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Chris Collins’ Alleged Corruption Took Place at the White House – Trump Cabinet Secretary Was Under Investigation Over Same Stock

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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.

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:

Others weigh in also:

Some speculate Price may be an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Collins case:

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‘What Does Putin Have on Him?’ Trump Gives Russia a Pass on Alexei Navalny Poisoning

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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:

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DeJoy ‘Surprised and Confused’ After House Oversight Committee Subpoenas Him for Ignoring Deadlines

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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.

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:

 

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‘#TrumpCorruption’: President Slammed for Saying Barr Must Prosecute Critics Like Obama to Become ‘Greatest’

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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.”

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.

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