Cold Grey Pre-Dawn Open Thread: Early SotU Reviews


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Trump Crimes Open Thread: Follow the (Inaugural Committee) Money

Remember all those stories about the immense sums that somehow leaked away during the preparations for Trump’s extremely underwhelming inauguration? How The bill from the Trump International Hotel was more than $1.5 million. And there was a documentary, overseen by a close friend of Melania Trump’s, that was ultimately abandoned…. “?

Well, it may not technically be illegal to throw money at one’s cronies — or at least it might be hard to document — but the rules about who gets to donate those funds are strict. Per the Washington Post:

Only U.S. citizens and legal residents can legally donate to a committee established to finance presidential inaugural festivities…

The subpoena also specifically seeks all communications with one donor, Los Angeles venture capitalist Imaad Zuberi, as well as the firm with which he is affiliated, Avenue Ventures. The company donated $900,000 to the inaugural committee, records show…

Trump’s inaugural committee raised a record $107 million to fund events and parties surrounding his assumption of office in January 2017, more than twice the amount raised to fund President Barack Obama’s inaugural in 2009.
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Open Thread: While We’re Rejecting Racist Politicians…



GOP Venality Open Thread: Everybody Must Get Stone’d

In a court filing Thursday, prosecutors said the FBI seized physical devices from his home, apartment and office. They said multiple hard drives containing several terabytes of information have been recovered, including bank and financial records and the contents of numerous phones and computers…

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Speaking of which…



Repub RatFvckery Open Thread: ‘Roger Who?


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