The Trump Administration Just Threatened David Fahrenthold for Exposing Its Scheme to Funnel Taxpayer Money to Trump Properties

The White House on Thursday warned Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold that is “building up a very large ‘dossier” against the veteran journalist after he published an explosive report outlining how President Donald Trump and his businesses interests fleeced taxpayers out of more than $900,000 for room rentals, resort fees, and furniture removal at various Trump properties – all of which occurred during Trump’s first term.

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“Trump has now visited his own properties 270 times as president, according to a Washington Post tally — with another visit planned for Thursday, when he is scheduled to meet GOP donors at his Washington hotel,” Fahrenthold wrote in The Washington Post on Thursday.

“Through these trips,” Fahrenthold discovered, “Trump has brought the Trump Organization a stream of private revenue from federal agencies and GOP campaign groups. Federal spending records show that taxpayers have paid Trump’s businesses more than $900,000 since he took office. At least $570,000 came as a result of the president’s travel, according to a Post analysis.”

True to form, the White House vociferiously denied Fahrenthold’s reporting and accused the Post, owned by Trump foe Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, of trying to disparage the Trump Organization’s professional reputation, as if they needed outside help in doing so.

“The Washington Post is blatantly interfering with the business relationships of the Trump Organization, and it must stop,” White House Spokesperson Judd Deere told the Post in a statement. “Please be advised that we are building up a very large ‘dossier’ on the many false David Fahrenthold and others stories as they are a disgrace to journalism and the American people.”

Fahrenthold’s rebuttle: bring it on, and challenged the White House to put up or shut up. He has all the receipts.

“BTW, if you think the Washington Post got something wrong in a story, we want to know about it! Doesn’t have to be in dossier form, and you don’t have to be the president,” he tweeted. “We listen to everybody. helpcenter.washingtonpost.com/hc/en-us/artic

The challenge facing truth-seekers is that the White House is exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests. What a mess.

Fahrenthold cited other examples of the Trump Administration getting caught with its hands in the proverbial cookie jar.

Fahrenthold gained notoriety in on Friday, October 7, 2016 when he publicly released the now-infamous 2005 Access Hollywood recording of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women.

That happened on the same day that the New York Times published its blockbuster report on Russia’s extensive efforts to meddle in the 2016 election to damage Demoratic nominee Hillary Clinton and help Trump win the presidency.

Russia’s efforts succeeded spectacularly, and the Kremlin has accelerated their efforts to further divide the American electorate; except this time, keeping Trump in power would by a bonus. Russia’s true objective is to irreparably shatter American democracy. Will they?

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