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Trump tried to renege on a promise he made to take Deutsche Bank staff to Mar-a-Lago: report

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President Donald Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank was exposed in all its glory in a shocking, new bombshell report.

According to the New York Times, Trump was dealing with a bank team led by Richard Byrne in 2003. Byrne was a former casino industry analyst, who knew Trump since the 1980s and was hired to sell bonds to fund Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts.

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In prior meetings at Deutsche Bank, Trump was greeted by large audiences and fund managers eager to see him. But, no one wanted to give him money.

That’s when Trump asked for a meeting with the bank’s bond salesmen. A Deutsche Bank executive overheard an exchange where Trump approached the salesmen with a “pep-talk.”

“Fellas, I know this isn’t the easiest thing you’ve had to sell,” the executive said Trump told the group. “But if you get this done, you’ll all be my guests at Mar-a-Lago.”

They sold hundreds of millions of dollars in Trump organization bonds and the president was happy with the results, according to the report.

“Don’t forget what you promised our guys,” the executive reminded the president.

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But, after that, the terms of the deal radically changed.

“Trump said he did not remember and that he doubted the salesmen actually expected to be taken to Mar-a-Lago,” the Times reported.

“That’s all they’ve talked about the past week,” the executive told Trump.

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He ultimately flew about 15 bond salesmen to Florida on his plane for a weekend golf trip. In 2004, Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts defaulted on the bonds and the bank’s clients were saddled with hefty losses.

Read the full report at The New York Times.

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GOP ex-congressman calls on Justice Roberts to override Republican effort to block witnesses

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In a column for the New York Times, former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, former Rep. Mickey Edwards (R-OK) and Georgetown law professor Joshua A. Geltzer urged Supreme Court Justice John Roberts to intercede and demand Senate Republicans allow witnesses in light of the latest John Bolton bombshell.

Following a New Times report that stated "President Trump directly tied the withholding of almost $400 million in American security aid to investigations that he sought from Ukrainian officials, according to an unpublished manuscript of a book that John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, wrote about his time in the White House," the three took to the Times editorial page to implore Roberts to step in.

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Senate GOP will be accessories to obstruction if they shoot down a move by Justice Roberts to call witnesses: Ex-prosecutor

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On Monday, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner said that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) must motion for Chief Justice John Roberts to call witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial — and that if Senate Republicans vote down this decision, they will be "accessories" to obstruction of justice.

Schiff must make a motion to CJ Roberts for witnesses. As I’ve been saying all along, if Roberts grants the motion for witnesses (he will) & the Rs vote to overrule him (they might) that will (de facto) be obstruction of justice & accessory after the fact. https://t.co/yQfUTga7gd

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Trump already planning his victory lap for impeachment acquittal: report

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President Donald Trump is already planning his victory lap for his presumed acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial.

The president and his aides haven't agreed on a plan yet, and it's not clear that new revelations from John Bolton's upcoming book will force Republican senators to agree to witness testimony, but they're discussing how he should celebrate once the trial ends, reported Politico.

“The president is giving a lot of thought to where he goes when he is acquitted and vindicated,” a senior administration official told the website. “This isn’t a one-and-done moment. This will be a sustained exit from a long dreary impeachment process and a great reset to 2020 — not just the 2020 reelection but the 2020 domestic and international arena.”

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