst Attack On Freedom Of The Press In Our History

“I believe President Trump is engaged in the most direct, sustained assault on freedom of the press in our history. Our is a great profession — maybe the best way to make a living anyone ever came up with. “Think of it. We are paid to tell the truth—to cut through all the spin — all the distractions — and …

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