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BUSTED: Trump’s charity admitted to breaking IRS rules against ‘self-dealing’ in 2015

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Donald Trump may have won the presidential election, but the scrutiny over his business behavior and ethics is only just beginning.

The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold reports that the Trump Foundation has admitted to breaking rules that prohibit charities from “self-dealing” — i.e., when someone uses funds from their charity to financially benefit themselves, their family or their businesses.

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This particular admission was contained in an IRS filing that the Trump Foundation made back in 2015, and it shows that the foundation copped to transferring “income or assets to a disqualified person.” As Fahrenthold notes, such a “disqualified person” might be either Trump himself, one of his immediate family members, or one of his own businesses.”

Unfortunately, this newly unearthed IRS filing is very vague and doesn’t contain specific information about the nature and scope of the self-dealing that went on. The Post reported this year that Trump had used his charity’s funds to buy life-sized portraits of himself, as well as to pay out settlements incurred from actions taken by Trump’s own private companies


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‘Abuse of power is not a crime’: Former acting AG Matt Whitaker makes a brazen claim on Fox News

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Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told a Fox News audience that it is not a crime for President Donald Trump to abuse the power of his office.

Whitaker made the comments while complaining about "global elitists" during an interview with Laura Ingraham.

"What evidence of a crime do you have?" Whitaker asked, despite Trump, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and defense lawyer Rudy Giuliani all admitting Trump sought foreign election interference to help his struggling re-election campaign.

"Abuse of power is not a crime," the nation's former top law enforcement office argued.

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Joe Biden apologizes for ‘partisan lynching’ comments about Bill Clinton’s impeachment

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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday apologized for comments he made saying impeachment could be viewed as a "partisan lynching."

The comments from a 1998 interview were reported after Biden said it was "abhorrent" and "despicable" for President Donald Trump to refer to impeachment as a lynching.

"Even if the President should be impeached, history is going to question whether or not this was just a partisan lynching or whether or not it was something that in fact met the standard, the very high bar, that was set by the founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense," Biden said in 1998.

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Maddow says ‘everyone involved’ in Giuliani scheme will be drinking ‘prison wine made from toilet water’

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The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC recounted a day of bombshell news as Ambassador Bill Taylor testified before Congress about President Donald Trump seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.

"I mean, when it came to carrying out what Bill Taylor described today as the highly irregular channel of U.S. policy-making that was running this scheme on behalf of the president, everybody involved in that is, like, in jail or going to jail or fighting going to jail," Maddow reported.

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