Schiff previews new line of attack against Trump: Deutsche Bank 'laundered Russian money'
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California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the incoming House Intelligence Committee Chairman, charged Sunday that President Trump's financial records with Deutsche Bank and Russia might reveal a "form of compromise" that "needs to be exposed."
"The concern about Deutsche Bank is they have a history of laundering Russian money," Schiff said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
He continued: "They paid hundreds of millions of dollars in fines to the state of New York, because they were laundering Russian money. And this apparently is the one bank that was willing to do business with the Trump Organization. Now is that a coincidence?"
“Who is the principle financier of the Trump organization for the past 20 years? Deutsche Bank,” Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano said earlier this month. “Now, I don’t know if there’s a connection. You know the means by which American federal prosecutors could contact their colleagues across the pond and get a warrant served. All this stuff is kept under wraps until we get to it.”
He added: “The president himself should be extremely uncomfortable about this. Not for his son or son-in-law, as much for himself."
At a conference in 2008, Donald Trump, Jr., reportedly remarked, "In terms of high-end product influx into the U.S., Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. ... Say, in Dubai, and certainly with our project in SoHo, and anywhere in New York. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia."
"What do we make of what the president's sons are reported to have said about not needing to deal with U.S. banks, because they got all the cash they needed from Russia, or a disproportionate share of their asssets coming from Russia?" Schiff asked. "If this is a form of compromise, it needs to be exposed."
Trump has mocked Schiff as "Little Adam Schitt" and repeatedly denounced the Russia probe as a "witch hunt."
Although former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted earlier this year in the Mueller probe on several bank fraud charges stemming from his bank applications and work overseas, none of the financial misconduct unearthed by Mueller was linked to collusion by the Trump campaign with Russian officials.
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December 16, 2018
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FBI scrambled to respond to Hillary Clinton lawyer amid Weiner laptop review, newly released emails show
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p Hammond finds "extra billions" to spend, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).</p><p>To preserve current per capita levels of spending across Whitehall departments which do not have ring-fenced budgets, the IFS estimates the chancellor would need to find an additional £5bn a year by 2023-24.</p><p>The think tank also warned that Mr Hammond would need to spend £11bn to avoid day-to-day spending falling as a share of national income.</p><p>The IFS figures follow analysis of the choices facing the chancellor in this year's spending review.</p><p>It claimed that spending increases already promised by the chancellor could be swallowed by commitments to fund the NHS, defence and international aid - potentially resulting in cuts to other departments.</p><p>According to the IFS, a no-deal Brexit would complicate its calculations as taxes would have to rise or spending would have to be cut to account for expected lower economic growth.</p><p>With that Brexit fog in mind, it suggested Mr Hammond may wish to reduce the number of years covered by the spending review - and only set out plans for the 2020-21 financial year.</p><p>The report said: "The provisional totals set out in the autumn budget imply that day-to-day public service spending will increase by 6.1% (£18.2bn) between 2018-19 and 2023-24.</p><p>"This would outstrip population growth, putting per capita spending on an upward trend.</p><p>"But this would not be enough to meet the cost of the government's existing spending commitments on the NHS, defence and overseas aid while avoiding cuts elsewhere.</p><p>"Other 'unprotected' areas are therefore, on current plans, facing further budget cuts of around 0.4% per year in real terms between 2019-20 and 2023-24, and cuts of 0.9% per year in per capita spending.</p><p>"This would slow the pace of the cuts experienced by those areas since 2010, but would by no means represent an 'end to austerity'", the study concluded.</p><p>Report author Ben Zaranko added: "The chancellor needs to decide what period the next spending review should cover and what funding to make available to it.</p><p>"This could be the most important announcement in next month's spring statement."</p><p>Shadow chancellor John McDonnell responded: "The evidence is mounting that despite Theresa May's rhetoric, austerity is not over.</p><p>"Unless Philip Hammond, at the very least, finds another £5bn at the spring statement, departments will be planning for yet more cuts next year.</p><p>"Nine years of brutal Tory austerity have wounded our public services and the whole country which relies on them.</p><p>"The Chancellor has promised a 'Brexit bonus' and any failure to deliver it at the spring statement will be yet more evidence of the Tories' failure to negotiate a Brexit deal that benefits jobs and the economy."</p>
GCSEs should be scrapped.</p><p>Robert Halfon wants to replace them with a baccalaureate, taken at 18, that offers more access to vocation-based technical and creative skills, alongside traditional academic learning.</p><p>The Conservative MP for Harlow will use a speech to education professionals at the Cabinet War Rooms in London to say England's education system needs a radical overhaul.</p><p>He is expected to say: "I fully support the need for every young person to be able to access through their schooling, a working knowledge of our cultural capital, our history and our literature.</p><p>"But it is also essential that we are developing our next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and designers.</p><p>"All young people should have access to the technical and creative subjects that will give them the skills that employers are looking for.</p><p>"These are not 'soft skills' developed at the expense of knowledge, but the essential skills that will enable young people to interpret, manipulate and communicate that knowledge.</p><p>"We must move from knowledge-rich to knowledge-engaged."</p><p>A Department for Education spokesman defended the value of GCSEs and said so-called "T-levels" - which come in next year and are equivalent to three A-levels - would improve the technical and vocational qualifications on offer.</p><p>"GSCEs are the gold standard qualification at age 16 and a passport to further study and employability," said the spokesman.</p><p>"They were recently reformed so that their demand matches that in other high-performing countries and better prepare students for work and further study.</p><p>"We are also taking forward reforms from the Independent Panel on Technical Education to give students a clear choice between an academic or technical path at aged 16. T-levels, alongside apprenticeships, will form the basis of our high-quality technical education offer."</p>
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