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Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign has already funneled $1.3 million into his businesses

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President Trump’s re-election campaign has paid $1.3 million in donor money to his businesses since he took office, according to an analysis by Forbes.

According to the report, Trump’s companies have charged his campaign $1.3 million for rent, lodging, food and other expenses. While Trump self-funded part of his campaign in 2016, none of the more than $50 million in contributions to his re-election campaign have come out of his own pocket.

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The campaign has paid more than $800,000 to Trump Tower Commercial LLC, a holding company through which the president owns his stake in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. The Republican National Committee has paid an additional $225,000 to the holding company for rent.

Trump’s campaign has also paid $54,000 to Trump Plaza LLC, the holding company that controls two apartment buildings in New York. Forbes noted that reporters could not identify any campaign operation at the building. Six residents told the outlet they had never seen an indication that a campaign was running out of the building. A front desk employee said, “If there was any kind of office rented out for campaigning or whatever, I would know about it.”

The campaign also paid $60,000 to Trump Restaurants LLC, another holding company linked to Trump Tower. It’s unclear what that money was used for. It may have been spent on a kiosk in Trump Tower that sells merchandise bearing the stamp, “Paid for by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc,” though Forbes notes that $60,000 in rent would make it among the highest retail rates in the city at $600 per square foot. By comparison, Gucci’s prime Fifth Avenue location pays around $440 a square foot.

The campaign expenditures are just one of the ways Trump’s presidency has been a boon for his companies. Trump spent more than $13 million in campaign funds on chartering planes from the Trump-owned TAG Air, ProPublica reported last year. His Washington hotel has drawn a number of foreign groups and corporations seeking to curry favor with his administration by buying up dozens of rooms. Republicans have repeatedly hosted fundraisers at his property.

All of these issues are at the heart of multiple lawsuits accusing Trump of violating the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution, which bars government officials from using their position to enrich themselves.

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A Justice Department lawyer for the federal government insisted in court this week that the case “should be over” because “the president is unique,” the New York Times reported.

“He is not any old inferior officer like the postmaster general. They can’t point to any basis in either case law or history to subject the president of the United States” to such demands, said deputy assistant attorney general Hashim Mooppan.

Experts have long said that the lawsuits face an uphill climb and the Times noted that the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Virginia was skeptical of the claims against Trump.

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Constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe admitted that the emoluments case against the president is a tough one to win in court but added that a loss could set a dangerous standard.

“It would be extremely unfortunate,” he told the Washington Post, “if violations of the most important constitutional protection against a dangerously corrupt and compromised president — the protection of the Emoluments Clauses against presidential acceptance of financial benefits from foreign powers or others unaccountable to the US electorate — could never be enforced by the independent federal judiciary because the ‘only’ harm that federal courts would recognize would be demonstrable harm to particular individuals rather than harm to the nation as a whole.”

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‘Rather than leading — he lies’: MSNBC panel says Trump is a ‘danger to the country’ because he can’t be trusted

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MSNBC commentators, former assistant US Attorney Maya Wiley and Rick Wilson, explained that President Donald Trump's most significant barrier is making it past his own lies to save America from the coronavirus.

"There's a case tonight being tested in Walton County, Florida. The heart of Trump country," said Wilson, referring to the panhandle county east of Pensacola. "That's not going to be something you can just walk away from if it turns out to be a real case. We're seeing these things popping up all over. The safe bet was always to say, 'This could be bad. We'll do everything we can to stop it.' But he can't stop himself from self-aggrandizing and lying about things. And it's actually -- setting aside my normal criticism of Trump -- this is a danger to the country that he is not a trustworthy person for the American people. Even people who like him now he BS's them all the time. Now, if he says it's not a problem and people are being hospitalized, it is a problem."

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Trump ‘just wants this problem to go away’: President desperate to get coronavirus ‘off his plate’

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President Donald Trump is desperate for the coronavirus problem to go away, and he doesn't exactly care how it happens.

According to New York Times reporter Annie Karni, sources are telling her that the biggest concern Trump has is more about the markets than the deaths of Americans from the virus.

"First, let's establish, this is a president who tried to change science with a Sharpie when it came to hurricane path prediction," said MSNBC host Brian Williams. "That picture lasts forever."

"Even his allies on Fox and his allies outside the White House were kind of channeling to that proverbial audience of one that this was a great opportunity to look presidential and to tell the facts," said Karni. The Donald Trump we saw out there in the briefing room was very casual, kind of left the facts to the other people that accompanied him out there. But he clearly publicly and privately just wants this problem to go away. He wants to downplay it. He thinks -- he has called people who are talking about fears about it alarmist. He doesn't want to be alarmist, and he's kind of holding on to any comment that makes it sound like this will naturally be a problem that is removed from his plate. That's what we saw publicly, and that's what he's been saying privately as well."

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Seth Meyers: You know Trump isn’t the chief law enforcement officer because he couldn’t pass the physical

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"Late Night" host Seth Meyers warned that the United States is sliding into authoritarianism under President Donald Trump.

Sounding the alarm Wednesday evening, Meyers cited reports that Trump was making lists of disloyal people, purging them from their jobs, hiring unqualified cronies in top posts, and claiming he has the right to interfere in criminal cases.

While speaking to the press last week, Trump even announced that he's allowed to be involved in all criminal cases because he's the chief law enforcement officer of the United States. It's actually a title used for the attorney general.

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