4 thoughts on “Republican construction standards

  1. Joshua says:

    • “Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and three others face charges including conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, according to a federal indictment made public on Thursday.” https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/512889-read-indictment-against-bannon-three-others-in-alleged-fraud-money (see attached indictment)
    • Bannon, Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea allegedly defrauded donors of the online crowdfunding campaign known as “We Build the Wall,” which raised more than $25 million for the construction of a private border wall, the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York said Thursday. https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/512887-bannon-three-others-charged-with-defrauding-donors-of-we-build-the
    • “He Built a Privately Funded Border Wall. It’s Already at Risk of Falling Down if Not Fixed.
    Trump supporters funded a private border wall on the banks of the Rio Grande, helping the builder secure $1.7 billion in federal contracts. Now the “Lamborghini” of border walls is in danger of falling into the river if nothing is done, experts say. (ProPublica July 2, 2020) https://www.propublica.org/article/he-built-a-privately-funded-border-wall-its-already-at-risk-of-falling-down-if-not-fixed
    • In response to the ProPublica report Trump tweeted that “I disagreed with doing this very small (tiny) section of wall”, going on to say “It was only done to make me look bad, and perhsps [sic] it now doesn’t even work. Should have been built like rest of Wall, 500 plus miles.”
    • We Build The Wall (Wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Build_The_Wall

  2. Update says:

    “New Engineering Report Finds Privately Built Border Wall Will Fail” (ProPublica 9/2/20) https://www.propublica.org/article/new-engineering-report-finds-privately-built-border-wall-will-fail
    “The report, set to be filed in federal court this week, confirms reporting from ProPublica and The Texas Tribune that found portions of the wall were in danger of overturning if not fixed due to extensive erosion just months after it was built.”
    “The Border Patrol Considered Accepting a Donation From We Build the Wall : Leaked documents undermine the Trump administration’s attempts to distance itself following the arrest of Steve Bannon.” (The Nation, August 24, 2020) https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/bannon-wall-border-patrol/
    “Steve Bannon Blames Arrest on Plot to ‘Stop People Who Want to Build the Wall’ (Daily Beast 8/20/20) https://www.thedailybeast.com/steve-bannon-blames-arrest-on-attempt-to-stop-people-who-want-to-build-the-wall

  3. Update says:

    A federal appeals court in Washington sided with House Democrats on Friday in their effort to block the Trump administration’s diversion of billions of dollars to build the president’s signature southern border wall.
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously backed Congress’s power of the purse and said House lawmakers could proceed with their lawsuit alleging it was illegal for President Trump to transfer the money for the wall. (Washington Post 9/25/20)

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