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PLEA DEAL: Manafort Crony Illegally Funneled Foreign Donor Money To Trump’s Inauguration Committee

Bloomberg reports: A former Paul Manafort associate who pleaded guilty to a lobbying crime admitted that he helped foreign donors give money to President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Committee. In a plea agreement made public Friday, prosecutors outlined other crimes that the lobbyist, Sam Patten, admitted to but wouldn’t be charged with. Among them was “causing foreign money” to be paid …

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New Filings Reveal Trump’s Inauguration Committee Paid $26M To Event Firm Run By Adviser To Melania

The New York Times reports: President Trump’s inaugural committee paid nearly $26 million to an event planning firm started by an adviser to the first lady, Melania Trump, while donating $5 million — less than expected — to charity, according to tax filings released on Thursday. The nonprofit group that oversaw Mr. Trump’s inauguration and surrounding events in January 2017, …

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Sean Spicer: I Regret Lying About The Inauguration

The New York Times reports: During his surprise comedy skit at the Emmys on Sunday, Sean Spicer may have made light of his six-month tenure as the White House press secretary, but a message was also embedded in his performance. In an interview on Monday morning, Mr. Spicer said he now regrets one of his most infamous moments as press …

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Charities Are Still Waiting For Promised Donations Of Leftover Money From Trump’s $107M Inauguration Fund

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee raised an unprecedented $107 million for a ceremony that officials promised would be “workmanlike,” and the committee pledged to give leftover funds to charity. Nearly eight months later, the group has helped pay for redecorating at the White House and the vice president’s residence in Washington. But nothing has yet gone …

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Hate Groups To Celebrate Trump With “Faith Ball”

Brian Tashman reports at Right Wing Watch: A mix of Tea Party and Religious Right groups will be hosting a “Faith, Freedom & Future Inaugural Ball” to celebrate President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20. The Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill black-tie event featuring “a reception, dinner, dancing, entertainment, and guest appearances” is hosted by the Family Research Council, a leading …

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Conway Erupts When Grilled About Trump Spawn’s Scam In Selling Access To Daddy For $1M [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Top Donald Trump aide Kellyanne Conway on Thursday morning had a heated exchange with CNN’s Chris Cuomo over the president-elect’s sons’ ties to charity organizations. In a contentious interview on CNN’s “New Day,” Cuomo accused Conway of making the same defense that Hillary Clinton made about her ties to the Clinton Foundation, which Conway emphatically denied. Conway …

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Trump To Reprise “MAGA” As Inauguration Theme

ABC News reports: Donald Trump is reprising the slogan of his historic presidential campaign as the official theme of a five-day inaugural celebration in the nation’s capital next month, ABC News has learned. The Trump inaugural committee is set to announce “Make America Great Again!” — a rallying cry for his supporters that some critics saw as divisive during the …

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Trump Hears Grandiose Inauguration Day Pitch: Parade Up Fifth Avenue Followed By Helicopter Ride To DC

The New York Times reports: President-elect Donald J. Trump kicked around ideas for his inauguration in his office at Trump Tower on Tuesday with two of his oldest friends, Mark Burnett and Thomas Barrack Jr. The ideas spilled out from Mr. Burnett, a well-regarded showman best known for producing “The Apprentice”: a parade up Fifth Avenue, a helicopter ride to …

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Rep. Luis Gutierrez: I’m Boycotting The Inauguration Because Trump Continues To Spew Hatred [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) said Friday morning that he will be boycotting Donald Trump’s inauguration to protest the president-elect’s rhetoric. “I’ve been to, let me see, two Clinton inaugurations, I’ve been to two of them for Bush, two of them for Obama,” Gutiérrez said in an interview with CNN’s “New Day.” “I’m not going to this inauguration,” …

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REPORT: Trump Offers “Luxury Perks” And Personal Meetings To Million Dollar Donors To His Inauguration

From the Pulizter-winning Center For Public Integrity: Donald Trump’s inaugural committee is offering huge perks — prime tickets, luxurious lodging, access to the president-elect himself — in exchange for six- and seven-figure contributions from individual and corporate contributors. Donors in the “$1,000,000+” category will receive four tickets to a “leadership luncheon” billed as an “exclusive inaugural event” for donors in …

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