Tag Archives: Trump Corruption

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Trump Owes Nearly $1 Million for Campaign Rallies

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“Donald Trump has raised record amounts of money as a presidential candidate. But he’s still left a slew of unpaid bills in his wake,” Politico reports. “In city after city, across the nation, Trump has failed to pay local officials who provide thousands of dollars’ worth of security assistance to the president’s campaign during his Make America Great Again rallies.”

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Schiff: Trump Broke Oath of Office … Again

“A president of the United States encouraging a foreign nation to interfere again to help his campaign by investigating a rival is a fundamental breach of the presidential oath.”

— House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) told reporters that President Trump’s call for China to investigate Joe Biden is “repugnant” and “ought to be condemned by every member” of Congress, Axios reports.
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Trump’s Ukrainian Emoluments Problem

“Actually, last time I traveled to the United States, I stayed in New York near Central Park, and I stayed at the Trump Tower.”

— “Buried in the controversy over President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was an effort by the Ukrainian leader at currying favor with Trump through his business,” the Washington Post reports.“Zelensky’s comments mark the first known example of an interaction Democrats and government ethics experts warned about when Trump took office: that foreign leaders would try to influence Trump by spending money at his properties and telling him about it.”

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Lindsey Graham Does His Trump Impersonation

“‘Uh, hey pal, you know, you need to like, go after the Bidens or I ain’t gonna give you any money.’ He’d be really, like, thuggish about it.”

— Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), when asked by the Boston Globe to describe what he thinks would be “an inappropriate quid pro quo scenario” in relation to President Trump’s phone call with Ukraine’s president.

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Booker: Trump Enablers Are ‘Despicable Actors’

“The truth about Donald Trump will come out. I have a very low regard for people who know he’s doing wrong but defend him and empower him to remain in that office.”

— Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) told MSNBC that Republican enablers of President Trump “will go down in history as despicable actors” who are “doing some of the worst things” in the history of the country.

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Trump: If He Did, But He Didn’t

“There was no pressure put on them whatsoever. I put no pressure on them whatsoever. I could have. I think it might probably, possibly have been okay if I did, but I didn’t.”

— President Trump, quoted by ABC News, on his phone call with Ukraine’s president about investigating Joe Biden and his son.

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Leonhardt Lays Out the Case Against Trump in 40 Sentences

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New York Times columnist David Leonhardt lays out the case of Donald Trump versus the United States of America in 40 sentences.

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Military Has Spent $200k at Trump’s Troubled Scottish Resort

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“Since Donald Trump took office, the U.S. military has spent nearly $200,000 at the president’s luxury Scotland resort, according to figures and documents the Pentagon provided to the House Oversight Committee,” Politico reports. “The spending, which has all occurred since August 2017, paid for the equivalent of hundreds of nights of rooms at the Turnberry resort over approximately three dozen separate stays.”

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Rubin: Impeachment Should Focus on Trump’s Corruption

“The House should seriously consider shifting the focus from the Mueller report and Trump’s attempts to short circuit the Russia investigation to the overarching issue of this presidency: His unparalleled corruption. The Mueller report will come into play, but as an example of a particular form of corruption. This is easy to understand and undermines the entire premise of Trump’s outsider campaign by focusing on how he uses the presidency to enrich himself and serve his personal needs. … The enrichment schemes multiply and become more nauseating by the day.”

Jennifer Rubin

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Trump Has Learned How to Play the Government

“Donald Trump came to the presidency a complete novice to government and often found his corrupt, authoritarian impulses frustrated by its bureaucracy. But he is slowly learning how to control the machine that has stymied him. This is the story of 2019, as Trump has replaced institutionalists attempting to curtail his grossest instincts with loyalists happy to indulge them. It is playing out across multiple dimensions. This is the through-line between several seemingly disconnected episodes from the last several days.”

Jonathan Chait