Trump Admin: The Noose Tightens

Trump reportedly signed a letter of intent for the Moscow Trump Tower despite his lawyer’s assertions to the contrary and was forced to dissolve his charitable foundation.

Presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani insisted that while a letter of intent for the Moscow project was indeed issued, it was never signed.

Documents obtained by CNN, however, tell an entirely different story.

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CREW Suing FBI Over Giuliani Leak

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is suing the FBI for failing to fulfill a records request documenting a 2016 leak to Rudy Giuliani.

CREW alleges that Rudy Giuliani was given advance notice that then-FBI Director James Comey would be reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server in the last weeks of the 2016 election.

The organization requested documentation of the leak to better understand how and why Giuliani was given such advance notice, but the FBI has thus far failed to supply the necessary documentation.

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Defender of the Opiate Manufacturers

The Guardian is reporting that the president’s newest lawyer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, helped Purdue Pharma executives, which produces Oxycontin, to avoid jail-time in the mid-to-early 2000s.

The company was involved in an investigation into its deceptive marketing practices brought on by the U.S. attorney for the Western District for Virginia.

Giuliani reportedly helped Purdue to secure a deal that limited future prosecution of the company, exempted its executives from jail-time, and allowed Purdue to continue conducting business with the federal government, which, naturally, allowed them to continue to rake in profits in the billions.

Oxycontin is one of the main culprits at the center of a national opiate epidemic that has killed at least 300,000 people over the last thirty years.

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Wait, He Said What Now?

Rudy Giuliani, the latest addition to the White House legal team, announced on Fox News Wednesday that the president did indeed reimburse his lawyer, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 hush-money payment Cohen made to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels.

UPDATE 05/04/2018 4:00 PM PST: Giuliani released a statement today attempting to walk back the comments he made Wednesday, claiming that, “The payment was made to resolve a personal and false allegation in order to protect the President’s family. It would have been done in any event, whether he was a candidate or not.”

In response, the president said that, “When Rudy made the statements — Rudy is great — but Rudy had just started, and he wasn’t totally familiar with everything.”

The president has consistently denied any knowledge of the payment as recently as last month.

On Wednesday, Giuliani, speaking on Fox with Sean Hannity, said that the president paid Cohen back in installments for the $130,000 hush-money payment the lawyer made to Clifford before the 2016 election.

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