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Kushner’s associates gave loans to his family businesses after White House meetings: report

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Business owners reportedly doled out loans to the real estate ventures run by the family of White House adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The New York Times on Wednesday reported that Apollo Global Management, a private equity firm, and Citigroup both made large loans out to Kushner Companies, the adviser’s family real estate business, in 2017. Both payments happened after executives from the businesses met repeatedly with Kushner in the White House.

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Apollo’s loan totaled $184 million and went towards financing a skyscraper in Chicago, while Citigroup lent Kushner Companies $325 million to fund office buildings in Brooklyn.

Apollo founder Joshua Harris was advising White House officials on infrastructure policy and was reportedly in talks for a job in the Trump administration before making the large loan.

Don Fox, a former military lawyer and acting director of the Office of Government Ethics, told the Times that the payments to Kushner Companies prove “exactly why senior government officials, for as long back as I have any experience, don’t maintain any active outside business interests.”

“The appearance of conflicts of interest is simply too great,” Fox said.

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Bromance between ‘frantic’ Lindsey Graham and ‘annoyed’ Donald Trump collapses as the Kurds get slaughtered: CNN

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The growing rift between Donald Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was documented on CNN on Thursday morning with contributor Dana Bash explaining that a "frantic" Graham is now at loggerheads with an equally "annoyed" president.

Sharing a montage of clips showing Trump and Graham taking shots at each other over the Syria debacle that has resulted in one of Trump's biggest defenders quickly flipping to being one of his harshest critics, Bash explained, "Listening to that, it's hard to believe that Graham is one of Trump's most loyal allies."

With Graham on record stating, "It's not about me and him, it's about the country," Bash begged to differ.

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Billionaire Trump-loving governor took $125,000 in bailouts meant for struggling farmers: report

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On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV) received $125,000 in emergency stabilization payments for his farms, as part of the bailout program authorized by President Donald Trump to help farmers avoid losses due to the trade war with China.

Justice, a Trump-loving business magnate who briefly switched to the Democratic Party to run for governor of West Virginia and switched back to the GOP after the election, hardly fits the profile of a struggling farmer. He is worth $1.5 billion, and owns over 50 businesses, including a network of coal mines and the Greenbriar luxury resort, a popular gathering place for Republican officials.

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Here’s why Sondland’s testimony is devastating to Trump — whether he wants it to be or not

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Veteran Newsweek reporter Kurt Eichenwald outlined in a thread that EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland delivered testimony to the House that was devastating for President Donald Trump whether Sondland wanted it to be or not.

"While wrapped in diplomatic-speak and hemming-and-hawing, the statement of Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to European Union, is devastating to Trump and Giuliani," Eichenwald said. "Given the surrounding evidence, either Giuliani has to say he lied to Sondland, or Trump has to be impeached it is important to dig through it, because, while quite clear on most dates, it takes jumping a bit around in the statement to figure out the date of the key event."

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