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Dispatch September 14, 2018

OP-ED: The Disturbing Symmetry Between Trump and Kavanaugh

It might be inherent in our Constitutional design that a Supreme Court nominee would reflect the values of his or her appointing president. But when that nominee is the mirror image of a deeply corrupt president, whose authoritarian impulse to put himself above the law flashes through in 140-character outbursts, it’s not a family resemblance we can afford to ignore. Brett Kavanaugh has shown throughout his nomination process that he has a distinct leaning toward holding the president immune from a criminal investigation, even as President Trump seems ever closer to drowning in one. Even more disturbing, however, is a comparison of President Trump’s most erratic and lawless statements with the more erudite and crafted positions of Judge Kavanaugh.

Dispatch August 23, 2018

INTERACTIVE: Trump’s Collusion Middle-Men Keep Getting Convicted

Since the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, five people who worked on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign have been convicted of crimes, from tax fraud to illegal campaign contributions to lying to federal investigators. Though Trump's defenders claim the verdicts have nothing to do with collusion, even a cursory understanding of the connections between the campaign and the Kremlin proves them wrong. These convicted felons served as key middle-men between Trump and the Kremlin.

Dispatch August 22, 2018

Four Russia Questions Michael Cohen Can Answer

Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight federal counts of tax evasion, bank fraud, and campaign violations. Cohen also implicated the president in his plea deal, stating that he worked “in coordination with and at the direction of” Trump when paying off individuals to keep them from publicly disclosing information that could have harmed Trump’s candidacy. That means the President directed a criminal conspiracy to influence the election. Full stop.

Dispatch August 17, 2018

OP-ED: Paul Manafort Is On Trial For Crimes In the U.S. But His Work In Ukraine Helped To Destroy a Country.

During Paul Manafort’s trial for tax evasion and bank fraud, the public has heard over-the-top tales of illicit trysts in London, ostrich leather jackets and overpriced antique rugs. Bankers, IRS agents and accountants have testified at length about how Manafort defrauded financial institutions and the U.S. government. Yet little attention has been paid to the constituency that perhaps suffered most from Manafort’s deeds: the people of Ukraine.

Dispatch August 16, 2018

Manafort’s Corruption: Right At Home on the Trump Campaign

The first of two federal trials for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort shows he was a corrupt and criminal operator. He was someone deeply entangled with Kremlin-connected politicians and oligarchs and someone who sought to defraud banks, hide foreign income from the IRS, and exploit his public position for profit. It’s clear from the fact pattern in this trial that Trump surrounded himself with people who were willing to skirt the rules, behavior not unlike how the president himself ran his businesses for decades.

Dispatch August 10, 2018

Devin Nunes Tells the Truth (For Once)

Leaked audio of Devin Nunes at a fundraiser for Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-most senior Republican in the House, catches him telling a room full of donors the crass political truth behind his role in the Russia investigation.  He admits that he knows collusion is illegal and declares that a Republican majority in the House is necessary to protect the historically corrupt Trump administration from real oversight.

Dispatch, Explainers August 10, 2018

The Nunes File

As Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is abusing the power of his office. At every turn, he tries to hide the truth about Russian interference in the 2016 election and attack the credibility of U.S. law enforcement by spreading lies and misleading information.

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