Tuesday morning Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter appeared on ABC News to say that everything he did for Ukraine was above board. Meanwhile, the children of President Donald Trump are using the power of their father’s office to score big international wins for the Trump Organization.
According to New York Times reporter, the president is in a glass house when it comes to going after a political leader’s son. When Trump was campaigning in 2016, he made a litany of promises about pulling away from his businesses, putting everything into a so-called “blind trust” and working to ensure nothing seems particularly “swampy.” None of those promises have come to fruition as Trump and his children utilize new international connections to build a more profitable Trump Organization.
Times reporter Eric Lipton explained that over the past several years, the Trump children have been traveling around the world promoting projects for the Trump Organization.
“Both Eric and Don Jr. Have been quite active in the last several years,” Lipton began. “Don Jr. was in India promoting three different projects that the Trump Organization has and is marketing the sale of luxury condos in cities in India. And then Don Jr. was also in Indonesia in August, promoting a project there that’s being built. Two hotel resorts and golf clubs. For example, the project in Indonesia, one of them includes a highway being built that allows that project to go ahead. That’s the state government supporting that highway project that will benefit the sales of condos and other assets there. So these are international deals that the Trump sons are involved with. And they’re actively working on them.”
He went on to say that there there’s no evidence that the Trump children have met with officials overseas to ask for favoritism. That said, he explained that it’s unclear what entities do without being asked to look more favorable in the eyes of Trump.
“…for the children of the politically powerful, personal businesses and public dealings can often be indistinguishable, especially when private projects depend on foreign governments that are looking to bolster ties with Washington,” The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Lipton explained that some countries can take steps without being asked so they’ll be looked on more favorably.
When asked about it Tuesday morning, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) dismissed the idea that the Trump children, Rudy Giuliani’s son and Bill Barr’s son-in-law were doing anything wrong, because they weren’t making enough money. In the case of Giuliani’s son, he’s making under $100,000 a year in taxpayer dollars, so Paul said it wasn’t important.
Watch his comments below:
‘Rudy has got to be looking at handcuffs’: Ex-prosecutor says Giuliani will have a tough time in prison
Another Donald Trump attorney is looking at serving prison time, a former federal prosecutor predicted on MSNBC on Friday.
MSNBC "Meet the Press Daily" host Chuck Todd asked former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner if prosecutors would be tougher on Giuliania because he had once been a prosecutor himself.
"It’s tough to figure out, first of all, how Rudy is going to play it because based on what we’ve seen and particularly if [Lev] Parnas flips, Rudy has got to be looking at handcuffs sometime soon," Kirschner replied.
"And Chuck, what does he do? As a former U.S. Attorney, does he want to run the risk of ending up in the bureau of prisons where he will not find a lot of friends in the inmate population," he explained.
Key moments from Day Two of Trump impeachment hearing
Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine, delivered more than five hours of dramatic testimony on Friday before the congressional committee holding impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump.
Here are key moments from the second day of public hearings in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives:
- Trump tweet -
One hour after Yovanovitch began testifying before a live television audience of millions of Americans, Trump fired off a bombshell tweet attacking the career diplomat, a 33-year veteran of the State Department.
"Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad," the president tweeted. "She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him.
Britain’s Prince Andrew denies meeting sex accuser
Britain's Prince Andrew has said he does not remember meeting Virginia Roberts, one of disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein's alleged victims, who says she was forced to have sex with the royal.
But Andrew admits in an interview with the BBC due to be broadcast on Saturday that his decision to remain friends with Epstein after he was convicted of soliciting prostitution from a minor in 2008 was a serious error of judgement.
"I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever," Andrew told BBC interviewer Emily Maitlis, according to extracts from "Prince Andrew and the Epstein Scandal" released ahead of the program's broadcast.