All Things Trump Conflicts of Interest Thread

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https://democrats-oversight.house.g...t-intervened-directly-in-decision-not-to-sell

Many years before becoming President, Donald Trump expressed interest in the FBI headquarters moving out of Washington, D.C. so he could acquire the land on Pennsylvania Avenue and redevelop the property. However, after he was sworn in as President—and became ineligible as a federal employee to obtain the property—he reportedly became “dead opposed” to the government selling the property to potential competitors.
“Even more troubling is that you concealed this information from Congress,” the Ranking Members wrote to Murphy. “During sworn testimony, you were asked directly and repeatedly whether you had any communications with President Trump or other White House officials about this project. In response, you withheld information about this and other meetings—omissions the Inspector General warned may have left a ‘misleading’ impression that you ‘had no discussions with White House officials in the decision-making process about the project’.”

Based on the latest projections, the Trump Administration’s new proposal to rebuild the existing Pennsylvania Avenue facility could cost hundreds of millions of dollars more than the long-term relocation plan, but it would accommodate 2,306 fewer employees.
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opini...iolating-emoluments-clause-process-ncna925076

This would be a huge scandal with many days of breathless coverage on multiple cable news networks if this were literally any other President, Republican or Democrat. The fact that it's not a big story is thoroughly emblematic of this Presidency.
 
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WAPO'S DAVID FAHRENTHOLD and JONATHAN O'CONNELL: "Saudi-funded lobbyist paid for 500 rooms at Trump's hotel after 2016 election": "Lobbyists representing the Saudi government reserved blocks of rooms at President Trump's Washington, D.C., hotel within a month of Trump's election in 2016 — paying for an estimated 500 nights at the luxury hotel in just three months, according to organizers of the trips and documents obtained by The Washington Post.

"At the time, these lobbyists were reserving large numbers of D.C.-area hotel rooms as part of an unorthodox campaign that offered U.S. military veterans a free trip to Washington — then sent them to Capitol Hill to lobby against a law the Saudis opposed, according to veterans and organizers."
 

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Merger needing Trump approval? Can you elaborate on the governmental process to approve mergers? Which part of the executive branch handles this?
 

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Merger needing Trump approval? Can you elaborate on the governmental process to approve mergers? Which part of the executive branch handles this?
CFIUS. Also, DOJ, DOD, and DHS had to sign off. Otherwise, you got me.
 

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You get gift baskets and chocolates from the Washington Post every year, don't you. NY Times too!
This doesn't trigger your government conflict alarm? Is your Trump fanboyism getting in the way? Because you certainly wouldn't jump to defend a democratic lawmaker. You'd skew any dem politician who did the same. Over/Under on Ogee being a major hypocrite. -10000.
 

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Which is more evil? Emoluments Post Office deal or the 1300 incidents of money laundering Russian money at Trump properties (Courtesy NY SAG).
 

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This doesn't trigger your government conflict alarm? Is your Trump fanboyism getting in the way? Because you certainly wouldn't jump to defend a democratic lawmaker. You'd skew any dem politician who did the same. Over/Under on Ogee being a major hypocrite. -10000.
Who in the world is defending anyone? I like poking fun at jtf for constantly and repeatedly quoting WaPo and NY Times. You read more than that from my post about the chocolates? Wowzers...

I don't know what Trump does or has done with his business but from someone that has worked with State governments in 3 different states, I can tell you that you probably don't have the foggiest idea just how things get done and how prevalent "marketing", gifting, and even downright bribing is in daily government operations. I'm not defending it one iota, just telling you that it's the way business has been done in the US for well over a century now. The things that I've done with government agency clients, some would consider horribly egregious, some would say it doesn't even move the needle for concern. Everyone has their own moral compass/barometer.
 

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Are people like Stocker really unaware that the federal government is essentially the mafia? How naive do you have to be to think it's just a bunch of people acting in stocker's best interests.

I think that's what so annoys most progressives about Trump. he is destroying the illusion they all had, and they hate him for it.
 

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Are people like Stocker really unaware that the federal government is essentially the mafia? How naive
The mafia, eh? Your takes are getting nuttier by the hour. And you think you could replace the TSA in a matter of hours yet you call others naive.
 

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The mafia, eh? Your takes are getting nuttier by the hour. And you think you could replace the TSA in a matter of hours yet you call others naive.
Have you never seen the godfather? This isn't exactly a nutty take.

Do you think looking at an id and making sure the boarding pass matches is a special skill? How about slowing people up by stopping the luggage conveyor every 5 minutes to look more closely at nothing while missing 95% of weapons and explosives? https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-new...s-us-airports-allowed-weapons-through-n367851

Or is watching people walk thru the metal detector and seeing if it beeps a special skill?

I mean, compared to whatever it is you do, it might seem like some special skills, but not really.
 

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https://www.propublica.org/article/...-from-his-companies-but-no-record-hes-done-so

At a news conference last week, now-President Donald Trump said he and his daughter, Ivanka, had signed paperwork relinquishing control of all Trump-branded companies. Next to him were stacks of papers in manila envelopes — documents he said transferred “complete and total control” of his businesses to his two sons and another longtime employee.

Sheri Dillon, the Trump attorney who presented the plan, said that Trump “has relinquished leadership and management of the Trump Organization.” Everything would be placed in a family trust by Jan. 20, she said.

That hasn’t happened.
Remember when Trump told us he no longer managed Trump Org? Well, he was signing checks in 2017:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/cohen-...-criminal-conduct-while-in-office-11551175201




(I am, of course, very much burying the lede here.)
 

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Surely by now someone is outraged about the emoluments clause.


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The Rs are like Sgt Schultz when it comes to anything like this about trump.
 

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this tweet is missing a lot of information before anyone could conclude this is a conflict of interest. Not that it matters. Appearances are convictions among the DS afflicted.
 

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