7/28/2022

LEGAL: “Former President Donald Trump is claiming ‘absolute immunity’ in all civil suits pertaining to the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. Trump’s preliminary statement to the court has been released, in which the former president’s legal team dismisses the possibility of civil suits against Trump entirely, citing presidential immunity. ‘This appeal requires the adjudication of a […]

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7/28/2022

2022 MIDTERMS/2024 ELECTION/GOP/LEGAL: “The Republican National Convention would stop paying for former President Donald Trump’s legal expenses if he announces he’s running for president in 2024, according to a Thursday report. The RNC is currently bankrolling several legal cases for Trump, including personal lawsuits and government investigations into him. That flow of cash would end […]

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6/30/2022

INVESTIGATIONS/LEGAL: “Former President Donald J. Trump’s political organization and his allies have paid for or promised to finance the legal fees of more than a dozen witnesses called in the congressional investigation into the Jan. 6 attack, raising legal and ethical questions about whether the former president may be influencing testimony with a direct bearing […]

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9/21/2020

LEGAL/TRUMP TAXES: “The Manhattan district attorney’s office, which has been locked in a yearlong legal battle with President Trump over obtaining his tax returns, suggested for the first time in a court filing on Monday that it had grounds to investigate him and his businesses for tax fraud… [P]rosecutors listed news reports and public testimony […]

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9/14/2020

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/LEGAL/PENNSYLVANIA/SHUTDOWN/VOTE BY MAIL/VOTER FRAUD/VOTING: “Congratulations Pennsylvania. Now we await the decision on the Rigged Ballot Scam, which is so bad for our Country! RT @hollandcourtney BREAKING A Trump appointed federal judge just ruled that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s (D) & Secretary of Health Rachel Levine’s (D) coronavirus orders, which shut down the state, closed businesses […]

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9/1/2020

LEGAL/TRUMP TAXES: “A federal appeals court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the Manhattan district attorney from getting access to President Donald Trump’s tax returns… The appeals court granted the stay so it can consider Trump’s argument that a subpoena for the documents is overbroad and was issued in bad faith… In July, the Supreme Court rejected […]

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8/3/2020

DEMS/INVESTIGATIONS/LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP BUSINESS: [Reporter: “[I]n New York today, the city prosecutor, sort of, confirmed a criminal investigation into the Trump Organization. Do you have any reaction to that?”] “This is just a continuation of the witch hunt. It’s Democrat stuff. They failed with Mueller. They failed with everything. They failed with Congress. They failed at […]

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7/16/2020

BERNIE SANDERS/COURTS/CRIME/JOE BIDEN: “The Biden-Bernie plan would also use the weapon of federal regulation to tie the hands of our police departments by abolishing cash bail — think of that. Think of that: bail. ‘No problem. They killed somebody? Let them out…’ So by getting rid of bail, they are incentivizing jail and prison closures […]

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6/17/2020

COURTS/LEGAL/NOMINATIONS/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “We’re going to have potentially close to 300 judges including DC it’ll be close to 300. Nobody’s close. They’re all conservative, highly respected judges. They’re going to be there for many years. They’re all young. They’re all conservative. They’re all very smart. And they’re getting great reviews. If I did nothing […]

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2/18/2020

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “’Judge Jackson now has a request for a new trial based on the unambiguous & self outed bias of the foreperson of the jury, whose also a lawyer, by the way. ‘Madam foreperson, you’re a lawyer, you have a duty, an affirmative obligation, to reveal to us when we selected you the….” […]

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2/18/2020

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “’Judge Jackson now has a request for a new trial based on the unambiguous & self outed bias of the foreperson of the jury, whose also a lawyer, by the way. ‘Madam foreperson, you’re a lawyer, you have a duty, an affirmative obligation, to reveal to us when we selected you the….” […]

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2/18/2020

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “’Judge Jackson now has a request for a new trial based on the unambiguous & self outed bias of the foreperson of the jury, whose also a lawyer, by the way. ‘Madam foreperson, your a lawyer, you have a duty, an affirmative obligation, to reveal to us when we selected you the…..” […]

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2/14/2020

ANDREW MCCABE/FBI/INVESTIGATIONS/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Andrew G. McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director and a frequent target of President Trump’s, will not face charges in an investigation into whether he lied to investigators about a media leak, his defense team said on Friday [2-14-20]. The decision by prosecutors in Washington ends a case that had left […]

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2/14/2020

ATTORNEY GENERAL/LEGAL/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “US President Donald Trump has tweeted he has ‘the legal right’ to intervene in criminal cases after his attorney general complained White House tweets were making his job ‘impossible’. In his post, Mr Trump also denied he had ever meddled in any cases. America’s top law officer William Barr on […]

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2/12/2020

ATTORNEY GENERAL/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s post-impeachment acquittal behavior is casting a chill in Washington, with Attorney General William Barr emerging as a key ally in the president’s quest for vengeance against the law enforcement and national security establishment that initiated the Russia and Ukraine investigations. In perhaps the most tumultuous day […]

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2/12/2020

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A key witness in Roger Stone’s trial is defending the quartet of prosecutors who withdrew from the federal case against the controversial Republican operative, accusing President Donald Trump of targeting the attorneys with a ‘vile smear job’…Credico’s social media post came after the Justice Department on Tuesday backed off a […]

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2/11/2020

LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Who are the four prosecutors (Mueller people?) who cut and ran after being exposed for recommending a ridiculous 9 year prison sentence to a man that got caught up in an investigation that was illegal, the Mueller Scam, and shouldn’t ever even have started? 13 Angry Democrats?” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, […]

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2/11/2020

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Four prosecutors abruptly withdrew on Tuesday [2-11-20] from the case of President Trump’s longtime friend Roger J. Stone Jr. after senior Justice Department officials intervened to recommend a more lenient sentence for crimes he committed in a bid to protect the president. In an extraordinary decision overruling career lawyers, the […]

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2/11/2020

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice! https://t.co/rHPfYX6Vbv“ –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 11, 2020 1:48 am […]

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1/6/2020

LEGAL/TRUMP PEOPLE: “RT @ByronYork: The White House can assert executive privilege. It’s not Bolton’s privilege; it’s the president’s. If executive privilege co…” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 6, 2020 9:54 pm […]

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12/16/2019

GOP/INVESTIGATIONS/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Twenty former Republican lawmakers, officials and legal experts are urging a federal appeals court to reject President Donald Trump’s claim that his former White House counsel, Don McGahn, can ignore a House subpoena. The slate of prominent GOP figures is arguing that the country’s founders did not intend for presidents and […]

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12/13/2019

FBI/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “’The FBI declares in a court filing that it has absolutely no records of disciplinary action against any lawyers in Russia Fisa Case despite 17 acts of misconduct. There is nothing noble about their leadership. FISA Court appears to be either corrupt or incompetent.’ @LouDobbs” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 13, 2019 9:13 […]

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12/12/2019

DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Call them the Democrats’ impeachment squad. Over the past year, House Democrats have tapped a font of outside legal experts to essentially manage the weighty, historic task of investigating, litigating — and now impeaching — President Donald Trump. Most of them were brought on to investigate Trump’s political and financial ties to […]

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12/12/2019

IRAN/LEGAL/PRISONER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Federal prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against two more individuals linked to a prisoner swap with Iran announced by the Trump administration on Saturday. An Atlanta-based federal judge on Wednesday [12-11-91] dismissed the sanctions-violation cases against scientists Mahboobe Ghaedi and Maryam Jazayeri. Both women were co-defendants in the prosecution of Masoud Soleimani, […]

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12/10/2019

CORRUPTION/LEGAL/TRUMP BUSINESS: “President Trump has paid $2 million to eight charities as part of a settlement in which the president admitted he misused funds raised by the Donald J. Trump Foundation to promote his presidential bid and pay off business debts, the New York State attorney general said on Tuesday [12-10-19]. The foundation’s giving patterns […]

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12/10/2019

COURTS/DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge on Tuesday [12-10-19] heard final arguments in a case brought by Charles M. Kupperman, President Trump’s former deputy national security adviser, who asked for clarity from a federal court about whether he must testify to Congress amid a constitutional clash between House investigators and the White House. During the […]

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12/6/2019

IMPEACHMENT/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “More than 500 legal scholars signed on to a letter published Friday [12-6-19] accusing President Donald Trump of having ‘engaged in impeachable conduct’ in his dealings in Ukraine. ‘There is overwhelming evidence that President Trump betrayed his oath of office by seeking to use presidential power to pressure a foreign government to […]

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12/4/2019

IMPEACHMENT/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “When Corey Lewandowski showed up to testify this summer during an early impeachment hearing, the former Trump campaign manager had two top White House lawyers hovering over his shoulder the whole time. They whispered in his lawyer’s ear. They strategized with Republicans during breaks. In short, the White House was omnipresent. […]

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12/2/2019

IMPEACHMENT/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Lawyers for President Trump said on Sunday [12-1-19] that they would not participate in the House Judiciary Committee’s first public impeachment hearing on Wednesday [12-3-19], airing a long list of complaints that they said prevented ‘any semblance of a fair process.’ Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York and the chairman […]

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11/29/2019

IMPEACHMENT/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A U.S. congressional panel on Friday [11-29-19] gave President Donald Trump one week to say whether his legal counsel intends to introduce evidence and call witnesses in upcoming impeachment proceedings that could lead to formal charges of misconduct within a few weeks. The Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee, which is due to begin […]

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11/27/2019

COURTS/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Critics of President Trump cheered on Monday [12-25-19] when a federal judge ruled that the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II must testify to Congress — and scathingly labeled ‘fiction’ the administration’s arguments that top White House aides are immune from congressional subpoenas. Indeed, the outcome was the latest […]

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11/27/2019

IMPEACHMENT/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The White House is reviewing an invitation from House Democrats for President Trump’s legal team to participate in the first Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing next week, even as his lawyers privately question whether to engage with a proceeding his administration branded ‘an illegitimate sham partisan process’ to drive Mr. Trump from […]

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11/22/2019

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/NEW YORK/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP TAXES: “The U.S. Justice Department on Friday [11-22-19] backed President Donald Trump in his fight at the Supreme Court to prevent his tax returns from being disclosed to a New York prosecutor. The court filing by Solicitor General Noel Francisco comes a week after Trump filed an appeal in […]

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11/22/2019

LEGAL/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said on Friday [11-22-19] a Navy SEAL convicted of battlefield misconduct should face a board of peers weighing whether to oust him from the elite force, despite President Donald Trump’s assertion that he not be expelled…A military jury in July convicted Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher of […]

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11/21/2019

DEMS/LEGAL/NEW YORK/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP TAXES: “House Democrats and Manhattan’s top prosecutor told the Supreme Court Thursday [11-21-19] that President Donald Trump’s arguments to shield his tax returns and financial records are weak, and not deserving of the justices’ intervention. The Democrats said they should be allowed to enforce their demands for Trump’s financial records from his […]

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11/15/2019

DEMS/LEGAL/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come. Well, what about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Didn’t they lie?….” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November […]

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11/15/2019

INVESTIGATIONS/LEGAL/ROGER STONE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “For decades, Roger J. Stone Jr. played politics as a kind of performance art, starring himself as a professional lord of mischief, as a friend once called him. He tossed bombs and spun tales from the political periphery with no real reckoning, burnishing a reputation as a dirty trickster. On Friday [11-15-19] […]

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11/13/2019

2016 ELECTION/LEGAL/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Focusing squarely on his ties to President Trump, federal prosecutors argued Wednesday [11-13-19] that Roger J. Stone Jr. blatantly obstructed a congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election because the truth ‘would look really bad’ for Mr. Trump. In closing arguments in Mr. Stone’s obstruction of justice […]

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11/11/2019

BRITAIN/LEGAL/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The grieving family of the British teenager who was killed in a motorcycle crash involving a US diplomat’s wife has criticized both the US and UK governments for their handling of the incident, accusing the Trump administration of abusing its power. In an interview with CNN’s Hala Gorani, family spokesperson Radd […]

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11/11/2019

CONGRESS/LEGAL/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “A Trump-appointed federal judge decided Monday [11-11-19] that President Donald Trump can’t sue New York state officials in a Washington, DC, court at this time to stop the release of his tax returns to Congress. The case is one of many where the President or his administration have asked federal judges to […]

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10/29/2019

DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Trump’s lawyers would be allowed to present a formal defense of him and cross-examine witnesses once the House Judiciary Committee begins debate over whether to impeach him, under proposed rules House Democrats unveiled on Tuesday to begin the next, more public phase of their inquiry. A vote on the rules […]

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10/23/2019

CORRUPTION/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/LOBBYING/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A venture capitalist who donated $900,000 to President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee is admitting to several charges, including hiding his work as foreign agent while lobbying U.S. government officials and making illegal campaign contributions, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday [10-22-19].  Imaad Shah Zuberi, who ran a venture capital firm called Avenue Ventures, solicited money […]

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10/23/2019

CAMPAIGN FINANCE/IMPEACHMENT/LEGAL/RUDY GIULIANI/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Two foreign-born Florida businessmen who helped U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, investigate political rival Joe Biden pleaded not guilty on Wednesday [10-23-19] to illegally funneling money to a pro-Trump election committee and other politicians. Ukraine-born Lev Parnas and Belarus-born Igor Fruman entered their not guilty pleas […]

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10/10/2019

DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “For a president steeped in marketing and branding, impeachment offers new terrain on which to run the Trump playbook of defining an issue, waging war and then never backing down. And the White House’s new strategy of treating impeachment primarily as a political argument puts President Donald Trump directly into his comfort […]

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10/9/2019

GOP/INVESTIGATIONS/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Trey Gowdy, the former South Carolina congressman who led the committee that investigated the terrorist attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, will join President Trump’s legal team as an outside adviser. The move — which had been widely anticipated — was announced Wednesday [10-9-19] […]

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9/23/2019

LEGAL/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “The Manhattan district attorney’s office on Monday [9-23-19] accused President Trump and his lawyers of trying to invent a “new presidential ‘tax return’ privilege’ by arguing that Mr. Trump should not have to comply with a subpoena seeking eight years of his personal and corporate returns. The district attorney’s office used the […]

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9/19/2019

DEMS/INTELLIGENCE/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHISTLEBLOWER: “For years, lawmakers have argued that intelligence personnel concerned about government actions — like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning — should go through formal whistleblower channels instead of illegally leaking government secrets. But now, an unprecedented standoff between Congress and the Trump administration over a staffer who did go through the formal […]

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9/16/2019

LEGAL/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “State prosecutors in Manhattan have subpoenaed President Trump’s accounting firm to demand eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns, according to several people with knowledge of the matter. The subpoena opens a new front in a wide-ranging effort to obtain copies of the president’s tax returns, which Mr. Trump initially […]

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8/8/2019

LEGAL/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Rod Blagojevich, the former Governor of Illinois, was sentenced to 14 years in prison. He has served 7 years. Many people have asked that I study the possibility of commuting his sentence in that it was a very severe one. White House staff is continuing the review of this matter.”  –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, […]

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8/7/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The House Judiciary Committee sued on Wednesday [8-7-19] to force the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II to testify before Congress, asking a federal judge to strike down the Trump administration’s claim that top presidential aides are ‘absolutely immune’ from its subpoenas. In a filing in the […]

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8/5/2019

LEGAL/TERRORISM/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Cesar A. Sayoc Jr., the fervent supporter of President Trump who rattled the nation last fall when he sent homemade pipe bombs to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other prominent Democrats, was sentenced on Monday [8-5-19] to 20 years in prison. Mr. Sayoc pleaded guilty in March to mailing 16 bombs […]

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8/2/2019

2016 ELECTION/LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Rick Gates, one of the most significant cooperators of the Mueller investigation, is poised to testify publicly against two of his former associates and potentially speak about the Trump campaign’s interest in WikiLeaks and the Russian hack of the Democrats in 2016 before he is sentenced in the coming months. Prosecutors […]

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8/1/2019

LEGAL/NEW YORK/TRUMP BUSINESS/WOMEN: “The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office sent subpoenas to the Trump Organization and American Media Inc. on Thursday as part of an investigation into the hush money paid to two women who alleged affairs with President Donald Trump. The subpoena to the Trump Organization is seeking communications between the company and representatives for […]

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8/1/2019

LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER/ROGER STONE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Roger Stone has lost his attempts to get rid of his criminal charges, but will get access to some unredacted parts of the Mueller report as he prepares for his trial. Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the US District Court in Washington, DC, declined on Thursday to throw out any part […]

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8/1/2019

LEGAL/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “A federal judge in Washington presiding over a case involving President Donald Trump’s state tax returns said today that he will hear a bid to move the case to New York. District Court Judge Carl Nichols said he agreed to a proposal by New York state to allow it to challenge his […]

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8/1/2019

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘A string of court cases that have been run through the legal system that have hit DEAD ENDS….’ @BillHemmer @AmericaNewsroom https://t.co/lQ7tgKWM9u” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 1, 2019 10:55 am […]

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8/1/2019

LEGAL/NEW YORK/TRUMP BUSINESS/WOMEN: “State prosecutors in Manhattan subpoenaed President Trump’s family business on Thursday [8-1-19], reviving an investigation into the company’s role in hush-money payments made during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to people briefed on the matter. The subpoena, issued by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, demanded the Trump Organization provide documents related to […]

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7/31/2019

CRIME/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Plans by President Donald Trump’s administration to resume executions of inmates sentenced to death for federal crimes is set to face a stiff court challenge, but a judge’s decision on the legality of its new protocol for lethal injections may come too late for five men scheduled to die starting in […]

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7/31/2019

LEGAL/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “President Trump intervened Tuesday [7-30-19] once again on behalf of a Navy SEAL who was charged but acquitted of war crimes in the death of a captured Islamic State fighter in Iraq, ordering the military to punish the prosecutors who tried the case in the first place. Mr. Trump angrily lashed out […]

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7/30/2019

CALIFORNIA/ELECTION/LEGAL/TRUMP TAXES: “President Donald Trump’s lawyers immediately signaled today they will challenge a California law requiring Trump to disclose his tax returns if he wants to appear on primary ballots in the state…A challenge seemed all but inevitable given Trump’s legal moves to stymie House Democrats and New York officials who are also seeking the […]

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7/24/2019

LEGAL/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “President Donald Trump’s attorneys asked a federal judge Wednesday [7-24-19] to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent the House’s top tax writer from asking New York officials to turn over the president’s state tax returns. Trump filed suit in the District of Columbia on Tuesday to keep House Ways and Means […]

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7/23/2019

CAMPAIGN/CRIME/LEGAL/LOBBYING/MICHAEL FLYNN/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A federal jury on Tuesday [7-22-19] convicted Bijan Rafiekian, a former business partner of Michael Flynn, on a pair of foreign-agent felony charges stemming from work the two men did for Turkish interests during the final months of the Trump presidential campaign in 2016. The verdicts, returned by jurors in Alexandria, […]

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7/18/2019

INVESTIGATIONS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “Federal prosecutors’ decision to end an investigation into hush money payments to women claiming affairs with Donald Trump relied at least in part on long-standing Justice Department policy that a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday [7-18-19]. The Justice Department told a federal […]

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7/16/2019

LEGAL/MICHAEL FLYNN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Gen. Michael Flynn’s former lawyer testified Tuesday [7-16-19] that Flynn’s business partner was upset by the decision to submit a foreign-agent filing for their Turkey-related work and even began talking about a heart condition when told of the plan to make the disclosure. Prosecutors called ex-Flynn attorney Robert Kelner as a […]

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7/9/2019

CABINET/LABOR/LEGAL/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump said Tuesday [7-9-19] that he feels ‘very badly’ for Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, as the embattled Cabinet official faces an onslaught of calls by Democratic lawmakers to resign for his role in brokering financier Jeffrey Epstein’s 2008 plea deal on sex abuse charges…Last year, former press secretary […]

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7/9/2019

CABINET/LABOR/LEGAL/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP PEOPLE “Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta on Tuesday [7-9-19] faced fresh calls to resign, and rising pressure from inside the Trump administration, over his role in brokering a lenient plea deal over sex crimes for the New York financier Jeffrey E. Epstein as a federal prosecutor in Miami more than a decade ago. […]

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7/9/2019

BORDER/CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The House Judiciary Committee will vote this week to authorize a bevy of new subpoenas on the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from their families at the border and on President Trump’s possible obstruction of justice, summoning some of the biggest names to surface in Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation. […]

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6/27/2019

COURTS/LEGAL/PARDONS/PAUL MANAFORT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Paul J. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, was escorted into a courtroom on Thursday [6-27-19] to face state fraud charges that the Manhattan district attorney has brought in an effort to ensure Mr. Manafort could still face prison time even if he is pardoned for his federal crimes. Appearing in […]

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6/20/2019

DHS/ICE/IMMIGRATION/LEGAL/MASSACHUSETTS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge in Massachusetts on Thursday [6-20-19] blocked federal authorities from making civil immigration arrests inside the state’s courthouses. District Judge Indira Talwani issued a preliminary injunction that blocks US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security ‘from civilly arresting parties, witnesses, and others attending Massachusetts courthouses on […]

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6/18/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/CRIME/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump said on Tuesday [6-18-19] that he would not apologize for his harsh comments in 1989 about the Central Park Five, the five black and Latino men who as teenagers were wrongly convicted of the brutal rape of a jogger in New York City. Mr. Trump was asked about newspaper […]

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6/17/2019

DEMS/INVESTIGATIONS/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump is facing a hurdle no other president has — an unprecedented onslaught of investigations into almost every recent organization he has led. In California, investigators are examining some of the more than $100 million in donations to Trump’s inauguration. In New Jersey, they’re looking into the treatment of employees […]

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6/14/2019

LEGAL/TRUMP BUSINESS: “Washington’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board opened the door this week to hearing a challenge to President Donald Trump’s liquor license at his Washington hotel over claims that he doesn’t meet the city’s ‘good character’ requirements. The board on Wednesday issued an order denying the Trump International Hotel’s motion to dismiss a ‘protest’ from a […]

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6/12/2019

CENSUS/LEGAL/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The American Civil Liberties Union late Wednesday night asked the Supreme Court to wait until the fall to decide if it wants to allow the Trump administration to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. In a motion sent to the court, the group suggested that the justices send […]

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6/12/2019

DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said the Justice Department would have ‘no choice’ but to charge President Donald Trump with obstruction of justice if he finished his term without being impeached. Speaking with NPR’s Scott Detrow in an interview published Wednesday [6-12-19], Harris said special counsel Robert Mueller essentially set the stage […]

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6/7/2019

LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER/ROGER STONE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Former Roger Stone employee Andrew Miller has turned over records related to his old boss to a federal grand jury, including the now-indicted political operative’s schedule from the 2016 Republican National Convention, his attorney said Friday [6-7-19]. Miller testified about his former employer to the grand jury last week, and during […]

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6/6/2019

LEGAL/MICHAEL FLYNN/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has fired his lawyers who arranged a 2017 plea deal that helped set the tone for others to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Flynn’s attorneys, Rob Kelner and Steve Anthony, said in a court filing Thursday morning their longtime […]

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6/5/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/LEGAL/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “House Democrats, fresh off a Republican victory against them (in Federal Court) on the Wall, keep asking people to come and testify regarding the No Collusion Witch Hunt. They are very unhappy with the Mueller Report, especially with his corrective letter, & now want a Do Over!” –Donald Trump, […]

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5/23/2019

LEGAL/PAUL MANAFORT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A Chicago bank chairman has been indicted in Manhattan on a charge that he issued millions of dollars in high-risk loans to President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, in an effort to obtain a senior position in the administration, federal authorities said on Thursday [5-23-19]. Prosecutors said the chairman, Stephen M. […]

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5/22/2019

COURTS/DEMS/LEGAL/TRUMP BUSINESS: “For three years, Donald J. Trump has treated the details of his personal and business finances as a closely guarded secret. On Wednesday [5-22-19], those secrets moved two steps closer to becoming public. A federal judge in Manhattan ruled against a request from President Trump to block his longtime lender, Deutsche Bank, from […]

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5/20/2019

COURTS/DEMS/LEGAL/TRUMP BUSINESS: “President Trump’s accounting firm must turn over his financial records to Congress, a Federal District Court judge ruled on Monday [5-20-19], rejecting his legal team’s argument that lawmakers had no legitimate power to subpoena the files. But Mr. Trump vowed that his legal team would appeal rather than permit the firm, Mazars USA, […]

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5/20/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The White House on Monday [5-20-19] directed former White House Counsel Don McGahn to defy a subpoena to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday [5-21-19], and the Justice Department released a corresponding legal opinion arguing that McGahn is not obligated to answer lawmakers’ questions. The move deals a […]

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5/20/2019

CONGRESS/GOP/INVESTIGATIONS/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Senior House Republicans are breaking with Donald Trump over the president’s legal claims that Congress can’t investigate whether a commander in chief violated the law. That view, advanced by Trump’s personal attorney and the White House counsel late last week, would upend long-held understandings about Congress’ ability to scrutinize presidential conduct — […]

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5/14/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/INTELLIGENCE/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The House Intelligence Committee is investigating whether lawyers tied to President Trump and his family helped obstruct the panel’s inquiry into Russian election interference by shaping false testimony, a series of previously undisclosed letters from its chairman show. The line of inquiry stems from claims made by the president’s […]

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5/5/2019

LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @JudicialWatch: Judicial Watch announced it received 756 pages of newly uncovered emails that were among the materials former Secretary…”  –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 5, 2019 8:48 am […]

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5/3/2019

LEGAL/TARIFFS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Carl C. Icahn, the billionaire investor who was a close confidant of President Trump, has received a second subpoena from federal prosecutors in Manhattan, this one related to a series of stock trades last year. Icahn Enterprises, one of Mr. Icahn’s main investment companies, disclosed in a regulatory filing on Thursday […]

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5/2/2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL/CONGRESS/DEMS/LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Attorney General William P. Barr defied on Thursday [5-2-19] a deadline imposed by a congressional subpoena to provide lawmakers with the full-text Mueller report. President Trump, meanwhile, has vowed to resist ‘all’ subpoenas issued by House Democrats in their oversight investigations. And Mr. Trump has sued his banks and the […]

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5/1/2019

DEMS/INVESTIGATIONS/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “In 1973, when Donald J. Trump’s real estate firm faced a potentially existential threat from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s accusations of discriminatory practices, his lawyer, Roy Cohn, filed a countersuit against the government, accusing the agency of defamation. The gambit, announced at a news conference, helped Mr. Trump, […]

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4/29/2019

CENSUS/COURTS/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Two years ago, at his confirmation hearings, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch said that what happens abroad should not influence American judges in constitutional cases…But last week, during arguments over whether the Trump administration may add a question on citizenship to the 2020 census, Justice Gorsuch did not hesitate to consider what he […]

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4/26/2019

LEGAL/ROBERT MUELLER: “I never told Don McGahn to fire Mueller. If I wanted to fire Mueller, I would have done it myself. It’s very simple. I had the right to. And frankly, whether I did or he did, we had the absolute right to fire Mueller. In the meantime, I didn’t do it. I’m a […]

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4/24/2019

DEMS/INVESTIGATIONS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump spiked partisan tensions to new heights Wednesday [4-24-19], saying his administration will challenge ‘all the subpoenas’ sent his way by congressional Democrats. The president’s comment came the same day the Justice Department sent a letter to House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) stating it would not comply […]

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