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‘This Is How a Mafia Boss Talks’: Schiff Scorches Trump Over Ukraine Telephone Transcript

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says the “transcript” the White House released just hours ago reveals President Donald Trump is using his office like a “Mafia boss.”

Reading from the transcript, Rep. Schiff notes Trump’s lamentation over a “lack of reciprocity” – that the U.S., Trump says, does a lot for Ukraine, but Ukraine does not do enough for the U.S.

“This is how a Mafia boss talks,” Schiff, who holds a law degree from Harvard, says.

Schiff also calls Trump’s remarks “a classic Mafia-like shakedown of a foreign leader.”

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(The “transcript” is not a verbatim or complete recording of the July 25 telephone conversation. It is culled from aides’ notes and memories. It spans just five pages despite the phone call lasting reportedly 30 minutes.)

 

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Ohio GOP Governor Tests Positive for Coronavirus Just Before Meeting Trump

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Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine, 73, was scheduled to meet President Donald Trump on the tarmac but will not be there after testing positive for coronavirus. He reportedly has no symptoms.

DeWine refused to mandate masks until July 22.

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NRA Sued for Fraud and Self-Dealing by NY Attorney General – Calls for Top Gun Group to Be Dissolved

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The Attorney General of the State of New York announced Thursday she is suing the National Rifle Association for fraud, and calling for the organization to be dissolved, according to The Washington Post‘s Carol Leonnig.

“The chief executive of the National Rifle Association and several top lieutenants engaged in a decades-long pattern of fraud to raid the coffers of the powerful gun rights group for personal gain, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the New York attorney general, draining $64 million from the nonprofit in just three years,” The Post reports.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James “called for the dissolution of the NRA and the removal of CEO Wayne LaPierre from the leadership post he has held for the past 39 years, saying he and others used the group’s funds to finance a luxury lifestyle.”

The lawsuit claims NRA chief Wayne LaPierre recently arranged a $17 million golden parachute for himself and did not even seek board approval. It also details patterns of excessive spending, including  private jet travel, luxury vacation, and more than $1 million in reimbursements.

“LaPierre also spent $3.6 million of NRA money for private travel consultants to arrange private jets and executive car service for his and his family’s use over just two years, the suit says.”

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Kushner ‘Planning Last Ditch Try at Disqualifying Biden Ballots on Election Night’ With Barr’s Blessing: Noted Author

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A prolific author and speaker who has been described as a “Religious Right Defector” has issued a warning about the 2020 election that’s getting noticed.

Frank Schaeffer was raised by a noted conservative Christian theologian who was at the forefront of right wing Christian political activism in the 1970’s. But now he is a liberal Democrat and a cable news guest frequently invited to speak on the tactics of the religious right.

This week he’s speaking out about what he says is the White House’s plan to ensure Trump remains in the Oval Office.

In short, Schaeffer says Jared Kushner is planning an end run around the election process, and will appeal to the Supreme Court, as George W. Bush did in the 2000 election, to ensure Trump is installed in office for another four years.

“Insider says Kushner is now in charge of planning last ditch try at disqualifying Biden ballots on election night, urging Republican state legislatures to ‘send competing slates of electors,’ and then seeking a Supreme Court ruling in Trump’s favor,” Schaeffer said Tuesday, adding that “Barr is said to support this.”

To be clear, Schaeffer offers little substance and cites only one unnamed source.

On Wednesday, he added this:

His warning might have sounded far-fetched in earlier times, but now, many are taking notice.

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