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Jared Kushner’s relationship with Saudi Crown Prince ‘smells bad’ — and House Dems are investigating

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Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner’s close relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is now coming under scrutiny from House Democrats.

Vanity Fair reports that Democratic lawmakers are examining why the Saudi royal court — and not the American embassy in Riyadh — handled scheduling and security for Kushner’s recent trip to the Middle East.

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“I’m not only troubled—I am stunned by the friendship,” Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) tells Vanity Fair. “It looks bad. It smells bad. It is bad.”

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has in particular taken an interest in probing Kushner’s relationship with MBS.

“At the end of last month, Engel sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting documents and records related to Kushner’s February trip to Saudi Arabia, including any ‘handwritten notes’ related to any meetings attended by Brian Hook, the sole State Department official included in Kushner’s delegation,” Vanity Fair writes. “The goal, a congressional staffer told me, is to glean any insight into what Kushner discussed with M.B.S. and other foreign officials.”

Leaked intelligence reports from the Saudi government show that the Saudis have targeted Kushner as someone who could be used to achieve their ends by bypassing traditional diplomatic channels.

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“[Trump’s] inner circle is predominantly deal makers who lack familiarity with political customs and deep institutions, and they support Jared Kushner,” a delegation of Saudi officials wrote in a leaked slide presentation about how to best work with the Trump White House.


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Trump has figured out how to get taxpayers to renovate one of his golf courses: MSNBC panel

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President Donald Trump has figured out how to have taxpayers pay to renovate his Trump National Doral Miami golf course, according to an analysis by MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle.

"Before setting himself on fire on Ukraine yesterday, Mick Mulvaney came into the White House briefing room to break to the nation the fact the that the Trump Doral golf resort turns out to be -- in his estimation, organically, just sitting there -- the best possible place to have a G-7 Summit of world leaders," MSNBC's Brian Williams reported. "That was provision number one. There’s no better place that we can find. Number two was, the president will not profit from said G-7."

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Bill Maher reveals plan to ‘bribe’ Trump with one billion dollars — for him to leave office

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The Constitution has two mechanisms to remove President Donald Trump from office prior to his term ending on January 20, 2021: impeachment and the 25th Amendment.

HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher noted that Trump could also choose to resign.

Maher waved around a $1 million check that he said he would give to Trump to quit.

He said he also knew 1,000 people who would do the same -- which would land Trump over $1 billion.

Maher said even poor people would pawn their wedding rings to add to the pot.

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Trump can’t fire Mulvaney because nobody else wants to be his chief of staff: report

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White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will likely stay on at the White House despite his public confession of a quid pro quo in the Ukraine scandal at the center of the impeachment inquiry, The New York Times reported Friday.

"But Mr. Mulvaney’s job has been anything but normal since the news conference on Thursday at which he seemingly undermined the Trump administration’s strategy for avoiding impeachment by acknowledging that Mr. Trump had sought a quid pro quo for providing Ukraine with American aid," the newspaper reported. "In the chaotic aftermath, the president’s Republican allies are questioning Mr. Mulvaney’s savvy and intelligence even as the Trump campaign is defiantly turning one of his lines from the news conference into a T-shirt."

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