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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Jared And Ivanka Booked $82 Million In Tainted 2017 Earnings

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

 

In 2017, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner together brought in at least $82 million in funds rife with conflicts of interest as they served as senior advisers to Trump.

The couple’s earnings were revealed in their latest financial disclosure filings.

If past filings are any indication, their may be much more money involved. After his first disclosure, Kushner had to make at least 40 updates, including sharing information about contacts with Russians he had initially omitted.

The new filings show Ivanka Trump brought in $3.9 million just from the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.…

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Pruitt Used Office To Seek Fried Chicken Franchise For Wife

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

By Laura Clawson / Daily Kos

 

It seems like every single day brings a new story about how corrupt Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt is. And if Tuesday’s story isn’t quite as weird as Monday’s story about Pruitt having an aide try to buy a used mattress from a Trump hotel, that’s only because that mattress story was really f’ing weird. The latest is that Pruitt used an aide—the sister of the mattress aide—to try to hook his wife up with a Chick-fil-A franchise.

It seems that Pruitt is feeling pretty broke now that he no longer has his $50-a-night room in a lobbyist-owned apartment and he’s paying actual rent in Washington, D.C., as well as a mortgage in Tulsa, Oklahoma.…

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Trump Flip-Flops On Sanctions After Chinese Company Hires Campaign Aide

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Days after China-based telecommunications company ZTE hired a former Trump campaign staffer, the Trump administration backed down on a decision to penalize the company.

Sanctions put in place by the Commerce Department in April prohibited American suppliers from doing business with ZTE.

The department said the move was due to ZTE violating the terms of a previous settlement of criminal and civil charges when the company made illegal shipments to North Korea and Iran.

“ZTE misled the Department of Commerce,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement at the time. “This egregious behavior cannot be ignored.”

But it appears Ross and the Trump White House have had a sudden change of heart.…

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