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Government ‘ignored the Constitution’ when they let Trump have a hotel on federal property: inspector general

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The General Services Administration was aware that renting a federal property to Donald Trump may violate the Constitution — but did so anyway.

MarketWatch reported Wednesday that the inspector general for the GSA — the government agency that rented the Old Post Office Building to Trump for his DC hotel — ruled that the agency knowingly ignored the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause.

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The IG noted in a statement that the lease for the Trump International Hotel “raised issues under the Constitution’s Emoluments Clauses that might cause a breach of the lease; however, GSA decided not to address those issues.”

MarketWatch noted that the GSA itself argued that “the decision not to address or consider the Emoluments Clauses occurred before the Trump administration was in office or while career officials and not political appointees were in charge.”

In turn, the agency said it will “adjust [the] language of the building lease,” the report noted.

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USA Today’s Brad Heath noted on Twitter that the IG ruled that the GSA officials made the decision to lease the Old Post Office Building to Trump “without conducting any research” into the Emoluments Clause.

The IG report added: “If ’emoluments’ include an official’s gain from private business activities, the President’s interest in the lease [of his hotel] raises at least potential constitutional issues.”

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Heath added that by mid-December 2016, “senior GSA attorneys ‘agreed that there was a possible violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause but decided not to address the issue’ posed by the president’s ownership of his DC hotel.”

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Those attorneys told the IG that they “ignored the emoluments issues and that constitutional issues rarely
arise within GSA’s work,” and that the Emoluments Clause “is not in GSA’s purview.”

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BUSTED: Trump’s White House sent out anti-Vindman talking points — trashing their own staffer

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President Donald Trump's war on his own employees escalated on Tuesday when the White House spread talking points designed to result in a coordinated attack on a decorated active-duty Army officer.

"The Trump White House has taken the extraordinary step of distributing talking points to allies of the president trashing one of its employees," The Daily Beast reported after obtaining a copy of the document.

"On Tuesday morning, White House aide Julia Hahn emailed Trump surrogates under the subject line, “Vindman’s Complaints Are Nothing More Than Policy Disagreements,” according to messages reviewed by The Daily Beast. Hahn, a Steve Bannon protege and one of his former allies in the White House, works on outreach and communications involving pro-Trump talking heads and other players in conservative media," The Beast reported.

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Don Lemon notes the GOP panic after their own witnesses gave testimony harming Trump: ‘Worried much?’

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CNN anchor Don Lemon explained how witnesses called by Republicans in the impeachment inquiry destoryed the defenses employed by President Donald Trump and his allies.

"Now, let's just be honest, the shakedown -- that's exactly what it is -- the shakedown is exposed, people," Lemon said.

"And the evidence comes from the Republican's own witnesses," he noted. "The former envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker -- who resigned just one day after the release of the whistleblower's report -- telling the president's defenders exactly what they did not want to hear."

"They called him apparently expecting him to say what he said in his closed-door testimony, that he saw no evidence of a quid pro quo, or let's call it for what it is again -- a shakedown," he continued. "Well, now he says he was wrong."

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Trump declares it was a ‘great day for the GOP’ — and is mercilessly ridiculed for his absurd claim

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President Donald Trump responded to the end of the day's impeachment hearings by saying that it was a great day for the Republican Party and for the United States. There were many people who disagreed, however.

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