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Republican Donors Who Sat Out 2016 Are Throwing Cash at Trump: ‘He’s Won Me Over — I’m All In’

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Republican donors who did not back President Donald Trump in 2016 are pouring millions of dollars into his re-election campaign.

The fundraising drive will be formally announced May 7 at a closed-door event with Trump 2020 aides in Washington, where donors who collect at least $25,000 will be invited to campaign-sponsored retreats, briefings and dinners, reported Politico.

The effort is closely modeled on the Pioneers network that propelled George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign.

Dallas Republican Roy Bailey said he’s seen commitments from about 150 donors, some of whom had strongly opposed Trump in 2016.

“There were still a lot of people who were trying to lick their wounds and hadn’t quite gotten over the fact that he had whipped everybody,” Bailey said. “They were slow to come on board. I’ve had a couple of people that in 2016, they just weren’t on board with candidate Trump at all and they said, ‘Look, Roy, he has won me over. I’m all in.’”

Jack Oliver, who was one of the architects of Bush’s Pioneers program, sat out 2016 after Jeb Bush left the race, but is now advising the Trump re-election campaign.

“I think you’ll have a significant number of Bush and Romney veterans that were on the sidelines or didn’t get overly involved in 2016 but will be involved in the 2020 campaign,” Oliver said.

Geoff Verhoff, who bundled more than $1 million for Marco Rubio’s failed GOP presidential campaign, predicted that other Republican donors would sign on because they were happy with what they’d seen from Trump — and because they feared what Democratic candidates were running on.

“All you have to do is look at what the other side is gearing up for and this is a pretty easy decision for a lot of people,” said the lobbyist. “From a policy standpoint, there’s virtually nothing they disagree with, then layer on top of that the choice that the other side is presenting to the country and it’s a no-brainer.”

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It’s Done: Trump Quietly Commutes Roger Stone’s 40 Month Prison Sentence

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President Donald Trump Friday evening commuted the prison sentence of his longtime friend and former advisor, Roger Stone. Stone was found guilty by a jury on all seven felony charges, which included lying to Congress, obstruction, and witness tampering.

Some experts weigh in:

Related: Trump Expected to Commute Roger Stone’s Sentence as Soon as Friday – Stone Warns He Was ‘Under Enormous Pressure to Turn on Him’

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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As Coronavirus Spikes Break New Records Fauci Reveals Trump Doesn’t Even Speak to Him Anymore

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President Donald Trump tried to claim the mantle of a “wartime president,” battling the “unseen enemy,” but as it turns out one of the people who could best help him with the coronavirus battle is who’s really “unseen.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, an immunologist and probably the most respected public health expert on the government’s payroll, reveals the President of the United States no longer talks to him.

In fact, Trump hasn’t talked to Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), in over a month – and hasn’t been able to update Trump in at least two.

“Fauci last saw Trump in person at the White House on June 2 — and says he has not briefed the president for at least two months,” the Financial Times reports.

Could this be the reason?

As of Friday the U.S. has 3,262,180 cases of coronavirus, with 136,290 deaths. On Thursday alone there were 61,067 new cases, and 960 deaths.

The New York Times reports new coronavirus cases are up 60% over the past 14 days. In fact, in 39 out of 50 states new cases are increasing.

For example, here’s what Florida’s daily cases per capita chart looks like at The New York Times:

Arizona’s spike is so tall it literally bleeds into the text on the Time’s page:

As recently as Wednesday of last week Trump was still insisting coronavirus will “disappear.”

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Michael Cohen, Who Arranged for Trump Hush Money Payments That Led to SCOTUS Case, Surprisingly Taken Back Into Custody

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Former personal attorney to President Donald Trump Michael Cohen, known as a “fixer,” was surprisingly taken back into custody by federal authorities just hours after the Supreme Court ruled against the President in a case sparked in part by Cohen’s own testimony before Congress.

Cohen had been sent home from jail in response to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, but his sentence was not commuted and he allegedly was not to leave the house. He was photographed while dining at a Manhattan French restaurant, Le Bilboquet. Legal experts days ago noted he was risking being returned to jail for possibly violating terms of his release from prison.

The former Trump attorney “was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals and sent to a federal jail after balking at a demand that he agree not to talk to the media, or participate with any film or book, while serving the rest of his criminal sentence on home confinement, his attorney said,” according to CNBC.

“Cohen, his wife, Laura, and another couple spent about an hour chatting before they became the last patrons to leave around 11:30 p.m.,” the NY Post had reported.

“Do you think we need to review [President Trump’s] financial statements and his tax returns?” Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) had asked Trump’s “fixer” back  in February.

“Yes, and you’d find it at the Trump Org,” Cohen replied.

Cohen Thursday afternoon had visited a federal court house to sign papers related to his house arrest, and possibly be fitted with an ankle monitor, his attorney said, according to MSNBC. That’s when federal marshals, without prior warning, remanded him back into custody.

Experts say they were not surprised he was sent back to a federal jail, after being seen in town and also tweeting.

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