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Why has Trump ‘gone to such great lengths to inflate’ his wealth?

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Trump biographer Tim O’Brien on Tuesday offered investigators some bread crumbs about what questions they should be asking about President Donald Trump and his finances.

Reacting to the major New York Times report from Monday that showed Trump regularly overstated his wealth to banks when he was seeking loans, O’Brien said investigators ought be questioning not just why Trump tried to inflate his wealth but why he worked so hard to create an elaborate facade that financial auditors at Deutsche Bank saw through anyway.

“Investigators may want to examine why President Trump and his accountant, Allen Weisselberg, have gone to such great lengths, and for so long, to inflate the president’s wealth when talking to the media, insurers, and banks,” O’Brien writes.

Another particularly interesting question, O’Brien says, would be why Deutsche Bank continued doing business with Trump even after he burned them multiple times by defaulting on bonds and trying to get out of repaying loans using highly unusual legal rationales.

“Deutsche Bank, a German banking giant often mired in scandal, has maintained a long-standing business relationship with Trump even when other banks walked away,” O’Brien explains, before pointing to “myriad curiosities” involved in the relationship between Trump and the bank.

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This explains why Trump picked a fight with the four Congresswomen of color: analysis

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On one hand, President Donald Trump almost certainly chose to mark out Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) because of his own deep-seated racism.

But there is likely another reason he is doing it, wrote Aaron Blake of the Washington Post's "The Fix" on Wednesday: because his core voters hate them as much as he does.

Blake cited a new The Economist/YouGov poll of 2016 Trump voters' opinions on several politicians. "As you peruse it, it becomes clear that the conventional wisdom about why Trump picked these targets is right: They were ripe for motivating the GOP base ... All of them are better known among Republicans than Democrats, which suggests that a steady stream of coverage in conservative media has elevated them as potential Democratic bogeywomen. Trump is tilling fertile soil. And in fact, they might already be his most effective foils."

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REVEALED: Jeffrey Epstein used his fake passport to enter multiple countries

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Prosecutors revealed that the fake passport Jeffrey Epstein had among the items seized by investigators had been used.

According to NBC News, he used the passport to enter multiple countries in the 1980s, including the U.K, Spain and Saudi Arabia.

The passport was found in the safe of his New York home along with $70,000 in cash and 48 diamonds. There was a different name used on the passport and it had already expired, but it listed the residence in Saudi Arabia.

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House holds Bill Barr and Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress

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The House has officially voted to hold Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress.

Both men refused to abide by a subpoena from the House for documents so they that could investigate actions by both departments.

The last person to be held in contempt of Congress was Bill Barr when he was held in civil contempt, but this was a criminal charge.

In the case of Ross, he is accused of lying under oath to Congress and they requested documents to prove it. Ross refused to provide the information necessary.

Ross has called the contempt charge "political theater" and of no real substance. If that was true, he shouldn't be afraid to provide the documents. Still, he refused.

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