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Why Is Lara Trump, Who Is Not a White House Employee, Getting Extraordinary Access to White House Information?

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Lara Trump Read Transcript of President’s Call to Gold Star Mother. White House Has Refused to Release It Publicly.

Unlike her brother-in-law Jared Kushner, and her sister-in-law Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump is not a White House employee, and yet she is getting extraordinary access to White House information, access presumably no one else outside the White House has. Lara Trump is the wife of Eric Trump, the president’s second son. A former “Inside Edition” producer, Lara is now apparently working for the Trump re-election campaign. An AP article Friday notes she is the host of the Trump campaign’s “news” reports, Facebook videos that present the administration’s work the way the administration wants it presented.

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Posted by Donald J. Trump on Friday, October 13, 2017

Which still does not explain why she is being granted extraordinary access to the White House.

On Friday, in an interview with “Fox & Friends,” as ThinkProgress reports, Lara Trump acknowledged having read the transcript of President Trump’s call with Myeshia Johnson, the widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson. The President’s call to Johnson has been one of the biggest stories of the week, after he said to the grieving widow her husband “knew what he was getting into” when he joined the military.

Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt point-blank said to Lara, “You read the transcripts, what were your thoughts?”

Why would Lara Trump have access to the transcripts? They have not been made, public, despite the media’s attempts to obtain them. (And frankly, is there any reason Americans should believe the transcripts are accurate, given this administration’s penchant for lying?)

Ironically, Lara tells Fox News “this is just a clear case of the media not doing their job. Whenever you read exactly what he said, he said, ‘Your husband went in to battle know he could be injured, knowing he could be killed and he still did it because he loves his country.'” 

No one outside the White House, except Lara Trump, presumably, has been allowed to read that transcript, so how, exactly, is the media not doing its job? But of course, Lara Trump didn’t mention that on Fox News.

But that’s not all.

As Citizens for Ethics noted on Twitter, why is Lara Trump – again, not a White House employee – attending a White House meeting?

These are the two events we know of. Has Lara Trump been given access to other White House information or events? There’s a fine line between what the Trump administration can and cannot do in the White House regarding re-election. Are those laws being followed?

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NOT HOW THIS WORKS

Busted: White House Counsel Worked to Keep Whistleblower Report From Congress – WaPo

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President Donald Trump’s White House counsel has reportedly been personally involved in keeping Congress from reviewing a whistleblowing report involving Ukraine.

“The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president,” The Washington Post reported Friday. “The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint.”

In addition to confirming the WSJ report, The Post also furthered the story with new reporting on the role of the White House in the scandal.

“White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has been engaged in the matter since shortly after the whistleblower action surfaced, officials said, helping to identify legal obstacles to the sharing of information that could be politically damaging to Trump,” The Post reported. “Cipollone’s involvement reveals a more direct White House role in the dispute than has previously been reported.”

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IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES

Trump Urged Ukraine President ‘About Eight Times’ to Work With Giuliani to Get Dirt on Biden’s Son: WSJ

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that President Donald Trump “repeatedly pressured” the president of Ukraine to work with his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to get dirt on the son of his top political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.

In a July phone call Trump urged President Volodymyr Zelensky “about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani,” the Wall Street Journal says.

But the Journal’s reporting in the second paragraph offers details that appear to minimize what experts have been suggesting actually happened. The Journal’s report also does not name sources or even suggest if they are White House or intelligence community officials.

“Mr. Trump didn’t mention a provision of foreign aid to Ukraine on the call, said this person, who didn’t believe Mr. Trump offered the Ukrainian president any quid-pro-quo for his cooperation on an investigation,” the Journal says.

That would lessen the magnitude of the allegations against President Trump, although they would still be impeachable offenses.

Related: Trump to Meet With Ukrainian President Amid Bombshell Whistleblower Allegations

The Trump team has become expert at controlling the national conversation and forging a narrative that bends most elements of truth, then getting the conservative base to believe them.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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IMPEACH

Some Among Democratic Base Grow Increasingly Frustrated as Pelosi Issues Statement Chastising Trump Over Whistleblower

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Statement  Does Not  Say ‘Impeachment’

Some among the Democratic base appear frustrated with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who has not been supportive of the majority of House Democrats who want to impeach President Donald Trump. Friday afternoon the Speaker quietly issued a lengthy statement responding to the bombshell news that a whistleblower has filed a “credible” and “urgent” complaint with the intelligence community.

Pelosi’s statement, which was not posted to her social media accounts as of this writing, made its way through Twitter via a handful of reporters.

“If the President has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his Administration and our democracy,” Pelosi said, as a Politico congressional reporter pointed out:

Nearly two-thirds of House Democrats support impeaching Trump, or beginning a formal impeachment inquiry at the very least, according to Politico. But the majority of the nation does not, nor do a majority of Democratic voters, according to recent polls.

“Only 37 percent support beginning impeachment proceedings, while half oppose it,” Politco reports, citing its own polls.

Speaker Pelosi’s statement concludes with this:

“We will continue to follow the facts and explore every possible option to ensure the American people get the truth. We would hope that Republicans would join us in supporting the Constitution.”

Some online are calling her statement “weak,” while others are disappointed with the lack of specific threats of action, and others are expressing exasperation with the Speaker not supporting impeachment:

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