Former Trump HHS Secretary Tom Price Reportedly Made More Than $225,000 on Collins’ Australian Stock
Republican U.S. Congressman Chris Collins of New York has been arrested by the FBI on securities fraud charges, including insider trading, wire fraud, conspiracy, and lying to federal agents. Collins made “a flurry of phone calls” to his son while at a Congressional picnic at the White House, NBC News reports, citing the federal indictment.
Collins, who was the first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump, previously had been under scrutiny by the House Ethics Committee. That investigation revealed he had convinced former Trump Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to buy shares of the Australian pharmaceutical company for which Collins is now charged with insider trading.
“Collins — who has repeatedly denied any improper or unethical behavior — is on the board of Innate and is its biggest stockholder, having invested at least $6 million in the firm,” Politico reported last October. “His children own a block of Innate shares too.”
Wednesday morning Collins was arrested, along with his son, and the father of his son’s fiancée.
“Collins,” the October Politico story continued, “has pushed the company’s stock to former HHS Secretary and one-time House colleague Tom Price, other lawmakers and officials in Buffalo, N.Y. Collins was once overheard bragging on the phone in the House Speaker’s Lobby about ‘how many millionaires I’ve made in Buffalo the past few months.’ Price made more than $225,000 in his Innate stock trades, according to public records.”
MSNBC Wednesday morning noted Collins was “instrumental” in the choice of Price to be HHS Secretary.
Last year Rachel Maddow covered Price’s seemingly shady stock trading, and notes former US Attorney Preet Bharara was fired as he was investigating Price.
Maddow reported months ago about a Trump / Tom Price scandal involving insider trading issues that Prett Bharara was investigating
After Chris Collin, Price must be shaking.
Innate Immunotherapeutics – the same stock in both Collins & Price trading
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) August 8, 2018
Price reportedly refused to cooperate with the Office of Congressional Ethics in its investigation into Price and Collins.
Also in October Democratic U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, also of New York, had called for an investigation into Collins.
“The Office of Congressional Ethics has found clear and convincing evidence that Congressman Collins likely broke federal law,” Slaughter had said in a statement. “He put his obsession to enrich himself before the people he swore to represent. It is a disgrace to Congress and to his constituents, who deserve better.”
Former GOP Congressman David Jolly commented on the Collins-Price link:
Something to watch: while innocent until proven guilty, Collins included several House colleagues in trade tips, including former HHS Secretary Tom Price. If nothing else, these colleagues will likely now have to provide statements to law enforcement, if not full interviews. https://t.co/3Z6l6AR7RF
— David Jolly (@DavidJollyFL) August 8, 2018
Others weigh in also:
Re: Arrest of Chris Collins for insider trading. Another backer of the company at the heart of this scam was Tom Price, Trump’s former head of HHS. Why, it’s almost as if Trump PUT ACTUAL CRIMINALS IN CHARGE OF EVERYTHING after christening his opponent “Crooked Hillary.”
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) August 8, 2018
And flashback to Tom Price — who had his own stock-related ethics issues — refusing to cooperate with congressional ethics inquiry into Collins’ possible insider trading pic.twitter.com/edCRrvIYak
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) August 8, 2018
Some speculate Price may be an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Collins case:
There are 6 unindicted coconspirators mentioned in the @RepChrisCollins indictment.
FWIW, here are 6 GOP members of Congress who bought @InnatePharma stock on Collins’ recommendation:
– John Culberson
– Mike Conaway
– Doug Lamborn
– Billy Long
– Markwayne Mullin
– Tom Price
— Bryce Taylor Rudow (@brycetrudow) August 8, 2018
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‘What Does Putin Have on Him?’ Trump Gives Russia a Pass on Alexei Navalny Poisoning
All eyes have been on Russia since opposition leader Alexei Navalny fell ill in Siberia.
Navalny was finally air-lifted to German, where the government announced toxicology tests found “unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent,” according to CNN.
“Alexey Navalny was the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. “This poison can be detected without a doubt in the samples.”
Trump was asked about the poisoning on Friday against the backdrop of the alleged pattern of Vladimir Putin poisoning political opponents.
But Trump refused to condemn the attack or hold Putin to account.
“Once again Trump passes on a chance to hold Russia accountable. What does Putin have on him?” CNN analyst Joe Lockhart asked.
Here’s what others were saying:
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) September 4, 2020
Trump on what he might do about the poisoning of Putin opponent Alexei Navalny: "If Hillary got elected, you would be at war with North Korea." pic.twitter.com/pqKKCBGa0o
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 4, 2020
"But I do get along with President Putin. But I've been tougher on Russia than anybody else by far." — Trump is totally incoherent pic.twitter.com/k5CqY3t3LY
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 4, 2020
"I get along with President Putin" is the best response Trump can come up with.https://t.co/473sJdOm7m
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) September 4, 2020
Worse than saying nothing.
Trump on Russia’s poisoning of Putin critic #Navalny:
"We haven't had any proof yet.” https://t.co/BbBpNire4N
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) September 4, 2020
Trump simply will not criticize Vladimir Putin… ever… https://t.co/JUtBIoGtGh
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) September 4, 2020
DeJoy ‘Surprised and Confused’ After House Oversight Committee Subpoenas Him for Ignoring Deadlines
The Democratic-led House Oversight Committee has followed through on its promise to subpoena the Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, after he failed to meet deadlines for document production in both the House and Senate.
“You are hereby commanded to be and appear before the Committee on Oversight and Reform,” the subpoena, signed by Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) reads.
— Oversight Committee (@OversightDems) September 2, 2020
The Postmaster General says he was “surprised and confused” upon receiving the subpoena.
“We remain surprised and confused by Chairwoman Maloney’s insistence on issuing a subpoena to the Postal Service in the midst of ongoing dialogue with her staff,” the USPS says, as USAToday’s Nicholas Wu reports. “We fully intend to comply with our obligations under the law.”
The Committee has been investigating why the USPS has been removing hundreds of mail sorting machines and post office collection boxes, also known as mailboxes, and suspending overtime.
Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez weighs in:
If the USPS is surprised we are issuing a subpoena, it’s because they weren’t listening.
I said directly in the hearing that if DeJoy didn’t quickly hand over documents, we should issue a subpoena.
They knew the consequences of stalling. Now, where‘s his unaltered calendar? https://t.co/raNrSytmz6
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 2, 2020
‘#TrumpCorruption’: President Slammed for Saying Barr Must Prosecute Critics Like Obama to Become ‘Greatest’
President Donald Trump is telling Bill Barr he must prosecute the president’s critics, like former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in order for him to become “the greatest Attorney General” in history.
As usual, Trump telegraphed his wishes to Barr right out in the open, in a Fox News interview that aired Tuesday night.
“I say this openly: Bill Barr can go down as the greatest Attorney General in the history of our country, or he can go down as just another guy,” Trump told Fox host Laura Ingraham. “They have all the stuff, you don’t need anything else. You know they want everything. You don’t need anything else. They all lied to Congress, they were liars, they were cheaters. They were treasonous it was treason.”
Part two of Trump's never-ending interview with Laura Ingraham begins with Trump calling on Bill Barr to prosecute the likes of Obama and Biden pic.twitter.com/O9Vjw2YsZz
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 2, 2020
Trump’s claims are false.
Many took to social media to slam Trump, with some declaring his obsession with prosecuting his critics is an abuse of power.
Just to drive this home in case it’s not clear, Trump has no specific crime he wants Barr to prosecute Biden and Obama for. He wants Barr to prosecute them for being his political opponents. https://t.co/IjeDE2kxR7
— Dean Baker (@DeanBaker13) September 2, 2020
— Sybill Trelawney (@SybilT2) September 2, 2020
Trump seriously wants to prosecute Obama, Biden and Comey because Trump and his cabal got caught colluding with foreign governments to win in 2016.
Trump’s entire presidency lacks legitimacy and he knows it. He wants to squish everyone who denies him legitimacy. https://t.co/v3foPpAiKx
— ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesMore) September 2, 2020
Donald Trump truly believe he is a king https://t.co/jsHPRaNsXb
— gregarious (@mistergeezy) September 2, 2020
This is so beyond sick- Trump is trying to incite Bill Barr to arrest his perceived enemies – Obama and Hillary Clinton. The sad truth is Trump is the one who should be arrested for extreme fraud and corruption. https://t.co/LFYOZnBcRr
— kayt (@KathrynTomashu1) September 2, 2020
This is banana republic scary shit https://t.co/gtqlF0KjtS
— WeThePeople🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@PrincessBravato) September 2, 2020
Just so we're clear, prosecuting political opponents is, like, the textbook example of an authoritarian abuse of executive power. https://t.co/ynEFte2nC6
— Justin Kilborn (@KilbornAgain) September 2, 2020
In the last two days, Trump’s continuous projection, and outright confessions…this man is telling us everything we need to know. Everything. Seems he should be a criminal prosecutor’s dream come true. https://t.co/9kOnO1lvpg
— Alicia Carlson 💙 🇺🇸 (@AmicaAli) September 2, 2020
— RedIsTheNewBrown (@MayBeBotRsch) September 2, 2020
Thug life. https://t.co/2IrxWShpew
— Francis Wilkinson (@fdwilkinson) September 2, 2020
— Eric Takamiya (@ektaka) September 2, 2020
Apparently, the depths of Barr’s sycophancy and obstruction of justice in favor of #TraitorTrump still isn’t quite enough – he’s on probation until he prosecutes Trump’s “enemies.” #TrumpIsNotWell #NotSafeInTrumpsAmerica #SeriesOfMiniStrokes #BidenHarris2020ToSaveAmerica https://t.co/nAtVNS8HYF
— Kincaid (@kincaid323) September 2, 2020
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