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Mismanagement or corruption? Where is the record $107 million in donations to Trump’s inauguration?

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In 2009, President Obama and his inauguration team oversaw the largest inauguration crowd in American history. They hauled in $55 million in private donations to cover the expenses. Fast forward to 2017 and Team Trump collected a record-breaking $107 million, but much of the eye-popping haul came from mysterious sources. One mega-donor has now been revealed. From Robert Maguire of McClatchy DC:

One of the largest contributions to President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee in 2016 appears to have been orchestrated by a set of powerful conservative legal activists who have since been put in the driver’s seat of the administration’s push to select and nominate federal judges.

The $1 million inaugural gift came from a Northern Virginia company called BH Group, LLC. Unlike other generous corporate inaugural donors, like Bank of America and Dow Chemical, though, BH Group was a cipher, and likely was set up solely to prevent disclosure of the actual donor’s name.

Almost nothing is known about the company, including who runs it or its reason for being beyond writing a seven-figure check on Dec. 22, 2016, almost a month before Trump was sworn in.

While the source of the money used to make the gift was masked from the public, a trail of clues puts the contribution at the doorstep of some of the same actors — most notably Leonard Leo, an executive vice president at the conservative Federalist Society — who have helped promote Trump’s mission, and that of his White House counsel, Don McGahn, to fill judicial vacancies as quickly as he can with staunchly conservative, preferably young jurists.

Cool, cool. The Federalist Society essentially bought our court system, placing extreme right-wing judges throughout our court system, a disruption that could take decades to unwind.

So, just how unusual was this $107 million payday for the Trump team and where did that money go? MSNBC’s Ari Melber spoke to the president of Obama’s inaugural committee, Steve Kerrigan, to shed some light on the unusual situation. Kerrigan notes that Trump paid $26 million to a friend of Melania Trump’s for only a few weeks of work, noting that is four times more than the total amount paid to 450 staffers for Obama’s 2009 inauguration.

Melber and Kerrigan also highlighted the selfies and celebratory photos of suspect Russians in and around Trump and key cabinet members during the inauguration festivities.

Was the inauguration fund a vehicle for corruption? If so, that could add to the legal woes on the horizon for Donald Trump. Rick Gates, a key Trump inauguration staffer and fundraiser is cooperating with Robert Mueller. From Vox:

Special counsel Robert Mueller just flipped another former Trump staffer. Rick Gates — Paul Manafort’s longtime junior business partner and a 2016 Trump campaign aide — agreed to a plea deal in Mueller’s investigation Friday afternoon in which he’ll cooperate with the probe.

Gates pleaded to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of making false statements to the FBI. In exchange, other charges related to money laundering, acting as an unregistered foreign agent, and making other false statements will be dropped. Here are his statement of offense and plea agreement.


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Dozens of mothers rally around Kavanaugh accuser’s home in a show of support

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As questions swirl around Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and how truly awful a person he has possibly always been, the conservative forces in our culture are working relentlessly to discredit Professor Christine B. Ford. Ford has accused Kavanaugh of attempting to sexually assault her back in high school, and Republican officials continue to expose themselves for the sorry misogynists that they are, with right-wing media misinforming the public at every turn. Even our sexual assaulter in chief’s children have gotten into the game of slut-shaming, and of spewing deep-state conspiracy-theory rhetoric that incites their minions to threaten Christine Ford’s life.

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A group of over thirty women and a handful of men convened at Ford’s home in Palo Alto in a show of support on Thursday. The Mercury News reports that the supporters chanted “We believe Christine. Her story is our story!”

“I’m here today for all of my friends who are too retraumatized to come, who say ‘I can’t go through this again,”” said Jill Rege, who lives in Palo Alto. “They can barely get out of bed because it puts them right back where they were 25 or 30 years ago. They hid, they shoved it down, but they all remember.”

We believe Christine.

 

 

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Raw Story Reporting Allegation That Trump Flack Jason Miller Slipped Stripper GF Abortion Pill.

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Raw Story Reporting Allegation That Trump Flack Jason Miller Slipped Stripper GF Abortion Pill.

 

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If this allegation is true (along with others) than it is apparent that Trump supporters oppose abortion except in cases where the fetus is an inconvenience to the father.

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“According to a court filing, President Donald Trump’s former aide Jason Miller allegedly gave a pregnant stripper an abortion pill without her knowledge.

The court document obtained by Splinter News was filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court. The stripper’s name was not identified and the report referred to her as Jane Doe.

After engaging in a sexual relationship with Jane Doe, Miller discovered she was pregnant. He then “Unbeknownst to Jane Doe, [gave her a] smoothie  [that] contained an abortion pill.”

The pill had traumatic effects on Jane Doe. “The pill-induced an abortion and Jane Doe wound up in a hospital emergency room, bleeding heavily and nearly went into a coma. The unborn child died,” the report stated.”

Fortunately, the male involved suffered no consequences. /s

Yet.

 

 

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Trump Offends Poland This Week By Disrespecting Polish President

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Polish President Andrzej Duda visited the White House on Tuesday, and although he was pleased with the visit, many other polish citizens were left less than thrilled. In fact, Trump managed to offend the Poles so deeply that the fallout was all over Polish news sites on Wednesday morning.

At the end of the meeting between Duda and Trump, the two leaders signed a strategic partnership pact to boost defense, energy, trade and security ties.  The moment was captured in a photo that was…uh…awkward.

Polish radio correspondent Pawel Zuchowski commented, “It’s nice of President Trump that he moved a bit, because otherwise our president would have had to sign the document on his knees.”

International diplomacy scholar Janusz Sibora called the incident an “offense” in an interview with Gazeta, a polish news site, which also compared the meeting with Trump’s ceremonial signing of an agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un earlier this year, when both leaders sat at the same table.

“The message is clear: Americans do not respect Poles,” Sibora said. “If we sign such an important document in that way, we should ask ourselves whether this wasn’t detrimental to the honor of Poland.”

Pawel Zalewski, of the opposition liberal-conservative party wrote, “Signing a Polish-American declaration at the desk of the American president, while he is sitting, and [the Polish president] is standing is a symbolic confirmation [of] @AndrzejDuda as a customer [of] @realDonaldTrump. We have never been so low.”

Even Former President and Nobel Prize winner, Lech Walesa had a negative opinion of the encounter.  Walesa appeared to troll Duda on Facebook with a photo of Walesa sitting with Trump standing next to him.  “You find difference,” read the caption.

Znajdź różnice.You find difference.

Posted by Lech Wałęsa on Tuesday, September 18, 2018

There was no sign, however, that Duda himself was bothered by the photo. He rejected the criticism and posted a more pleasant view of the visit on Twitter, hailing it as a success.

You can follow me on Twitter @maymepolitizoom         

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