Trump Encourages Voters to Commit Voter Fraud & Violates North Carolina Law

Trump suggested Wednesday during his visit to Wilmington, North Carolina, that people who vote by absentee ballot should “check their vote” by attempting to vote in person as well.

WECT

Law-Breaking Trump:

The following is a message to North Carolina voters from Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections:

Attempting to vote twice in an election or soliciting someone to do so also is a violation of North Carolina law.

Steve Bannon and His Fellow Conspirators Charged with Fraud in “We Build The Wall” Scheme

Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former top adviser, was charged on Thursday in New York with fraud for his role in a scheme related to “We Build the Wall,” an online fund-raising effort that collected more than $25 million for the president’s much-touted plan to erect a barrier on the Mexican border, officials said.

Mr. Bannon and three other defendants “defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, capitalizing on their interest in funding a border wall to raise millions of dollars, under the false pretense that all of that money would be spent on construction,” Audrey Strauss, the acting United States attorney in Manhattan, said in a statement Thursday.

NY Times

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Susan Pompeo: Acting Secretary of State and Grammarian?

In a vast Cabinet department with extensive resources, tightly bound by protocol and with close oversight, Mike and Susan Pompeo have imported a model more familiar to smaller, less scrutinized congressional offices on Capitol Hill: a blurry line between the appointed secretary and unappointed spouse, and among official, political and personal agendas.

Politico

Half a Trillion Dollar Giveaway…but Who Gets the Money is a Secret

At least four members of Congress have reaped benefits in some way from the half-trillion-dollar small-business loan program they helped create.

And there are almost certainly more, according to aides and lawmakers. But only the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department have that information, and the Trump administration is refusing to provide any details.

Politico

Trump Admin. Refuses to Disclose Corporate Recipients of $500 Billion in Coronavirus Bailout Funds

Progressive critics and advocacy groups are responding with alarm and anger to the Trump administration’s refusal to disclose the names of more than 4.5 million companies that have collectively received over $500 billion in corporate bailout money through a federal program created to provide businesses with relief from the coronavirus pandemic.

The over $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed by Trump in March established the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) with $349 billion in funding for forgivable loans. After the initial capital ran out in just 13 days, lawmakers approved $310 billion more

Common Dreams

Federalist Society: The Right-Wing Legal Network Is Now Openly Pushing Conspiracy Theories

The right-wing legal network spawned by the Federalist Society has finally gone full Trumpian. It has morphed from a group of apparently principled conservatives debating high-minded theories of legal interpretation, into a secretly-funded cabal spouting conspiracy theories such as the myth of widespread voter fraud. We’ve certainly seen hints that this was the case and also signals that it was coming. But we have now approached peak-hackery, and that hackery is now being directed at manipulating elections. That part really is new, and it is a dangerous development that threatens the rule of law.

Slate

Related:

Captured Courts: The GOP’s big money assault on the Constitution, our independent judiciary, and the rule of law.
Debbie Stabenow, Chuck Schumer, Sheldon Whitehouse

Pompeo for President in 2024? – His Hometown Newspaper Writes About “One Bold Hustle”

Secretary of Defense and Trump suckup Mike Pompeo has been profligately spending taxpayer money. He has had aides (on taxpayer payroll) walk his dog, collect his dry cleaning, and probably more. He has hosted dinners (“Madison” dinners he called them) where the rich and powerful were invited … and encouraged to contribute money to Pompeo.

The Kansas City Star writes:

Even in a town built on a swamp, this is one bold hustle by the former congressman from Wichita, who is still regarded as an automatic frontrunner if he decided to make a late jump — yes, even if pushed — into this year’s U.S. Senate race in Kansas. Do we really have no standards?

Inspectors General Fired by Trump

Trump corruption does not tolerate oversight. Fired thus far:

IG Steve Linick (State Dept.)

Principal Deputy Inspector General Christi A. Grimm (HHS)

Acting Inspector General Glenn Fine (Defense Department)

intelligence committee watchdog Michael Atkinson

Related:

Trump Takes Aim at a Watergate Reform: The Independent Inspector General

NY Times