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DC’s attorney general subpoenas Trump inaugural committee

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Washington, DC’s attorney general has subpoenaed Donald Trump’s inaugural committee — becoming the third government body to do so.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that DC Attorney General Karl A. Racine’s subpoena has “similar demands” to those of prosecutors in Manhattan and New Jersey.

The report noted that Racine “appears to be looking for any evidence of self-dealing” based on the subpoenas statement that investigators are looking into whether money was “wasted, mismanaged and/or improperly provided private benefit, causing the committee to exceed or abuse its authority or act contrary to its nonprofit purpose.”

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Racine’s subpoena requested documents about the inaugural committee’s payments to the Trump Organization or the Trump International Hotel, including exchanges about “the pricing of venue rentals.”

“The committee paid Mr. Trump’s hotel $1.5 million for rooms, meals and the use of a ballroom,” the Times noted.

In the subpoena, the DC AG noted that the office is also seeking documents about Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump’s roles on the committee. As the Times noted, none of the president’s adult children had formal titles on the inaugural committee.

 

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Elizabeth Warren wins coveted Iowa caucuses endorsement from the Des Moines Register newspaper

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) received a coveted endorsement on Saturday evening when her 2020 bid was endorsed by the Des Moines Register newspaper.

"Who would make the best president at this point in the country’s history? At a time when the economic deck has become so stacked against working Americans that the gap between rich and poor is the highest in more than 50 years? At a time when a generation of war has stressed military families and sapped the treasury?" the newspaper asked. "The Des Moines Register editorial board endorses Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses as the best leader for these times."

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Lev Parnas’s attorney hilariously trolls Mitch McConnell in bid for witnesses during impeachment trial

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The attorney for Lev Parnas trolled Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Saturday in a bid for a "fair" impeachment trial.

Attorney Joseph Bondy posted to Twitter a video mashing together the audio of Trump meeting with Parnas and Igor Fruman along with the music from Rick Astley's 1987 song "Never Gonna Give You Up."

Posting the song as an online prank, known as rickrolling, dates back to at least 2007.

Included with the video was a message to McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Bondy urged the two to "vote with integrity and conscience."

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President Xi Jinping warns China’s coronavirus situation is ‘grave’ due to ‘accelerating spread’ of the virus

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President Xi Jinping warned Saturday that China faced a "grave situation" as authorities raced to contain a virus that has killed 41 people and caused a drastic scale-back of Lunar New Year celebrations.

The world's most populous country, which is scrambling to contain the disease that has infected nearly 1,300 people and overwhelmed health facilities, is building a second field hospital and closing more travel routes.

After more countries reported cases, Xi said at a Communist Party leadership meeting on the disease that China was "faced with the grave situation of an accelerating spread of the new coronavirus" but that the country will "definitely be able to win the battle," according to state media.

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