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Today NPR’s Philip Ewing reported that Donald Trump Jr.’s 2017 lied to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow deal, according to Michael Cohen’s guilty plea colloquy yesterday. Also, Buzzfeed’s Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold reported that the God-King offered Vladimir Putin a $50 million penthouse to approve that project, and the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake notes that offer may have violated the 1977 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a law the God-King has repeatedly decried as “outrageous.” Law & Crime’s Ronn Blitzer offers more details on that statute, and the Post’s Michael Gershon argues that “Trump’s inner circle has always been a cesspool.”
Also, the Post’s Carol Leonnig, Rosalind Helderman, and Tom Hamburger report that Federal Trade Commission emails show acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker personally handled complaints about the World Patent Marketing scam while praising the company publicly, and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) announced that six White House staffers were reprimanded for violating the Hatch Act by using their official government Twitter accounts for partisan political activity, but the Post’s Eli Rosenberg and Juliet Eilperin report that the God-King’s Office of Special Counsel issued a memo warning federal employees not to discuss impeachment or use the words “resist” or “Resistance” at work.
new donor disclosure requirements for political organizations, a system to multiply small donations to political campaigns, a mandatory new ethical code for the Supreme Court, an end to most first-class travel for federal officeholders, and a broad effort to expand voting access and reduce partisan gerrymandering.
Will H.R.1 help clean out the Trump/GOP cesspool?
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