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Trump’s Commerce Pick Fired Undocumented Household Worker Before Confirmation Hearing

Wilbur RossPresident-elect Donald Trump’s pick for commerce secretary admitted at his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday that he recently fired a household employee who could not provide proof that they could legally work in the country.

Having undocumented household help has sunk at least two previous cabinet secretary nominees.

Billionaire private equity executive Wilbur Ross told the Senate Commerce Committee that when he hired the worker in 2009, the person provided what looked like a valid driver’s license and Social Security card. After Ross was nominated by Trump, he asked all his household staff to provide such documentation again.


FBI, 5 Other Agencies Probing Possible Kremlin Cash to Trump

TrumpThe FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election, including whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the matter said.

The agencies involved in the inquiry are the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and representatives of the director of national intelligence, the sources said.


Trump's OMB nominee failed to pay $15k in taxes for nanny

MulvaneyRep. Mick Mulvaney, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, disclosed in congressional documents that he did not pay more than $15,000 in taxes for a household employee.

The South Carolina Republican told the Senate Budget Committee in its official nominee questionnaire that he failed to pay FICA taxes, as well as federal and state unemployment taxes, for a person he employed in his household from 2000 to 2004, according to a copy reviewed by POLITICO. The disclosure was first reported by The New York Times.


‘Apprentice’ contestant Summer Zervos sues Donald Trump for defamation

Summer ServosFormer "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos sued Donald Trump for defamation Tuesday, charging that he smeared her as a liar to save his hopes for the White House after she went public with accusations the president-elect groped her in 2007.

Zervos’s suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court alleges that Trump “kissed her on the mouth repeatedly” without consent, “touched her breast” and “pressed his genitals up against her.”


Notorious Mercenary Erik Prince Is Advising Trump From the Shadows

Erik PrinceErik Prince, America’s most notorious mercenary, is lurking in the shadows of the incoming Trump administration. A former senior U.S. official who has advised the Trump transition told The Intercept that Prince has been advising the team on matters related to intelligence and defense, including weighing in on candidates for the defense and state departments.

The official asked not to be identified because of a transition policy prohibiting discussion of confidential deliberations.


CIA Director: Donald Trump’s Nazi Germany Comments Are ‘Repugnant’

John BrennanOutgoing CIA Director John Brennan held nothing back in his disdain for some of President-elect Donald Trump’s vitriolic Twitter rants.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal that was published Monday, Brennan referred specifically to Trump tweeting last week about an unverified intelligence dossier that accused him, among other things, of having long-standing ties with Russia:


Dozens of House Democrats will skip Trump's inauguration in protest

John LewisWhat started as a trickle has turned into a waterfall as dozens of House Democrats announce they are skipping President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration this week.

At least 41 House Democrats won’t attend Friday’s festivities, many abandoning the ceremony after Trump lashed out at Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, saying the civil rights icon is “all talk” and “no action.”

Democrats in both the House and Senate and even some Republicans rallied around Lewis after Trump’s Twitter lashing. But so far, Democratic leaders still plan to attend the inauguration and no senators have announced they will sit the ceremony out.


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