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Reporting team that busted Trump’s tax secrets crumbles — thanks to ‘wrecking ball’ NYT journalist

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In October 2018, The New York Times published a landmark story on how President Donald Trump and his siblings committed large-scale tax fraud in the 1990s to maximize their inheritance.

Even for a story about Trump, who is seemingly invulnerable to financial scandal, it was hugely consequential — among other things, it led to Trump’s sister resigning as a federal judge — and the reporters won a Pulitzer Prize for their efforts.

Unfortunately, things went downhill from there. According to The Daily Beast, the hard-hitting team responsible for the story shortly collapsed after one of the reporters, David Barstow, flouted Times ethics rules to try to profit off the story.

Specifically, Barstow tried to pursue a deal to ghostwrite a book on the story with the anonymous source — which is not allowed by the paper — and at one point even showed up unannounced at the source’s house.

Current and former editors of the paper were stunned at this behavior from Barstow, who was the first reporter in history to win four Pulitzers.

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“I’m astonished at the idea that any reporter involved in a sensitive investigative project for an organization like the New York Times would attempt to go separately to sources and try and profit from them,” said former public editor Clark Hoyt.

Speaking to The Daily Beast, his colleagues agreed that Barstow is a highly skilled journalist, but characterized him as a “wrecking ball” who is difficult to work with in group projects.

Barstow’s partners on the Trump story were Russ Buettner, who has been reporting on Trump’s finances for three years, and Susanne Craig, who is known for her investigative work into the 2008 financial crisis.

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Trump ramps up new Twitter attack on four female Democratic lawmakers — raging they are ‘weak & insecure’

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Faced with a continuing firestorm over last Sunday's racist Twitter attack on four Democratic lawmakers -- who all happen to be women of color -- President Donald Trump was again returned to Twitter to attack the women instead of letting the issue die.

Moments after he used Twitter to attack the Washington Post for reporting on the turmoil he created -- which has been unversally condemned by Democrats and conservatives alike -- the president thought it was a good time to add fuel to the fire.

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Trump launches furious attack on Washington Post for new report about his racist tweet debacle: ‘Presidential harassment!’

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President Donald Trump launched yet another attack on the Washington Post on Sunday morning, accusing the paper of "Presidential harassment!" for reporting on the fall-out from his racist tweets and his equally racist rally in North Carolina.

Responding to the Post's report that Kellyanne Conway was forced to tell the president that he had set off  a firestorm last Sunday with his tweets attacking four Democratic lawmakers, the president pushed back using his old stand-by: "Fake News."

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Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera turns his back on Trump after racist furor: His ‘critics were much more right than I’

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Deep in a report on the fissures Donald Trump created between himself and some of his defenders, after he launched a racist attack on four Democratic lawmakers that led to an equally racist chant at a North Carolina presidential rally, Fox News contributor Gerald Rivera admitted that he now finds it near impossible to defend the president.

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