Trump Corruption

Trump Praises His “Good Instincts” In Firing Comey

ABC News reports: After staying silent about the details of a much-awaited report on how the FBI and Justice Department handled the Hillary Clinton email investigation, President Donald Trump on Friday morning said the comment of a top FBI official that “we’ll stop” the Trump bid for President, demonstrated the political bias that he and other Republicans argue has infected …

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Prosecutors Zero In On Cohen For Illegal Lobbying

The Hill reports: Federal prosecutors are probing whether President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, acted as a secret lobbyist during previous business deals, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. People familiar with the investigation told the outlet that prosecutors are reaching out to companies that Cohen worked for as a consultant after the 2016 election. Some of these high profile …

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White House Accuses Reporter Of Wanting “More TV Time” For Asking About Treatment Of Migrant Children

Mediaite reports: CNN contributor Brian Karem yelled at White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders during a briefing about the practice of separating immigrant children from their families as a deterrent. “Don’t you have any empathy? Come on, Sarah. You’re a parent. Don’t you have any empathy for what these people are going through?” he pressed, his voice raised. “They have …

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Trump Explodes Over Lawsuit Against His “Charity”

NBC News reports: New York’s attorney general announced a lawsuit against the Trump Foundation Thursday, saying it engaged in a pattern of illegal self-dealing over more than a decade. NBC News has reached out to the White House and Trump Organization, but Trump commented about the case on Twitter shortly after it was announced. He claimed the foundation gave out …

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Trump Junior: If The Republican Party Is Now A Cult, It’s Because They Like What My Father’s Doing [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: Donald Trump Jr. paid a visit to his and his father’s favorite program, Fox & Friends, to discuss, among other things, the notion that his father has created something of a “cult” within the GOP. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) was the one to use the term to refer to Trumpism, and it received a great deal of criticism, …

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New York State AG Sues To Dissolve Trump Foundation Charity For Its “Pattern Of Persistent Illegal Conduct”

CNBC reports: New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood on Thursday sued President Donald Trump and three of his adult children, claiming “a pattern of persistent illegal conduct” for more than a decade at the charity named for Trump. Underwood claims that the Donald J. Trump Foundation engaged in “extensive unlawful political coordination with the Trump presidential campaign.” She also alleged …

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Giuliani: Michael Cohen Isn’t Cooperating And Won’t Flip

Politico reports: Rudy Giuliani insisted Wednesday evening that Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, would not flip on his ex-boss by cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. “I checked into this last night. It’s not so,” Giuliani told Laura Ingraham of Fox News. The former New York mayor is one of the president’s chief attorneys fending off …

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MSNBC: Michael Cohen’s Arrest Is Imminent [VIDEO]

Raw Story reports: Longtime Donald Trump confidante Michael Cohen has received word from federal prosecutors that they are preparing to arrest the New York City lawyer, MSNBC’s Katy Tur reported Wednesday. Tur joined guest anchor Kristen Welker, “minutes” after speaking to a source close to Cohen. Lawyers at the Southern District of New York reportedly called Cohen’s attorneys, saying they …

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BREAKING: Cohen To Cooperate As His Lawyers Flee

ABC News reports: As attorneys for Michael Cohen rush to meet Judge Kimba Wood’s Friday deadline to complete a privilege review of over 3.7 million documents seized in the April 9 raids of Cohen’s New York properties and law office, a source representing this matter has disclosed to ABC News that the law firm handling the case for Cohen is …

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Michael Cohen Denies Report That He Fears Arrest

Vanity Fair reports: Within the next month, Mueller is reportedly planning to deliver his findings in the obstruction of justice investigation to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. “Donald is very worried,” said a Republican close to Trump. The difference is that Trump is now more unshackled than at any point in his presidency, meaning that firing Mueller or Rosenstein remains …

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REPORT: Immigration Firm To Make Tens Of Millions After Referral From Trump Attorney Michael Cohen

Yet another tentacle in the Trump corruption syndicate: AT&T and drug giant Novartis got nothing but bad publicity when they asked Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen for help with business, but a Florida immigration firm that tapped him appears to have gotten nearly everything it wanted. When Nicholas Mastroianni II hooked up with Cohen last year, his business was …

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DOJ Defends Trump’s DC Hotel In Federal Court, Claims Business From Foreign Governments Aren’t Emoluments

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump’s hotel company did not break the law by doing business with other countries, a Justice Department lawyer told a federal judge Monday. The state of Maryland and the District Columbia have accused Trump of capitalizing on the presidency and causing harm to local businesses that compete with his Washington hotel. Monday’s arguments before …

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“Web Of Elite Russians” Met With NRA Before Election

McClatchy reports: Several prominent Russians, some in President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle or high in the Russian Orthodox Church, now have been identified as having contact with National Rifle Association officials during the 2016 U.S. election campaign. The contacts have emerged amid a deepening Justice Department investigation into whether Russian banker and lifetime NRA member Alexander Torshin [photo] illegally channeled …

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John Oliver: State TV Is Working The Jury [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast reports: On Sunday’s edition of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver delivered an update on what he’s coined “Stupid Watergate” in honor of the one-year anniversary of the Mueller investigation—or a “witch-hunt,” according to the hysterical folks over at State TV (Fox News). Oliver broke down the Fox News Army’s three diversionary tactics for swaying public opinion …

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Judge Denies Trump’s Secrecy Bid In Cohen Case

The New York Times reports: Striking a note for transparency, a federal judge ruled on Friday that President Trump and his longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, cannot proceed in total secrecy as they weigh in on the final stages of a laborious review of a huge trove of materials seized from Mr. Cohen during a series of raids by …

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CNN’s Phil Mudd: Manafort Will Flip On Trump [VIDEO]

“I’ll double-down on what I’ve said to you before: I cannot believe Manafort is ever going to go into a court with these charges. We had charges before in the indictment that I thought were significant and now you add years on to that previous indictment and you say he has to sit down and flip at some point. This …

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House Dems Demand Criminal Probe Of Scott Pruitt

The Associated Press reports: House Democrats on Friday formally requested that the Justice Department investigate Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt for potential criminal conduct. In a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray and Justice criminal division chief John Cronan, six Democratic lawmakers with oversight of Pruitt’s agency allege he repeatedly violated federal anti-corruption laws by seeking to leverage his …

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Mueller Files Obstruction Charges Against Manafort

The New York Times reports: The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, brought new obstruction charges on Friday against President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and added allegations against a close associate, who prosecutors suspect has ties to Russian intelligence. Prosecutors said the obstruction charge relates to Mr. Manafort’s efforts to coach the stories of witnesses against him. He …

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Trump Lawyers Tell Federal Court That Members Of Congress Have No Standing In Emoluments Lawsuit

Politico reports: Lawyers representing about 200 Democratic members of Congress urged a federal judge on Thursday to allow them to press ahead with a lawsuit seeking to block President Donald Trump from taking payments and other benefits from foreign governments doing business with his corporate empire. Nearly a year after the suit was filed, Judge Emmet Sullivan of U.S. District …

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Adam Schiff Asks Mueller To Consider Perjury Charges

David Corn reports at Mother Jones: On Thursday afternoon, Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, made a dramatic request: He essentially asked special counsel Robert Mueller to consider whether perjury charges should be brought against witnesses who testified to the committee during its Trump-Russia investigation. Schiff did not convey this request directly to Mueller. …

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