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An ex-private investigator is going to prison for trying to obtain Trump’s tax returns

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A former private investigator in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is headed to prison for 18 months after authorities caught him trying to illegally access Donald Trump’s tax returns in 2016.

Baton Rouge’s Advocate newspaper reported Wednesday that Jordan Hamlett, a 32-year-old former PI based in Lafayette, Louisiana, pleaded guilty “to misusing Trump’s Social Security number in a half-dozen attempts to get his hands on the president’s federal tax information before his election.”

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Authorities questioned Hamlett two weeks before the 2016 presidential election after discovering that he’d tried to access the then-candidate’s tax returns via a financial aid website run by the U.S. Department of Education. Investigators didn’t know if he’d been successful, and according to the Advocate, “they feared a public release of the information could influence the election.”

At the time, the PI said he was not interested in doing anything with the information, and attempted to access it just to see if he could.


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‘It’s all over’: Trump shouts Sondland quotes at reporters before wandering off without taking questions

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President Donald Trump did not answer questions while leaving the White House nearly an hour late for an event in Texas.

Trump departed during questioning of Ambassador Gordon Sondland, whose testimony earlier in the day had implicated the president, Vice President Mike Pence, Rudy Giuliani and others.

“I don’t know him very well. I have not spoken to him much. This is not a man I know well. He seems like a nice guy though," Trump said of Sondland.

Trump also disputed Sondland's characterization that he had once been in a bad mood.

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Ex-Republican Justin Amash roasts his former party for disastrous impeachment hearings: ‘Is there a mercy rule?’

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Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) had some fun at the expense of his former party on Wednesday in the midst of European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland's damning testimony during House impeachment hearings.

After watching Sondland testify that there was an explicit quid-pro-quo agreement linking launching investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden with holding a face-to-face meeting between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Amash declared that the EU ambassador "has eviscerated the Trump/Republican narrative."

He then jokingly asked if there was "a mercy rule for congressional hearings" given how badly the hearings have gone for Trump so far.

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‘Far deeper and broader than Watergate’: Ex-US diplomat appalled at scope of Trump’s corruption

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R. Nicholas Burns, a longtime diplomat who served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs under former President George W. Bush, found himself shocked and appalled by the scope of corruption under President Donald Trump.

Reacting to European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland's devastating impeachment inquiry testimony, in which he confirmed there was a quid pro quo that involved arranging a face-to-face meeting between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in exchange for launching investigations of former Vice President Joe Biden, Burns argued that the current scandal is bigger than anything he's ever seen.

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