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Trump Corruption Index

Some acts were criminal, others impeachable. But it’s important to remember the little things.

Last June, my editors tasked me with an interesting, if arduous, assignment — compile a weekly record of the graft and double-dealing of the Trump administration. The dishonesty had started on day one, so we were admittedly late to the game. (But GEN began in 2019, so cut us some slack!) By summer 2020, the corruption was everywhere; it was a part of everything and everyone. The idea was to create a weekly bulleted index aggregating all the stories and developments. We called it the “Trump Corruption Index.” And we never lacked for material.

Since then, the president has been…


TRUMP CORRUPTION INDEX

Trump faces blowback after he incited a mob to storm the Capitol, and even loyalists doubt he can self-pardon his way out of this one

Is there enough graft, double-dealing, and self-interested chicanery in the Trump administration to publish this column every week? Only time — and Trump — will tell. (But we feel pretty confident.) Presenting this week’s installment of the Trump Corruption Index.

Impeachment round 2

House Democrats are planning to vote on Wednesday to once again impeach President Trump, this time for his role in inciting an insurrection at the Capitol last week, where rioters killed a Capitol Police officer. Unlike the last go-round, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly quite pleased that Democrats are trying to impeach the president, telling colleagues he hopes…


Trump Corruption Index

Trump makes a last-gasp attempt to overturn the election results; Sidney Powell is threatened with a lawsuit

Is there enough graft, double-dealing, and self-interested chicanery in the Trump administration to publish this column every week? Only time — and Trump — will tell. (But we feel pretty confident.) Presenting this week’s installment of the Trump Corruption Index.

Dialing up the corruption to 11

On Saturday, President Donald Trump held an hourlong call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to discuss his general election loss in the state to President-elect Joe Biden. During the call, which was recorded and shared with the Washington Post, Trump repeatedly pressured Raffensperger to reverse the election outcome, urging him at one point to simply “find” the votes…


Trump Corruption Index

This week we saw yet another failed attempt by the White House to discount the election results, plus a potential incentive behind the Texas AG’s absurd election lawsuit

Is there enough graft, double-dealing, and self-interested chicanery in the Trump administration to publish this column every week? Only time — and Trump — will tell. (But we feel pretty confident.) Presenting this week’s installment of the Trump Corruption Index.

He will not go gentle into that good night

Even in the wake of President-elect Biden’s Electoral College victory, the Trump administration continues its campaign to deny the results of the election. On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany refused to acknowledge Biden’s victory, claiming that Trump “is still involved in ongoing litigation related to the election,” according to the Washington Post. All of Trump’s litigation efforts have…


TRUMP CORRUPTION INDEX

This week, we saw a judge throw out the case against Michael Flynn, plus another failed attempt by Trump to overthrow election results

Is there enough graft, double-dealing, and self-interested chicanery in the Trump administration to publish this column every week? Only time — and Trump — will tell. (But we feel pretty confident.) Presenting this week’s installment of the Trump Corruption Index.

A Keystone State groaner

In a last-ditch effort to undermine President-elect Biden’s 80,000-vote victory in the Keystone State, President Trump has tried twice over the past few days to discuss with the Republican speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives whether he can challenge the election results, the New York Times reported Tuesday. “[Trump] did ask what options were available to the legislature,” said…


TRUMP CORRUPTION INDEX

Cashing in on claims of election fraud, plus some sketchy pardon practices

Text “Trump Corruption Index” juxtaposed on top of a series of redacted black bars

Is there enough graft, double-dealing, and self-interested chicanery in the Trump administration to publish this column every week? Only time — and Trump — will tell. (But we feel pretty confident.) Presenting this week’s installment of the Trump Corruption Index.

Trump’s defense fund is really a piggy bank

While President Trump’s assault on the election results has done next to nothing to prevent Joe Biden from moving into the White House come January, his campaign has raised more than $150 million through fundraising efforts, the Washington Post reported on Monday. A good deal of that money will go into an account that Trump can use for political activities…


TRUMP CORRUPTION INDEX

The president’s attempted coup hit a few snags, plus shady consulting fees in the Trump Organization

Trump Corruption Index

Is there enough graft, double-dealing, and self-interested chicanery in the Trump administration to publish this column every week? Only time — and Trump — will tell. (But we feel pretty confident.) Presenting this week’s installment of the Trump Corruption Index.

Trump’s fall from gracelessness

It’s hard to overstate just how gracelessly — and dangerously — Donald Trump has behaved since losing the presidential election to Joe Biden. Just in the last week, the president fired the federal election official who had challenged his bogus charges of fraud, tried to block Michigan from certifying the election results (an effort that appears to have finally failed)…


TRUMP CORRUPTION INDEX

This week we saw Trump continue to cast doubts over the election results, plus an effort by the CDC to quietly correct a guidance on sending kids to school

Is there enough graft, double-dealing, and self-interested chicanery in the Trump administration to publish this column every week? Only time — and Trump — will tell. (But we feel pretty confident.) Presenting this week’s installment of the Trump Corruption Index.

Trump is putting himself over national security

The Trump administration has continued to stonewall the incoming Biden administration — and even Republicans are concerned. As Politico reported this week, President Trump has yet to call President-elect Biden, the White House has yet to brief the Biden transition team on Covid-19 or troop withdrawals, and there have so far been no security clearances issued to prospective Biden staff…


Trump Corruption Index

This week we saw the Trump team try and outright steal the election, plus more trouble for Trump campaign strategist Jason Miller

Is there enough graft, double-dealing, and self-interested chicanery in the Trump administration to publish this column every week? Only time — and Trump — will tell. (But we feel pretty confident.) Presenting this week’s installment of the Trump Corruption Index.

Our cheater-in-chief

The official Republican Party donation page to help in Trump’s legal battle to “win key states” is in fact mostly funneling that money into other GOP campaigns, according to the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel. In other words, Republicans who are abetting Trump’s bogus war on the election results are likely doing so because it bolsters their fundraising abilities in key…


TRUMP CORRUPTION INDEX

This week saw revelations of the president’s use of taxpayer money to bankroll his businesses, plus a doomed scheme to vaccinate Santa

Photo illustration. Source: State Department

Is there enough graft, double-dealing, and self-interested chicanery in the Trump administration to publish this column every week? Only time — and Trump — will tell. (But we feel pretty confident.) Presenting this week’s installment of the Trump Corruption Index.

A Very Expensive Dinner

New reporting by the Washington Post reveals that President Trump’s personal businesses have brought in more $2.5 million from the U.S. government during his time in office. Among the most notable charges: a $7,000 30-person dinner featuring Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in April 2017; a $6,000 bill from Mar-a-Lago for floral arrangements from Trump’s meeting with Japanese Prime…

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