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Washington DC Attorney General Is Investigating Trump’s Kids For ‘Massive Fraud’

Indictments were handed three weeks ago against the Trump Organization by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., but there’s plenty of other legal news on the horizon, and it involves the three eldest children of the failed, one-term former president, Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric.

The Daily Beast reports that prosecutors with the office of District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine are seeking testimony from Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of Trump Org.:

“The District of Columbia’s attorney general will have to wait just a little longer to find out if three more people in the Trump family circle can be forced to testify, as investigators continue to look into whether Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration committee misspent more than $1 million and enriched his own company.

“A local judge Sunday, on the eve of a potentially critical court hearing in that case, ruled that he won’t even let the D.C. attorney general’s office argue in court on Monday why it should subject these key witnesses to tough questions.”

Recent court filings show Racine suspects that the Trump children were involved in massive fraud related to the 2017 inauguration, steering money to Trump-branded properties in violation of the law.

One person who has intimate knowledge of the allegedly illegal actions by the Trump kids is Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who says the former president’s children have been involved in what’s known as “self-dealing”:

“The world’s about to learn how Trump’s inner circle—with Trump’s full knowledge—took advantage of the presidential inauguration.

“Everything they did was all about self-dealing. They had a nonprofit pay them for their own hotel at an inflated cost.”

It should be noted, however, that Racine isn’t seeking criminal penalties against Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. At least not yet.

The case underway against the three Trump children is civil in nature, and seeks to recover any improperly spent money which would then be handed over to a non-profit to be used for the benefit of the public.

So while Donald Trump waits to see if he and his company will be charged in Manhattan (which seems a virtual certainty), the D.C. case could also open up members of the Trump family to severe financial penalties and leave them vulnerable to prosecution for attempting to enrich Trump Org. with money intended solely for the inauguration.

Things are about to get much worse for the Trumps. They’re certainly deserving of whatever karma has in store for them.

 

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Latest Trump Family Defense: We’re Only Accused Of Stealing $3.5 Million

After Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. indicted the Trump Organization and its Chief Financial Officer, Allen Weisselberg, members of the Trump family were making a full-court press on right-wing media to try and downplay the seriousness of the charges against their company.

On Fox News, Eric Trump — who has the title of Executive Vice President of Trump Org. — sounded outraged that prosecutors would dare to indict anyone for such a paltry sum of money:

“Crime is rampant, people are leaving the city in record numbers, it’s dirty, it’s disgusting — New York is no longer what it is. And they have an entire district attorney’s office and attorney general’s office that’s focused on $3.5 million to take down a political opponent?

“I mean, this is what they do, this is New York state for you. This is worse than a banana republic. “It’s truly horrible.”

Eric also made an appearance on Newsmax, where he seemed to suggest that he and his family were so “clean” that to indict their family business was just flat-out wrong:

“We’ve always led amazingly clean lives and believe me if they could have, they already would of right? That’s what they wanted, that was their own goal.”

And then he pivoted to Hunter Biden:

“The difference is that I’m not Hunter Biden. I’m not selling paintings to undisclosed people for a half a million dollars apiece. I’m not doing drugs in shady hotels. I’m not going out and soliciting prostitution and I’m not going out and selling influence to Ukraine and China and having lavish trips paid for while my father’s commander in chief, no I’m not doing that.”

Nifty whataboutism, huh?

Don Jr. also joined the obfuscation parade, according to HuffPost:

“‘But the Manhattan district attorney’s charges were ‘the political persecution of a political enemy,’ Donald Trump Jr. declared on Fox News.

“It was ‘no different’ to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s treatment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.”

Alexi Navalny was poisoned with nerve gas and is currently serving time in a Russian gulag. Yeah, that’s totally the same thing as what the Trump family is going through.

Puh-lease!

However, it is interesting to noted that Junior referenced a Russian opposition leader. Seems Russia is never far from the mind of any Trump. That must be part of the deal they made with Putin: To talk about the Kremlin as often as possible in exchange for lots of money.

When you’re defense is “But we only stole a few million,” you know you’re screwed. And it couldn’t possibly happen to more deserving grifters.

 

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Trump And Giuliani May Wind Up Destroying Each Other In Order To Save Themselves

It’s been an exceptionally bad week for failed, one-term former President Donald Trump and his so-called “attorney,” Rudy Giuliani.

Like the proverbial one-two punch, the news began Thursday when a panel of five judges ruled that Giuliani could no longer practice law in the city he was once mayor of, a humiliating indignation for a man who once had presidential aspirations of his own.

Less than 24 hours later, the New York Times broke a story suggesting that the Trump Organization will be indicted sometime next week, a move that could well bankrupt the company and the man it was named for.

Even more terrifying for Donald and Rudy is that the two probably have all sorts of incriminating information about the other that would be of great value to prosecutors who are looking to indict both of them.

According to MSNBC legal analyst Katie Phang, the two men — who were once best of friends and were known to have each other’s backs — are now at cross purposes, a situation that could lead to both of them being destroyed:

“(Giuliani’s suspension is) a warning not just to Giuliani, but to other lawyers who are considering running with Trump’s conspiracy theories in court. For all the jokes about shady ambulance chasers, lawyers are supposed to abide by rules of ethics and professional conduct.”

The bad news for Trump is that most attorneys will now be unwilling to defend him because they fear receiving the same rebuke that was handed down on Giuliani:

“Giuliani’s ticket to play in the legal arena has been punched and he’s out of the game. The very loud and very clear message being sent by this interim suspension should be heeded by all attorneys — but especially those current and prospective lawyers for clients like Donald Trump.”

And though Phang doesn’t address the other threat Trump and Guiliani pose to each other, it’s there just the same: Either or both can cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for leniency when it comes time for sentencing.

However, the bigger threat is to Trump from Giuliani, because he’s a much bigger fish than Rudy will ever be. So while Rudy may be on the sidelines when it comes to practicing law, he still has plenty of cards to play in a last-ditch effort to save his own ass.

That being said, don’t rule out that Trump may agree to rat on Giuliani, if only as a form of payback once he believes his once-loyal lawyer is telling everything he knows to prosecutors.

What does the future hold for Trump and Giuliani? Mutually assured destruction, which both of them deserve.

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Hilarious Details Of What Got Guiliani’s Law License Pulled Are Starting To Leak Out

Earlier today, former New York City mayor and personal attorney to failed, one-term ex-president Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, had his law license indefinitely suspended by the Attorney Grievance Committee for New York State Supreme Court’s First Judicial Department.

 

According to CNN:

“In a ruling released following disciplinary proceedings, the court concluded that ‘there is uncontroverted evidence’ that Giuliani, the former Manhattan US attorney, “communicated demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public at large in his capacity as lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump and the Trump campaign in connection with Trump’s failed effort at reelection in 2020.”

A closer look at the ruling from the grievance committee gives details that are both hilarious and head-shaking in the full depth of their absurdity. Consider:

Rudy claims there’s been voter fraud; later says he isn’t claiming voter fraud:

Judge: “So the amended complaint — does the amended complaint plead fraud with particularity?”

Guiliani: “No, Your Honor, and it doesn’t plead fraud. It pleads the — it pleads the plan or scheme that we lay out… without characterizing it.”

Rudy says the late boxer, Joe Frazier, voted in Philadelphia:

“The public records submitted on this motion unequivocally show that respondent’s statement is false, Public records show that 15 Pennsylvania formally cancelled Mr. Frazier’s eligibility to vote on February 8, 2012, three months after he died.”

Rudy tells the court 60,000 underage voters cast ballots in Georgia, resulting in Joe Biden winning the Peach State:

“At various times, respondent claimed that 65,000 or 66,000 or 165,00 underage voters illegally voted in the Georgia 2020 election. The Georgia Office of the Secretary of State undertook an investigation of this claim. It compared the list of all of the people who voted in Georgia to their full birthdays. The audit revealed that there were zero (0) underage voters in the 2020 election.”

It’s a wonder Rudy even managed to pass the bar exam in the first place! Are we sure he didn’t have someone take the damn thing for him?

 

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Louis DeJoy Is In Even Deeper Legal Sh*t Than He Can Possibly Imagine

The biggest news on Thursday arrived in bold headlines from the Washington Post:

“FBI investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in connection with past political fundraising.”

But while there were immediate calls for DeJoy to resign, along with speculation that he just might do exactly that now that he was under federal investigation, what was lost in all the chatter was just how serious the charges against DeJoy are, and how much legal exposure he’s facing if even a portion of the allegations can be proven in court.

Once again quoting the Post:

“In early September, The Washington Post published an extensive examination of how employees at DeJoy’s former company, North Carolina-based New Breed Logistics, alleged they were pressured by DeJoy or his aides to attend political fundraisers or make contributions to Republican candidates, and then were paid back through bonuses.

“Such reimbursements could run afoul of state or federal laws, which prohibit ‘straw-donor’ schemes meant to allow wealthy donors to evade individual contribution limits and obscure the source of a candidate’s money.”

DeJoy asserted during congressional testimony that he had never told employees to donate to GOP candidates nor had he ever reimbursed them via bonuses. If he was lying, DeJoy committed perjury.

But perjury is the smallest of DeJoy’s alleged crimes, and many people have gone to federal prison for just such a fundraising scheme.

And let’s not forget that one of the main reasons DeJoy got his job as postmaster general in the first place because he made major campaign donations to the 2016 campaign of failed, one-term former President Donald Trump, which has always reeked of a quid pro quo and now looks even fishier with the new report from the Post.

Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) tweeted Wednesday:

But even if DeJoy does step down as head of the Post Office, it won’t do a damn thing to ameliorate the world of shit he currently finds himself in: Facing prosecution and years behind bars. Considering how eagerly he’s tried to destroy the Postal Service, that seems like a case of righteous karma.