Trump Lies

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: 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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Trump Gets PolitiFact’s Lie Of The Year Award [VIDEO]

Axios reports: Fact-checking website PolitiFact announced today that President Trump’s claim that the Ukraine whistleblower complaint was “almost completely wrong” is being recognized as its annual “Lie of the Year.” The big picture: In August, a whistleblower reported that Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden and his son in a July phone call. Trump immediately dismissed …

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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 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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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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Trump Again Claims Ivanka Created 14 Million Jobs

Vox reports: From Donald Trump’s 2017 presidential inauguration through the end of November 2019, the American economy added a total of about 6.2 million jobs. But during a speech at a White House event on paid family leave on Thursday, the president credited his daughter, Ivanka Trump, with personally creating more than twice as many jobs over the same timespan. …

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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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Pence Won’t Declassify Call To Ukraine President

Politico reports: Vice President Mike Pence’s counsel rejected House Democrats’ request to declassify details of a Sept. 18 call between Pence and Ukraine’s president, calling the request illegitimate because the impeachment inquiry has concluded. In a letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Pence’s lawyer, Matthew Morgan, said it “serves no purpose” to declassify supplemental testimony from one …

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Giuliani Henchman Lev Parnas Paid $1M By Russia

Bloomberg News reports: Rudy Giuliani’s associate Lev Parnas got $1 million from an account in Russia in September, a month before he was charged with conspiring to funnel foreign money into U.S. political campaigns, according to U.S. prosecutors who asked a judge to jail him for understating his income and assets. “The majority of that money appears to have been …

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George Conway: Ex-FBI Agent Peter Strzok Should Sue Trump For Lying About His Needing A Restraining Order

“So FBI lawyer Lisa Page was so in love she didn’t know what the hell was happening. Texted the head of counterintelligence Peter Strzok, likewise so in love he couldn’t see straight! “This poor guy. Did I hear he needed a restraining order after this whole thing to keep him away from Lisa? “That’s what I heard. I don’t know …

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Trump Cuts $2M Check In Scam Charity Settlement

The Washington Post reports: President Trump has paid $2 million in court-ordered damages for misusing funds in a tax-exempt charity he controlled, the New York attorney general said Tuesday. The payment was ordered last month by a New York state judge in an extraordinary rebuke to a sitting president. Trump had been sued in 2018 by New York, who alleged …

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Trump Claims He Warned Russian Diplomat About 2020 Election Meddling, Russian Diplomat Denies Discussion

Bloomberg News reports: President Trump warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov against “any Russian attempts to interfere in United States elections” during an Oval Office meeting on Tuesday, according to the White House. Trump also urged Moscow to “resolve the conflict with Ukraine,” the White House said, referring to Russia’s 2014 seizure of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. Trump’s meeting with Lavrov …

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Federal Prosecutors Say Rick Gates Was Offered Money Not To Cooperate With Robert Mueller’s Investigation

Law & Crime reports: Former Trump campaign deputy chairman Rick Gates, the former Paul Manafort associate who flipped and cooperated with the Mueller investigation, was offered “monetary assistance” not to cooperate with the government, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday. Note that while the government did not say who was applying the pressure and making these monetary “assurances,” it did praise …

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