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Trump tax returns show president paid $38 million in 2005, White House says

Trump tax returnPresident Trump paid $38 million in taxes in 2005 on an income of more than $150 million, a senior White House official confirmed Tuesday night.

That rare acknowledgement came in anticipation of a report by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who purported to have copies of Trump's tax returns from 11 years ago. The White House official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive financial matter.

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CREW accuses Trump White House aide of violating conflict of interest laws

CREW accuses Wh aide of conflict of interest violationsThe watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is accusing a top White House official of potentially violating criminal conflict of interest laws by playing a role in meetings with major companies in which he also appeared to have held millions of dollars in stock.

The group filed its complaint Tuesday against Christopher Liddell, a former executive with Microsoft and General Motors who was appointed by President Donald Trump to be an assistant to the president and director of strategic initiatives. It said Liddell might have broken the law over three days in January and early February by participating in policy meetings between Trump and leaders from as many as 18 companies that he also had a financial interest in, including Ford Motor Co., Johnson & Johnson and GM.

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DOJ asks for more time to address Trump's wiretapping claim

DOJ asks for more timeThe Justice Department is asking the House Intelligence Committee for more time to respond to a request intended to clear up President Donald Trump’s claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower in the run-up to the 2016 election.

The intelligence panel had asked the department to respond by Monday to a request for information on possible surveillance on Trump or his campaign aides.

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Kushner family to make $400M from real estate deal with Chinese firm: report

Kuschner family to make 400M with China dealA company owned by the family of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, stands to receive more than $400 million from a prominent Chinese company that is investing in the Kushners’ marquee Manhattan office tower at 666 Fifth Ave.

The planned $4-billion transaction includes terms that some real estate experts consider unusually favorable for the Kushners. It provides them with both a sizable cash payout from Anbang Insurance Group for a property that has struggled financially and an equity stake in a new partnership.

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No answers on what President Trump is doing with the White House salary he said he didn’t want

Tump still getting salaryHere’s the $400,000 question: What is President Trump doing with his White House salary?

The White House has thus far refused to say how the business mogul is handling his executive pay — even though Trump vowed on the campaign trail he’d be giving it all away.

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Scott Gottlieb, big pharma advocate, tapped to lead FDA

Scott Gottlieb, big pharma named for FDAPresident Donald Trump has named conservative physician Scott Gottlieb to lead the Food and Drug Administration, winning praise from pharmaceutical companies.

Gottlieb, 44, was the deputy commissioner of the FDA under former President George W. Bush and has had long ties as an advocate for drug companies, a fact that prompted criticism from some consumer groups who said he may be too deferential to big pharma as he oversees the FDA's drug approval process.

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Trump adviser admits to contact with DNC hacker

Roger Stone met with DNC hackerRoger Stone, President Trump's former campaign adviser, on Friday admitted to having private conversations with a hacker who helped leak information from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during last year's campaign.

Stone insisted to The Washington Times that the conversations were "completely innocuous."

“It was so perfunctory, brief and banal I had forgotten it,” Stone told The Times of a private Twitter conversation he had with a hacker known as Guccifer 2.0.

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