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Archive for November 22nd, 2019

Weekend Series on Crime History: The Russian Mob

Secret Service Spends $250,000+ at Trump-Owned Properties in First 5 Months of Presidency

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service racked up more than $250,000 in taxpayer money at President Trump-owned properties in the first five months of his presidency, according to records obtained by the government watchdog group Property for the People.

A majority of the money was spent at Trump’s golf courses from January 27 to June 9.

More than $35,000 was spent at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C., and an additional $45,000 went to Trump’s hotel in Las Vegas.

Presidents are barred from profiting off the U.S. government under the domestic emoluments clause, which Trump has called “phony.”

Former FBI Lawyer Accused of Altering Document Related to 2016 Russia Probe

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A former FBI lawyer is accused of altering a document related to the 2016 Russia investigation.

The accusations are part of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the FBI’s actions during the Russia investigation. The report is expected to be released Dec. 9.

The former low-level FBI lawyer is accused of doctoring a document associated with the court-ordered surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, The Washington Post reports.

The allegations are contained in a draft of the report, which says the lawyer altered an email to support his erroneous claim that the FBI had factual basis for the surveillance application.

The altered report, however, did not change Horowitz’s position that there was proper legal and factual basis in the application.