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Lobbyists ready to ‘get creative’ to exploit Trump’s ‘national emergency’ for more government cash

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Washington D.C. lobbyists are already plotting how to make big piles of cash if President Donald Trump delivers on his threat to build his border wall by declaring a “national emergency.”

One lobbyist described as “close to the White House” has told The Daily Beast that they’ve been scoping out the ramifications of Trump using “national emergency” declarations to bypass Congress and fund his own projects.

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“I get to be creative,” the lobbyist mused. “Then I say let’s figure out what else we can get done under national emergencies… I want to see what the order looks like, but I tell my clients let’s look to see if this thing creates some opportunity for us.”

Another lobbyist told the Daily Beast that they haven’t yet considered the implications of Trump’s emergency order for the lobbying community, but they were now intrigued by the possibilities.

“Sh*t, I hadn’t thought of that, but yeah, sure,” the lobbyist said when asked if the national emergency declaration could make more money for their clients.


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Lev Parnas’s lawyer declared ‘open war’ on AG Bill Barr during Maddow interview: attorney

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The attorney for Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas appears to be using a novel legal strategy, attorney Luppe Luppen explained on Friday.

Joseph Bondy, the attorney for Parnas, was interviewed Friday evening by Rachel Maddow, following the day's end of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Luppen, who offers legal analysis on his popular @nycsouthpaw Twitter account, came to a conclusion that seemed to surprise him after watching the interview.

"I’ve never seen a lawyer sit on a cable panel show and make that much news," Luppen wrote.

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Democratic prosecutors wrap up case against Trump

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Democratic prosecutors on Friday wrapped up three days of arguments for seeking Donald Trump's removal from office, as the US president's lawyers prepared to take their turn presenting his defense in the Senate's historic impeachment trial.

For a final eight-hour stretch, the 100 senators listened as Democrats argued that Trump abused the power of the presidency in pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations that would help him politically and then sought to block efforts by Congress to investigate.

Democrats said they had met the burden of proof as they warned Republicans that Trump would remain a grave danger to the nation if left in office.

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‘Give me a break’: Internet unleashes on ‘snowflakes’ Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski for complaint about Schiff

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CNN's Manu Raju revealed after the Senate adjourned that Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) audibly disputed Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-CA) quotation of a CBS News report threatening senators.

"She shook her head and said, 'No they didn't. No, that's not true,'" Raju reported.

Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jim Risch (R-ID) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John Barrasso also said that the report was false.

https://twitter.com/GriffinConnolly/status/1220891285910892544

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