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Dems to investigate Trump’s alleged money laundering — and his secret meeting with Putin

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House Democrats plan to launch a wide-ranging probe of President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia — with a focus on alleged money laundering.

The Democratic majority intends to hold a series of public hearings that would take place during the 2020 campaign to examine the president’s financial ties to Russian oligarchs, and to question the interpreter present during Trump’s face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin, reported Axios.

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The aggressive plans were laid out Tuesday by a Democratic lawmaker during a roundtable discussion with reporters, and that congressional member said the majority plans interviews with new witnesses and follow-up interviews with witnesses that Republicans allowed to “stonewall.”

At least three committees are involved in the planned hearings.

The House Intelligence Committee will coordinate with House Financial Services to investigate possible money laundering, and Axios reporter Jonathan Swan told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that congressional investigators were particularly interested in the $400 million in cash Trump spent on real estate in the 2000s.

“In the nine years before he ran for president,” the Washington Post reported in May 2018, “Donald Trump’s company spent more than $400 million in cash on new properties — including 14 transactions paid for in full, without borrowing from banks — during a buying binge that defied real estate industry practices and Trump’s own history as the self-described ‘King of Debt.'”

Democrats are also considering investigations into Trump’s private meeting with Putin, and may subpoena the interpreter or the interpreter’s notes, and they intend to probe the president and his family’s dealings in Russia during the 2016 campaign.

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“If we didn’t look at his business,” the Democratic lawmaker said, “we wouldn’t know what we know now about his efforts to pursue what may have been the most lucrative deal of his life, the Trump Tower in Moscow — something the special counsel’s office has said stood to earn the family hundreds of millions of dollars.”


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‘Disease fanboy’: Internet slams NBC conservative for ‘rooting for pandemic’ to distract from Trump impeachment trial

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Hugh Hewitt is once again under fire, this time for almost appearing to be glad a deadly SARS-related virus has been diagnosed in a patient in Washington state – saying additional diagnoses will take the focus away from the Senate's historic impeachment trial. Hewitt is a conservative Washington Post columnist, radio host, MSNBC and NBC contributor, and law professor who went from being a "Never-Trumper" to all-in for President Donald Trump.

"People care much more for their health than theater," said Hewitt via Twitter, referring to Trump's impeachment trial. The SARS-related virus, known as the Wuhan coronavirus, is named for an area of China where it was first found. It "has infected more than 300 people and killed six in an outbreak that has struck China, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and now the US," CNN reports.

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Trump pushed for a sweetheart tax deal on his first hotel — it’s cost NYC $410,068,399 and counting

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In 1975, New York City was run-down and on the verge of bankruptcy. Twenty-nine-year-old Donald Trump saw an opportunity. He wanted to acquire and redevelop the dilapidated Commodore Hotel in midtown Manhattan next to Grand Central Terminal.

Trump had bragged to the executive controlling the sale that he could use his political connections to get tax breaks for the deal.

The executive was skeptical. But the next day, the executive was invited into Trump’s limousine, which ushered him to City Hall. There, he met with Donald’s father Fred and Mayor Abe Beame, to whom the Trumps had given lavishly.

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Mitch McConnell’s impeachment rules pass by 53-47 vote — here’s what happens next in Trump’s senate trial

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The US Senate voted along party lines on Tuesday to set the rules for President Donald Trump's historic impeachment trial.

By a 53 to 47 vote, the Republican-controlled Senate approved an "organizing resolution" for the trial proposed by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Before approving the rules, the Senate voted down several amendments proposed by Democrats seeking to subpoena witnesses and documents from the White House and State Department.

These are the next phases in Trump's impeachment trial, just the third of a president in US history:

- Opening arguments -

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