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Ivanka Trump Deposition Remarks ‘Highly Misleading,’ Says D.C. Attorney General

The attorney general for the District of Columbia has said an investigation into how money was spent for President Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration is not “politically motivated” and Ivanka Trump’s comments to the contrary were “highly misleading.”



Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump are posing for a picture: President Donald Trump listens as his daughter Ivanka Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Kenosha Regional Airport on November 02, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Ivanka Trump gave a deposition to the D.C. attorney general's office this week.


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President Donald Trump listens as his daughter Ivanka Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Kenosha Regional Airport on November 02, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Ivanka Trump gave a deposition to the D.C. attorney general’s office this week.

Karl A. Racine, a Democrat, was responding to a claim made by the president’s daughter. She had posted on Twitter on Thursday about making a deposition to the attorney general’s office in relation to the probe.

His office sued the Presidential Inaugural Committee in January, alleging the nonprofit misspent more than $1 million raised by “grossly overpaying” the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“This week I spent 5+ hours

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Biden transition live updates: Wisconsin Supreme Court declines to hear Trump campaign challenge to election results

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Roles of Trump fundraiser, Kushner’s attorney were scrutinized in pardon bribe probe

By Sarah N. Lynch and Lawrence Hurley



a man wearing sunglasses and a suit and tie: White House senior advisor Kushner looks on at a U.S. President Trump's campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport in Fayetteville


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White House senior advisor Kushner looks on at a U.S. President Trump’s campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport in Fayetteville

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former Trump fundraiser and a prominent lawyer were among the people scrutinized by the Justice Department for their roles in what a judge described as a possible bribery scheme to win a presidential pardon for a convicted felon, lawyers for the men said Thursday.

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Lawyer Abbe Lowell’s attorney and friend Reid Weingarten said his client was never a target or subject in the Justice Department’s inquiry, while former fundraiser Elliot Broidy’s attorney William Burck said his client was “not under investigation and has not been accused by anyone of any wrongdoing whatsoever.”

No one has been charged in the investigation, the status of which is unclear.

The New York Times first reported Lowell and

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Trump Administration Loses Another H-1B Visa Court Case

In another immigration loss for the Trump administration, a federal judge in New Jersey granted a business group a preliminary injunction to block the Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing its H-1B wage rule. An analysis found the wage rule, issued in October, would have required employers to boost H-1B visa holders’ wages by 40% to 50%, well above the market wage for similar U.S. workers. Analysts concluded the rule’s objective was to price out of the U.S. labor market existing H-1B visa holders and international students who graduate from U.S. universities. The complaint was filed by the Wasden Banias law firm, which has launched several successful lawsuits against the Trump administration’s H-1B policies, on behalf of ITServe Alliance,

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Trump aide banned from Justice Department after trying to get case information

Stirrup is accused of approaching staffers in the department demanding they give her information about investigations, including election fraud matters, the people said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

The effort came as Trump continues to level baseless claims that he won the election and alleges without evidence that massive voting fraud was responsible for his defeat to President-elect Joe Biden.

Stirrup had also extended job offers to political allies for positions at some of the highest levels of the Justice Department without consulting any senior department officials or the White House counsel’s office and also attempted to interfere in the hiring process for career staffers, a violation of the government’s human resources policies, one of the people said.

The Justice Department declined to comment. Attempts to reach Stirrup for comment were not immediately successful.

On Thursday, Trump appointed Stirrup

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Trump aide banned from Justice after trying to get case info

The official serving as President Donald Trump’s eyes and ears at the Justice Department has been banned from the building after trying to pressure staffers to give up sensitive case information she could relay to the White House

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Trump refuses to say if he has confidence in AG Bill Barr

  • President Donald Trump on Thursday refused to say whether he still has confidence in Attorney General Bill Barr amid reports of rising tensions between the two.
  • “Ask me that in a number of weeks from now,” Trump said, adding that Barr and the Justice Department “should be looking at all of this fraud. This is not civil. He thought it was civil. This is criminal stuff.”
  • Trump has been frustrated with Barr for months, but his anger reaches a boiling point after Barr told the Associated Press this week that the DOJ and FBI have not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that could alter the results of the 2020 election.
  • The claim directly undercut the Trump legal team’s claims that there was nationwide voter fraud and that the presidential race was illegally “stolen” from Trump by Democrats and other nefarious actors.
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Trump refuses to say if he has confidence in Attorney General Bill Barr



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump stands with Attorney General William Barr during the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci


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President Donald Trump stands with Attorney General William Barr during the 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

  • President Donald Trump on Thursday refused to say whether he still has confidence in Attorney General Bill Barr amid reports of rising tensions between the two.
  • “Ask me that in a number of weeks from now,” Trump said, adding that Barr and the Justice Department “should be looking at all of this fraud. This is not civil. He thought it was civil. This is criminal stuff.”
  • Trump has been frustrated with Barr for months, but his anger reaches a boiling point after Barr told the Associated Press this week that the DOJ and FBI have not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that could alter the results of the 2020 election.
  • The claim directly undercut
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Ivanka Trump confirms she was questioned by the D.C. attorney general’s office over Inaugural Committee spending

Ivanka Trump was questioned for more than five hours this week by investigators from the D.C. attorney general’s office, which has accused President Trump’s Inaugural Committee of wasting donated money on an overpriced ballroom at the president’s D.C. hotel, Ivanka Trump said on Twitter Thursday.

The D.C. attorney general’s office revealed Wednesday in a court filing that it had taken Ivanka Trump’s deposition earlier in the week. In Trump’s tweet, she said investigators had “questioned the rates charged by the Trump International Hotel at the inauguration” in 2017.

Trump then posted an email she had sent to Trump hotel executives in December 2016, when she was still an executive at her father’s company. In that email, she told the executives, “Why dont you call and negotiate?” — presumably meaning with the Trump Inaugural Committee, though it is not specified.

“It should be a fair market rate,” she wrote.

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Trump Should Declare Martial Law And Redo The Election, Michael Flynn Suggests

Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser who was pardoned by the president last week for lying during the Russia investigation, wants Trump to declare martial law and “temporarily suspend the Constitution” until a new election is held.

Flynn, who had been awaiting sentencing for lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts before Trump’s pardon, on Tuesday retweeted a news release from a right-wing Ohio group called We The People Convention asking the president to declare martial law so troops can supervise a do-over of the 2020 election.

Flynn tagged many conservative celebs in his post and added: “Freedom never kneels except for God.”

The news release cites “massive, planned, illegal election fraud” carried out by Democrats. Trump lost the election handily to President-elect Joe Biden and no widespread fraud has been found.

If the president doesn’t declare martial law, the statement retweeted by Flynn warns, “we

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