Exclusive: The breakup of Bill and Melinda Gates’s marriage is shedding new light on an open secret within Microsoft and his foundation: Gates has at times behaved badly in work-related settings.

A @nytimes investigation. @FlitterOnFraud @MattGoldstein26 nytimes.com/2021/05/16/bus…
Among our findings:
• Gates asked Microsoft and foundation subordinates out on dates.
• His money manager was accused of sexual harassment; Gates agreed to a secret settlement.
• His relationship with Jeffrey Epstein went on longer than previously known.
A couple of examples of Bill Gates's inappropriate workplace conduct.
Here is what Bill Gates's people say in his defense.
And now @WSJ with this. Wow. wsj.com/articles/micro…
“Microsoft received a concern in the latter half of 2019 that Bill Gates sought to initiate an intimate relationship relationship with a company employee in the year 2000.”
And there's more. @thedailybeast reports that Bill Gates got advice on how to end his marriage from....Jeffrey Epstein. thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epstei…
Well, this might take the cake for the most creative explanation for why a billionaire was hanging out with Epstein.
Our original story has now been updated to match @WSJ's reporting about Microsoft's board investigating a report that Gates tried to have an intimate relationship with a company employee. nytimes.com/2021/05/16/bus…

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Here is a story for you.

Online slander is a big problem. @kashhill wrote a big piece about this earlier in the year. nytimes.com/2021/01/30/tec…

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We wanted to see who is making money from the online slander industry.

So we did an experiment. The @nytimes slandered one of its reporters: @aaron_krolik.

We watched as a couple of our slanderous posts about Aaron cascaded across the internet. (2/4)
It was going to cost $20K to remove Aaron’s slander. (We didn’t pay.)

We spent months tracking who is behind this. There are shell companies and fake identities and many liars.

We learned that those spreading slander and those being paid to remove it are the same. (3/4)
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Breaking: Leon Black paid $150 million to Jeffrey Epstein – more than twice as much as was previously known. Following an attempted boardroom coup, he will step down as CEO of private-equity firm Apollo. @MattGoldstein26 @katierosman nytimes.com/2021/01/25/bus…
The $150M figure means Leon Black was almost singlehandedly supporting Epstein for years before he died.

This news is a direct result of 18+ months of dogged reporting by @nytimes @MattGoldstein26, whose stories led Apollo to launch an outside review of Black’s ties to Epstein.
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Deutsche and DOJ are expected to enter into a so-called deferred prosecution agreement.
It is very noteworthy that this settlement is coming in the dying days of @realDonaldTrump's presidency.

He owes the bank more than $300M, which he personally guaranteed and is coming due soon. There is no avoiding the appearance of a conflict of interest here.
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She doesn't have a new job lined up. She says she is leaving voluntarily and is looking forward to retirement.
Vrablic has been under intense scrutiny because of her role facilitating huge loans to Trump and Kushners.

Deutsche has been conducting a months-long internal review of a 2013 real estate deal involving her and a company part-owned by Jared Kushner.
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NEW: The Trump campaign is gearing up for a legal blitz to challenge the 2020 election results.

Some lawyers at firms representing the campaign worry about violating the rule of law and eroding democracy. with @jbsgreenberg @RachelAbramsNY
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Jones Day has earned $20M working for Trump and GOP in recent years. Image
In the hour since this article was published, the Trump campaign has filed a new federal lawsuit in Pennsylvania alleging voter fraud.

It was filed by Porter Wright, one of the firms where some lawyers are voicing ethical concerns about working for Trump. cdn.donaldjtrump.com/public-files/p…
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