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From Russia-investigation on the sexual assault allegations against several lawmakers, a look at some of the biggest political scandals in 2018.
From politicians to lose their positions over sexual misconduct allegations to ensure the voter fraud in several midterm elections of 2018, is not without its share of political controversy.
Read on for a look at nine of the most notable political scandals of the past year.
Russia probe twistedVideo
Michael Cohen was once a trusted member of the Trump organization and personal lawyer and “fixer”, according to the President. But by the end of the year, he would man who once said, “a ball” for President Trump had turned on his former boss, the cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Müller Russia probe.
In December, Cohen’s prison was sentenced to three years, after he pleaded guilty to charges of tax evasion, campaign Finance violations and lying to Congress about the trump real estate deal in Russia. Prior to his conviction, to Trump Cohen blames his actions on “blind loyalty,” which, he said, led to take him, “a path of darkness instead of light.” He said to the judge, he felt it was his duty to conceal the president’s “dirty deeds.”
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Paul Manafort, Trump is a former Chairman of the campaign, was also found guilty on multiple counts of Federal tax and banking crimes in August. A month later, Manafort pleaded guilty as part of an agreement with Müller-team, in a separate case in connection with fees from foreign lobbying violations, and witness tampering.
The deal was: “full cooperation” with Müller’s team, as they check whether the stocking employees played a role in Russia’s interference in the election of 2016. But in December, Müller accused, Manafort, of lying to the FBI and his office “on a variety of topics,” in violation of the plea agreement.
Manafort, the special counsel ‘ s claims denied.
Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearing was almost derailed after several women accused him of sexual misconduct when he was in high school and college.
Christine Blasey Ford, California, psychology-professor, allegedly Kavanaugh you access to a house-party claims in the early 1980s, he pinned her on a bed, trying to remove their clothes, and put his hand over her mouth to prevent her screaming. At the time, Ford 15, and Kavanaugh was 17 and allegedly drunk, she said.
Both Ford and Kavanaugh gave emotional testimony before the Senate in September. Ford explains how the alleged attack effects continue to your life; Kavanaugh tangled with a Democratic legislature and vehemently denied the accusations.
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Apart from Ford, two more women came forward with allegations of wrongdoing, though witnesses before the legislature. Deborah Ramirez claimed Kavanaugh, sat down next to her, while at Yale University, dorm party in the academic year 1983-84; Julie Swetnick, represented by lawyer Michael Avenatti, claimed she would often drink witness Kavanaugh and his friend was “excessive and highly inappropriate behavior, including overly aggressive with girls and not with ‘no’ for an answer” at parties.
Kavanaugh also denied these allegations. Senate judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, ultimately, Avenatti and Swetnick for the criminal investigation of a “conspiracy” to make false statements to the Congress. Senate Republicans would later release a report that says “there was no evidence to substantiate claims for sexual assault against justice Kavanaugh.”
Kavanaugh was sworn in as the Supreme court in October.
Another Florida election messVideo
All eyes were on Florida during the midterm elections, according to the wafer-thin margins in Florida’s bitter Senate, and gubernatorial races tells triggered, with Republican Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis to win, respectively.
Broward County Supervisor of elections Brenda Snipes found himself in the middle of the disputed election for its handling of the process. She had been elected three times, and your current term is not scheduled to end until the year 2020.
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Scott Snipes accused, “to reveal not willing to, records revealing how many electors voted, how many ballots were courted and how many ballots remained to be courted,” while the uncertainty over the race. Trump called for Snipes to be removed from office.
And she is no stranger to controversy, earlier this year, Scott’s administration said it was monitoring in your office, after a judge ruled the County of Federal law, broke through the destruction of the ballot in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in 2016 Democratic primary race against Tim Canova.
In the year 2016, Broward County was found to climb the against the law, if it is sent early in the voting results of the online survey was closed, and in 2014, Snipes’ office had to send new absentee ballots after he said some 58,000 voters have not received, despite of the prompt.
After the elections, the first Snipes at the beginning of January, agreed to resign. But Scott, Florida Governor, put you out of the office at the end of November, when he accused it of misfeasance and incompetence. Snipes later filed against Scott.
Abuse of powerVideo
Once seen as an advocate for the #MeToo movement, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned in may after four women accused him of physical and emotional abuse.
In a broad New Yorker report by Ronan Farrow, Schneiderman was accused of hitting and choking women without their consent.
Schneiderman, a vocal-Trump-critics, said that he “contests strong,” the allegations but still, his position in the light of the allegations.
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Michelle Manning Barish said The New Yorkers, Schneiderman would “get absolutely plastered five nights out of seven” and their impact would be. that without your consent during sex Besides, he wanted her to take a Xanax and scoff’d their appearance, she said.
“A strong woman, and tear you in pieces, [Schneiderman’s] jam,” she said.
Another woman, Tanya Selvaratnam, the alleged Schneiderman repeatedly called his “brown slave” and needed you to tell him, she was “his property.” Also, she said, he was physically abusive during sex.
Quarrel after quarrel followed, Scott Pruitt, the former environmental protection Agency chief, during his time in the trump administration. Pruitt served in the Cabinet role from February 2017 to July 2018.
The former Oklahoma state attorney General was criticized for the rental of Capitol Hill housing, which was tied to a prominent fossil-fuel lobbyist, for only $50 per night. He also spent millions of taxpayer dollars on security and travel expenses after he took over the EPA.
Another point of contention with Pruitt’s leadership of the EPA was the significant pay raises to two of his closest aides receive, although the White house is the refusal to sign, on you. His chief of staff took the fall for the increases.
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In addition to Pruitt, and several other Trump administration officials left in this year. Minister of the interior, Ryan Zinke announced his departure until the end of the year, after dealing with his own set of controversies. White house chief of staff John Kelly is also leaving.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the National security Advisor, H. R. McMaster, and Secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, also left their positions in the year 2018.
While Tillerson resignation from the Cabinet of the former Exxon was at first dull,-mobile-in-chief and the President clashed hard in December. In a rare public appearance, Tillerson, he and Trump said is not a “common value system” and passed on, he would often remind you that the President violated some of his plans would be “against the law.” Trump fired back, calling his former Secretary a “dumb as a stone” and “lazy as hell.”
The Governor’s AffairVideo
Before the possibility of becoming the first Missouri Governor ever brought up on charges, Republican Gov. Eric Greitens but resigned in June after the admission to an extramarital affair. Apart from the matter, Greitens has been accused, with a naked photo of a woman without her permission.
A nameless woman Missouri house investigation Committee told that Greitens invited her to his house when his wife was out of town. In his house, the woman was married, too, testified that Greitens told her he thought she had not “been treated, but good for so long” and wanted her to train.
“For whatever reason, I trusted him,” said the woman.
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Once in his basement, Greitens bound to get your hands on the pull-up rings, and her eyes, she said. He kissed you and “pull [ed] down [her] pants”, without their consent, she said. It was then that she said she could see a flash of lightning through the eyes and knew he had.
“You’re not going to mention my name. Not even my name, to mention, to anyone, because if you do, I will have these pictures, and I’ll you everywhere I can. You are going to be everywhere, and then everyone will know what a small w—- you are,” she said Greitens.
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If you tried to leave, Greitens she hugged and laid them on the floor, while she cried, the woman testified. You said that you finally oral sex performed on Greitens, because they “felt that they had no other choice if they wanted to get out of the cellar,” said the legislator, ” the report.
Although he admitted having an affair, the former Republican Governor said the other allegations were a “political witch hunt.”
Voter Fraud ClaimsVideo
Allegations of fraud and voting irregularities charged house election in the 9. Constituency in North Carolina. Republican Mark Harris led Democrat Dan McCready of about 900 votes out of nearly 283,000 cast in the district, but the race has not been certified still.
North Carolina election officials could decide to scrap the first results and a new primary and General elections. According to affidavits provided to the state elections board, a woman said, she turned over a partially filled-in ballot, and the person who said it, “you would end it yourself.”
Another woman said she voted early in person, but still a letter is not received election ballot in the mail despite.
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McCrae Dowless, Bladen County man who has worked for the Harris campaign, has been characterized as a “person of interest” in the state elections Board investigation.
Harris, a Baptist minister, has claimed he is “absolutely not aware of a bug”, but is open for a new election, if it could have evidence of irregularities that affected the outcome of the race. McCready first, but admitted it is retracted later in December.
Keith Ellison’s AccusationsVideo
Prior to that, he won his candidacy for Minnesota attorney general, Keith Ellison, was to be levied, dogged by physical and emotional abuse-allegations by his former girlfriend.
Karen Monahan, Sierra Club activist, is accused of Ellison, a Congressman and a top Democratic party official who posted the abuse in August after her son publicly, the allegations in the social media. She said Ellison pulled her from the bed and shouted swear words at her and sent her several SMS insults.
In his Facebook post, her son, he saw a video of Ellison Monahan to pull said from the bed, to say by your feet, “she cries and called her a f—-ing b–h and her, get the f—k out of his house.” He added: “there are a lot more [has not betrayed made Ellison]” to his mother, but what exactly.
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Monahan also has Democrats accused that “smeared, threatened, [and] isolated,” from their own party.
In a statement, said Ellison, he was in a “long term relationship” with Monahan in 2016 and still “care[s] for your well-being.”
“This video does not exist, since I was still never said in this way, and any characterization otherwise is false,” Ellison.
Ellison was elected as Minnesota’s next attorney General in November.
Stormy Daniels SueVideo
Adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, Trump sued earlier this year over a confidentiality agreement, she wrote about her relationship with the President. It has a name since to a budget.
Daniels has claimed she had an affair with trump in 2006. Michael Cohen, the President is a former lawyer, said he paid Daniels $ 130,000 out of his own pocket during the 2016 campaign in exchange for her silence about the alleged relationship. Trump has repeated the affair denied.
In March, Daniels, Trump, and Cohen sued for libel over a tweet in which he denied their claims of being threatened by a man in a Las Vegas Parking lot in 2011. But a Federal judge threw ultimately of the suit.
Daniels was ordered to pay Trump $293,000 in legal fees.
Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain, Alex Pappas, Matt Richardson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.