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They’re ‘wrapped up in corruption and buried in the swamp’: Professor bashes GOP ethics problems

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Professor Jason Johnson told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace that he’s glad Democrats are building their own version of The Lincoln Project to highlight corruption in Congress. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) was first among them to have his integrity questioned after a series of stock sales that scored him a major payout.

Johnson, who heads the Senate Oversight Committee, isn’t up for reelection this year, but the Democratic group is putting integrity first. The report claimed that Johnson has likely doubled his wealth making political moves that benefitted him financially. Johnson isn’t the only one who is likely to be targeted. According to NBC News, Democrats will examine any Republican in an oversight role and whether they’re doing their jobs responsibly. Issues will look at Republicans working on the coronavirus, election interference and police brutality.

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“These guys are wrapped up in corruption with a sprinkle of emoluments and buried in a swamp,” Johnson said. “We’ve seen that since Trump got into office. I’m happy to see the Democrats launched their junior version of the Lincoln Project, they’re actually going to start going after Republicans for not just going after someone — This is not an election year for Ron Johnson, he is not open until 2022, but they’re focusing that you have sitting politicians not doing their job. I think it is an excellent thing for Democrats to do and focus on a regular basis.”

He noted that this isn’t just about the Wisconsin senator, Sen. Kelly Loeffler was being investigated for her stock actions after a meeting about the coronavirus.

“Someone has to pay attention to the fact that you have large numbers of politicians right now who have been basically enriching themselves as the country faces financial ruin during coronavirus,” said Johnson. “So I think this is an excellent effort. I hope that they do begin to target some of the people who are up for election this fall because I think this kind of information could have an even greater impact.”

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Veteran Republican operative shames the GOP — and warns they won’t get rid of Trumpism ‘for at least a generation’

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Stuart Stevens is a veteran Republican campaign operative from five presidential races. When he spoke to PBS's Judy Woodruff Wednesday, he lamented the GOP failed the moral test it was presented with Donald Trump.

"Well, I think there's been two strains in the party. Call it an Eisenhower strain going back to the '50s and a McCarthy strain," Stevens said, recalling when the GOP would talk about expanding their party and bringing in more African-American voters. "Now we don't even hear any talk anymore of a big tent. And we seem to have settled into a very comfortable white grievance identity."

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Seth Meyers mocks Trump’s Axios interview where he ‘couldn’t even remember his own BS — that’s how fried his brain is’

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In his response to President Donald Trump's bizarre interview with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, "Late Night" comedian Seth Meyers explained the Trump interview in a single photo:

"You know something has gone horribly wrong when a journalist interviewing the president looks like that," said Meyers. "That's the face you make when your dad gets drunk and decides to tell you about the night you were conceived."

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Former Trump ambassador tells Rachel Maddow ‘it’s a big red flag’ that Trump is trying to hide investigation of Turnberry scam

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Former acting ambassador to the U.K., Lewis Lukens, told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that the inspector general raised questions to him and embassy staff in the U.K. about President Donald Trump's demand for the ambassador to lobby for the British Open to be hosted at Trump's golf course in Scotland.

According to Lukens, he told those questioning how to go about getting the British Open at Trump Turnberry, and Lukens said he was clear that it was "unethical" and "possibly illegal." Still, Trump's cronies persisted.

He explained that when the inspector general did the investigation they went back to Washington to write up the report and that it should have been released by now, but it obviously has not. Today, the acting IG, who took over just three months ago, abruptly resigned.

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