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Possible federal charges loom for Tea Party Rep who paid $85K of taxpayer money in sex harassment suit

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The House Ethics Committee is stepping up its investigation of Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold (R) to include not only allegations that he sexually harassed a staffer, but also charges that he improperly used official resources for campaign activities and that he lied to the committee, said Politico on Thursday night.

The announcement by the ethics committee significantly ups the ante in the investigation into Farenthold’s activities, explained Politico’s John Bresnahan, because misuse of official resources is not just against House rules, it’s a federal crime.

The investigative committee says an interview with Farenthold will be part of investigating the new charges against him, but declined to say whether or not that interview has already taken place.

Farenthold paid $84,000 out of an Office of Compliance account to former staffer Lauren Greene, who sued the congressman alleging a lurid array of misbehavior, including drunken sexual harassment, improper remarks and sexualized bullying.

He announced last week that he will be retiring at the end of his current term.

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Trump is facing massive criticism for his attacks on young women of color in Congress

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US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday after launching an extraordinary xenophobic attack on four progressive Democratic congresswomen.

"All they do is complain," Trump told reporters at a White House event featuring products "Made in America."

"These are people that hate our country," he said of the four lawmakers. "If you're not happy here, you can leave."

Trump also accused the four first-term congresswomen -- who are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African American origin -- of having "love" for US "enemies like Al-Qaeda."

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Trump’s campaign is spending massively at his own businesses — and even more on lawyers

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President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign filed their latest campaign finance reports on Monday.

Anna Massoglia, a researcher at the money in politics watchdog group Open Secrets, dissected the numbers and made two startling discoveries.

In the three months covered, from April through June, Trump's campaign and affiliated joint fundraising committees spent $326,094.24 at Trump businesses, including six figures at both Mar-a-Lago and Trump Hotel DC.

Trump's campaign also spent over $1.3 million on legal bills. He spent approximately $7 million on legal bills in 2018, Massoglia noted.

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Trump is ‘one pointy white hat shy of a Klan rally’: GOP strategist Rick Wilson ripped Trump as a ‘flagrant racist’ on MSNBC

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Republican strategy ripped President Donald Trump for being a "flagrant racist" during a Monday night appearance on MSNBC.

Lawrence O'Donnell interviewed Wilson about Trump's latest nativist attacks on young women of color in Congress.

"Rick Wilson, is this a campaign strategy? Is this Donald Trump and his campaign advisers thinking, well, our only hope is going for the voters we already have and energizing them and getting them to come and squeak out that electoral formula once again?" O'Donnell asked.

"Absolutely, Lawrence. As everyone else stated on the show, it’s been obvious for a long time from the long arc of his dad to redling to the Central Park Five to birtherism to this stuff today, this guy, he's racist adjacent in of the best day of his life," Wilson is explained.

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