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‘Impeachment barricade is crumbling’: Trump officials are ignoring his threats and cooperating with House Dems

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A source speaking to POLITICO was in the room for the closed-door testimony of President Trump’s former top Russia adviser, Fiona Hill, who is reportedly the first White House official to cooperate with the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. According to the source, Hill has “sketched for lawmakers a trail of alleged corruption that extends from Kiev to the West Wing” — all while implicating some of Trump’s top advisers as witnesses.

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Additional testimony from senior State Department official George Kent — despite administration officials’ attempts to block him — is the latest evidence that “the White House’s stonewalling against congressional requests for documents and testimony is crumbling,” according to POLITICO’s Kyle Cheney and Andrew Disiderio.

Hill’s testimony reportedly detailed “increasing alarm” among White House officials over Rudy Giuliani’s efforts to collect dirt on Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. When Hill took her concerns to then-National Security Adviser John Bolton, she says he encouraged her to report her concerns to a National Security Council lawyer, which she did.

As more administration officials are set to testify this week, it signals that Trump’s “once-impenetrable barrier to meaningful testimony in Democrats’ impeachment inquiry has been blown apart,” or as Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) put it, “The walls are closing in.”

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Trump either a ‘very bad businessman or a tax cheat — probably both’: Accounting experts

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Accounting experts were astonished by the revelations turned up in the New York Times' blockbuster report on President Donald Trump's tax returns.

The report showed the president was "abusing the tax system" by paying no income taxes in 10 of the 15 years before he entered the White House, and paid only $750 in his first two years in office, according to experts who spoke to The Guardian.

“This shows that Trump is either a very bad businessman or a tax cheat who is not respecting the tax system that he is asking everyone else to pay," said Alex Cobham, the chief executive of the Tax Justice Network. "Probably both are true.”

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Georgia judge strikes down attempt to purge 14K voters in largely Black county

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A Georgia judge on Monday halted an attempt to purge 14,000 voters from a county with a large Black population.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Fulton County Superior Court Jane Barwick dismissed a request from citizens that the county be forced to hold hearings on the status of 14,000 voters.

According to attorney Ray Smith, who represents the group of citizens, many of the voters in the county do not live at the address where they are registered. Smith claimed to have boxes of affidavits from registered voters.

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Trump’s tax rhetoric comes back to haunt him after NYT’s bombshell report: analysis

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In an analysis for the Washington Post this Monday, Aaron Blake writes that while the New York Times' bombshell report on President Trump's tax history answers a lot of questions, it's still less than surprising. After all, Trump once said during a previous presidential debate that paying low income taxes makes him a "smart" businessman.

Trump has made similar comments on other occasions. "Trump has at times tried to argue that however much he might exploit the tax system, it merely shows how broken the system is," Blake writes. "Whether that’s an argument voters buy after the Times’s report shows just how much Trump has sought to exploit that system, we’ll have to see."

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