There is no evidence that the former vice president was involved in or profited from a joint venture pursued by his son and brother.
Kenneth P. VogelThe records released by TONY BOBULINSKI do not demonstrate that JOE BIDEN was involved in a joint venture that his son & brother pursued with a Chinese conglomerate in 2017.
But they do make clear that HUNTER BIDEN saw the family name as a valuable asset.
Kenneth P. VogelRIC GRENELL's secret meeting seeking MADURO's resignation surprised the @StateDept, which scrambled to learn details after @nytimes asked about it yesterday.
One official said it seemed like an effort to score a pre-election foreign policy win for TRUMP.
A former fund-raiser for President Trump admitted to a role in a covert campaign to influence the administration on behalf of Chinese and Malaysian interests.
Kenneth P. VogelNEW: ELLIOTT BROIDY's guilty plea relates to illegal lobbying on behalf of Malaysian & Chinese interests.
But prosecutors plan to introduce evidence at sentencing related to his Middle East work, including “efforts to influence US policy" toward Qatar.
Newly obtained emails from a Hunter Biden business partner lay out in detail how the Vice President’s son and his colleagues used their access to the | Politics
Kenneth P. VogelNOTABLE: BEVAN COONEY, a jailed ex-associate of HUNTER BIDEN, seems to be cooperating with conservative journalists @PeterSchweizer & @MatthewTyrmand on at least one story about Hunter.
Cooney reportedly provided the personal emails for this story.
A federal judge on Wednesday declined to block more than $6 million in election grant money to five Wisconsin cities that a conservative group argued amounted to bribery designed to increase voter turnout in Democratic strongholds.
Kenneth P. VogelNEW RULING: Judge declines to block 5 Wisconsin cities from accepting $6.3M from MARK ZUCKERBERG for election administration.
* But the judge also warned that there is a "risk of skewing an election by providing additional private $ … in certain areas."
President Trump took a step even Richard M. Nixon avoided in his most desperate days: openly ordering direct immediate government action against specific opponents, timed to serve his re-election campaign.
Kenneth P. VogelYou know who else ordered the prosecution of political foes?
VIKTOR YANUKOVYCH, the former Ukrainian president whose top political adviser was none other than PAUL MANAFORT.
In Wisconsin, about 146,000 people voted by mail in the 2016 general election. This fall, about 647,000 people have already voted absentee, many in Democratic strongholds.
Kenneth P. VogelTRUMP, just now: "We have had more enthusiasm right now, right now, this year, than we had 4 years ago … They have no enthusiasm. They have no enthusiasm."
REALITY, over the last few weeks: "Huge Absentee Vote in Key States Favors Democrats So Far"
Increasingly uncomfortable with News Corp’s politics and profit motives, Rupert’s younger son chose chickens and sheep over Fox, and insists he doesn’t watch ‘Succession.’
Kenneth P. VogelJAMES MURDOCH — who left @newscorp’s board & has started donating to super PACs supporting BIDEN/opposing TRUMP — suggests News Corp’s conservative outlets (including @foxnews) have been used “to sow doubt, to obscure fact“ & “legitimize disinformation.”
A businessman-president transplanted favor-seeking in Washington to his family’s hotels and resorts — and earned millions as a gatekeeper to his own administration.
Kenneth P. VogelNEW @NYTIMES TRUMP TAX INVESTIGATION: How TRUMP & his allies relocated the swamp to his properties.
KEY FINDING: 200+ companies, interest groups & foreign governments patronized Trump’s properties while reaping benefits from him and his administration.
Kenneth P. VogelMORE 👀 DATA ON TRUMP’S PRIVATE SWAMP: Just 60 customers with interests before the TRUMP administration brought nearly $12M in business to Trump family properties.
Almost all the customers saw their interests advanced by @POTUS or his government.
Over $21 million in highly unusual payments from the Las Vegas hotel Donald Trump owns with Phil Ruffin were routed through other Trump companies, then paid out in cash.
Kenneth P. Vogel🤔Trump Las Vegas Sales & Marketing had little previous income, no clear business purpose & no employees.
But in 2016, with TRUMP's finances flagging & his campaign desperate for $, the mysterious company paid him $21M.
Then, he gave $10M to his campaign
Federal authorities accused him of violating lobbying laws in his unsuccessful efforts to resolve an investigation into the embezzlement of the Malaysian investment fund 1MDB.
Kenneth P. VogelNEW: The charges against ELLIOTT BROIDY fit a pattern —> people with backgrounds or business that would have raised red flags in other administrations gained entre to TRUMP, & marketed that access, because @POTUS didn't have traditional gatekeepers/donors.
Kenneth P. VogelThe former TRUMP fundraiser ELLIOTT BROIDY is expected to plead guilty shortly (in a 2pm hearing in DC Circuit Court) to one count of conspiring to violate foreign lobbying laws related to an influence campaign on behalf of Malaysian & Chinese interests.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Mitch McConnell face calls for widespread testing and better contact tracing.
Kenneth P. VogelHOW NOT TO HANDLE COVID: 2 staffers for GOP @RepDLamborn have tested positive in recent days.
But Lamborn has told people he doesn’t plan on getting tested.
His office is not contact tracing, & has told staffers not to disclose their potential exposure.
The demise of coal-fired power plants in Arizona and Kentucky shows how the president, despite promises to restore jobs, failed to counter the forces decimating the industry.
Kenneth P. VogelTRUMP is in the hospital, & everything is in turmoil, but the @nytimes hasn’t stopped important accountability journalism on his administration.
@EricLiptonNYT on the coal industry’s accelerating decline, despite Trump’s regulatory rollback & intervention
He disparaged masks, encouraged big campaign crowds and employed an often-unreliable test to keep him safe. All the while it turned out the virus was nearby.
Kenneth P. VogelNEW: Last night at a fundraiser at his Bedminster golf club, TRUMP posed for MASKLESS photos with major donors, albeit 6' apart.
Hours later, he announced he had Covid & at least one donor who got such a photo went for a rapid test, & began a quarantine.
Ms. Hicks, the closest known person to the president to have contracted the virus, traveled with him this week aboard Air Force One.
Kenneth P. VogelHOPE HICKS began exhibiting minor symptoms around the time of TRUMP’s rally on Wednesday in Minnesota, to which she had traveled with @POTUS on AF1.
She stayed isolated on the return flight to Washington, & then disembarked from the back of the plane.
The Times obtained Donald Trump’s tax information extending over more than two decades, revealing struggling properties, vast write-offs, an audit battle and hundreds of millions in debt coming due.
Kenneth P. VogelWOW: TRUMP paid a total of $1,500 in federal income taxes in 2016 & 2017.
He had paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.
Some serious @nytimes investigative journalism
Cities and states face huge bills to deal with voting during the pandemic. Mark Zuckerberg offered $300 million to help — and conservatives are objecting.
Kenneth P. VogelNEW: MARK ZUCKERBERG gave $250M to help local governments administer elections during Covid-19.
But a TRUMP-allied group is suing to block the money from cities in four swing states, arguing they "have demographics with overwhelmingly progressive voters."
Even as early voting has gotten underway, some pivotal states are still litigating how ballots should be cast and counted, creating uncertainty that is being fanned by President Trump.
Kenneth P. VogelNEW: TRUMP's efforts to sow doubts about the election are adding to an already chaotic situation in which the voting & counting rules are in flux in key states, even as voting is underway.
“I try to follow, but it’s hard to keep up," said one Wisc. voter.