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NY attorney general eyes investigation of Eric Trump Foundation after damning ‘self-dealing’ report

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The New York Attorney General’s office announced on Friday that it is “looking into” the Eric Trump Foundation — a children’s cancer fund — for what appears to be an “indirect act of self-dealing.”

Forbes.com reported that after months of investigating the Donald Trump Foundation, AG Eric Schneidermann’s office will now focus on President Trump’s son Eric after report’s surfaced this week that the cancer fund had diverted donations to Trump family businesses.

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“The Attorney General’s office is looking into the issues raised by this report,” said communications director Eric Soufer.

Forbes said that allegations include, “The Donald J. Trump Foundation donated $100,000 to the Eric Trump Foundation, with the intent of covering the costs for payments to a Donald Trump-owned property.”

Ian Gillule — an employee at the Trump National Westchester golf course between 2006 and 2015 — made the accusations against the two charities.

“In the early years, they weren’t being billed [for the club] — the bills would just disappear,” said Gillule to Forbes. “Mr. Trump had a cow. He flipped. He was like, ‘We’re donating all of this stuff, and there’s no paper trail? No credit?’ And he went nuts. He said, ‘I don’t care if it’s my son or not — everybody gets billed.’”

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Former IRS official Marcus Owens told Forbes.com, “That appears on its face to be an indirect act of self-dealing.”

He added, “That is going to be of great interest to the attorney general of New York.”

Neither charity would comment to Forbes about the accusations.

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Trump boasts about ordering Iran strike while reporters watch: ‘You’d have a nice, big story to report’

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During an appearance with the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the Oval Office, Donald Trump boasted to reporters he could wipe out Iran that very moment-- and that would give them something to write about.

The president referred to the fact that he has previously been accused of wanting to plunge the country into war before praising himself for his self-restraint.

That led to an extended riff by the president on the damage he could inflict on Iran.

"The easiest thing I could do would be, 'Go ahead, fellas, go do it,'" Trump said of the Pentagon. "And that would be a very bad day for Iran. That's the easiest thing I could do, it's so easy. And for all of those that say, 'Oh, they should do it, it shows weakness,' actually, in my opinion, it shows strength."

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Dem lawmaker encourages acting-DNI to ignore White House and deliver the whistleblower report directly to Congress

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Appearing on CNN on Friday morning to discuss an alarming whistleblower report on Donald Trump's actions that the president's administration is withholding from Congress, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) encouraged the acting Director of National Intelligence to hand the report over and ignore the administration.

Speaking with CNN host Jim Sciutto, Swalwell made a direct appeal to acting-DNI head Joseph Maguire.

"This is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to unite and say, we don't want this in our democracy," Swalwell explained. "You know, that's why I wrote the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to, you know, have a bipartisan commission look at this."

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‘Time for a new special counsel’: Ex-DOJ inspector general calls for formal probe of Trump-Ukraine calls

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A veteran law enforcement official called for a new special counsel investigation of President Donald Trump's communications with the Ukrainian president.

An intelligence official filed a whistleblower complaint against the president, and speculation has begun to focus the report concerns Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. aid -- and former Justice Department official Michael Bromwich called for a formal probe.

"Time for a new Special Counsel," Bromwich tweeted.

Bromwich -- inspector general for the Department of Justice from 1994-1999, former assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel for Iran-Contra -- was responding to a summation of the allegations against Trump.

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