Remember Brad Parscale? He was campaign manager for the 2020 Trump campaign until he was suspected of stealing millions from the campaign coffers and accused of being suicidal by his wife. The cops were called and he was hauled off to jail after he argued with the police.
Shortly after Parscale was taken into custody, there were reports that the Trump family was terrified that he’d turn on them and tell what he knew about possible financial crimes:
And now it appears Parscale is about to start talking, announcing that he’s agreed to an interview on Fox News:
Granted, an interview on Fox News isn’t the same as sitting down and talking to prosecutors, but Parscale may have already done that. Or he’s doing it so he can let investigators know what he has knowledge of and is hoping for an offer of immunity.
What might Parscale be able to shed light on? Well, since he knows the inner workings of the Trump campaign, he might be able to explain where the nearly $1 billion in campaign funds went and why the Trump team was allegedly broke in the final days of the 2020 race.
No matter what he has to say, it should be interesting to hear Brad Parscale. If nothing else, he stands to embarrass Trump even further.
Donald Trump thought he finally had the evidence that would prove he had been cheated out of a second term in office.
Trump referenced a tweet from Pennsylvania Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano that purported to show more ballots had been returned in the election than were sent out:
That led Trump to fire off this response:
Just one problem: The numbers cited are from the June 2, 2020 primary election:
Mastriano was just getting warmed up, however, suggesting on Saturday that “mounting evidence” points to the election being stolen for Biden:
But that’s not going to go anywhere, either, as Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) noted Saturday during an appearance on MSNBC:
Here’s what’s really happening with all of the Republican hue and cry over Democrats “stealing” the 2020 election: It’s all projection. Trump knows the 2016 election was handed to him by Russia, so now he’s accusing others of the very thing he’s guilty of.
But the numbers don’t lie, and they all say the same thing: Joe Biden is the 46th President of the United States and Donald Trump is a one-term loser.
“[Receiving] secret payments from three business entities in exchange for promoting them as legitimate opportunities, when in reality they were get-rich-quick schemes that harmed investors, many of whom were unsophisticated and struggling financially.”
The suit also depicts the Trump organization as:
“A racketeering enterprise that defrauded thousands of people.”
ACN, a telecommunications firm that gave Trump money in exchange for endorsing its products.
Trump Network, which sold the now defunct Trump Vitamins nutritional regimen.
Trump Institute, a Trump University-like entity that the lawsuit claims offered “extravagantly priced” real estate seminars.
Two attorneys filed the suit on behalf of four plaintiffs who are identified with pseudonyms such as Jane Doe, say their case is designed to pull the curtain back on the Trump Organization. Attorneys Roberta Kaplan and Andrew Celli Jr. noted that the lawsuit:
“Connects the dots at the Trump Organization and involves systematic fraud that spanned more than a decade, involved multiple Trump businesses and caused tremendous harm to thousands of hardworking Americans.”
This lawsuit could also provide an inside look at the inner workings of the Trump family business enterprise and serve to bolster a case of racketeering and fraud, both of which are believed to be under investigation by the Southern District of New York and New York attorney general.
As we’ve long suspected, the Trump family is nothing but a bunch of grifters, and it now appears their criminal behavior is about to be exposed for the world to see.
A couple of weeks ago, thanks to some excellent investigative reporting by the New York Times, we learned that two fraud investigations are underway in New York into millions of dollars of tax write-offs for consulting fees which were paid by Donald Trump to his daughter, Ivanka:
That means that the president, his company, and his daughter are all suspected of criminal behavior which could lead to indictments and incarceration of anywhere from three to 25 years for all involved.
All of this has led retired judge Bill Blum to note in an article that he believes Ivanka will soon face a decision: Snitch on her father or go to prison by remaining silent.
Blum begins his op-ed explaining that President Trump is about to lose the legal protection afforded to sitting U.S. heads of state:
“Trump cannot be pardoned for state crimes, and absent a federal pardon, once he leaves office, he will lose the immunity he now enjoys as a sitting president from prosecution for any federal offenses he may have committed. And while Trump’s attorneys currently are back before the Supreme Court, asking the panel to narrow the scope of Vance’s subpoenas, that effort would appear similarly doomed once Trump departs the White House.”
The lack of a legal shield could also prove to be dangerous for Ivanka, who will also be exposed once her daddy is out of office:
“What this means for Ivanka remains to be seen. She has not yet been formally accused of committing a crime, or officially been named as a target of any investigation. Moreover, even if she is eventually indicted, everyone—even a Trump—is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
“Still, as the clock ticks down on the Trump presidency, the first daughter may well be advised to ponder whether her legal interests and those of her father have diverged to the point where it would be better to cooperate with the authorities, fess up, and ultimately turn state’s evidence.”
Former New York City prosecutor Elura Nanos concurs with Blum, suggesting that Ivanka is in very real legal jeopardy:
Pretty soon, Ivanka may have to make a decision: Save herself or do time to save her father. And in the end, if she chooses not to cooperate, both she and daddy could be wearing orange jumpsuits and pondering the mistakes that put them in prison.
Back in late October, during a heated debate, incumbent Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) was accused of being a “crook” by his Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, for questionable stock trades Perdue made shortly after receiving a high-level briefing from the White House on the severe damage COVID-19 was expected to wreak on the United States, with Ossoff noting:
Perdue has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, asserting that the stock trades were made on his behalf by a financial adviser without his knowledge, but it appears his trades were questionable enough to draw the interest of the Department of Justice, according to the New York Times:
“(The) transactions drew the attention this spring of investigators at the Justice Department, who were undertaking a broad review of the senator’s prolific trading around the outset of the coronavirus pandemic for possible evidence of insider trading, according to four people with knowledge of the case who described aspects of it on the condition of anonymity.”
Though the DOJ declined to bring charges against Perdue, the matter has larger implications as he seeks a second term in office with a cloud hanging over his head and a new administration on the way in, including a new attorney general who could reopen the matter and bring criminal charges if the evidence supports such a move.
All of this raises a thorny question for Perdue: With Donald Trump leaving office on January 20, 2021, does the senator from Georgia need a preemptive presidential pardon? And what would be the political ramifications of such a move?
Safe to say that if indeed Perdue does petition Trump for a pardon, that alone would be an admission of guilt and the kiss of death for his political career, even if he happens to win reelection when the Georgia runoff is held on January 5.
On the other hand, if Perdue decides to forego a pardon, he could be looking at criminal charges for insider trading and other financial crimes, which would make him a convicted felon and possibly send him to prison.
At the moment, Perdue is locked in a tight race with Ossoff, and he has steadfastly refused to debate his challenger again. But no matter what he says or does, David Perdue could be facing a world of hurt in the very near future. And no matter what he chooses to do, it appears he may be screwed either way.