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Elijah Cummings Reveals Trump Has Potentially Illegal Ties To Saudi Arabia

Now we know the real motive behind Donald Trump’s attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) have nothing to do with a 2020 campaign strategy or to solidify the GOP base in anticipation of next year’s election.

Instead, it’s clear that the president is terrified. And based on a report issued by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform that Cummings chairs, Trump has every reason to be worried about what comes next for him.

The report in question suggests that top Trump administration officials, as well as the president himself, were actively working behind the scenes to help Saudi Arabia in exchange for payoffs from business interests in the kingdom, Vanity Fair reports:

“A new House Oversight Committee report revealed the extent to which a private company and the Trump allies associated with it were able to use the administration to further their own financial interests in Riyadh. The new House report centers on how IP3, a private company described by one nuclear industry exec as ‘the Theranos of the nuclear industry,’ has been attempting to circumvent the obstacles stopping them from transferring U.S. nuclear technology to the Saudis—with the Trump team’s help. ‘With regard to Saudi Arabia, the Trump Administration has virtually obliterated the lines normally separating government policymaking from corporate and foreign interests,’ the House report alleges. “The documents show the Administration’s willingness to let private parties with close ties to the President wield outsized influence over U.S. policy towards Saudi Arabia.”

Remember how Trump downplayed the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi-born journalist who worked for the Washington Post, even though U.S. intelligence confirmed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination? It would seem that the president did so because he knew people around him (and even the Trump Organization) stood to benefit financially if the Saudis were kept happy.

In a statement issued with the report, Rep. Cummings wrote:

“Today’s report reveals new and extensive evidence that corroborates Committee whistleblowers and exposes how corporate and foreign interests are using their unique access to advocate for the transfer of U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. The American people deserve to know the facts about whether the White House is willing to place the potential profits of the President’s personal friends above the national security of the American people and the universal objective of preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.”

These connections between the White House and Saudi Arabia are just the latest evidence that this administration is out of control and that the president and his top advisers are only interested in enriching themselves, even at the expense of U.S. national security.

Congress doesn’t need to look any further for evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors by this president. It has more than enough to begin impeachment. It’s time to take the next step and hold this criminal accountable.

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Trump’s Financial Secrets Come To Light As Banks Begin Handing His Records To Maxine Waters

Things haven’t been going particularly well over the past couple of months for Donald Trump, and it has everything to do with his darkest secrets now being made public for all to see.

Trump’s luck turned sour in May when a federal judge ruled that both Deutsche Bank and Capital One are required to hand over his financial records related to their dealings with the president and his businesses. The Trump family had appealed an earlier court ruling to keep the banks from complying with a congressional subpoena.

Additionally, NBC News reported that two other banks that have had extensive dealings with Trump and the Trump Organization — Wells Fargo and TD Bank — have already given thousands of pages of financial documents to the House Financial Services Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA):

“Wells Fargo provided the committee with a few thousand documents and TD Bank handed the committee a handful of documents, according to a source who has seen them. The committee … is especially interested in the president’s business relationship with Russia and other foreign entities.”

Waters was a guest on the MSNBC show “Hardball” recently, and she told host Chris Matthews her committee did receive the documents in question, but “we don’t have information to share with you at this time about what we’ve learned from the documents.”

Also, the Wells Fargo and TD Bank compliance with a subpoena are merely a fraction of those Waters has asked for, NBC noted:

“(The) committee has also sent subpoenas to Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of America, and JP Morgan Chase. The Royal Bank of Canada is in the process of complying with the subpoena, according to a source.”

When the subpoenas were issued in April, Congresswoman Waters made clear the reason for her request:

“The potential use of the U.S. financial system for illicit purposes is a very serious concern. The Financial Services Committee is exploring these matters, including as they may involve the President and his associates, as thoroughly as possible pursuant to its oversight authority, and will follow the facts wherever they may lead us.”

Trump once said his financial records were a proverbial “red line” that he would not tolerate. But federal judges don’t answer to presidents and have lifetime tenure. That means all of the president’s dirty financial laundry is going to be aired in the very near future.

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Judge Green-Lights Massive Fraud Lawsuit Against Trump Family

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a fraud lawsuit filed against President Donald Trump, his company, and three of his children (Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric) can move forward, according to Bloomberg:

“U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield in Manhattan ruled Wednesday that the case can go forward with claims of fraud, unfair competition, and deceptive trade practices. The decision likely opens the door for the plaintiffs to start gathering evidence from Trump and his company, including documents and testimony.”

A group of people allege that the Trumps hoodwinked and stole money from thousands of aspiring young entrepreneurs by actively promoting two bogus multilevel marketing ventures and a live seminar that promised to teach them Trump’s “secrets to success” in real estate. They are also seeking damages for a nationwide class of individuals who say they too were taken advantage of by the Trump family and Trump Organization.

Specifically, ShareBlue Media reports, the Trump name was used to hype products that were not legitimate and could not possibly make money:

“The Trumps had partnered with a company called ACN that theoretically sold internet plans and a comically out-of-date videophone, but it was really just a garden-variety pyramid scheme. The lawsuit describes a complicated scheme of ‘downlines’ and ‘upline’ and ‘training events,’ and Trump was happy to hype it.

“According to the complaint, Trump, his children, and the Trump organization got paid millions for that hype, but allegedly neither ACN nor the Trump defendants told the public that part. People who got duped into investing in the MLM scheme did so, they say, because they believed in Trump when he told them it was a spectacular opportunity. Instead, they lost a spectacular amount of money.”

Even though thousands of people lost money, the Trumps made off like bandits, even hosting numerous charitable events at Trump golf courses, greatly enriching the Trump family company.

Donald Trump and his family are nothing but con artists, grifters, and petty thieves. They make money off the desperation of others and then leave their victims holding the bag. It’s about time karma started catching up with this pack of criminals.

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Robert Mueller May Still Manage To Sink Trump – Here’s How

When he testifies tomorrow before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, it’s expected that former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will hew closely to the report he filed back in April, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t significant dangers to President Donald Trump when Mueller begins answering questions from the two committees.

Though he didn’t seek an indictment against the president (because Department of Justice policy said he couldn’t), Mueller did indeed find plenty of evidence that suggests Trump was in constant contact with Russia via surrogates during the 2016 election and also sought to obstruct justice as Mueller was involved in developing his case over the course of his investigation.

Make no mistake, Mueller can still do severe damage to the president, as Greg Sargent notes in The Washington Post:

“In this scenario, Mueller would state clearly that Trump and his advisers eagerly expected to gain from a massive foreign attack on our political system designed to elect Trump. That Trump World repeatedly sought to coordinate with those efforts, in the full knowledge of who was behind them. That Trump secretly pursued a lucrative real estate deal with Kremlin involvement while voters picked the GOP nominee. That Trump and his advisers repeatedly lied to cover all of this up.”

That alone would blow Trump’s constant claims of “no collusion” right out of the water. Collusion is not even a crime, so how could there have been any? As you’d expect, Trump is silent on that because it doesn’t bolster his bogus assertions.

And then we come to obstruction of justice, where the most damning evidence lies. Again, Sargent spells out how that alone could prove to be a big problem for the president:

“On obstruction, Mueller would also state clearly that Trump ordered his White House counsel to fire Mueller, then pushed him to actively cover that up. That Trump tried to get his former campaign chair to not cooperate with the investigation. That Trump ordered a top campaign official to tell his then-attorney general to severely restrict the probe. That Trump demanded Comey’s loyalty and urged him to go easy on his national security adviser, before firing Comey after that loyalty wasn’t forthcoming.”

Those two points — reaching out to Russia and obstructing the investigation — are more than enough to begin the impeachment of Donald Trump.

A few carefully worded questions about Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice could be enough to move the polls on support for an impeachment inquiry:

“Mueller did establish multiple acts of obstruction that were undertaken with corrupt intent.

“If Democrats can get Mueller to repeat this basic fact set, that itself could be powerful.”

Obstruction and corruption. That’s where the case against Trump is strongest. After Mueller is finished testifying tomorrow, don’t be the least bit surprised if there are immediate calls for impeachment from dozens of members of Congress. The evidence will be in plain sight. All that will remain is taking a vote in the House to start with impeachment.

And Trump will lose that vote.

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Mueller Hearing Next Week Will Focus On ‘Shocking Evidence Of Criminal Misconduct’ By Trump

When he testifies before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees next Wednesday, the main focus of the hearings will be to highlight “shocking evidence of criminal misconduct” by President Donald Trump, according to an explosive new report from NBC News:

“‘It is not that that there will be a big, dramatic new revelation necessarily, we’re not expecting that,” a Democratic staffer on the Judiciary Committee said Thursday in a briefing ahead of the hearings. ‘What’s important is there is truly shocking evidence of criminal misconduct by the president — not once but again and again and again — that would result in any other American being criminally charged in a multiple count indictment.'”

CNN confirms that the hearings will be to establish criminal conduct on the part of the president. That could lead to increasing calls for an impeachment inquiry to determine if Trump’s actions rise to the bar of “high crimes and misdemeanors” as set forth in the U.S. Constitution:

“As part of their strategy, Democrats plan to hone in on five areas of the Mueller report where they think the President clearly obstructed justice, including his efforts to fire the special counsel and to tamper with witnesses like his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, the aides said.
“Democrats also plan to press Mueller on the contacts with Russia and WikiLeaks detailed in the report, in the hopes that Mueller’s testimony can combat the President’s constant of ‘no collusion.'”
Such a strategy could be devastating for Trump, who is facing an uphill reelection campaign next year and has historically low approval ratings for an incumbent.

Here’s what to expect next Wednesday when it comes to proving Trump obstructed justice:
  • Trump’s repeatedly directing then-White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Mueller.
  • Trump telling McGahn to deny that he had been ordered to fire Mueller.
  • Trump asking former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to send a message to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging him to limit the investigation in a way that would exclude the president.
  • Trump telling Lewandowski to let Sessions know that he was fired if he didn’t agree to meet with Lewandowski.
  • Potential witness tampering by the president in regard to both Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen.

If Mueller testifies that Trump engaged in any or all of those actions, that would constitute impeachable offenses by the president.

Next Wednesday could be a very consequential one for Donald Trump. It might even wind up be the beginning of the end of his presidency.