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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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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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PARDON ME?

Family of One of the Felons President Pardoned Donated Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars to Trump Campaign: Report

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Out of the blue President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned or commuted the sentences of eleven people. One of those who received a full pardon from the president is Paul Pogue, the founder of a large Texas construction company.

Pogue pleaded guilty to underpaying his taxes over a three-year period by $473,000. The White House published a long list of the charitable giving Pogue has made to support Trump’s decision to issue the pardon.

“For more than 30 years, he has provided significant humanitarian aid to countries around the world, including Africa, India, and Mexico, all while continuing to help his fellow Americans in times of need,” the White House stated. “Mr. Pogue is the founder of two non-profit organizations.  One constructs churches, clinics, schools, and orphanages in developing countries.”

What the White House neglected to mention are donations to the Trump campaign made by his family after his conviction.

“According to FEC filings, Pogue’s family has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct contributions and in-kind air travel to the Trump Victory Fund,” The Daily Beast’s Justin Baragona and Asawin Suebsaeng report. “Beginning in August 2019, Ben Pogue—CEO of Pogue Construction and son of Paul Pogue—and his wife Ashleigh made over $200,000 in contributions to the campaign.”

The Daily Beast notes that just this past August, “Ben Pogue donated $85,000 to Trump Victory while Ashleigh Pogue contributed $50,000 that month. The following month, Ben Pogue made an in-kind air travel contribution of $75,404.40. The couple also made several large donations to the Republican National Committee and each donated $5,600 to Donald Trump for President Inc.”

Along the way the Pogues a few made smaller political donations, including to Rick Santorum’s 2016 presidential campaign. Now a CNN contributor, Santorum argued for Pogue’s pardon.

“In 2015, Pogue and his family contributed $11,000 to Santorum’s 2016 campaign,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, making clear that Santorum “helped secure a pardon” for Pogue.

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Limbaugh: ‘Nice Guy’ Trump Called and Told Me to Not Apologize for My Anti-Gay Comments About Pete Buttigieg

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Rush Limbaugh, who recently was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, days later turned around and made nasty, homophobic comments about Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and his marriage to his husband Chasten.

According to the 69-year old Limbaugh who has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, President Trump quickly heard his remarks or heard of them, and called him to tell him to not apologize.

“Hell, the president even called me about this,” Limbaugh told listeners of his syndicated radio show on Monday, as Media Matters reports. “The president checks in every now and then to see how I’m doing. He’s such a nice guy. And he called. It’s uncanny. I’m — Do I respond to him? Yeah. No, I try to reply to all of them, Dawn. I’m not going to be able to, but he calls, and yeah — powerful, influential member of the media, folks. I have got the White House private number in my phone, so when the White House calls, it says there on my phone,” Limbaugh said, making sure his supporters know just how “powerful” and “influential” he is.

“And so, invariably, it’s uncanny. He calls when I am moments away from commencing a medical procedure,” Limbaugh continues. “And I had to tell doctors, ‘You’ve got to give me a half-hour, the president’s calling.’ ‘OK, we’ll wait a half-hour.’ Then I told the White House, “Look, I’ve got a medical procedure in 10 minutes. Can you have the president call me back in 35?’ And they did. So, he called back, and he said ‘Rush, I just got to tell you something. Never apologize, don’t ever –‘ and I said, ‘For what?'”

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Of course, the timing doesn’t seem to add up. If the doctors gave him a half hour for a “medical procedure” why would he tell the White House to have Trump call him back in 35 minutes? Also, the level of gall is tremendous – who tells the President of the United States to call them back later?

But the point is clear: Trump supports anti-LGBTQ hatred and bigotry – according to Rush Limbaugh, Medal of Freedom honoree.

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CORRUPTION

Trump to Grant Clemency to Former Giuliani Partner and Disgraced NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik

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In what appears to be the third act of executive forgiveness President Donald Trump will sign this week the former, disgraced NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik, a friend and former partner of Rudy Giuliani, will be granted clemency, CNBC reports.

All these pardons and commutations appear to be sending a strong message that despite his claim to be a strong anti-corruption president Trump is more than willing to protect friends and others who have committed crimes similar to those he has been accused of.

Trump earlier Tuesday commuted the sentence of a former co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers who was convicted of a felony for not reporting extortion and bribery. He had bribered a governor $400,000 for a gambling-related license.

Trump is also expected to now commute the sentence of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of trying to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat.

 

Image of Kerik by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license

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