The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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    Over $109bn wiped off Facebook's market cap after growth shock | The Guardian

    Three million European users abandon platform after Cambridge Analytica breach revealed

    Facebook facing biggest one-day rout ever as shares tumble 18% | Business Live | The Guardian

    Investors desert Facebook after it missed revenue targets and admitted growth will slow in the years ahead
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    Judge allows lawsuit against Trump's Census citizenship question to proceed | TheHill


    A federal district court judge on Thursday denied a request from the Trump administration to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

    Judge Jesse Furman on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York said the challengers hadplausiblyalleged CommerceSecretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to reinstate the citizenship question was motivated at least in part by “discriminatory animus” and will result in a discriminatory effect.

    He also ruled that challengers had “plausibly” alleged there is a “heightened risk in the current political climate” that the question will lead to a lower response rate “because of President Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric.”

    New York and 16 other blue states filed a lawsuit in April, challenging the constitutionality of a question about citizenship status, arguing it will lead to a skewed count. New York Immigration Coalition, Casa De Maryland, American-Arab Anti-discrimination Committee, ADC Research Institute and Make the Road New York also sued. The two cases have been consolidated.

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    Trump Organization Finance Chief Called to Testify Before Federal Grand Jury | Wall Street Journal

    Longtime Trump executive Allen Weisselberg has been subpoenaed in Michael Cohen probe


    Allen Weisselberg, a longtime financial gatekeeper for President Donald Trump, has been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury in the criminal probe of Mr. Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, according to people familiar with the investigation.

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    Mueller Examining Trump’s Tweets in Wide-Ranging Obstruction Inquiry

    By Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman, The New York Times, July 26, 2018


    For years, President Trump has used Twitter as his go-to public relations weapon, mounting a barrage of attacks on celebrities and then political rivals even after advisers warned he could be creating legal problems for himself.

    Those concerns now turn out to be well founded. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is scrutinizing tweets and negative statements from the president about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, according to three people briefed on the matter.

    Several of the remarks came as Mr. Trump was also privately pressuring the men — both key witnesses in the inquiry — about the investigation, and Mr. Mueller is examining whether the actions add up to attempts to obstruct the investigation by both intimidating witnesses and pressuring senior law enforcement officials to tamp down the inquiry.

    Mr. Mueller wants to question the president about the tweets. His interest in them is the latest addition to a range of presidential actions he is investigating as a possible obstruction case: private interactions with Mr. Comey, Mr. Sessions and other senior administration officials about the Russia inquiry; misleading White House statements; public attacks; and possible pardon offers to potential witnesses.

    None of what Mr. Mueller has homed in on constitutes obstruction, Mr. Trump’s lawyers said. They argued that most of the presidential acts under scrutiny, including the firing of Mr. Comey, fall under Mr. Trump’s authority as the head of the executive branch and insisted that he should not even have to answer Mr. Mueller’s questions about obstruction.

    But privately, some of the lawyers have expressed concern that Mr. Mueller will stitch together several episodes, encounters and pieces of evidence, like the tweets, to build a case that the president embarked on a broad effort to interfere with the investigation. Prosecutors who lack one slam-dunk piece of evidence in obstruction cases often search for a larger pattern of behavior, legal experts said.

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    Trump/Cohen Tape Sounds Like Mob Movie | Jimmy Kimmel Live

    On CNN last night they released an audio tape of Donald Trump talking to his former lawyer Michael Cohen. The tape was recorded covertly by Cohen - two months before the election. On the tape, they discuss paying off a former Playboy model named Karen McDougal - with whom the President allegedly had an affair for about a year. When you hear Trump and Cohen talk, it does feel like they're drug dealers or characters out of a mobster movie and since we only have the audio with no video, we decided to give this tape the Hollywood treatment. With that, here are some scenes from the new movie 'The Don.'

    Trump's Star Destroyed | Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was vandalized by a man with a pickaxe. Politics aside, you hate to see the natural beauty of Hollywood Boulevard tainted in any way, so to make sure this doesn't happen again Trump now has security out there.
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    Cohen claims Trump knew in advance of 2016 Trump Tower meeting | CNN


    Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, claims that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton, sources with knowledge tell CNN. Cohen is willing to make that assertion to special counsel Robert Mueller, the sources said.

    Cohen's claim would contradict repeated denials by Trump, Donald Trump Jr., their lawyers and other administration officials who have said that the President knew nothing about the Trump Tower meeting until he was approached about it by The New York Times in July 2017.

    Cohen alleges that he was present, along with several others, when Trump was informed of the Russians' offer by Trump Jr. By Cohen's account, Trump approved going ahead with the meeting with the Russians, according to sources.

    To be clear, these sources said Cohen does not have evidence, such as audio recordings, to corroborate his claim, but he is willing to attest to his account.

    Cohen privately testified last year to two Congressional committees investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. A source familiar with Cohen's House testimony said he did not testify that Trump had advance knowledge. Cohen's claims weren't mentioned in separate reports issued by Republicans and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.


    According to people who have discussed the matter with Cohen, he has expressed hope that this claim about the Trump Tower meeting will help him reach out to Mueller and possibly lessen his legal troubles. He's under scrutiny by federal prosecutors in Manhattan after Mueller referred Cohen's case to them.

    The June 2016 meeting was arranged after a publicist who knew Trump Jr. told him in emails -- in no uncertain terms -- that a senior Russian official "offered to provide the Trump campaign" with damaging information about Clinton, and that the outreach was "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump." At the time, the Russian operation to covertly boost Trump's candidacy wasn't publicly known. Trump. Jr. responded, "if it's what you say, I love it," and started to arrange the meeting.

    At the meeting, Trump Jr. was joined by his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, who was Trump's campaign chairman at the time. There were four Russians in the room, including a lawyer with Kremlin ties, a businessman who worked for an oligarch and a lobbyist with old KGB connections.

    After news of the meeting broke in July 2017, the Trump team offered misleading explanations and changed their story several times. But one claim stayed consistent: that Trump had no knowledge of the meeting beforehand, wasn't told about it afterward and first learned about it one year later.

    Those denials were repeatedly issued by Trump, his attorney Jay Sekulow, Trump Jr., Futerfas and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. Those people denied that Trump had contemporaneous knowledge of the meeting on more than 15 occasions, according to CNN's analysis.

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    Exclusive: Kimberly Guilfoyle Left Fox News After Investigation Into Misconduct Allegations, Sources Say | HuffPost

    Sources tell HuffPost that Guilfoyle, who is dating Donald Trump Jr., engaged in emotionally abusive behavior and showed colleagues personal photos of male genitalia.


    When it was revealed last week that longtime Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle would be leaving the network, some Fox News and White House insiders were surprised that she was choosing to move on from the cable news channel and head to a pro-Donald Trump super PAC. For nearly two years — even once rumors eventually kicked up that she might join the Trump administration — Guilfoyle said that, as a single mother, she had to think of her son’s financial future and couldn’t afford to leave the high-paying gig, multiple sources told HuffPost.

    Guilfoyle’s departure was initially billed as her decision. However, as HuffPost first reported last week, multiple sources said she did not leave the network voluntarily. They said Guilfoyle was informed her time at Fox News was up following a human resources investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior including sexual misconduct, and that her lawyers had been involved since the spring. Sources also said that despite being told she would have to leave by July, Guilfoyle repeatedly attempted to delay her exit and tried to have her allies appeal to Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, to let her stay at the network.

    This story is based on interviews conducted over the past year with 21 sources inside and outside Fox News and 21st Century Fox. All sources spoke to HuffPost on the condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to speak to the press, did not want to raise Guilfoyle’s ire or have signed nondisclosure agreements that prevent them from speaking to others about their experiences.

    Guilfoyle announced Tuesday that she had left the Fox News.

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    Jake Tapper: It's Unpatriotic To Obstruct The Russia Probe | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    CNN's 'The Lead' host and 'The Hellfire Club' author Jake Tapper says his mind is blown that American politicians are moving to obstruct an investigation into Russia.

    Shep Smith: Journalists are not the enemy of the people | Fox News

    White House stops CNN reporter from attending a Rose Garden event. Shepard Smith shares his thoughts on Fox News Channel.
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    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 38 minutes ago
    Arrived back in Washington last night from a very emotional reopening of a major U.S. Steel plant in Granite City, Illinois, only to be greeted with the ridiculous news that the highly conflicted Robert Mueller and his gang of 13 Angry Democrats obviously cannot find Collusion...

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 24 minutes ago
    ....,the only Collusion with Russia was with the Democrats, so now they are looking at my Tweets (along with 53 million other people) - the rigged Witch Hunt continues! How stupid and unfair to our Country....An

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 6 minutes ago
    .....I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr. Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?). He even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary’s lawyer. Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice!
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    Donald Trump's DC Hotel Liquor License Challenged Over His 'Character' | HuffPost

    The complaint cites “nonstop lies,” fraud and treatment of minorities and women as proof that the president doesn’t have the good character required by law.


    Five local religious leaders and two retired judges are challenging President Donald Trump’s liquor license for his Trump International Hotel in the District of Columbia, arguing that he doesn’t have the “good character” required by law for the license.

    Trump, the complaint flatly states, is “not a person of good character.”

    The complaint, filed last month, argues that Trump is a “nonstop, habitual and compulsive liar”; has “not removed himself from his businesses as promised” when he became president, maintaining “conflicts of interest”; and has paid $25 million to settle claims of fraud against Trump University.

    In addition, the complaint cites his failure to pay contractors money owed, notes that “at least 16 women have alleged that Trump sexually assaulted them” and that the president has engaged in “outright racist statements.”
    The complaint is “not intended to be comprehensive,” it adds.

    “If the ‘true and actual owner of the establishment’ granted a license to sell alcoholic beverages is not ‘of good character,’ the licensee is in violation of the law, and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board may suspend or revoke the license,” notes the complaint, which calls for revocation of the president’s license.

    The president is “subject to the good character requirement that applies to all other licensees,” according to the complaint. “There is no statutory exception for the rich or the powerful.”

    The board that will rule on the complaint is staffed by seven local residents picked by Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser.

    It’s not clear when the board will take up the complaint, and it’s uncertain if it will have any effect. But Trump is decidedly unpopular in the District of Columbia, where he won just 4 percent of the vote in the presidential election.

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  16. Anonymous donation will be made by Trump in all likelihood to save face. Not to mention his vanity.

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    Russian soldiers protect Trump’s star on Hollywood Blvd
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  19. Reminds me of an Anonymous protester in communist garb before the old Washiton Org..

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    Melania in tight white Jeans, a Florida standard and the purse costs $2600
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    Colorado defaces a GOP sign. Earlier this week someone put Putin photo where Trumps should go.
    Yay Colorado
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    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 5 hours ago
    When the media - driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome - reveals internal deliberations of our government, it truly puts the lives of many, not just journalists, at risk! Very unpatriotic! Freedom of the press also comes with a responsibility to report the news...

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 5 hours ago
    ...accurately. 90% of media coverage of my Administration is negative, despite the tremendously positive results we are achieving, it’s no surprise that confidence in the media is at an all time low! I will not allow our great country to be sold out by anti-Trump haters in the...

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 5 hours ago
    ...dying newspaper industry. No matter how much they try to distract and cover it up, our country is making great progress under my leadership and I will never stop fighting for the American people! As an example, the failing New York Times...

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 5 hours ago
    ...and the Amazon Washington Post do nothing but write bad stories even on very positive achievements - and they will never change!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago
    There is No Collusion! The Robert Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt, headed now by 17 (increased from 13, including an Obama White House lawyer) Angry Democrats, was started by a fraudulent Dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC. Therefore, the Witch Hunt is an illegal Scam!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago
    Is Robert Mueller ever going to release his conflicts of interest with respect to President Trump, including the fact that we had a very nasty & contentious business relationship, I turned him down to head the FBI (one day before appointment as S.C.) & Comey is his close friend..

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago
    ....Also, why is Mueller only appointing Angry Dems, some of whom have worked for Crooked Hillary, others, including himself, have worked for Obama....And why isn’t Mueller looking at all of the criminal activity & real Russian Collusion on the Democrats side-Podesta, Dossier?
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    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 12 hours ago
    Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times. Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, “Enemy of the People.” Sad!

    New York Times publisher warned Trump about labeling journalists enemies | CNN


    In a statement, New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger gave a different account of the meeting he had with President Donald Trump saying that it was the White House who made the request for a meeting. The statement goes on to say that Sulzberger warned Trump that his language toward journalists was dangerous.
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    Rudy Giuliani: Not sure colluding is a crime | CNN

    In an interview with CNN's Alisyn Camerota, President Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani said he is not sure colluding about Russians is a crime.

    The 37 strangest lines in Rudy Giuliani's off-the-rails CNN interview | CNN


    President Donald Trump seems to believe that Rudy Giuliani is a really, really good surrogate for him when it comes to fighting back against the ongoing special counsel probe into Russia's attempted interference in the 2016 election. What else could explain Giuliani's ubiquity on cable television?

    Which brings me to Monday morning and a thrill-ride of a performance by Giuliani on CNN's "New Day." There was so much said in the interview that condensing it all into one news story is truly impossible. So, below, I've picked out the 37 oddest lines from the Giuliani sit-down.

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    Giuliani Backs Off Trump's Repeated Denials That He Asked Comey To Go Easy On Flynn | BuzzFeed News

    "He had a right to say to Comey, 'Give Flynn a break,'" Giuliani says. Trump previously said, "I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn."

    [UPDATE: Giuliani says his morning comments were not backing off from Trump's previous denials.]

    Trump lawyer Giuliani: 'scumbag' Cohen is a traitor like Iago and Brutus | The Guardian
    • Ex-New York mayor gives rambling 32-minute CNN interview
    • Won’t discuss ‘very nasty’ link between Mueller and Trump

    Rudy Giuliani on Trump Tower meeting, Michael Cohen: his rambling new statements, decoded | Vox

    The president’s lawyer went on TV, and everyone is confused.
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  26. Bloomberg Block

    Why Robert Mueller Is the Perfect Man for the Job

    What a Manafort Conviction Could Mean for the Mueller Probe

    Trump Says There's Room for Negotiations on Border Wall Shutdown Threat

    Trump Playing High-Stakes Poker With Tariffs, Heritage Foundation's Moore Says

    (it was not a win)
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    Manafort and Mueller agree to ditch appeal of civil case hours before criminal trial | CNBC
    • Paul Manafort reaches an agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to dismiss an appeal of a civil case Manafort had filed against the Justice Department.
    • The court document announcing that all parties agreed to dismiss that civil case came just hours before start of Manafort's criminal trial in Virginia — the first trial borne from charges brought by the special counsel.
    • Manafort had brought a civil suit in January against the Justice Department, naming Mueller and Rosenstein as specific defendants. He argued that Rosenstein had exceeded his authority through the appointment of the special counsel, and that Mueller had exceeded his authority, as well.

    Why Mueller needs a win in the Manafort trial | POLITICO

    An acquittal of the former Trump campaign chairman in a trial that opens Tuesday could deal severe legal and political blows to the top Russia prosecutor's work.
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    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 5 hours ago
    “FBI Agent Peter Strzok (on the Mueller team) should have recused himself on day one. He was out to STOP THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP. He needed an insurance policy. Those are illegal, improper goals, trying to influence the Election. He should never, ever been allowed to........

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 5 hours ago
    .....remain in the FBI while he himself was being investigated. This is a real issue. It won’t go into a Mueller Report because Mueller is going to protect these guys. Mueller has an interest in creating the illusion of objectivity around his investigation.” ALAN DERSHOWITZ....

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 5 hours ago
    ..This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 5 hours ago
    Paul Manafort worked for Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other highly prominent and respected political leaders. He worked for me for a very short time. Why didn’t government tell me that he was under investigation. These old charges have nothing to do with Collusion - a Hoax!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago
    Russian Collusion with the Trump Campaign, one of the most successful in history, is a TOTAL HOAX. The Democrats paid for the phony and discredited Dossier which was, along with Comey, McCabe, Strzok and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, used to begin the Witch Hunt. Disgraceful!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 3 hours ago
    Looking back on history, who was treated worse, Alfonse Capone, legendary mob boss, killer and “Public Enemy Number One,” or Paul Manafort, political operative & Reagan/Dole darling, now serving solitary confinement - although convicted of nothing? Where is the Russian Collusion?

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 2 hours ago
    “We already have a smoking gun about a campaign getting dirt on their opponent, it was Hillary Clinton. How is it OK for Hillary Clinton to proactively seek dirt from the Russians but the Trump campaign met at the Russians request and that is bad?” Marc Thiessen, Washington Post

    Donald Trump just tweeted something new about the Russia investigation -- and it's huge | CNN

    "Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now."
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  33. Former President Barack Obama And Joe Biden Reunite At Washington Bakery | NBC News

    Ocasio-Cortez, Feinstein missing from Obama endorsement list

    Wages are not up and America is failing as a global 'leader"

    The Five: There's a 'Moral Issue' With Sanders & Ocasio-Cortez' Plan for 'Medicare for All'

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    Following Trumps tweet telling Sessions to end the Russian Investigation, Sara Saunders said Trump was tweeting his opinion not instructing Sessions to do it. Colbert has this to say
    “Donald Trump is telling his attorney general to shut down the investigation of Donald Trump,” Colbert said. “Rudy should tell him that just because he is doing it in public, it’s still obstruction of justice. Just like public urination is still urination.”
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  36. Kermit wore it better.
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    Trump tells the ACLU it should reunite separated families
    “Justice Department lawyers wrote on Thursday that the government would turn over whatever identifying information it could on the parents who were deported, including last known phone numbers and addresses. But they wrote that the ACLU "should use their considerable resources and their network of law firms, (non-governmental organizations), volunteers, and others" to establish contact with the deported parents.”

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