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Mon Nov 18, 2019, 09:16 AM

Possible pay-to-play scheme for ambassador role in Trump administration uncovered by CBS News

Source: CBS News

A CBS News investigation has uncovered a possible pay-for-play scheme involving the Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump's nominee for ambassador to the Bahamas. Emails obtained by CBS News show the nominee, San Diego billionaire Doug Manchester, was asked by the RNC to donate half a million dollars as his confirmation in the Senate hung in the balance, chief investigative correspondent Jim Axelrod reports.

When Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahamas in September, Manchester wanted to help. So the San Diego real estate developer, who prefers the nickname "Papa Doug," loaded up his private jet with supplies and headed for the hard-hit Caribbean country where he owned a home and hoped to soon be serving as U.S. ambassador.

A Trump supporter, Manchester donated $1 million to Trump's inauguration fund. He was offered the Bahamas post the day after Mr. Trump was sworn in. Manchester said Trump told him, "I should probably be the ambassador to the Bahamas and you should be president."

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The Senate confirmation process is exactly what Manchester quickly addressed. He wrote back to [RNC Chairwoman] McDaniel's request for $500,000, "As you know I am not supposed to do any, but my wife is sending a contribution for $100,000. Assuming I get voted out of the [Foreign Relations Committee] on Wednesday to the floor we need you to have the majority leader bring it to a majority vote Once confirmed, I our [sic] family will respond!"

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/doug-manchester-possible-pay-to-play-scheme-for-ambassador-role-in-trump-administration-uncovered/

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Reply Possible pay-to-play scheme for ambassador role in Trump administration uncovered by CBS News (Original post)
Roland99 Nov 2019 OP
Farmer-Rick Nov 2019 #1
empedocles Nov 2019 #2
Cartaphelius Nov 2019 #10
Farmer-Rick Nov 2019 #11
IronLionZion Nov 2019 #21
James48 Nov 2019 #3
Bernardo de La Paz Nov 2019 #7
stopdiggin Nov 2019 #14
mpcamb Nov 2019 #17
Bernardo de La Paz Nov 2019 #20
dweller Nov 2019 #4
MFGsunny Nov 2019 #9
DavidDvorkin Nov 2019 #5
stopdiggin Nov 2019 #15
DavidDvorkin Nov 2019 #18
FakeNoose Nov 2019 #22
Bernardo de La Paz Nov 2019 #6
ffr Nov 2019 #8
bitterross Nov 2019 #12
Marcuse Nov 2019 #13
IcyPeas Nov 2019 #16
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Nov 2019 #19
Brainfodder Nov 2019 #23

Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 09:20 AM

1. Wow, what another scam? These filthy rich have the morales of alley cats.

Selling off federal positions for fun and profit.

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Response to Farmer-Rick (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 09:22 AM

2. Duly recorded for the record, which hopefully . . .

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Response to Farmer-Rick (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 11:41 AM

10. Cruelty of alley cats

 

has been made illegal..... Alley Cats have more morals than
republicans.

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Response to Cartaphelius (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 11:43 AM

11. My apologies to alley cats.

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Response to Farmer-Rick (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 02:55 PM

21. I doubt alley cats would ever do anything so corrupt as these Republicans

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 09:48 AM

3. Add that to the current impeachment charges.

Selling an ambassadorship ranks right up there with graft, greed, corruption of the highest order.

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Response to James48 (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 11:03 AM

7. Investigate RNC chair McDaniels for Conspiracy and Accessory to a Crime. . . . nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 12:18 PM

14. what I'm thinking

If this request for contribution was illegal (is it?) .. it would seem that would put the RNC squarely in the crosshairs. Correct? Wouldn't rules regarding this be fairly well established? And known?

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Response to James48 (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 12:51 PM

17. Vanity Fair "September 2018--just a few months after Sondland's Senate confirmation--the embassy

in Brussels has been awarded $95,109 for a pergola, $13,301 for a pool-Jacuzzi heating system, $33,625 on wooden household furniture, $208,683 on a professional kitchen remodel, and two bathroom renovations, one costing $53,809 and the other $82,354. Additionally, the State Department spent $103,748 on a hotel, to ostensibly serve as an alternate residence to the embassy..."

I suspect this is just scratching the surface.

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Response to mpcamb (Reply #17)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 01:36 PM

20. Yeah. Good catch. . . . nt

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 09:59 AM

4. Blagoyeviched

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new word for today

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Response to dweller (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 11:30 AM

9. Perfect new word. When a name becomes a verb! n/t

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 10:51 AM

5. Blagoyevich is in a prison not far from my house for exactly that crime

I'm sure there's plent of room for Trump there, too.

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 12:33 PM

15. for better or worse, ambassadorships have been handed out

to contributors as long standing tradition. Blagojevich case involved (allegedly) attempting to sell a Senate seat.
I might be splitting hairs .. but I think there might be a distinction. Apparently the courts felt so.

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Response to stopdiggin (Reply #15)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 01:24 PM

18. That's a good point.

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Response to stopdiggin (Reply #15)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 02:57 PM

22. Yes well, it's a common theme in beltway politics & economics

I'm sure there are plenty of examples of Dems doing the same thing. We need to clean up and clear out all of these abuses, including those in which Democrats are equally guilty.


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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 11:01 AM

6. As if tRump is fighting corruption around the world. Or does he say "it takes one to know one"?


Manchester certainly knew what was being dangled, evidenced by his email.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 11:25 AM

8. When you elect a repupublican, expect the taking your wallet and clubbing you over the head.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 12:11 PM

12. This may acutally be a case of "Everyone does it."

 

Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm of the opinion that ambassadorships have long been purchased by friends of the incumbent.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 12:48 PM

16. he makes the best deals

every time he says he made a deal with _________ this is probably what he means. pay to play.

some say he's the world's best deal maker. (sarc)

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 01:30 PM

19. Imagine that

Corruption seems to be a requirement for this misadministration.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 03:20 PM

23. Possible? Does this include his bestest people worstest people cabinet?

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