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Trump Treasury staffer resigns after his mom pleads guilty to getting him through college with fraud

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An advance staffer who worked for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has resigned after his mother pleaded guilty earlier this week with committing wire fraud to help him get through college.

Politico reports that ex-Treasury staffer James Littlefair stepped down after his mother, Karen Littlefair, paid a college admissions consultant $9,000 in exchange for one of his employees taking online classes on her son’s behalf at Georgetown University and Arizona State University.

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Sources tell Politico that Littlefair’s mother was caught up in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal that also ensnared actress Felicity Huffman, actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli.

Littlefair’s stint at the Treasury Department was just the latest in a long line of jobs working on behalf of Trump. Littlefair worked on the national advance team on the Trump campaign in 2016, and then served as an event coordinator for the president’s Inaugural Committee.


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Ivanka Trump buried for her COVID-19 advice during the packed Mt Rushmore rally: ‘What a clown’

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First daughter Ivanka Trump was thoroughly raked over the coals late Friday night after she posted advice on Twitter about wearing masks at the same time that her father, Donald Trump, was holding a rally at Mt. Rushmore before a crowd of shoulder-to-shoulder fans, few of whom were wearing masks.

Making things worse, within minutes of Ivanka's tweet it was announced that Kimberly Guilfoyle, a Trump campaign official and girlfriend of Don Trump Jr., tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Donald Trump is the 21st-century Jefferson Davis– and history will judge him

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On Friday, Donald Trump and his wife Melania attended an early Independence Day celebration held at Mount Rushmore.

This article first appeared on Salon.

There were fireworks, a military flyover, and "patriotic" songs such as "The Star-Spangled Banner".

The entire spectacle embodied the worst kind of superficial juvenile patriotism.

More than 130,000 Americans are dead from the coronavirus pandemic. The country teeters on the edge of a second Great Depression. A neofascist regime rules in Washington. Donald Trump is in thrall to Vladimir Putin and Russia and in doing so actively betrays the United States and the American people.

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‘We will not be silenced’: Trump accuses racial justice protesters of trying to wipe out ‘our’ history at Mount Rushmore

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US President Donald Trump bemoaned protests demanding racial justice as "violent mayhem" Friday, but said little about an alarming resurgence of coronavirus cases as he attended a crowded, fireworks-studded Independence Day celebration beneath majestic Mount Rushmore.

Trump, under fire for his response to America's spiraling coronavirus caseload four months before the presidential election, spoke on the eve of the July 4th celebrations before thousands of closely-packed people -- many of whom chanted "Four more years;" few of whom were wearing masks.

In the shadow of four notable predecessors -- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, whose likenesses are carved into a granite cliff in South Dakota's Black Hills -- the president called on supporters to defend America's "integrity".

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