Tag Archives: Trump corruption

Fired Vaccine Scientist To File Whistleblower Complaint

The Washington Post reports: Rick Bright, the scientist who said he was removed as the leader of the federal agency working on a coronavirus vaccine, is filing a whistleblower’s complaint, his attorneys said Thursday. “The guy says he was pushed out of a job. Maybe he was. Maybe he wasn’t,” the president said during his evening news conference at the …

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MD Gov On Dealing With Trump: Don’t Poke The Bear

Politico reports: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan insisted Thursday that he has pulled no punches in advocating for states’ interests when dealing with President Donald Trump. But the chairman of the National Governors Association also acknowledged he has been careful not to “poke the bear” in the Oval Office amid the coronavirus pandemic. Hogan suggested he had opted to pursue a …

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Billionaire Donor Prodded Trump On Malaria Drug

NBC News reports: A top HHS official who said he was transferred from his post for pushing back on “efforts to fund potentially dangerous drugs promoted by those with political connections” felt pressured to rush access to chloroquine treatments for coronavirus after Trump had a conversation about it with a mega-rich donor, a source close to the doctor told NBC …

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POLL: Only 23% “Highly Trust” Trump On COVID News

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump has made himself the daily spokesman for the nation’s coronavirus response. Yet few Americans regularly look to or trust Trump as a source of information on the pandemic, according to a new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Just 28% of Americans say they’re regularly getting information from Trump …

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Vaccine Doc: Trump Fired Me For Questioning His Drug

The New York Times reports: Dr. Rick Bright was abruptly dismissed this week as the director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA, and as the deputy assistant secretary for preparedness and response. Instead, he was given a narrower job at the National Institutes of Health. “I believe this transfer was …

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MAGA Firm Gets $7.6M Contract For 800 Feet Of Wall

The Daily Beast reports: Last Wednesday, while the country strained under a nationwide lockdown, the Army Corps of Engineers found time to award another border-wall contract to a company Trump personally championed—even as it’s under investigation by the Defense Department inspector general. Specifically, Fisher on Apr. 15 got $7,633,085 to build a mere “800 linear feet” of bollard barrier—that slatted …

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Trump Org Seeks Bailout Money From UK And Ireland

Bloomberg News reports: The Trump Organization is seeking U.K. and Irish bailout money to help cover wages for bartenders, bagpipers and other employees furloughed from its European golf properties because of the coronavirus lockdown. Overseas businesses owned by U.S. President Donald Trump can tap government funds meant to help retain workers. In the U.S., by contrast, they’re specifically written out …

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El Paso Ready To Sue Trump For Unpaid Rally Expenses

The Texas Tribune reports: El Paso Mayor Dee Margo on Tuesday said city officials should probably consider suing President Trump’s campaign to recoup more than $500,000 in expenses incurred during a rally last year. The city spent about $470,000 on security and other costs for a Trump rally in South El Paso in February 2019. After that invoice went unpaid, …

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Billionaire Trump Donor Gets Contract To Track COVID

The Daily Beast reports: A Silicon Valley company co-founded by a close ally of President Donald Trump will play a major new role in helping the government track the spread of the coronavirus, pulling information that is being used by top administration officials, including the president himself. Palantir, the data-mining firm created by investor Peter Thiel, is best known for …

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Trump Org Seeks Rent Relief From Trump Admin

The New York Times reports: President Trump’s signature hotel in the nation’s capital wants a break on its rent. The landlord determining the fate of the request is Mr. Trump’s own administration. Trump International Hotel, just a few blocks from the White House, had been a favored gathering place for lobbyists, foreign dignitaries and others hoping to score points with …

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National Chains Helped Deplete Small Business Grants

The Washington Post reports: The federal government gave national hotel and restaurant chains millions of dollars in grants before the $349 billion program ran out of money Thursday, leading to a backlash that prompted one company to give the money back and a Republican senator to say that “millions of dollars are being wasted.” Ruth’s Chris Steak House, a chain …

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Another Former Trump Aide Seeks Release From Prison

The New York Post reports: President Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates has asked to serve his remaining 45-day “intermittent” prison term at home amid fears of contracting COVID-19, according to a report. In a court filing Sunday, Gates urged a modification to his probation condition because he fears he could carry the coronavirus home and also infect his …

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Trump Calls FBI Investigators “Crooked Human Scum”

CNN reports: President Donald Trump Sunday would not say whether he will pardon several former associates who were convicted after being charged as part of the Mueller probe, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and long-time friend Roger Stone. When asked about pardons at the coronavirus task force briefing, Trump responded: “You will find out.” Trump also harshly criticized FBI …

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Trump Continues To Stiff El Paso For Rally Services

El Paso’s ABC News affiliate reports: As the City of El Paso looks to trim costs, KTSM wondered if President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has paid the City the half-a-million dollar bill from his February 2019 campaigns top at the El Paso County Coliseum. City officials say the campaign has not paid the price tag, which was initially billed $470,417 …

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Mnuchin Claims Credit For Trump’s Name On Stimulus Checks: “It’s A Terrific Symbol To The American Public”

Mediaite reports: Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin in an interview on State of the Union With Jake Tapper touted that it was, in fact, his idea to print President Donald Trump’s name on coronavirus stimulus checks, billing the move as a “terrific symbol to the American public.” “Stimulus checks for $1,200 are being mailed out to many Americans, some …

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Cohen To Publish Trump Tell-All Book Before Election

The Daily Beast reports: Michael Cohen has been spending his time behind bars writing an explosive tell-all book about his stint as President Trump’s personal lawyer and plans on releasing it before the election, according to three people familiar with the project. Cohen, Inmate No. 86067-054, is being released early from federal prison because of concerns over coronavirus and after …

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Trump Calls Democratic Senators “RUDE And NASTY” For Wanting Answers On Coronavirus Testing Availability

Politico reports: Senate Democrats exploded in frustration during a conference call with Vice President Mike Pence and Trump administration officials on Friday afternoon, with one normally laid-back senator asserting it was the most maddening phone call he’s ever taken part in, according to participants and people familiar with the call. The call between President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force and …

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Guess Why Gyms Are On Trump’s Reopening List?

The Daily Beast reports: President Trump unveiled a proposal this week to reopen America’s gyms in spite of the coronavirus outbreak after a phone call that included the head of the company that owns luxury fitness brands Equinox and SoulCycle, who also happens to be a high-profile Trump supporter. The White House included gyms among the businesses that would reopen …

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Romney Only GOP Senator Not On COVID Task Force

The Hill reports: Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah) is the only Republican senator not on a congressional task force created by the White House to study reopening parts of the country shuttered by the coronavirus. A list released by the White House on Thursday afternoon of the “Opening Up America Again Congressional Group” included nearly 70 senators, including all 52 of …

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Grey-Haired Trump Threatens To Adjourn Congress

The Independent reports: Donald Trump is threatening to use a never-before-employed power of his office to adjourn both chambers of Congress so he can make “recess appointments” to fill vacant positions within his administration he says Senate Democrats are keeping empty amid the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Trump opened his daily virus press conference on Wednesday by griping about Senate Democrats …

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