* David Fahrenthold, Josh Dawsey, Jonathan O’Connell, and Michelle Ye Hee Lee have some new details about Trump monetizing the presidency:
Since taking office, Trump has faced pushback about his official visits to his properties from some of his aides, including inside the White House Counsel’s Office. They worried about the appearance that he was using the power of the presidency to direct taxpayer money into his own pockets, according to current and former White House officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.
Trump has rebuffed such warnings, overruling a recommendation that he not visit his Turnberry golf club in Scotland last summer, according to aides. And in recent months, he has scheduled even more detours from official trips to visit his businesses — golf courses in Ireland, Los Angeles and Doral.
In all, his scores of trips have brought his private businesses at least $1.6 million in revenue, from federal officials and GOP campaigns who pay to go where Trump goes, according to a Washington Post analysis.
They gave Trump valuable marketing opportunities — to showcase his opulent properties on an international stage.
So much winning. For him, anyway.
The moment the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, hitting my head quite badly, and puts his mouth against my lips. I am so shocked I shove him back and start laughing again. He seizes both my arms and pushes me up against the wall a second time, and, as I become aware of how large he is, he holds me against the wall with his shoulder and jams his hand under my coat dress and pulls down my tights.
Just a reminder, that now makes 24 women who have accused the president of the United States of various forms of sexual misconduct. But he and the White House insist they’re all lying.
* Robert Barnes reports that the Supreme Court threw out the conviction of Curtis Flowers, a black man who has been tried six times for a multiple murder he almost certainly didn’t commit, because just as he had in previous trials the prosecutor kept African-Americans off the jury.