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Trump Jr deposed in D.C. Attorney General probe of 2017 inauguration funds
Donald Trump Jr
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On February 11, Donald Trump Jr. was deposed as part of a lawsuit alleging the misuse of inaugural funds for former President Donald Trump, two months after former White House advisor Ivanka Trump was deposed in the same case. Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine sued the Trump Inaugural Committee and the Trump Organization in January 2020 for abusing over $1 million nonprofit funds to enrich the Trump family.

Court filings show that AG Racine's office, that Trump Jr.'s testimony "raised further questions about the nature of" an invoice related to the inauguration and "revealed evidence that Defendants had not yet produced to the District."

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Ex-KGB spy claims Trump was cultivated as Russian asset for 40 years
Ex-KGB spy claims Trump was cultivated as Russian asset for 40 years
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Former KGB spy Yuri Shvets has told The Guardian that Russia has cultivated former president Donald Trump as a Russian asset for over 40 years. Shvets serves as a source for journalist Craig Unger who's currently working on his new book 'American Kompromat' which explores Trump's relationship to Russia and Jeffrey Epstein. Trump allegedly appeared on Russian's radar after his marriage to his first wife Ivana Zelnickova in 1977 and was later identified as a potential asset by so-called spotter agent Joy-Lud who sold television sets to Trump for his Grand Hyatt New York hotel.

When Trump visited Russia with Ivana in 1987, he was allegedly approached by KGB operatives who suggested he'd go into politics.

"For the KGB, it was a charm offensive. They had collected a lot of information on his personality so they knew who he was personally. The feeling was that he was extremely vulnerable intellectually, and psychologically, and he was prone to flattery," Shvets recalls. "This is what they exploited. They played the game as if they were immensely impressed by his personality and believed this is the guy who should be the president of the United States one day: it is people like him who could change the world. They fed him these so-called active measures soundbites and it happened. So it was a big achievement for the KGB active measures at the time."

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Pro-Trump supporters enter the Capital while Congress debats the 2020 Electoral College Certification
Pro-Trump supporters enter the Capital while Congress debats the 2020 Electoral College Certification
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After breaching multiple layers of security, pro-Trump supports were able to gain access to the Capitol building. According to reports, protestors are now outside the Senate chamber.

Capitol security has asked people to lock all doors if able, seek shelter immediately, remain quiet, and wait for further direction. Matt Laslo, the managing editor of The News Station, reported on Twitter.

Senators were ushered to the Senate floor, and the chamber was locked, Mike Pence was seen being escorted out of chambers by Secret Service agents.

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Ivanka Trump deposed in ongoing lawsuit alleging misused inaugural funds
Ivanka Trump deposed in ongoing lawsuit alleging misused inaugural funds
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President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump was questioned under oath on Tuesday as a part of an ongoing lawsuit from the Washington, D.C., attorney general, alleging the misuse of not-for-profit funds at President Trump's inauguration. Ivanka Trump has called the case "another politically motivated demonstration of vindictiveness and waste of taxpayer dollars."

District of Columbia (DC) Attorney General Karl Racine alleges that the Trump Organization and the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) misused over $1 million by "grossly overpaying" Trump's Washington hotel.

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Donald Trump Jr. tested positive for Covid-19
Donald Trump Jr. tested positive for Covid-19
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Donald Trump Jr., President Donald Trump's eldest son, tested positive for the Covid-19 earlier this week and "has been quarantining out at his cabin since the result", said a spokesperson.

"He's been completely asymptomatic so far and is following all medically recommended COVID-19 guidelines," the spokesperson said.

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Melania Trump allegedly used private email while in White House
Melania Trump allegedly used private email while in White House
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According to Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, friend and former advisor of Melania Trump, the First lady used a private email account for communication.

"Melania and I both didn’t use White House emails," Wolkoff alleges in an interview with the Washington Post and states that the both corresponded multiple times a day to discuss government issues, schedules and finances for the presidential inauguration.

Wolkoff's book "Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady" was released on September 1, 2020.

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President Trump's sister says "Donald is cruel" in secretly recorded audio
President Trump's sister says "Donald is cruel" in secretly recorded audio
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In a secretly recorded audio, Donald Trump's sister Maryanne Trump Barry is heavily criticising him, calling him "cruel" and a liar who "has no principles". The recording, which was recorded by Trump's niece Mary Trump, was first obtained by The Washington Post and later by the Associated Press.

"His goddamned tweet and lying, oh my God," so Barry. "It's the phoniness and this cruelty." She further alleges that Trump "got into University of Pennsylvania because he had somebody take the exams," a man named Joe Shapiro.

"His goddamned tweet and lying, oh my God. I'm talking too freely, but you know. The change of stories. The lack of preparation. The lying. Holy shit," Barry can be heard saying in the recording.

Mary Trump's spokesman Chris Bastardi has told CNN that "Mary realized members of her family had lied in prior depositions. Anticipating litigation, she felt it prudent to tape conversations in order to protect herself. She never expected to learn much of what she heard, including the President's sister, Federal Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, state that Donald Trump had paid someone to take an SAT exam for him."

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Memoir of Trump's niece Mary Trump temporarily blocked by NY judge
Cover of "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man" by Mary L. Trump, Simon & Schuster
Cover of "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man" by Mary L. Trump, Simon & Schuster Credit: Simon & Schuster, via Amazon

On Tuesday, Judge Hal B. Greenwald of the New York State Supreme Court temporarily blocked the publication of Mary L. Trump's memoir "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man". Donald Trump's younger brother Robert Trump had filed a temporary restraining order on June 24 to block the book that's described as a "revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him," stating that Mary Trump was breaking a confidentiality agreement.

Mary Trump is represented by Ted Boutrous, a First Amendment attorney, who said the order "flatly violates the First Amendment," and that they would appeal immediately. "This book, which addresses matters of great public concern and importance about a sitting president in an election year, should not be suppressed even for one day," so Boutrous.