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First up, Slate reports that video has been found showing Trump with a mobster he claimed not to even know. Robert LiButti was an associate of mob boss John Gotti, and one of only many of the people with histories of criminal activity and fraud with whom Trump has had relationships with over the years:
Investigators found that LiButti had, on multiple occasions, berated blacks and women using what one state official described as the “vilest” language — including racist slurs and references to women in obscene terms — and that the Trump Plaza, in order not to lose his substantial business, sought to accommodate him by keeping the employees away from his betting tables, according to commission documents recently obtained by Yahoo News under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act.
LiButti was banned from New Jersey casinos because of his reputed connections to Mob boss John Gotti; in 1994, he was imprisoned for tax fraud.
Next, it was discovered the Heritage Foundation, the uber conservative, anti-LGBTQ organization that hand-picked several of Trump’s Supreme Court nominees, is raising money for Trump and the GOP based on blocking any non-Republican nominee.
But tucked in this plea for funds, which The New Yorker noted in a recent column, was a game plan of sorts that builds on what many Republican senators have been signaling of late: that it would be perfectly acceptable to leave the Supreme Court and other courts short-handed for as long as needed. (Source)
Also, President Obama apparently had enough of the FBI and specifically Director Comey’s meddling, he came out swinging with the following statement:
“Setting aside the particulars of this case, I know that [Hillary Clinton] is somebody who has always looked out for the interests of America and the American people first, and I do think that there is a norm that when there are investigations, we don’t operate on innuendo, we don’t operate on incomplete information, we don’t operate on leaks, we operate based on concrete decisions that are made,” Obama said. “When this was investigated thoroughly the last time, the conclusion of the FBI, the conclusion of the Justice Department, the conclusion of repeated congressional investigations was that, you know, she had made some mistakes, but that there wasn’t anything there that was, you know, prosecutable,” Obama continued. (Source)
Trump gave himself a little pep talk during a rally yesterday in Pensacola. It’s unclear which of the voices in his head was talking, though.
“Stay on point, Donald,” Trump said, talking to himself mid-speech. “Stay on point. No sidetracks, Donald.” (Source)
Finally, the New York Times reports that Trump’s income is likely much less than what he has claimed.
But an examination of his tax appeals on several properties, and other documents obtained by The New York Times through Freedom of Information requests, shows that what Mr. Trump has reported on those forms is nowhere near a complete picture of his financial state. After expenses, some of his businesses make a small fraction of what he reported on his disclosure forms, or actually lose money. Mr. Trump appears to have used a provision in federal ethics laws that allows business owners to list gross revenue, as opposed to net income after expenses, on their disclosure forms. But he does not seem to have completely acknowledged that choice. Rather, he has suggested that the figures on the form represent money in his pocket.
Another day, another handful of Trump scandals. It’s almost over!