Impeachment numbers are on the rise for Trump, now at 40% among Americans, before last weekend’s Charlottesvilles comments.

Impeachment numbers are on the rise for Trump, now at 40% among Americans, before last weekend’s Charlottesvilles comments.

The jump in support for impeachment since Trump’s first month in office is attributable to increased opposition to the president from Democrats and independents. Since February, the share of Democrats saying they support impeachment jumped from 58 percent to 72 percent, while the share of independents advocating for Trump’s removal from office increased from 27 percent to 38 percent. But the share of Republicans who agree has remained virtually unchanged in the single digits.  More from NBC News here. 

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Special Counsel Mueller turning up heat deepening probe on Manafort’s real estate transactions, suggest possible money laundering and tax evasion. 

Special Counsel Mueller turning up heat deepening probe on Manafort’s real estate transactions, suggest possible money laundering and tax evasion. 

“The biggest problem that Mr. Manafort faces is that these transactions, taken as a whole, are suggestive of either money laundering or tax evasion or both,”

said Washington attorney Ross Delston, who is a money laundering expert.

“Mr. Manafort’s multimillion-dollar real estate transactions present a target rich environment for any law enforcement probe.”

Money-laundering charges, of course, would very possibly heighten Manafort’s interest in flipping and cooperating with investigators.

“Anyone facing serious charges for money laundering and tax offenses involving undisclosed foreign bank accounts would have huge incentives to trade cooperation for prison time,” 

said Jonathan Winer, who was the State Department’s top money laundering expert during the Clinton administration.
More from McClatchy News here.

Trump’s comments on Charlottesville white supremacist protests cause charities to cancel gala events at Mar-a-lago resort.

Trump’s comments on Charlottesville white supremacist protests cause charities to cancel gala events at Mar-a-lago resort.

Even before last week, Mar-a-Lago was facing an unusually slow season. It had only 16 galas on the schedule for next winter, as compared to 21 in the year before, and 26 in its best year.

Then, after the president’s comments about Charlottesville, there was a new wave of cancellations, beginning with the Cleveland Clinic Florida on Thursday.

Others canceling galas or dinner events include the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the American Cancer Society, American Friends of Magen David Adom, Leaders in Furthering Education, the Palm Beach Zoo, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, the Susan G. Komen breast cancer charity and the Autism Project of Palm Beach County. More from the Washington Post here.