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From the Ukraine to Virginia: The top 7 political scandals of 2019

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When 2019 comes to an end, so does another year of jaw-dropping, and in some cases historical, political scandals. While the largest of the chain of events that was to be President of the trump card of the prosecution, the commander-in-chief was undoubtedly the only political figure in the middle of a fire storm this year.

Here are the political scandals of 2019 are:

Trump calls for the Ukraine … and the rest is history

The Ukraine controversy led to Trump is always the third President in U.S. history to be indicted. The entire process is now sitting in a queue, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the two articles of impeachment in an attempt to extract favorable conditions for a Senate study. But the way here is the political message of the year.

The saga began when an Informant, the officers on Trump alerted July 25 telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky — to lead the White house to release the transcript of the conversation. The document showed Trump press Zelensky to open investigations of alleged Ukrainian interference in the election of 2016 and also the former Vice-President, Joe Biden, the role of the displacement of the Ukrainian state’s attorney, had sought, in the energy company, where son Hunter had a lucrative directorship. Some Republicans argue that the latter perhaps at the end of the larger political scandal.

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But Democrats claim the shown Trump the efforts of a quid-pro-quo in return retained to meet military aid and the White house. Trump has denied this allegation and pointed out that the military aid was finally unlocked. In addition, Zelensky said that his government was not put under pressure.

House Democrats finally agreed to the charges on two articles — obstruction of Congress and abuse of power in a virtual party-line vote. Assuming Pelosi finally, the charges transfers for the Senate, Trump would be spoken of with almost certainly the majority of Republicans.

Katie Hill’s photo fiasco

Freshman Democratic Republic Of The Katie Hill, D-Calif., a house Committee investigation occurred in October, after a series of reports, which triggered an alleged affair with her legislative director,.

The Congresswoman defended herself against reports of an affair with a congressional staffer, as well as reports, she was in a so-called “throuple” relationship with husband Kenny Heslep and a campaign staffer.

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The openly bisexual Congresswoman, the hit by a series of photo leaks of the conservative sites that showed was that compromising include photos of an alleged Nude photo of the hill with the staff of the hair swipe.

Hill resigned, finally, to recognize that in the last few years of what they called an “abusive marriage,” she began a relationship with the unnamed campaign staffer.

“This is what needs to happen for the good people who have supported me and are no longer subjected to the pain inflicted by my husband and the brutality of the hate-filled political officials that seem to provide a platform, a monster that is built to drive a smear campaign, the cyber-exploitation,” she said.

Virginia ‘blackface’ scandal

It may seem like eons ago — mainly because everyone was involved in the storm survival-but Richmond was scandal Central earlier this year. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was hit by a flood of calls from within his own Democratic party to resign after a photo was taken in February from his 1984 medical school yearbook, two men, dressed in blackface and Ku Klux Klan costume.

Northam first, said he was told in the image and apologized-but later on, it was not didn’t know him and he as it in his Yearbook page. He did, however, darken to admit his face, while a Michael Jackson impression for a talent competition in San Antonio in the same year.

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Despite the enormous excitement around the photo, he kept at his job and has promised to spend the three remaining years of his term of office is pursuing “justice.”

“I still have a lot to learn …the more I know the more I can do,” Northam said The Washington Post. “I want to heal the pain, and I want to make sure that all Virginians have the same Chance…and I think that I am the person, the one that can do that for Virginia.”

Duncan hunter to the hunted

Republicans-Rep. Duncan Hunter from California, pleaded guilty to need in December miss campaign Fund, marking a reversal after he spent a year in the accusations calls against him and his wife chasing a “witch.”

Prosecutors said the couple spent more than $250,000 in campaign money for golf tours, holidays with the family to Italy and Hawaii, tequila shots and flight tickets for your rabbit.

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Prosecutors also alleged hunters spent the money on romantic relationships with lobbyists and congressional elections, aide-de-camp.

Later, he has announced, he wants to days to resign from his house seat “just after the holidays.”

Feds throw the book in the Baltimore mayor

Baltimore mayor, Catherine Pugh was indicted in November on Federal charges, in connection to what prosecutors said is a plot to enrich themselves through the sale of self-published books for children.

The former mayor, who resigned her post in may in the midst of the controversy, is accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, seven counts of wire fraud, to defraud conspiracy the United States, and in two cases of tax evasion.

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The government claims Pugh arranged fraudulent sales of their “Healthy ” Holly” book in schools, libraries, and a medical system, in order to pay for her mayoral bid, as well as to buy and renovate a house in Baltimore City.

Pugh books, the “Healthy Holly have included: the Training is fun” and “Healthy Holly: fruits Come in colors like the rainbow.” Most of them were directly to non-profit organizations and foundations sold – or tries to do business with the state or Baltimore.

Fallout from Epstein’s arrest

The arrest of billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein, who had connections to a number of high-level politicians around the world, has had on sex trafficking charges over the summer, a number of policy implications.

In the UK, it led to the overthrow of Prince Andrew, which, while not a politician, saw his high-level tasks as a member of the British Royal family affected since he was forced to step away from public life due to his connections with the disgraced financier.

In the United States, meanwhile, it has led to issues for both former President Bill Clinton, and Trump about your past relationships with Epstein. Trump has said that he fell out with Epstein and banished him from his Mar-a-Lago estate, for allegedly sexually a minor girl was attacked in the club.

Clinton acknowledged flown on Epstein’s private jet, four times. Separately, claims in court show that Trump can be flown well on the jet-at least once.

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But the scandal has a political career down, before Epstein was later found dead in his cell. Labor Secretary-General Alexander Acosta stepped over his past involvement in a highly controversial plea deal for Epstein, this was the result of an 18-month sentence — he was only 13 months.

“I the President called today … I have submitted my resignation,” said Acosta. “It would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continues to talk about a case that is 12 years old, instead of the incredible economy that we have today.”

Ilhan Omar ‘ s wedge ‘loyalty’

Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., repeatedly came under fire earlier this year for the echo of anti-Semitic set pieces.

In February, Omar party moved cross-criticism after suggesting that the politicians were bought in the USA, AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel organization.

“It’s all about the Benjamin’s baby,” Omar wrote in a since-deleted tweet.

Omar apologized but only a few weeks later, said that supporters of Israel are pushing US to explain to politicians, “allegiance” to this nation.

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“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to urge the faithful said to a foreign country,” Omar. “I would like to ask, why is it to speak OK for me, about the influence of the NRA, the fossil fuel industry or the pharmaceutical industry, and not talk about a strong lobbying movement, influence on the policy?”

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This invited accusations was lubricate in accordance with the “double loyalty””. As they stood there, their comments, this ramped up pressure on the Democrats to lead you to condemn — to pass, ultimately, a resolution against bigotry,. However, the resolution is not to mention, Omar by name, and criticized, it was also watered down.

Fox News’ Talia Kaplan, Barnini Chakraborty, Lukas Mikelionis, Brooke Singman, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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