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Acosta, Alexander

Secretary of Labor under President Donald Trump

Acosta was dean of the Florida International University law school. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he clerked for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito when he was a judge on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He served on the National Labor Relations Board under President George W. Bush, as the head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, and as U.S. attorney in Miami.

The son of Cuban immigrants, Acosta serves on the American Bar Association's Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities. He has defended the rights of Muslim Americans, including criticizing France when it introduced a ban on certain religious attire.

While at the Justice Department, Acosta wrote a letter to a federal judge in Ohio supporting a Republican voter caging effort just before the 2004 presidential election. Bush won Ohio.

When running the Justice Department's civil rights division, he was found by the department's inspector general to have ignored warnings about a subordinate accused of illegally using political affiliations to vet potential civil rights attorneys.

As U.S. attorney for Southern Florida, Acosta gave a plea deal to billionaire investor and political donor Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of having sex with dozens of underage girls. Under the plea, Epstein served about a year in prison. Epstein was a member of Mar-A-Lago - Trump's Florida home and golf club.

Referenced by...
Trump cabinet members to speak at ALEC event (2017-Jul-19)
Senate confirms Alexander Acosta for Secretary of Labor (2017-Feb-16)

Adams, John

Second president of the United States.

Assange, Julian

Founder of WikiLeaks.

Referenced by...
Issue: Trump Campaign Russian Timeline

Beck, Nancy

Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) in the Trump administration.

She is a former director of the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

She also reviewed EPA regulations in the George W. Bush administration.

Referenced by...
Administration hides study showing dangers in drinking water (2018-May-14)

Bezos, Jeff

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Bharara, Preet

(Coming)

Referenced by...
Trump's son met to get Russian government info on Clinton (2017-Jul-10)

Bork, Robert

(Coming)

Burt, Richard

Lobbyist who helped write then-candidate Donald Trump's first major foreign policy speech while at the same time working to promote a pipeline for the Russian government.

Referenced by...
Issue: Trump Campaign Russian Timeline

Caputo, Michael

A Republican political strategist, he worked in public communication for presidential campaigns of George H.W. Bush and Donald Trump.

Caputo lived in Russia from 1994 - 2000. Among other things, he worked for Russian media company Gazprom-Media to enhance the image of Russian President Vladimir in the United States.

Referenced by...
Issue: Trump Campaign Russian Timeline

Carson, Ben

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Chertoff, Michael

Michael Chertoff was the Secretary of Homeland Security 2005 - 2009.

In 2009 he founded the Chertoff Group lobbying company. One of the company's clients was OSI Systems - the parent company of Rapiscan Systems which makes one of the two types of body scanners used at U.S. airports. In 2011 all 250 Rapiscan scanners - which had cost $180,000 each - were removed from airports due to their inability to blur images that depicted passengers' bodies.

Clinton, Hillary

(Coming)

Clovis, Sam

(Coming)

Cohen, Michael

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer. He also is executive vice president for the Trump Organization.

Referenced by...
Lawyer: Trump offered Putin $50M penthouse in Moscow tower (2018-Nov-29)
Trump's former lawyer pleads guilty, implicates president in felonies (2018-Aug-21)
Trump's lawyer's company received millions in payments (2018-May-08)
Trump attorney asked for Kremlin help on deal (2017-Aug-29)
Issue: Mueller's Indictments
Issue: Trump Campaign Russian Timeline
Issue: Trump's Ties to Russia

Collyer, Rosemary

United States District judge. Appointed in 2003 by Pres. George W. Bush.

DeVos, Betsy

Secretary of Education under President Donald Trump.

She had no prior professional education experience. She is a former chair of the Michigan Republican Party.

She chaired the American Federation for Children, a dark money group that supports school voucher programs and charter schools nationwide, funneling donations from undisclosed sources to candidates who support school privatization, mostly at the state level. 

DeVos' father, Edgar Prince, co-founded the Family Research Council and the Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation, major financial backers of the religious right. Her husband, Richard DeVos Jr., is heir to the Amway multi-level marketing company fortune. The couple founded the Windquest Group investment firm.

DeVos and her relatives - including her brother Erik Prince, co-founder of the Blackwater private security company - have been major donors to the Republican Party for decades.

Referenced by...
DeVos sued for not implementing student loan protections (2018-Nov-14)
Education Secretary DeVos wants money to arm teachers (2018-Aug-23)
Trump cabinet members to speak at ALEC event (2017-Jul-19)
Senate confirms Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary (2016-Nov-23)
Issue: Trump's Ties to Russia

Flynn, Michael

President Donald Trump's first National Security Adviser.

Resigned less than a month into the administration after revelations that he discussed foreign policy with Russia before Trump had taken office.

Referenced by...
Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI, may testify against Trump (2017-Dec-01)
Bill limits president's power to lift Russian sanctions (2017-Aug-02)
Special Counsel to investigate Trump-Russia connection (2017-May-17)
Senate subpoenas documents on Russia (2017-May-10)
Trump fires FBI director leading probe against him (2017-May-09)
White House refuses Congress' request for Flynn documents (2017-Apr-25)
Rep. Nunes recuses self from Russia investigation (2017-Apr-06)
Info Nunes gave to White House came from White House (2017-Mar-30)
House Intel Committee cancels Trump-Russia public hearing (2017-Mar-27)
House Intelligence Committee to hold public hearing on Russia (2017-Mar-07)
Paul: Republicans shouldn't investigate Republicans (2017-Feb-14)
Nat'l Security Adviser Flynn resigns - what we know (2017-Feb-13)
Issue: Mueller's Indictments
Issue: Trump Campaign Russian Timeline
Issue: Trump's Ties to Russia

Franklin, Benjamin

(Coming)

Gates, Rick

(Coming)

Referenced by...
Issue: Mueller's Indictments
Issue: Trump Campaign Russian Timeline

Gerry, Elbridge

Elbridge Gerry was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He also was a member of the Constitutional Convention that created the U.S. Constitution, but was one of three who refused to sign it.

My principal objections to the plan are, that there is no adequate provision for a representation of the people; that they have no security for the right of election; that some of the powers of the legislature are ambiguous, and others indefinite and dangerous; that the executive is blended with, and will have an undue influence over, the legislature; that the judicial department will be oppressive; that treaties of the highest importance may be formed by the President, with the advice of two thirds of a quorum of the Senate; and that the system is without the security of a bill of rights.

Nevertheless, he was elected to the first two Congresses.

He then was elected governor of Massachusetts, where he manipulated the state's redistricting to benefit his Democratic-Republican Party. The practice would take on his name - and now is called gerrymandering.

Gerry later became President James Madison's second vice president.

Gillespie, Ed

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Giuliani, Rudy

(Coming)

Referenced by...
Manafort provided inside info to Trump on Mueller probe (2018-Nov-28)

Gordon, J.D.

(Coming)

Referenced by...
Issue: Trump Campaign Russian Timeline

Gorsuch, Neil

(Coming)

Referenced by...
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Resigns (2018-Jun-27)
Court says legal system not guaranteed for workers (2018-May-21)

Haley, Nikki

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under President Donald Trump 2017-2018.

South Carolina governor 2011-2017

Former member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

Referenced by...
Nikki Haley to resign as UN Ambassador (2018-Oct-09)
Senate confirms Nikki Haley for U.N. Ambassador (2016-Nov-23)
SC: Former Gov. Mark Sanford elected to House (2013-May-07)

Hamilton, Alexander

The first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, appointed by Pres. George Washington.

He also was one of the authors of the Federalist Papers.

Kennedy, Justin

Son of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Kennedy worked for more than 10 years at Deutsche Bank. At one point he was head of the the bank's real estate capital markets organization at the time Donald Trump was borrowing more than $1 billion from the bank.

He later became co-CEO of LNR property, which in 2011 invested in a failing property owned by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner'.

Referenced by...
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Resigns (2018-Jun-27)

Kobach, Kris

Kansas Secretary of State 2011-present.

In 2017, Kobach was named by President Donald Trump to be vice chair of his Election Integrity Commission.

Kobach was one of the prime architects of Arizona SB-1070 - the 2010 Arizona law requiring police to determine the immigration status of someone arrested or detained when there is "reasonable suspicion" they are not in the U.S. legally.

Referenced by...
Kris Kobach funded by white supremacists (2018-Nov-05)
Kansas city moves polling place, directs voters to wrong site (2018-Oct-26)
Voting fraud fabricator named to investigate voting fraud (2017-Jul-17)

Koch Brothers

Charles Koch and David Koch are the owners of Koch Industries.

The Kansas-based company makes much of its money in energy production, but subsidiaries also manufacture products with mainstream name brands, including Quilted Northern, Dixie, Brawny, Zee, Sparkle, and Stainmaster.

In 1980, David Kock was the Libertarian Party's vice-presidential candidate. The party's platform included abolishing...

o All taxation (and terminating all criminal and civil sanctions against tax evasion)
o Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
o The Occupational Safety and Health Act
o Minimum-wage laws
o Compulsory insurance or tax-supported plans to provide health services
o Laws requiring the use of "self-protection" equipment (safety belts, air bags, helmets).
o Welfare programs and other services to those with children and in poverty.
o Compulsory education
o Usury laws

The platform called for privatizing all public schools, roads, railroads, inland waterways, and "the distribution system that brings water to industry, agriculture and households."

It also called for eliminating these agencies...

The Koch brothers have continued that mission of achieving those goals by contributing and raising billions of dollars for conservative organizations and to help the campaigns of Republican candidates for law-making offices. They were expected to spend almost $1 billion in the 2016 presidential election.

They also are strong supporters American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). A Koch Industries rep has served on ALEC's Private Enterprise Advisory Council for more than 20 years, and the company is believed be on of ALEC's biggest funders (although the group is not required to disclose its donors).

Kushner, Jared

Ivanka Trump's husband.

Donald Trump made Kushner a senior adviser when Trump became president.

Referenced by...
Trump defends Saudis while taking their money (2018-Dec-10)
Lawyer: Trump offered Putin $50M penthouse in Moscow tower (2018-Nov-29)
Dozens of Trump aides lose top-secret clearances (2018-Feb-28)
Trump attorney asked for Kremlin help on deal (2017-Aug-29)
Trump's son met to get Russian government info on Clinton (2017-Jul-10)
House Intelligence Committee to hold public hearing on Russia (2017-Mar-07)
Issue: Trump Campaign Russian Timeline

Madison, James

James Madison was the forth U.S. president.

Also...

o Was Secretary of State under Pres. Thomas Jefferson
o Was one of the authors of the Federalist Papers.

Manafort, Paul

Campaign manager for Donald Trump from from March 2016 until August 2016. He left the campaign due to his connections with Russia.

Referenced by...
Lawyer: Trump offered Putin $50M penthouse in Moscow tower (2018-Nov-29)
Manafort provided inside info to Trump on Mueller probe (2018-Nov-28)
Trump's former campaign manager convicted (2018-Aug-21)
Campaign aide told Trump about Russian connections (2017-Oct-30)
Former Trump campaign aides indicted for Ukraine deals (2017-Oct-30)
Trump attorney asked for Kremlin help on deal (2017-Aug-29)
Trump's son met to get Russian government info on Clinton (2017-Jul-10)
Senate subpoenas documents on Russia (2017-May-10)
House Intel Committee cancels Trump-Russia public hearing (2017-Mar-27)
Paul Manafort proposed influence plan to Russia 10 years ago (2017-Mar-22)
Issue: Mueller's Indictments
Issue: Trump's Ties to Russia

Miller, Stephen

(Coming)

Referenced by...
Understanding Trump advisor shows genesis of policies (2018-Aug-29)

Mother Theresa

(Coming)

Mueller III, Robert

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director from 2001 to 2013.

In May 2017, after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to be special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.

Referenced by...
Manafort provided inside info to Trump on Mueller probe (2018-Nov-28)
Trump's former campaign manager convicted (2018-Aug-21)
Trump's former lawyer pleads guilty, implicates president in felonies (2018-Aug-21)
Republicans discuss protecting Trump from Russia probe (2018-Aug-08)
Trump meets Putin privately under shadow of indictments (2018-Jul-16)
Indictment: American demonstrators duped by Russians (2018-Feb-22)
Trump ordered Mueller fired. White House counsel refused (2018-Jan-25)
Senate bills would make it hard for Trump to fire Mueller (2017-Aug-03)
Special Counsel to investigate Trump-Russia connection (2017-May-17)
Issue: Mueller's Indictments

Mulvaney, Mick

John Michael (Mick) Mulvaney was representative from South Carolina before becoming director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under President Donald Trump.

Referenced by...
CFBP to stop oversight of predatory lending to military members (2018-Aug-10)
Administration looks to change name of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (2018-Jun-11)
CFPB enforcements dwindle under Trump appointee (2018-Apr-11)
CFPB top salaries under Mulvaney soar (2018-Apr-05)
Who is head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? (2017-Nov-27)
Senate confirms Rep. Mick Mulvaney to direct OMB (2016-Dec-16)

Nader, George

(Coming)

Referenced by...
Issue: Trump Campaign Russian Timeline

Nunberg, Sam

(Coming)

Referenced by...
Issue: Trump Campaign Russian Timeline

Page, Carter

Former member of Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Referenced by...
Dozens of Trump aides lose top-secret clearances (2018-Feb-28)
Testimony further debunks Trump dossier narrative (2018-Jan-11)
Senate subpoenas documents on Russia (2017-May-10)
Issue: Trump's Ties to Russia

Papadopoulos, George

Foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

In October 2017 he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about meetings he had with Russian contacts. He had said those meetings took place before his involvement with the Trump campaign.

He agreed to cooperate with the investigation into Trump's Russian connections.

Referenced by...
Trump adviser Papadopoulos to serve time in Russia probe (2018-Sep-07)
Testimony further debunks Trump dossier narrative (2018-Jan-11)
Campaign aide told Trump about Russian connections (2017-Oct-30)
Issue: Mueller's Indictments
Issue: Trump Campaign Russian Timeline

Patten, Sam

A republican lobbyist and business associate of Paul Manafort.

Patten headed the Moscow office of the International Republican Institute (IRI) from 2001-2004.

He also worked with Cambridge Analytica.

Referenced by...
Trump inaugural committee investigated for corruption (2018-Dec-13)

Pickering, Charles

(Coming)

Referenced by...
Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court (2018-Oct-06)

Pinedo, Richard

(Coming)

Referenced by...
Issue: Mueller's Indictments

Price, Tom

Representative from Georgia from 2005 - 2017.

Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2017 under Pres. Donald Trump. Price resigned in Sept. 2017.

Referenced by...
NY: Rep. Chris Collins indicted for insider trading (2018-Aug-08)
HHS Secretary Tom Price resigns (2017-Sep-29)

Prince, Erik

(Coming)

Referenced by...
Issue: Trump Campaign Russian Timeline

Pruitt, Scott

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Donald Trump.

Prior to being named EPA director he was Oklahoma's attorney general. During his tenure as attorney general, he filed lawsuits against the EPA in attempts to force the agency to stop enforcing clean air requirements. Since 2002 he has received more than $250,000 in donations from the oil and gas industry.

Pruitt, is a former member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Referenced by...
EPA head Pruitt faces multiple ethics investigations (2018-Apr-09)
Senate confirms Scott Pruitt to head EPA (2016-Dec-07)

Romney, Mitt

(Coming)

Roosevelt, Franklin D.

(Coming)

Rosenstein, Rod

(Coming)

Referenced by...
Republicans discuss protecting Trump from Russia probe (2018-Aug-08)
Senate bills would make it hard for Trump to fire Mueller (2017-Aug-03)
Special Counsel to investigate Trump-Russia connection (2017-May-17)
Trump fires FBI director leading probe against him (2017-May-09)

Ross, Wilbur

(Coming)

Rove, Karl

(Coming)

Schiller, Keith

President Donald Trump's former personal bodyguard.

Referenced by...
RNC pays rent for Trump campaign - in Trump Tower (2018-Feb-23)
Trump may keep private security while president (2016-Dec-20)

Sessions, Jeff

Jeff Sessions was a U.S. senator from 1997 - 2017.

In 2017 he left the Senate to become Attorney General. He was fired by President Trump in November 2018.

Referenced by...
Sessions fired - Replacement may be illegal appointment (2018-Nov-08)
Republicans discuss protecting Trump from Russia probe (2018-Aug-08)
Issue: Trump's Ties to Russia

Steele, Christopher

(Coming)

Referenced by...
Issue: Trump Campaign Russian Timeline

Stone, Roger

Friend of Donald Trump and part of Paul Manafort's lobbying firm.

Referenced by...
Senate subpoenas documents on Russia (2017-May-10)
Issue: Trump Campaign Russian Timeline
Issue: Trump's Ties to Russia

Tillerson, Rex

Secretary of State under President Donald Trump from February 2017 to March 2018.

At the time of his nomination, Tillerson had no government or diplomatic experience. He spent his entire career at ExxonMobil - starting as an engineer in 1975 until being named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2006.

He does, however, have strong business ties to leaders around the world, most notably Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two first met in 1999, while Tillerson was responsible for Exxon's holdings in Russia.

In 2011 the company signed an agreement to explore and drill in the arctic and Siberia with oil company Rosneft, which is majority owned by the Russian government. The deal - which could generate up to $500 billion for Exxon - was put on hold because of U.S. and European Union sanctions against Russia for its invasion of the Ukraine.

The State Department helps decide on and administer sanctions.

ExxonMobil has given nearly $2 million to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) since 1998. Exxon representative Cynthia Bergman has a seat on ALEC's Private Enterprise Advisory Council.

Referenced by...
Rule to disclose payments to foreign governments nullified (2017-Feb-14)
Trump fires Sec. of State Tillerson (2016-Dec-12)
Issue: ALEC in the Trump White House
Issue: President: Donald Trump

Trump, Donald Jr.

Donald Trump's eldest son.

Referenced by...
Lawyer: Trump offered Putin $50M penthouse in Moscow tower (2018-Nov-29)
Campaign aide told Trump about Russian connections (2017-Oct-30)
Trump attorney asked for Kremlin help on deal (2017-Aug-29)
Trump's son met to get Russian government info on Clinton (2017-Jul-10)
Issue: Trump Campaign Russian Timeline
Issue: Trump's Ties to Russia

Trump, Eric

Donald Trump's son.

Referenced by...
Issue: Trump's Ties to Russia

Trump, Ivanka

Donald Trump's daughter.

Referenced by...
Trump attorney asked for Kremlin help on deal (2017-Aug-29)

Warren, Earl

Supreme Court justice from 1953 to 1969. Warren was Chief Justice.

Weisselberg, Allen

(Coming)

Referenced by...
Issue: Trump's Enrichment

Wheeler, Andrew

Acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

He previously was the EPA's deputy director. He became the acting director when previous director Scott Pruitt resigned.

Prior to that, Wheeler was a lobbyist, mainly for the fossil-fuel industry. His top client, coal company Murray Energy, paid him to lobby against the Obama administration's regulations.

Wheeler is a former aide to Sen.
James Inhofe, an outspoken climate-change denier.

Whitaker, Matthew

Whitaker was chief of staff to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

When Sessions was fired by President Donald Trump, Trump named Whitaker to be the acting attorney general.

Referenced by...
Senators sue to reverse Trump's AG appointment (2018-Nov-19)
Sessions fired - Replacement may be illegal appointment (2018-Nov-08)

Wiener, Alter

Alter Wiener is a Holocaust survivor living in the Portland, Oregon area. He spent three years of his teens imprisoned in five Nazi Germany concentration camps. Virtually his entire family was murdered.

His autobiography, From a Name to a Number, was published in 2007.
He has no financial interest in the book, and it is available from major booksellers as well as in public libraries.

Watch this video to hear Alter discuss his life story...

Zinke, Ryan

Representative from Montana from 2015 - 2017. He previously had served in the Montana state Senate.

In 2017 he became Secretary of the Interior under President Donald Trump.

His previous record runs counter to the goals of the department he was named to run.

As a candidate for Montana Lt. Governor in 2012, Zinke is said to have signed the Montana Voter and Candidate Pledge. The pledge, among other things, demands opposition to Department of Interior agencies. Zinke has not acknowledged or denied signing the pledge. He has claimed that he doesn't remember signing it.

The oil and gas industry has contributed more than $345,000 to Zinke, who supports opening up public lands to oil and gas drilling.

The League of Conservation Voters has given Zinke a lifetime score of 3 percent. Zinke has supported...

o The Keystone XL pipeline.
o Limiting the president's ability to protect public lands by declaring them national monuments.
o Weakening protections for endangered species.
o A balanced budget Constitutional amendment.
o Prohibiting funding for a Department of Defense directive that would require the DoD to consider climate change in its plans.

His actions on climate change contradict his 2010 position in which he cosigned a letter to President Obama and Congress calling for "comprehensive clean energy jobs and climate change legislation." The letter also stated...

"Our nation's most respected military leaders recognize that climate change is a threat multiplier for instability in the most volatile regions of the world. The climate change threat presents significant national security challenges for the United States - challenges that should be addressed today, because they will almost certainly get worse if we delay."

He now claims to be skeptical of Global Warming. In a 2014 Congressional debate, he said "It's not a hoax, but it's not proven science either."

Zinke is a retired Navy SEAL.

Referenced by...
Trump cabinet members to speak at ALEC event (2017-Jul-19)
Senate confirms Rep. Ryan Zinke for Secretary of Interior (2016-Dec-15)

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