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Family Trust Sues Giuliani Ally and Trump-Connected PAC to Recover $500,000

A family trust that lent money to an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani is trying to recover more than $500,000 from the defendant and a political action committee tied to President Donald Trump to which he contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Giuliani associate, Lev Parnas, who is accused of using donations to push for Marie Yovanovitch to be recalled as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, owes the Pues Family Trust $510,000, court records show. The trust filed a claim against Parnas in 2011 for $350,000 after he failed to repay a loan. In 2016, a judge in New York granted it the larger award, which reflects interest. The trust registered the judgment in a Florida court this year to pursue the matter where the Ukraine-born Parnas lives. A filing on Monday in which the trust also nam...

Donald Trump hosts screening of Joker at the White House

With a global box office grossing over $1 billion dollars, Joker has been seen by a whole lot of people. You can count Donald Trump among them. A senior White House official confirmed to Yahoo News that Trump screened Joker at the White House on Saturday night. He reportedly “liked it.” Though Joker co-stars one of Trump’s arch-nemeses, Robert De Niro, past comments from the film’s director, Todd Phillips, likely resonated with the president. In particular, Phillips lashed out against the “far left” and “woke culture” for the negative discourse surrounding the film’s release. Already the most profitable comic book movie of all time, Joker became the first R-rated movie ever to reach $1 billion at the worldwide box office over the weekend. No doubt ...

Feds Investigating Giuliani for Financial Dealings Tied to Ukraine Scandal

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, is being investigated by federal prosecutors for possible campaign finance violations and a failure to register as a foreign agent as part of an active investigation into his financial dealings, according to three U.S. officials. The probe of Giuliani, which one official said could also include possible charges on violating laws against bribing foreign officials or conspiracy, presents a serious threat to Trump’s presidency from a man that former national security adviser John Bolton has called a “hand grenade.” A second official said Giuliani’s activities raise counterintelligence concerns as well, although there probably wouldn’t be a criminal charge related to that. The officials, who asked for anonymity to discuss a sensitive mat...

Public Impeachment Hearings Spur Trump Reelection Fundraising

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign raised more than $3 million on the day of the first public House impeachment hearing. Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale announced the haul on Twitter Thursday. He says the campaign raised $3,144,257 Wednesday and now hopes to raise $5 million within a 24-hour span. The House impeachment inquiry revolves around Trump asking the Ukraine president for a “favor” in a July phone call, which has been corroborated. On the call, Trump was seeking an investigation of Democrats and 2020 rival Joe Biden, while withholding almost $400 million in congressionaly-approved military aid, according to testimony. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says the president’s actions amount to “bribery” for asking a favor in exchange for his releasing U....

Impeachment hearing reveals major White House phone security fail

Enlarge / US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland’s phone conversation with President Trump in June was overheard by embassy staffers with Sondland at a Kiev restaurant (and probably by other countries’ intelligence services). (credit: Mark Wilson / Getty Images) In testimony yesterday before the House Intelligence Committee, diplomat William Taylor said that he had recently learned of a phone call between George Sondland—the US ambassador to the European Union—and President Donald Trump. Taylor, the senior diplomat for the US in Ukraine, said that his staff overheard Trump during a call with Sondland while at dinner with the ambassador at a restaurant in Kiev. The contents of that discussion—that Trump asked Sondland about “the investigations” Trump wan...

Donald Trump Walked Onstage to a Trap Song by LOUD at a Turning Point USA Event

“Thoughts” by LOUD soundtracked the POTUS’ entrance at a Washington D.C. event. Trap may not be the first style of music that comes to mind when you think of Donald Trump, but a video from one of his public appearances might change that. “Thoughts” by LOUD played out over the speakers when the POTUS walked onstage at a Turning Point USA (TPUSA) event last July. By the looks of things, though, the producer may not have been approached about the placement beforehand. The clip, which has resurfaced thanks to Barstool Sports, shows Trump entering stage right to cheers from the audience. The event was a TPUSA Teen Student Action Summit that took place at the Marriott Marquis in Washington D.C. LOUD (real name Sebastian Kereti) is reportedly...

5 Ways Trump’s Public Impeachment Hearings Will Differ From Clinton’s and Nixon’s

The public impeachment inquiry hearings this week usher in a rare and momentous occasion in American history as Congress debates whether to remove a president from office. There are consistencies in the process—televised hearings, partisan rancor and memorable speeches—but each impeachment process also stands alone as a reflection of the president, the Congress and the times. Even if the two most recent impeachment proceedings—against Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton—offer instructive clues about the path ahead, there are notable differences in the case surrounding Donald Trump. A look at then and now: Law enforcement investigations for Nixon and Clinton Independent counsel Kenneth Starr swears in before testifying at the House Judiciary Committee hearings on whethe...

A Woman Would Head the VA for the First Time in a Buttigieg Presidency

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says if elected he’d like to name a woman to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs for the first time as 2020 hopefuls take aim at President Donald Trump’s record on stemming military suicide and helping female vets. On Veterans Day, several candidates rolled out proposals to meet the needs of America’s 20 million former service members. Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind., said female veterans and service members have been neglected, including on concerns about sexual harassment and women’s health. Women are the military’s fastest-growing subgroup. “I think leadership plays a huge role so absolutely I’d seek to name a woman to lead VA,” Buttigieg, a former Navy intelligence ...

President’s 2020 Reelection Campaign Launches ‘Black Voices for Trump’

During the 2016 campaign, candidate Donald Trump stood in front of largely white crowds and asked black voters to consider, “What the hell do you have to lose?” Four years later, the president has a new message for black voters: Look what I’ve delivered. Trump and his campaign is launching a new “Black Voices for Trump” outreach initiative in Atlanta on Friday dedicated to “recruiting and activating Black Americans in support of President Trump,” according to the campaign. Much of that effort will focus on highlighting ways that African Americans have benefited from the Trump economy, according to advisers. “Black Americans have never had a better champion than President Trump,” said senior campaign adviser Katrina Pierson in a statemen...

Trump’s #MAGAChallenge is absolute cringe

Already in talks for The Apprentice: White House, America’s reality show president is now encouraging his loyal followers to participate in the #MAGACHALLENGE. The challenge was initially launched back in September by a pro-Trump rapper named Bryson Gray, who encouraged fellow MAGA thumpers to post rap videos in dedication to their supreme leader. “I want y’all to your own rap to it too then tag me!” Gray tweeted. “Lets make liberals cry!” On Friday, Trump amplified the challenge by announcing that he’d be inviting the winners to perform at the White House. As one might expect, the resulting videos are proving to be peak cringe. (Note: We’re still waiting for Kanye’s entry.) I will be announcing the winners of the #MAGACHALLENGE and inviting ...

Banning digital political ads gives extremists a distinct advantage

Jessica Alter Contributor Share on Twitter Jessica Alter is co-founder and chairman of Tech for Campaigns, an organization building the lasting tech and digital arm for Democrats and has helped over 200 campaigns on this front since 2017. Jack Dorsey’s announcement that Twitter will no longer run political ads because “political messages reach should be earned, not bought” has been welcomed as a thoughtful and statesmanlike contrast to Mark Zuckerberg’s and Facebook’s greedy acceptance of “political ads that lie.” While the 240-character policy sounds compelling, it’s both flawed in principle and, I fear, counterproductive in practice.  First: like it or hate it, the U.S. political system is drowning in money. In 2018, a non-presidential year, it is estimated that over $9B was spent on the...

House Impeachment Inquiry Prepares to Go Public, More Trump Officials Refuse to Testify

House impeachment inquiry hearings open for public viewing could begin as soon as next week just as President Donald Trump’s non-cooperation edict seems to be tightening its grip, with three White House officials this week refusing to testify. Concurrently, House impeachment officials have released more transcripts of testimony they’ve taken thus far in their closed-door investigation. At issue is whether Trump abused his public office by withholding U.S. military aid to Ukraine, in exchange for a favor to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and his family. Among the latest testimony is that of U.S.-EU ambassador Gordon Sondland, who made a striking revision to his earlier claims of understanding U.S. aid to Ukraine was being withheld until the country promised to investi...

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