The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial

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The Senate opened its impeachment trial against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Trump to hold outdoor rally in New Hampshire on Saturday Eighty-eight years of debt pieties MORE on Thursday as the chamber continues to consider taking testimony from new witnesses and wrestles with new allegations surrounding Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. 

The trial will not begin in earnest until Tuesday when the Senate passes a resolution to lay out the rules and procedures. According to The Hill’s Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos, the Senate will then notify the president’s defense team, which must be given at least two days’ notice, meaning opening arguments by Trump’s team and the House managers will not kick off until later in the week. 

The Senate formally accepted the articles of impeachment and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats hit Trump for handling of Russian bounty allegations after White House briefing Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Democrats face tough questions with Bolton MORE (D-Calif.), the lead manager, read the resolution that named the seven impeachment managers and the pair of articles from the well of the Senate. 

Chief Justice John Roberts was escorted with ceremonial flourishes to the Senate floor on Thursday by a bipartisan group of senators and was sworn in to preside over a trial predicted to consume weeks in the Senate.

The Associated Press: Trump’s trial begins, senators vowing “impartial justice.” 

While the upper chamber dealt with procedural matters on Thursday, new evidence and documents relevant to charges that Trump abused his powers emerged from Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiOusted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down MORE’s who has ties to Ukraine. 

Separately on Thursday, a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) accused the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of breaking the law by withholding military aid to Ukraine in 2019. Impeachment witnesses have testified to the House that they believed the order to block the aid, which was authorized by Congress, was given by Trump, who allegedly sought to pressure Ukraine to do him a political favor. 

GAO, an independent government watchdog, said the Budget Office withheld the appropriated funds last summer in order to advance Trump’s agenda, not as a programmatic delay, which violates a law governing Congress's role in setting the federal budget (The Hill).

“The timing is interesting, but the good news is we’re going to have a trial soon and I assume people will bring it up,” said Sen. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerGOP skeptical of polling on Trump Senate passes sanctions bill targeting China over Hong Kong law Cruz urges Trump to support Israeli annexation MORE (R-N.D.) of the report, which he noted he had not read in full. 

The president and his advisers maintain the administration held up the money for a period of time because Trump worried about corruption in Ukraine. Others accuse Trump of using the foreign aid as a pry bar to get Ukraine to dig up dirt about a political rival, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Susan Rice: Trump picks Putin over troops 'even when it comes to the blood of American service members' Does Donald Trump even want a second term? MORE.

Parnas accused the president of being in the know from the start about Giuliani’s pressure campaign with the Ukrainians. It allegedly included an effort to remove then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchCheney clashes with Trump Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Bolton book puts spotlight on Pompeo-Trump relationship MORE and nudge Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce investigations into Biden and his son Hunter Biden

Asked about Parnas during an appearance in the Oval Office on Thursday, Trump said he doesn’t “know him at all.” Parnas was interviewed on Wednesday during an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowSusan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race Trump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record Susan Rice 'humbled and honored' by rumors Biden considering her for VP MORE (The Hill).

“I don't even know who this man is, other than I guess he attended fundraisers so I take a picture with him,” Trump told reporters. “I take thousands and thousands of pictures with people all the time. Thousands during the course of a year.”   

“I don't know him at all,” Trump repeated. “Don't know what he's about. Don't know where he comes from. Know nothing about him. I can only tell you this thing is a big hoax.” 

Among documents released was a message from Trump’s attorney Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowAppeals court rejects Trump effort to throw out emoluments case Supreme Court divided over fight for Trump's financial records   Meadows joins White House in crisis mode MORE to a former Trump attorney, John Dowd, saying the president consented to allowing Dowd to represent Parnas.

The Hill: New allegations, watchdog report complicate GOP position on impeachment trial. 

Dan Balz: The Senate trial will shape the president’s legacy and also that of his Republican Party.

The Hill: Vice President Pence denies Parnas allegations: “I don't know the guy.”

The Senate has not voted on whether to call additional witnesses during its impeachment trial. Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump sealed his own fate Congress eyes tighter restrictions on next round of small business help The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus MORE (R-Maine), who is running for reelection, said on Thursday she is “likely” to support witnesses following the first phase of the trial. She has not made decisions about which individuals should be questioned (The Hill).  

Senate Democrats are looking for a few Republican colleagues to buck Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Eighty-eight years of debt pieties Ernst says Trump should sign defense policy bill with military base renaming provision MORE (R-Ky.), who faces the voters in his state this year and says he wants a quick trial before what he expects will be Trump’s acquittal. Democrats particularly want to hear from former White House national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Bolton: Trump's time watching TV versus in the Oval Office 'would be a very interesting statistic' Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers to address alarming spike in coronavirus cases MORE, who has signaled he would cooperate if subpoenaed. The president has sought to block all top advisers from providing depositions, arguing it would violate executive privilege. 

The Hill: GOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff.

The Hill: Trump trial poses toughest test yet for Roberts. 

The Hill: Collins displaced McConnell as the most unpopular U.S. senator, according to Morning Consult poll. 

Senate Republicans appear to be coalescing around a fallback idea floated by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle Trump administration grants funding extension for Texas testing sites Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down MORE (R-Texas) for witness reciprocity. If Democrats want to call Bolton, for example, Republicans say they would seek to call Hunter Biden as a witness.  

“I think it’s a pretty reasonable approach,” Cramer said. “Clearly, we don’t want this to be what the House was. We want to demonstrate the seriousness that it deserves. We want it to be fair and look fair. It makes some sense, but not every witness is equal either.” 

Trump has done little to assertively defend his actions after it was disclosed last year that he sought a favor from Zelensky at the same time that U.S. foreign aid to Ukraine was held up. The president, who last year released notes from a July phone call with Ukraine’s president, on Thursday repeated his view that their conversation was routine. He has said his suspicions about Biden and his son are warranted and that the House impeachment was a “hoax” and the Senate trial is a sham.  

“I JUST GOT IMPEACHED FOR MAKING A PERFECT PHONE CALL!” Trump tweeted on Thursday afternoon as senators took oaths to render impartial justice in the third Senate trial of a president in American history.

 



LEADING THE DAY

CONGRESS: Trade: The Senate, by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 89-10, approved a hemispheric trade pact negotiated by the Trump administration, working in a rush on Thursday before the Senate impeachment trial got underway (The Hill). The accord, described as a new and improved version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), now heads to the president’s desk but must still be approved by Canada (Reuters).

Among the Democrats and one independent who opposed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) were Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerRussian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide Public awareness campaigns will protect the public during COVID-19 Republicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names MORE (N.Y.); Independent presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Unhappy voters could deliver political shocks beyond Trump Democratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed plane Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mount Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux' MORE (Vt.); Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights The Hill's 12:30 Report: Fauci 'aspirationally hopeful' of a vaccine by winter The Hill's Morning Report - Officials crack down as COVID-19 cases soar MORE (N.Y.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents Joe Biden must release the results of his cognitive tests — voters need to know GOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday MORE (N.J.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSusan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race Jaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham Senators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents MORE (Calif.), who sought the presidency and dropped out; plus Sens. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyGOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday The Hill's Campaign Report: Jacksonville mandates face coverings as GOP convention approaches Steyer endorses Markey in Massachusetts Senate primary MORE (Mass.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDemocrat asks Barr to preserve any records tied to environmental hacking probe Democrats warn Biden against releasing SCOTUS list Key Democrat accuses Labor head of 'misleading' testimony on jobless benefits MORE (R.I.), Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedSunday shows - FDA commissioner declines to confirm Trump claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are 'harmless' Senate Democrat: Russian bounties intel 'the type of information that has to be seized by the president' Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers to address alarming spike in coronavirus cases MORE (R.I.), and Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzOvernight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police Senators push to limit transfer of military-grade equipment to police Hillicon Valley: Justice Department announces superseding indictment against WikiLeaks' Assange | Facebook ad boycott gains momentum | FBI sees spike in coronavirus-related cyber threats | Boston city government bans facial recognition technology MORE (Hawaii). Also voting against the deal was Republican Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyGOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy NSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show Overnight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general MORE (Pa.) (The Hill).

> Intelligence: Worried that annual testimony about global threats before Congress could spark Trump’s wrath, as it did last year, intelligence officials have quietly approached lawmakers and Capitol Hill staff members about putting the information-sharing behind closed doors (CNN). Schiff requested on Wednesday that acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph MaguireJoseph MaguireTrump gives Grenell his Cabinet chair after he steps down Top intel official leaving post Grenell announces creation of intelligence community 'cyber executive' MORE appear before the panel next month, but Maguire has not responded (The Hill). During public questioning at last year's hearing, top intelligence chiefs appeared to counter several of Trump’s claims about his foreign policy. The president the next day blasted his top intelligence advisers, complaining they were soft on Iran. 

> Facebook: Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRussian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide On The Money: Breaking down the June jobs report | The biggest threats facing the recovery | What will the next stimulus bill include? Military bases should not be renamed, we must move forward in the spirit of reconciliation MORE (D-Calif.), whose misgivings about Facebook are unstinting, on Thursday called the global tech behemoth “irresponsible” and accused the California-based company of purposely misleading its billions of users (The Hill).

The Facebook business model is strictly to make money,” she said at a news conference. “They don't care about the impact on children, they don't care about truth, they don't care about where this is all coming from, and they have said even if they know it's not true they will print it.” 

Pelosi last year was the victim of a manipulated video (known as a deepfake) created by a conservative prankster. It went viral on social media platforms and Pelosi immediately called on Facebook to remove the clip, which was altered to make the Speaker’s words appear slurred. Facebook refused, saying its rules do not require content on the platform to be true. Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Senate panel advances bill targeting online child sexual abuse | Trump administration awards tech group contract to build 'virtual' wall | Advocacy groups urge Congress to ban facial recognition technologies Facebook to launch Fourth of July voter registration drive Hillicon Valley: Facebook claims it 'does not profit from hate' in open letter | Analysis finds most of Facebook's top advertisers have not joined boycott | Research finds Uighurs targeted by Chinese spyware as part of surveillance campaign MORE also told Congress last year that political advertising on Facebook does not have to be truthful or accurate.

I think they have been very abusive of the great opportunity that technology has given them,” Pelosi added (The Hill).

 

 

IN FOCUS/SHARP TAKES

CAMPAIGNS & POLITICS: Biden allies say the squabble between Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSusan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter MORE (D-Mass.) and Sanders could help them as the race for the Democratic nomination inches closer to the Iowa caucuses, which are just over two weeks away. 

According Amie Parnes’s latest report, Biden supporters argue that while the Vermont independent has been ascending in the polls and remains formidable financially, the ongoing brouhaha with Warren could hamper his support levels with women as they may see the battle as petty and sexist. 

“This proves that once again, even on our side, he's above all the pettiness that we see in politics today,” said one longtime ally who has spoken to the former vice president in recent days. “And he doesn't have to do a thing. He just needs to kick back and let them prove his point. 

Despite going out of their way not to attack each other throughout the campaign, the two progressive leaders have butted heads repeatedly in recent weeks, with the most explosive back-and-forth coming after Tuesday’s Democratic debate when they accused one another of lying about the contents of a meeting in December 2018., Warren claims that Sanders said during the meeting that a woman couldn’t be elected president. 

The New York Times editorial board: The Joe Biden interview. (The Times’s endorsement in the Democractic primary will be announced on Sunday).

The Washington Post: Sanders-Warren rift highlights liberal divide: purity versus pragmatism.

The Hill: Sanders and Warren haven’t spoken since debate clash on sexism allegation. 

The Washington Post: Impeachment trial will test Democratic senators with higher ambitions.

The Hill: Democrats plan major investments in state legislative races.

 

 

> Bloomberg on Capitol Hill: Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergWake up, America — see what's coming Bloomberg urges court to throw out lawsuit by former campaign staffers Former Obama Ebola czar Ron Klain says White House's bad decisions have put US behind many other nations on COVID-19; Fears of virus reemergence intensify MORE appeared on Capitol Hill on Thursday as he looked to gain support from lawmakers as he continues his unprecedented bid to nab the Democratic nomination.

Bloomberg met with Democrats across the spectrum during his appearance, sitting down with members from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Blue Dogs, New Democrats and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus throughout the day. 

Bloomberg’s visit comes as he continues to ramp up his operation, which includes more than 1,000 staffers across the country. His operation is aimed at defeating Trump in key battleground states. Recently, he earned his first endorsements from members of Congress as Reps. Max RoseMax RoseAlarm grows over Americans stranded in Yemen amid pandemic Moderate House Democrats introduce bill aimed at stopping China from exploiting coronavirus pandemic Republican Nicole Malliotakis wins New York primary to challenge Max Rose MORE (D-N.Y.) and Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyModerate House Democrats introduce bill aimed at stopping China from exploiting coronavirus pandemic Encouraging a safe business environment can help drive America's recovery The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Former Rep. Delaney says Trump is spewing venom when he should be leading; Protests roil the nation as fears of new virus outbreaks grow MORE (D-Fla.) threw their support behind the former mayor (Politico). Rep. Harley RoudaHarley Edwin RoudaGloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Gun control group rolls out House endorsements Human Rights Campaign rolls out congressional endorsements on Equality Act anniversary MORE (D-Calif.) followed suit this morning. 

Following his appearance in Washington, Bloomberg is slated to campaign in California, Utah and Oklahoma in the coming days as he continues to court voters outside of the four early voting states and spend big dollars on television ads.  

The Wall Street Journal: The Bloomberg Effect: Huge spending transforms 2020 campaign dynamics.

The Hill: Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyRussian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide The Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE (R-Wyo.) decides against Senate bid.

The Associated Press: New rules could muddle results of Iowa caucuses

The Hill: House GOP campaign chief: Members “need to get their act together and raise more money.”

 

 

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OPINION

Half a cheer for Trump's China trade deal, by Desmond Lachman, opinion contributor, The Hill. https://bit.ly/2FYMZ56 

Expect the unexpected from Iran, by Cynthia E. Ayers, opinion contributor, The Hill. https://bit.ly/2TsPgO5

WHERE AND WHEN

Hill.TV’s “Rising” program features Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaHouse panel votes to limit Trump's Germany withdrawal It's time to eliminate land-based nuclear missiles Stronger patent rights would help promote US technological leadership MORE (D-Calif.) on the day’s events and the 2020 race; Jim Carroll, Office of National Drug Control Policy director, on U.S. drug problems; Misty Rebik, the Iowa State director for the Sanders’s presidential campaign; and Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Thousands expected for George Floyd's Houston visitation The Hill's Morning Report - Capitol Hill weighs action on racial justice as protests carry on The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin: More COVID-19 congressional action ahead MORE, editor-in-chief of The Hill, with his weekly DeBrief segment. Coverage starts at 9 a.m. ET at http://thehill.com/hilltv or on YouTube at 10 a.m. at Rising on YouTube.

The House meets at 10:30 a.m.

The Senate convenes on Tuesday at 1 p.m. to begin the Trump impeachment trial.  

The president, joined by Vice President Pence at 11 a.m., will welcome to the White House East Room the 2019 College Football National Champions, the Louisiana State University Tigers. Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle tests positive for coronavirus Trump's July 4 weekend comes with COVID-19 backdrop GOP senator blasts Washington officials, claims DC would not be a 'well-rounded working-class state' MORE depart the White House at 2:30 p.m. to spend the weekend at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. At 6:30 p.m., the president speaks with donors at a Palm Beach political roundtable event. At 7 p.m., Trump speaks to a joint GOP finance committee fundraising dinner.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBack to the future: In January 2021 America needs to rejoin the world and start leading again Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report To support Hong Kong's freedom, remember America's revolution MORE meets with Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi at 8:30 a.m. at the State Department. The secretary speaks at the Organization of American States at 11 a.m. Pompeo will officiate at 3 p.m. back at the department at the  ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for Deputy Secretary Stephen Biegun.  

The Hill on Tuesday hosts an event, Mayors Matter: Deepening the Generational Compact in Communities,” in Washington from 2 to 4 p.m. with influential mayors from Michigan, Kansas and Florida and community leaders who describe contributions of older adults and the societal benefits of intergenerational bonds. Find information HERE.

ELSEWHERE

Puerto Rico: Subsisting in tent shelters, families in Puerto Rico are reckoning with uninhabitable homes in the U.S. territory after damages caused by a major earthquake and more than 1,000 aftershocks this month. The temblors keep children out of school and nerves on edge, and Puerto Rico's Office of Emergency Management estimates that more than 8,000 people have sought refuge in outdoor shelters. Fewer than half are in government-run shelters; the rest are in informal shelters or in shelters run by non-governmental organizations (NBC News). Trump on Thursday approved a federal disaster declaration that unlocks more aid for the island, which has a population of more than 3 million people (The Hill). 

Ukraine: Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk submitted his resignation today after audio surfaced in Ukraine in which he is heard criticizing Zelensky’s understanding of economics. Honcharuk said the damaging audio was a compilation of “fragments of recorded government meetings” and he blamed unidentified “influential groups” for the disclosure (The Associated Press).  

MLK Jr. events: The National Park Service waives entrance fees at 110 park sites for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, the first of five fee-free days at national parks this year (USA Today). From Everglades National Park in Florida, to Acadia National Park in Maine and Yellowstone National Park in Idaho, the savings and enjoyment are out there! Check the list HERE. … On a more somber note, civil rights icon Rep. John LewisJohn LewisIRS, taxpayers face obstacles ahead of July 15 filing deadline We must move beyond 'the rank of a mere citizen' Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter MORE (D-Ga.), who first met Martin Luther King Jr. as a teen and is now battling pancreatic cancer, was to be the keynote speaker for a Monday speech with the MLK Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan, but Lewis, who will be 80 next month, is limiting his travel (WILX.com). Speaking in his place will be a roster of officials, including Michigan Democratic Sens. Gary PetersGary Charles PetersACLU calls on Congress to approve COVID-19 testing for immigrants Hillicon Valley: Livestreaming service Twitch suspends Trump account | Reddit updates hate speech policy, bans subreddits including The_Donald | India bans TikTok Senators move to boost state and local cybersecurity as part of annual defense bill MORE and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowACLU calls on Congress to approve COVID-19 testing for immigrants Senators press IRS chief on stimulus check pitfalls Democrats warn Biden against releasing SCOTUS list MORE, and Rep. Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinWill Congress finally address toxic 'forever chemicals?' Overnight Defense: Trump's move to use military in US sparks backlash | Defense officials take heat | Air Force head calls Floyd's death 'a national tragedy' Democrats blast Trump's use of military against protests MORE, a Democrat (The Hill). 

Mets: Carlos Beltrán’s 10-week tenure as New York Mets manager ended Thursday before he spent a single game on the bench, the latest fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal that has rocked Major League Baseball. The Mets announced the decision in a news release, saying Beltrán and the team “agreed to mutually part ways.” Beltrán was the only Astros player mentioned on Monday when MLB issued its findings from an investigation into the club’s conduct. The report said Beltrán was among the group involved in the team’s illicit use of electronics to pilfer signs used by opposing catchers with pitchers. The scheme was to help batters during Houston’s run to the 2017 World Series championship (The Associated Press). Another pressing matter for baseball is how technology continues to affect the sport in the wake of this scandal, examined by The Associated Press.

THE CLOSER

And finally … Kudos to the winners of this week’s Morning Report Quiz! 

These baseball experts (and perhaps smart Googlers) aced the trivia puzzle about the history of high-profile Major League Baseball suspensions: Patrick Kavanagh, Donna Nackers, Allyson Foster, Barry Reich, Margaret Gainer, BJ Ford, Michael Palermo, Elizabeth Murphy, William Chittam, Luther Berg, Mike Roberts, Phil Kirstein and John Donato. 

In 1990, George Steinbrenner was the MLB owner who was permanently banned (although eventually reinstated) after hiring a gambler to dig up dirt on future Hall of Famer Dave Winfield. 

In the summer of 1989, Bart Giamatti was the MLB commissioner who permanently banned Cincinnati Reds legend Pete Rose for betting on baseball.  

In 1921, eight members of the Chicago White Sox — dubbed the “Black Sox” — were banned from baseball for life for allegedly throwing the 1919 World Series. Decades later, the suspended players were the subjects of two movies: “Eight Men Out” and “Field of Dreams.”

Less than five months after he appeared before Congress in March 2005 to declare, “I have never used steroids, period,” Rafael Palmeiro tested positive for an anabolic steroid and was suspended for 10 days.