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Here are all the ways Democrats can investigate Trump’s shady businesses next year

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House Democrats will gain the power to subpoena records from President Donald Trump’s businesses next year, and Bloomberg has written a lengthy article detailing how they can answer key questions about the president’s finances.

While Trump’s sprawling branding empire leaves no shortage of targets for investigators, House Democrats are reportedly zeroing in on key aspects of the president’s businesses that demand more scrutiny — here are some of the potential scandals Democrats will be looking into when they retake the House in January.

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1.) Does Trump talk about his businesses with sons Don Jr. and Eric?. In theory, there is supposed to be a wall of separation between Trump in the Oval Office and the businesses being run by his two adult sons.

However, the Trump sons’ frequent appearances at Trump political events have opened up questions about whether the president is really making policy decisions independent of how they might affect his businesses.

“We got to figure out when is he acting on behalf of the American people in a lot of his decisions, or is he acting on his own behalf,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) recently told ABC News.

2.) What are the Trump Organization’s dealings with Deutsche Bank? The Trump Organization’s longstanding relationship with Deutsche Bank has raised eyebrows given the bank’s reputation as a haven for Russian money laundering.

Deutsche Bank in 2017 agreed to pay out $630 million in penalties after getting busted for being involved in a $10 billion Russian money laundering scheme that involved its Moscow, New York and London branches.

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Deutsche Bank was also the one major bank that was willing to lend Trump money in the late ’90s, after a string of business failures made him toxic for all other Wall Street banks. In total, Trump has roughly $300 million in outstanding debts to Deutsche Bank.

3.) Does Trump give special treatment to members of foreign governments who spend lavishly at his hotels? Trump hotels have taken a hit to revenues in the wake of his political rise in 2015 — but it looks like some foreign governments are helping to keep them afloat.

Documents obtained by the Washington Post show that rental revenue for rooms at Trump’s flagship hotel in New York dropped by 14 percent when adjusted for inflation.

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However, in a recent note to hotel investors, the Trump Organization said that some of its bookings revenues had recovered thanks to an influx of tourists from Saudi Arabia — a country that has forged a close alliance with Trump ever since his election in 2016.

Additionally, Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) tells Bloomberg that he wants to investigate the Trump Organization’s lease agreement with the General Services Administration for the president’s DC hotel, which has reportedly become a magnet for foreign government officials hoping to court influence with the White House.

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Progressives hilariously ridicule Donald Trump Jr.’s new book with their own Trump triggers #TriggerDonaldTrumpJr

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President Donald Trump's eldest child and namesake has published a book about liberals he says are "triggered" by conservatives. Ironically, it seems Donald Trump Jr. is the one who seems to be triggered by the reception he's getting from some on his book tour.

The hashtag, #TriggerDonaldTrumpJr has nothing to do with Jr's new book, rather it's progressives using his book title to mock the Trump child. Internet users were torn between mocking the young Trump for desperately trying to get his father's attention, scrambling to seem relevant, trying to launch his own political career, trying to make his own money and so much more.

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‘Blather and hysteria’: Conservative columnist explains why GOP anti-impeachment ‘antics’ just crashed and burned

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Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rep. Devin Nunes of California and other House Republicans were clearly trying to rally the Trumpian base on Wednesday, when the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump offered its first public testimony. Jordan and Nunes aggressively tried to discredit the inquiry and the two witnesses who testified: diplomat William B. Taylor (U.S. ambassador to Ukraine) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George P. Kent. But conservative Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin, in a Wednesday column, stressed that House Republicans — for all their “antics and conspiracy theories” — failed to show why Trump shouldn’t be impeached, while House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and other House Democrats showed why he should.

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‘The mess right in front of us’: Impeachment hearings reveal as much about dishonest congressional GOPers as Trump

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If the point of Wednesday's public testimony opening impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump were meant to show off credible accounts from straight-laced, super-patriotic, service-oriented diplomats, they were bulls-eyes.

If the point of Republican questionings was to make a mockery of the proceedings, they may have boomeranged—the Republicans are the ones who come across as partisan nitpickers intentionally trying to misdirect the point, underlying meaning and urgency of these proceedings.

If the overall tone, as Democratic leaders insist, was supposed to reflect somber, serious, sober consideration, well, they did that and more. Indeed, they made it downright scary to learn that Donald Trump and his team are running around in ways that show little respect for other nations, no understanding of diplomacy and no ability to actually handle appropriate communications within his team.

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