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Former Ivanka Trump clothing company exec: We had to fight her to get basic maternity leave

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In a Facebook post, a former Chief Marketing Officer at Ivanka Trump’s clothing company broke her silence on her tenure there to state that employees at the company had to fight with the now-GOP’s presidential nominee ‘s daughter for minimal pregnancy leave.

Weeks ago the Trump campaign used the candidate’s daughter to help unveil a family leave policy in an attempt to woo females voters who have stayed away from the GOP nominee in droves. The Trump campaign went so far as to state that Ivanka Trump — a mother of three — helped develop the proposed policy.

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However, according to former exec Marissa Velez Kraxberger, leave for pregnant employees at Ivanka Trump’s clothing company had to fight for time off.

On Facebook, Velez Kraxberger wrote, “I have tried to abstain from writing anything amidst this terrifying political brawl that relates to my past employer, but when I recently saw a commercial with Ivanka and her father and their “maternity leave” policy I felt like I was going to be ill.”

“When I first interviewed with Ivanka I was 2 months pregnant, she called to offer me a job, which I was at the time very excited about,” she continued. “And when I asked about maternity leave she said she would have to think about it, that at Trump they don’t offer maternity leave and that she went back to work just a week after having her first child. I somehow was dumb enough to accept the job after agreeing upon having the discussion further down the road about how we would handle the time after my baby was born.”

Ironically, according to Velez Kraxberger, she was part of the team that helped create #WomenWhoWork for Trump.

“The company and the #WomenWhoWork platform we created was meant to inspire and encourage women to work at all aspects of their lives and live the lives they wanted to live, but before our eyes she took the platform and made it all about herself… and now it’s being dragged along side of this man who could potentially be the face of our country,” she wrote. “A man who puts down women and makes lewd comments, a man who is an outspoken racist, a man with no real vision for our future just scare tactics and threats. I’m not only saddened by the state of our nation, but mostly by the fact that our kids foundational years in school, where they learn about our nation’s history, could be under the leadership of this man.”

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UPDATE: A “brand spokesperson” named Katie Case from Hiltzik Strategies — the PR firm representing Ivanka Trump, Inc. — contacted Raw Story asking that we print a statement responding to this story. It is printed in full below:

The team at Ivanka Trump is saddened by this mischaracterization of how our company developed its industry leading culture and benefits package. In addition to paid leave, we also offer all employees flexible work schedules and unlimited vacation and sick days.

As a company for women, run by women, we spent a considerable amount of time in the early days of building our business developing a unique corporate culture and engaged in meaningful dialogue about the benefits that would be most impactful to the people working at Ivanka Trump.

While we respect differing political views from employees, past and present, we are steadfast in our belief that we have built a culture and a brand to be proud of and are deeply committed to supporting and empowering women.

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BUSTED: Devin Nunes is hiding how he’s paying for all his frivolous lawsuits — which could land him in more trouble

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On Saturday, the Fresno Bee dived into a lingering question: How does Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) pay for all the lawsuits he is filing against journalists, satirists, and political critics?

"Nunes, R-Tulare, has filed lawsuits against Twitter, anonymous social media users known as Devin Nunes' Cow and Devin Nunes' Mom, a Republican political strategist, media companies, journalists, progressive watchdog groups, a political research firm that worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and a retired farmer in Nunes’ own district," noted the Bee.

These lawsuits were mainly filed in Virginia — a state with very loose laws against so-called "SLAPP suits," or meritless lawsuits intended to drown people in legal expenses in retaliation for expressing political opinions. Nunes was assisted in these suits by Steven Biss, a Virginia attorney, and yet except for the suit against the retired farmer, there is no clear record in Nunes' FEC reports of how he paid for the suits.

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Trump brings up Brett Kavanaugh in rage tweet at Democrats about coming impeachment trial

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On Saturday, President Donald Trump brought up Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in a bizarre rant against the "Radical Left, Do Nothing Dems" and his anger over the direction of the impeachment process:

After watching the disgraceful way that a wonderful man, @BrettKavanaugh, was treated by the Democrats, and now seeing first hand how these same Radical Left, Do Nothing Dems are treating the whole Impeachment Hoax, I understand why so many Dems are voting Republican!

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McConnell bluntly defends working with Trump to undermine impeachment: ‘We’re on the same side’

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Speaking in Kentucky on Friday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blithely blew off concerns about coordinating with Donald Trump's White House on how to handle the president's defense in the expected impeachment trial.

One day after admitting on Fox News that he was working hand-in-hand with the White House on impeachment tactics, McConnell was very blunt about his motivations when asked about his admission.

In a clip shared by MSNBC, the Senate leader was pressed about his plans.

"You told Sean Hannity last night you were coordinating with the White House when it comes to impeachment. Why is that appropriate?" McConnell was asked.

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