Guilty (at the direction of the candidate).

BREAKING: Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort convicted of 8 counts.

BREAKING: Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleads guilty to 8 counts, says “the candidate” directed him.

BREAKING: The Trump presidency.

Since Trump’s election, the following have been convicted of serious crimes:

His National Security Advisor.

His Personal Lawyer.

His Campaign Chairman.

His Deputy Campaign Manager.

His Foreign Policy Aide.

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COSTS OF CORRUPTION: 1,400 DEATHS PER YEAR.

The Trump administration is willing to trade 1,400 American lives per year in order to give a handout to its industry donors.

Today, the administration announced plans to gut standards for coal-fired power plants. These power plants—and the carbon dioxide they release—are a leading cause of climate change. The Obama-era rules sought to limit climate pollution for a shot at not destroying our planet and not poisoning the air our kids breathe.

Trump’s EPA, currently led by former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, openly acknowledges that the plan would “increase carbon emissions and lead to up to 1,400 premature deaths annually.”

That’s up to 1,400 annual premature American deaths, all to please the industry donors and lobbyists bankrolling Republican politicians.

This administration has a history of environmental policies designed to appease Big Oil, coal companies, and other industries while visiting severe costs on the American people. Here are just a few examples:

  • The rollback also means each American family will pay an average of $500 more annually on fuel, which is a lot given that 40% of Americans say they couldn’t produce $400 in an emergency.
  • The Trump administration weakened a 2015 rule around management and disposal of coal ash to limit drinking water contamination. The health impacts will cost $236 million annually.

This is on top of egregious spending by Cabinet members, including the infamous Scott Pruitt, whose culture of corruption lives on at an EPA that today sanctioned the premature deaths of 1,400 Americans per year.

AVOID A “PERJURY TRAP” IN ONE EASY STEP.

Trump’s legal fate is completely out of his control, and our powerless president feels the walls closing in.

Trump is trying to avoid an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller at all costs for fear that it will be a “perjury trap.” There’s a simple way to avoid perjuring yourself: don’t lie.

Meanwhile, as Trump refuses to cooperate with the investigation—and questions yet again “if it was Russia” who interfered in the 2016 election—attacks by Russian hackers continue.

Microsoft says a hacking group affiliated with the Russian government has repeatedly attacked the U.S. Senate, as well as conservative think tanks that have been critical of Trump and “are seeking continued sanctions against Moscow.” The hackers are creating websites designed to trick users into thinking they are clicking through to legitimate links.

With the midterms 77 days away, Russia is clearly launching attacks on American democracy, and the president is delegitimizing U.S. intelligence while desperately trying to shield himself.

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