February 2020

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  • 2/1/20 The Trump administration reveals that it is blocking dozens of emails about Trump's Ukraine aid freeze. (CNN)
  • 2/2/20 Taxpayers foot a $3.4 million tab for Trump's superbowl watch party which included private guests at his for-profit Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. (HuffPo)
  • 2/4/20 In his State of the Union address: (NYT)
    • Honors Rush Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom
    • Ridicules the recent Democratic Iowa Caucases which experienced voter app issues
    • Declines to shake House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi's hand
    • Announces a scholarship to a 4th grader "trapped" in a "failing" public school, but who actually attends a top charter school. (Time)
  • 2/5/20 The Senate votes mostly along party lines to acquit Trump of two charges passed by the House: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (NYT)
  • 2/6/20 Suspends all New York state residents from the federal Trusted Traveler programs in retaliation for the state's allowance of undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses. (NPR)
  • 2/6/20 Is reported that the National Archives and Records Administration is destroying records of victims of Trump's ICE policies. (DemocracyNow)
  • 2/6/20 A U.S. citizen named James Paul Markowitz dies in Border Patrol custody. (CNN)
  • 2/6/20 Hails his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial, attacking Democrats at a national prayer breakfast and denoucning "evil" and "crooked" lawmakers and the "top scum" at the F.B.I. for trying to remove him from office. (NYT)
  • 2/7/20 Is reported that Trump's company charges the Secret Service for the rooms agents use while protecting him, billing taxpayers as much as $650 per night. (WaPo)
  • 2/8/20 Proclaims that a photo revealing his dramatically two-toned face to be falsified, tweeting: "More Fake News. This was photoshopped, obviously, but the wind was strong and the hair looks good? Anything to demean!." (DailyNews)
  • 2/8/20 Fires witnesses from his impeachment proceedings, including Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland. (Forbes
    • 2/11/20 Suggests that the witnesses could face military or legal punishment for testifying against him. (NYT)
  • 2/10/20 Submits a $4.8 trillion budget to Congress that would aggressively cut student loan assistance, affordable housing efforts, food stamps and Medicaid, and boost defense spending. (NYT)
    • The budget calls for new nuclear warheads, including $15.5 billion in space assets and $3.2 billion for hypersonic missiles. (NYT)
  • 2/12/20 All four federal prosecutors who took the case against Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone to trial withdraw Tuesday after top Justice Department officials undercut them and disavowed the government's recommended sentence against Stone. (CNN)
    • 2/12/20 In an attempt to influence the judge handling the sentencing of Roger Stone, Amy Berman Jackson, tweets: “Is this the Judge that put Paul Manafort in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, something that not even mobster Al Capone had to endure? How did she treat Crooked Hillary Clinton? Just asking!” (WaPo)
  • 2/11/20 Is reported that states are suing the Trump administration at an unprecedented rate, with 103 multi-state suits filed in his first three years in office. (Hill)
  • 2/13/20 Appoints John McEntee to lead the Presidential Personnel Office. McEntee is a 29-year-old who was fired by Trump's previous chief of Staff John Kelly for issues with his security clearance and was also the focus of a financial crimes investigation by DHS. (BusinessInsider)
  • 2/14/20 Openly contradicts past denials and openly admits sending Giuliani to Uktraine to find damaging information about his political opponents. (CNN)
  • 2/14/20 Administration announces that its border patrol will deploy elite tactical agents to sanctuary cities (Chicago, New York, San Francisco, L.A., Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit and Newark) as part of a supercharged arrest operation. (NYT)
  • 2/16/20 Over 1,100 former prosecutors and officials serving in both Republican and Democratic administrations sign an open letter calling for Attorney General William Barr to step down after he intervened to lower a Justice Department recommended sentence of Trump associate Roger Stone. (NYT)
    • The list of officials signing the letter rises to over 2,000. (MSNBC)
  • 2/17/20 Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos revives a school accrediting agency after it was shut down by the Obama administration for accrediting colleges that had no students, no faculty and no classrooms. (USAToday)
  • 2/18/20 Calls for all cases stemming from the Mueller report to be dismissed. (Reuters)
  • 2/19/20 Commutes the sentence of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of trying to sell a U.S. senate seat. Also grants clemency to 10 other convicted criminals, including former NY police commissioner Bernie Kerik who was convicted of tax fraud, and Mike Milken, an investment banker known as the "Junk Bond King." (CNN)(NYT)
  • 2/13/20 Intelligence officials warn House lawmakers that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected. (NYT)
    • 2/19/20 Names Richard Grenell as acting directoir of national intelligence. Grenell has no experience in intelligence or running a large bureaucracy, but has demonstrated loyalty to Trump. Grenell as U.S. ambassador to Germany openly promoted conservatism and publicly criticized Germany's own government. (NYT)
  • 2/21/20 Trump's former bodyguard and now personnel chief John McEntee orders agency officials to expect staffing changes to fall in line with Trump loyalty investigations. (CNN)
  • 2/22/2020 Is reported that Trump skipped over a list of known terrorist leaders that was presented to him and instead inquired about targeting a son of Osama bin Laden because the name bin Laden would, in his opinion, give him favorable press. (Newsweek)
  • 2/25/20 Demands on Twitter that Chief Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg to recuse themselves from all cases related to him. (Newsweek)
  • 2/25/2020 Claims that a vaccine to the rapidly spreading coronavirus is "very close," and White House spokespersons later clarify his statement, claiming that he meant a vaccine for the ebola virus. (CNBC)
  • 2/25/20 Is reported that former White House physician Ronny Jackson would hide cauliflower in Trump's mashed potatoes as the only way to get him to eat healthy. (NYT)
  • 2/25/20 Is reported that officials from Saudi Arabia and UAE illegally funnelled millions of dollars into Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, disguising the money using stolen identities and gift cards as under-$200 campaign contributions. (AlJazeera)
  • 2/25/20 White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow says that the U.S. has “contained” the threat of a domestic coronavirus outbreak, defying warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We have contained this, I won’t say airtight but pretty close to airtight.” (Politico)
  • 2/26/20 Tweets attacks towards a single juror in the Roger Stone trial, alleging bias. The attack echoes a talking point from many right-wing pundits over the past several months. (Independent)
  • 2/27/20 Names VP Mike Pence to lead the national coronavirus response effort. Pence as governor of Indiana cut funding for a clean needles program that led to a prolonged spread of HIV in the state, and encouraged people to instead pray away the disease. (NYT
  • 2/28/20 Trump's administration bars federal health officials from speaking publically about the coronavirus without tacit White House approval. (BusinessInsider)
  • 2/28/20 Nominates Representative John Ratcliffe to be director of national intelligence for a second time. He nominated Ratcliffe for the position in 2019 but withdrew after a bipartisan resistance following the false claims on Ratcliffe's website claiming that he "put terrorists in prison." Ratcliffe has no bureaucratic or intelligence experience. (NBC)
  • 2/29/20 Claims at a rally that reporting on the coronavirus is a hoax meant to tarnish his reputation, and labels it "fake news." (Vox)