Trump’s new “NO QUID PRO QUO” talking point is a trick

Trump talks to reporters outside the White House on Wednesday. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images Trump claims a phone call with Sondland is evidence of his innocence. It might just be evidence he knew he got caught. President Donald Trump claims a call he had with US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland on September 9 proves that his dealings with the Ukrainian government didn’t stem from corrupt motives. It’s a nice talking point, but the…

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Gordon Sondland is being called the next John Dean. Here’s why.

John Dean, presidential adviser and Watergate conspirator, testifies before a Senate committee during the Watergate hearings, circa 1973. | Gjon Mili/LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images An administration insider just rolled on the president. We’ve seen this movie before. Forty-six years ago, President Nixon’s former White House counsel took an oath before a congressional committee and delivered testimony that eventually brought down the president. On Wednesday, not long after Gordon Sondland, President Trump’s ambassador to…

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DoorDash and Uber Eats aren’t collecting sales tax on delivery fees in some states. That could be a problem.

Discrepancies between the sales tax practices of companies like DoorDash, as well as its competitors like Uber Eats, Postmates, and Grubhub are raising questions | Getty It could be the latest business practice in the gig economy to raise regulatory questions. The food delivery company Grubhub said it has collected hundreds of millions in taxes for delivery and service fees in dozens of states since at least 2011. But Recode has found that in some…

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Trump’s desire for investigations morphed into US policy

President Trump talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a Cabinet meeting at the White House, on July 16, 2019. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified that “everybody was in the loop.” “Everyone was in the loop,” US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland said to the House Intelligence Committee more than once on Wednesday in damning impeachment testimony. Sondland, in so few words, implicated those at the highest level of…

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