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For Mar-a-Lago and His Golf Courses Trump Swiped the Coat of Arms From a Former Ambassador to the Soviet Union



“Replacing the Word ‘Integritas,’ Latin for Integrity, With ‘Trump'”

Donald Trump has no problem co-opting the rightful creations of others. During his presidential campaign, many artists – including Adele, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, R.E.M., and Aerosmith – demanded he stop playing their music during his rallies, some forced to threaten lawsuits after repeated attempts to get him to stop. He stiffed the owner of a small music store in the sale of $100,000 of pianos, finally paying him a fraction of their worth. A lengthy USA Today exposé last year revealed accusations that Trump “stole” the work of hundreds of people – “Hundreds allege Donald Trump doesn’t pay his bills,” including, “a dishwasher in Florida. A glass company in New Jersey. A carpet company. A plumber. Painters. Forty-eight waiters. Dozens of bartenders and other hourly workers at his resorts and clubs, coast to coast. Real estate brokers who sold his properties. And, ironically, several law firms that once represented him in these suits and others.”

And now, The New York Times reveals “Trump’s American coat of arms belongs to another family. It was granted by British authorities in 1939 to Joseph Edward Davies, the third husband of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the socialite who built the Mar-a-Lago resort that is now Mr. Trump’s cherished getaway.”

In the United States, the Trump Organization took Mr. Davies’s coat of arms for its own, making one small adjustment — replacing the word “Integritas,” Latin for integrity, with “Trump.”

Joseph D. Tydings, a Democrat and former United States senator from Maryland who is the grandson of Mr. Davies, learned that Mr. Trump was using the emblem, at least at Mar-a-Lago, when he visited the property. Mr. Trump had never asked permission.

“There are members of the family who wanted to sue him,” said Mr. Tydings, a lawyer who wears his family’s coat of arms on a ring. “This is the first I’ve ever heard about it being used anywhere else.”

Add all this to Trump’s quixotic love of all-things Russia, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, perhaps American citizens should not be surprised that Joseph Edward Davies “once served as ambassador to the Soviet Union,” the Times notes.

“There is one historical parallel between Mr. Trump and Mr. Davies,” the Times concludes. “Both men were controversially pro-Russian. Mr. Davies, who played an important role as a go-between for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Soviets, has been criticized for being taken in by Stalin’s propaganda machine.”

All this, along with the fact that Mar-a-Lago’s Marjorie Merriweather Post wanted the estate to officially be used as the “Winter White House,” makes Trump’s purchase of the property and co-opting of Joseph Edward Davies’ Coat of Arms all the more strange.

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Lori Loughlin Exits the Big ‘House’ After Two-Month Stint for College Admissions Scandal



Fuller House star Lori Loughlin was released from prison Monday following a two-month stint for a college admissions scandal she perpetuated with her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli. The couple paid William “Rick” Singer $500,000 to help get their two daughters admitted to The University of Southern California. The parents pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges earlier this year.

America’s “Aunt Becky” began serving her sentence on October 30 at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California. Her husband is now serving his sentence of five months at the Federal Correctional Complex Lompoc.

Their daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, appeared on Red Table Talk to share her experiences for the first time.

“It’s been hard. For anybody, no matter what the situation, is you don’t want to see your parents go to prison, but also, I think it’s necessary for us to move on and move forward,” she said. “What happened was wrong and I think every single person in my family can look at it and be like, ‘That was messed up, that was a big mistake.'”

She added, “But I think what’s so important to me is to learn from the mistake. Not to be shamed and punished and never given a second chance… I’m 21. I feel like I deserve a second chance to redeem myself to show I’ve grown.”

The young woman added that she “wasn’t fully aware of what was going on.”

“When it first happened I didn’t look at it and say, ‘Oh my God like how dare we do this?’ I was like, ‘Why is everybody complaining? I was confused what we did.’ That’s embarrassing to admit,” she said, adding that she was a good high school student, but didn’t deserve to be at USC.

“I wasn’t slacking in high school,” she said. “I don’t want to discredit myself to the point where I was like, I have all this and I also didn’t care. I really did care. I was also a very involved student. I think I put a lot of trust into a person that claimed their profession was college counseling and it led me in a wrong direction. It’s not to shift blame; it’s just to explain that I wasn’t aware of what was going on.”

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Now Trump Thinks Hiring a ‘Special Prosecutor’ Is a Great Idea – to Go After His Own DOJ Before He Leaves Office



President Donald J. Trump participated in a lengthy interview with Fox NewsMaria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures where Trump shifted his complaints about voter fraud allegations— which his legal team has repeatedly lost in court — to what he saw as a lack of consequences for fired FBI Director James Comey, fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former CIA Director John Brennan, and others.

“Where is the DOJ and the FBI in all of this, Mr. President?” Bartiromo asked of Trump’s claims of voter fraud. “You have laid out some serious charges here. Shouldn’t this be something that the FBI is investigating? Are they? Is the DOJ investigating?”

“Missing in action. Missing in action. Can’t tell you where they are. I ask, ‘Are they looking at it?’ Everyone says, ‘Yes, they’re looking at it.’ Look, where are they with Comey, McCabe, and all these other people? You know, I said I’ll stay out of it. I wish I didn’t make that statement. There’s no reason, really, why I have to,” Trump said. “But where are they with Comey, with McCabe, with Brennan, with all these people. They lied to Congress. They lied, they leaked, they spied on our campaign. I see Carter Page is bringing a lawsuit, that’s good news. Where are they with all of this stuff? And, you know, what happened to Durham? Where’s Durham?”

Former Trump campaign associate Carter Page filed a lawsuit on Friday against Comey, McCabe, the FBI, the Justice Department, and others seeking $75 million in damages related to the “unjustified and illegal actions” and “unlawful spying” against him.

“Before we leave the subject of Durham, I feel like something happened in September. I don’t know what happened, but we were all expecting Durham to come out and A.G. Barr to be aggressive,” Bartiromo said, adding, “Will you appoint a special counsel to investigate and to continue the investigating into what took place in the 2016 election? You mentioned Jim Comey and Andrew McCabe not facing accountability — will you appoint a special counsel?”

“By the way, Comey, McCabe — that’s the least of it. You talk about the Logan Act, they used the Logan Act on General Flynn, who I was very proud to pardon. But they wanted to use and they did use the Logan Act on General Flynn, and you know where that started. Look, this whole thing is a terrible situation. This should’ve never been allowed to happen,” Trump claimed.

He added, “And yeah, I would consider a special prosecutor. Because you know this is not a ‘counsel’ — it sounds so nice. I went through three years of a special counsel prosecutor — I call it ‘prosecutor’ because it’s a much more accurate term. They spent $48 million, Weissmann and all Trump haters, they spent $48 million. That was the Mueller investigation. They went through taxes, they went through everything — for $48 million you look at everything, and they found no collusion, no nothing.”

According to the Washington Examiner, the Justice Department said Mueller’s inquiry cost roughly $32 million. Mueller released a reportin 2019 concluding the Russians interfered in the 2016 election in a “sweeping and systematic fashion” but “did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government.”

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‘Outrageous’: Legal Experts Say Lindsey Graham ‘Should Be Investigated’



Marc Elias, a top attorney for the Democratic Party who has spent decades defending voting rights, is calling on the Ethics Committee to investigate Senator Lindsey Graham.

The Georgia Secretary of State in a Monday interview with The Washington Post accused Graham of pressuring him to throw out what would be thousands of ballots from certain counties.

“This is both outrageous and should be investigated by the Senate Ethics Committee,” Elias said via Twitter, in response to Washington Post National political reporter Amy Gardner’s reporting.

Elias is not the only attorney calling for an investigation.

Here’s Kristen Clarke, the president and executive director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:

Former FBI Special Agent:

Political scientist, journalist, and CEO:

U.S. Congressman Eric Swalwell blasted Graham:


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