Two Ukrainian-born clients of Rudy Giuliani who were involved in President Donald Trump’s personal attorney’s investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden were arrested overnight leaving the country. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were reportedly arrested on campaign finances charges that include conspiracy, falsifying records, and falsifying records to the FEC.
The two men, according to USA Today, have dined with President Donald Trump inside the White House after having “showered Republican campaign committees with nearly $500,000.”
Among those donations is $325,000 to a pro-Trump Super PAC, identified by USA Today as America First Action, which is led by a former Trump cabinet member.
“In May 2018, Parnas posted pictures on Facebook of himself and Fruman with Trump in the White House and with his son, Donald Trump Jr., in California. That was the same month their company, Global Energy Producers LLC, was credited for giving $325,000 to a campaign committee that supports Trump’s re-election,” USA Today adds.
In yet another twist, the two men are being represented by President Trump’s former lead lawyer for the special counsel investigation into Russia and Trump, John Dowd.
AP on arrest of two men tied to Giuliani:
"A lawyer for the men, John Dowd, hung up on an Associated Press reporter calling about the case."
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) October 10, 2019
McConnell’s Supreme Court fight exposes the contempt he and Trump hold for millions of Americans: op-ed
Writing for the Washington Post this Monday, Greg Sargent says that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's forging ahead with a vote to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg is more than just "hypocrisy" -- it's a demonstration of "the contempt that McConnell and Trump hold for millions and millions of American voters."
"It’s about their cavalier willingness to treat all those voters’ political preferences as having no legitimate purchase at all — that is, when they vote for Democrats," Sargent writes.
According to Sargent, the "real game" was given away by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who declared that the “Constitution gives Senators the power” to confirm nominees, and so “no one should be surprised” if they do it in this case.
HHS secretary says all ‘Warp Speed’ vaccines will have ‘liability protection’ from lawsuits
Pharmaceutical companies that produce COVID-19 vaccines through the federal government's "Warp Speed" program will automatically have liability protection, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said on Monday.
Azar was asked about the progress of COVID-19 vaccine trials during an interview with Fox Business host Stuart Varney.
"We now have three vaccines in phase three clinical trials here in the United States, which is just unprecedented -- the speed that we have been able to go given President Trump's support of Operation Warp Speed," Azar explained. "These are some of the largest clinical trials of vaccines in history."
Here’s how Donald Trump is actually the one defunding police departments
President Donald Trump began a campaign of "law and order" after witnessing protests in cities where unarmed Black Americans were killed or nearly killed by police officers. The Black Lives Matter movement has advocated for years that changes should be made to police departments to fund people like mental health experts and social workers who can go with officers to calls in which someone is having a mental health crisis. That message then evolved into a message of "defund the police," specifically involving police departments that simply need to be cleaned out following years of corruption.