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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

#EndorseThis: How The Swamp Became A Trump Cesspool

To mark the anniversary of Trump’s “drain the swamp” slogan, John Oliver drills down into the muck of Washington today. As he notes, Trump named a “laughable” number of former business executives to oversee policies that directly benefit themselves and their former employers.

Indeed by now, everyone has figured out that Trump and his appointees have degraded the swamp into a cesspool of corruption.

But just how deep and how filthy is exposed with remarkable originality by the investigative staff at Last Week Tonight — who discovered, for instance, a truly startling piece of video starring Scott Angelle, an Interior Department official whose job is to oversee offshore oil rig safety.…

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Trump Official Did Undisclosed Favors For Scandal-Plagued GOP Fundraiser

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

A current State Department official helped a top fundraiser for Donald Trump arrange meetings with U.S. senators and Angolan officials in early 2017, according to emails obtained by ProPublica. Neither the official nor the fundraiser registered as a foreign agent.

Aryeh Lightstone helped plan the January 2017 meetings with U.S. senators, high-ranking Angolan government officials and the Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy, the emails show. Several months later, Lightstone was appointed by the Trump administration to a top position in the U.S. Embassy in Israel. The involvement of a now-sitting Trump administration official in Broidy’s work has not previously been reported.



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Pump And Trump: How His Firm’s Crooked Operations Circled The Globe

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

This story was co-published with WNYC..

By Heather Vogell, ProPublica, with Andrea Bernstein and Meg Cramer, WNYC, and Peter Elkind, ProPublica

 

Since Donald Trump’s fortunes came surging back with the success of The Apprentice 14 years ago, his deals have often been scrutinized for the large number of his partners who have ventured to the very edges of the law, and sometimes beyond. Those associates have included accused money launderers, alleged funders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and a felon who slashed someone in the face with a broken margarita glass.

Trump and his company have typically countered by saying they were merely licensing his name on these real estate projects in exchange for a fee.



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