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Pruitt also reportedly used his staff to perform personal tasks and other non-work related errands and failed to adhere to government record keeping standards by using private email and phones for government business.  Read the full list of scandals here. Under Pruitt, the EPA aggressively sought to roll back environmental protection regulations, including the Clean Power Plan to limit air pollution and the Clean Water Plan (both in progress before he resigned).  Pruitt also publicly stated CO2 is not a primary contributor to climate change.     [post_title] => Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chief Resigns Amid Multiple Ethics Scandals [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => environmental-protection-agency-epa-chief-resigns-amid-multiple-ethics-scandals [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-07-13 19:53:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-07-13 19:53:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2624 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2617 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-07-06 20:29:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-07-06 20:29:10 [post_content] => 7 Republican Senators and 1 Republican Congresswoman visited Russia over July 4th, 2018.  The trip included "a multiday tour of St. Petersburg and Moscow [and] meetings with Russia’s foreign minister and parliamentarians."   Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama, the leader of the trip, stated at the Federation Council "We know that we need a new beginning, that we can go over recriminations on both sides for days in...But I believe Russia and the United States and the world will be a lot better off if we improve our relationship. Perhaps it won't be a utopia. Most marriages are not utopia. But an improvement, gosh, I hope so."   In addition to Senator Shelby, "the official congressional delegation featured Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), and Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas)."   President Trump and President Putin will be holding a joint summit in Helsinki, Finland on July 18. 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Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!" "The U.S. government initially penalized ZTE in 2017, requiring it to pay $1.19 billion to settle charges that it violated U.S. sanctions in selling equipment to Iran and North Korea. As part of the settlement, ZTE also was required to punish employees involved in the matter and tighten its internal monitoring."   [post_title] => After Promising To "Bring Jobs Back To Our Country", President Trump Vows To Help Cellphone Manufacturing Company In China Bring Back Jobs [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => promising-bring-jobs-back-country-president-trump-vows-help-cellphone-manufacturing-company-china-bring-back-jobs [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-05-19 12:58:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-05-19 12:58:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2587 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2586 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-05-19 12:50:20 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-05-19 12:50:20 [post_content] => Donald Trump Jr. met with several Russians in Trump Tower on June 9, 2016 seeking "'potential information about an opponent,' he told congressional investigators, according to documents released Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee." That information he was seeking was about Hillary Clinton, which would help his father's campaign for President. "Instead, lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya droned on about a 2012 law known as the Magnitsky Act that had imposed sanctions on Russia for human rights abuses and has been a particular vexation of Russian President Vladi­mir Putin." [post_title] => Donald Trump Jr. Met With Russians At Trump Tower In June Of 2016 Expecting Dirt On Hillary Clinton But Did Not Receive Any, According To Senate Hearing Testimony [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => donald-trump-jr-met-russians-trump-tower-june-2016-expecting-dirt-hillary-clinton-not-receive-according-senate-hearing-testimony [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-05-19 12:50:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-05-19 12:50:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2586 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2584 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-05-05 16:07:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-05-05 16:07:04 [post_content] => Scott Pruitt, the Chief of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently visited the country of Morocco at a cost to taxpayers of over $100,000. "Richard Smotkin, a former Comcast lobbyist who has known the EPA administrator for years, worked for months with Pruitt’s aides to hammer out logistics, according to four individuals familiar with those preparations. In April, Smotkin won a $40,000-a-month contract, retroactive to Jan. 1, with the Moroccan government to promote the kingdom’s cultural and economic interests. He recently registered as a foreign agent representing that government."   [post_title] => Former Lobbyist Richard Smotkin Guides EPA Chief Scott Pruitt On $100k+ Tour Of Morocco, Later Wins Contract From Moroccan Government [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => former-lobbyist-richard-smotkin-guides-epa-chief-scott-pruitt-100k-tour-morocco-later-wins-contract-moroccan-government [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-05-05 16:07:04 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-05-05 16:07:04 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2584 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2572 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-04-14 12:02:35 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-04-14 12:02:35 [post_content] => The F.B.I.'s special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating a $150,000 payment made to the Trump Organization in September of 2015 by a Ukrainian billionaire after a 20 minute appearance by Trump.  Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, apparently solicited the payment.  The payment is suspicious as it appears it might be an effort by a foreign country to buy influence with a Presidential candidate. [post_title] => F.B.I. Investigating $150,000 Payment Made To Trump Organization By Ukrainian Billionaire In Exchange For 20 Minute Appearance By Trump [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => f-b-investigating-150000-payment-made-trump-organization-ukrainian-billionaire-exchange-20-minute-appearance-trump [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-04-14 12:02:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-04-14 12:02:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2572 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2537 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-03-03 19:48:21 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-03-03 19:48:21 [post_content] => "A Feb. 22 SEC filing shows [former Trump adviser Carl] Icahn sold off his $31.3 million stake in the Manitowoc Company, which is a leading global manufacturer of cranes for heavy construction." Icahn's stock sales occurred one week before President Trump announced tariffs on imported steel.  The price of Manitowoc stock was as high as $43 per share before Trumps tariff announcement and a week after the announcement it had dropped to below $27 per share. An SEC filing shows Ican sold nearly 1 million shares starting on February 12, at prices between $32 and $34 per share, days before the Department of Commerce released a report recommending a tariff on February 16. [post_title] => Former Trump Adviser Sells Nearly 1 Million Shares Of Stock In Company Tied To Steel Industry, Days Before Trump Announces Tariff On Steel [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => former-trump-adviser-sells-nearly-1-million-shares-stock-company-tied-steel-industry-days-trump-announces-tariff-steel [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-03-03 19:48:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-03-03 19:48:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2537 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2512 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-02-04 19:38:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-04 19:38:44 [post_content] => TIME obtained a letter from August of 2013 written by Page stating he was an adviser to the Russian government.  In the letter he wrote: “Over the past half year, I have had the privilege to serve as an informal advisor to the staff of the Kremlin in preparation for their Presidency of the G-20 Summit next month." The FBI previously obtained authorization to place Carter Page under surveillance after evidence suggested he was operating as an agent for the Russian government. [post_title] => Carter Page Served As An Informal Adviser To Russian Government, According To Letter He Wrote In 2013 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => carter-page-served-informal-adviser-russian-government-according-letter-wrote-2013 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-04 19:38:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-04 19:38:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2512 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2504 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-02-01 23:20:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-01 23:20:23 [post_content] => "Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, resigned Wednesday [January 31, 2017] following reports that she bought shares in a tobacco company, among other financial dealings that presented a conflict of interest." Fitzgerald, the top health official in the Trump Administration, purchased between $1,000 and $15,000 work of stock in Japan Tobacco on August 8, 2017, 1 month after assuming her roleShe sold all holdings in Japan Tobacco on October 26, 2017. [post_title] => Director Of The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention Resigns Over Conflict Of Interest In Buying Shares Of A Tobacco Company After Assuming Role [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => director-centers-disease-control-prevention-resigns-conflict-interest-buying-shares-tobacco-company-assuming-role [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-01 23:20:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-01 23:20:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2504 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2488 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-01-21 11:34:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-01-21 11:34:12 [post_content] => The Eric Trump Foundation (more recently known as "Curetivity") holds an annual golf outing at a Trump golf course in Westchester, NY to benefit cancer research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. One of the key benefits of holding the event at a family owned property, according to Eric Trump, was that "the charity would be able to use the Trump course 'free of charge' and have the other costs donated." However, "foundation filings reviewed by Forbes show the Trump organization received more than $1.2 million from the charity for the annual one-day use of the course over the past decade. They also showed that $500,000 of the funds raised at the event over the years was re-donated to other charities, not put towards children’s cancer research." Costs for the one day event rose to as high as $322,000, all of which went to some part of the Trump Organization.  In addition, many of the other charities that received donations from the Eric Trump Foundation were connected to the Trump Organization. The Trump Foundation has also admitted to "self-dealing" (using donations for personal gain).   [post_title] => Eric Trump's Foundation Funneled Cancer Research Donations To Trump Organization, Other Trump Related Charities [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => eric-trumps-foundation-funneled-cancer-research-donations-trump-organization-trump-related-charities [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-01-21 11:34:12 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-01-21 11:34:12 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2488 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 10 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2624 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-07-13 19:53:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-07-13 19:53:44 [post_content] => Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), resigned on Thursday July 5, 2018 amid several ethics scandals.   Some of these scandals include "first-class travel at taxpayer expense, lavish spending on security, the installation of a $43,000 soundproof phone booth in his office and accusations that he used his position to receive favors, such as a discounted rental on a high-end condo from an energy lobbyist’s wife." Pruitt also reportedly used his staff to perform personal tasks and other non-work related errands and failed to adhere to government record keeping standards by using private email and phones for government business.  Read the full list of scandals here. 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