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Trump Tower Chicago has never tried to comply with these basic environmental laws: report

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Despite using 20 million gallons of river water a day for cooling, Trump Tower Chicago has never documented any steps taken to comply with environmental regulations meant to protect fish.

The Chicago Tribune reported Monday that a perusal of state records found the managers of the president’s massive Chicago River waterfront property has not taken the steps necessary to prove compliance with laws that would “limit the number of fish pinned against intake screens or killed by sudden changes in pressure and temperature.”

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The massive skyscraper’s river water intake is second only to a water plant that provides cooling water to other buildings in the downtown Chicago region — and it’s the only one that hasn’t documented its compliance with the federal and state fish regulations.

The Tribune also noted that Trump Tower Chicago’s managers have also never conducted a study on the building’s fish kills in the five years since the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency began requiring it for new permits. Nevertheless, the state’s latest permit for the building owned by the president’s company grants it another three years to conduct an ecological study.


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Australian diplomat tells Bill Barr’s anti-Russia prosecutor he wasn’t part of any secret plot against Trump

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As the impeachment proceedings continue into President Donald Trump, Attorney General William Barr is hard at work on trying to discredit the Russia investigation and potentially prosecute federal officials involved in it, as U.S. Attorney John Durham helps him conduct a criminal probe into how the FBI began looking at the Trump campaign.

But if Barr is hoping that this investigation helps his boss, he may be in for a disappointment. According to the conservative Washington Examiner, Durham recently interviewed the former Australian diplomat whose warnings to U.S. officials triggered the Russia investigation, and his response did not support the GOP narrative.

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Trump trying to fire inspector general is a confession he ‘did something criminal’: Nicolle Wallace

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Tuesday explained why President Donald Trump attempting to fire inspector general who validated the White House whistleblower complaint.

"We’re back with breaking news from The New York Times that could have implications for Donald Trump’s impeachment," Wallace reported. "Donald Trump, based on a new report in The Times has considered firing the inspector general -- the one who looked at the whistleblower’s complaint on Donald Trump’s Ukraine conduct and deemed it credible and urgent."

Wallace read from the new report.

"President Trump has discussed dismissing the intelligence community’s inspector general, Michael Atkinson, because Mr. Atkinson reported a whistleblower’s complaint about Mr. Trump’s interactions with Ukraine to Congress after concluding it was credible, according to four people familiar with the discussions," The Times reported. "Mr. Trump first expressed his dismay about Mr. Atkinson around the time the whistleblower’s complaint became public in September. In recent weeks, he has continued to raise with aides the possibility of firing him, one of the people said."

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Trump discussed firing inspector general who agreed whistleblower report was legitimate

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The New York Times reported late Tuesday that President Donald Trump has talked about firing the intelligence community's inspector general, who agreed that the whistleblower's complaint was legitimate.

Trump reportedly blames his own appointee, Michael Atkinson, for finding the complaint credible enough to send it to Congress. The report is the basis for the investigation into Trump's July 25 call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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