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The Trail Of Trump’s ‘Dirty Money’ Is About To Send Him To Prison: Report

The only thing that matters to Donald Trump is money. His family, his friends, even his own health are a distant second to his lust for money and his willingness to do whatever is necessary (legal or illegal) to obtain more of it.

To put it another way, consider this perfectly-worded paragraph from Chauncey Devega of Salon:

“Donald Trump is the leader of a political crime family. As president, he abused the power and influence of the office to personally enrich himself, his family and his inner circle. Much of Trump’s apparent extortion, self-dealing, influence-peddling, and outright blackmail was done in plain sight. One such scheme, in which Trump attempted to extort the president of Ukraine into launching a phony investigation of Joe Biden, resulted in his impeachment (that is, for the first time).”

But the thing is, money always leaves a trail, whether in the form of bank records, tax statements, or financial disclosure forms used to obtain loans for real estate projects such as the ones the Trump Organization has been building or branding for decades.

That trail of dirty money is what will send Trump to prison and destroy his company in the very near future.

In September of last year, Dan Alexander published an important book entitled  White House, Inc.: How Donald Trump Turned the Presidency into a Business, that takes a close look at the trail of cash that leads from Trump to all sorts of sordid characters across the globe:

“Alexander cautions that we may never see substantive evidence that directly connects Trump to Russian bankers and oligarchs, as so many observers in the news media and among Trump’s critics have repeatedly suggested. But that doesn’t mean there’s no evidence of apparent corruption: Both in his book and in this conversation, Alexander offers compelling evidence that Trump’s otherwise inexplicable foreign policy decisions may often have been shaped by venal interests.”

During a recent interview, Alexander was asked what areas of Trump’s finances offer the best opportunity for prosecution and conviction. He replied:

“At the federal level, Trump is no longer protected by the Office of Legal Counsel’s opinion saying presidents cannot be indicted while in office. That could be problematic for him, especially given the material already uncovered in the hush-money case and the Mueller report. But I would not be surprised if the Biden administration elects not to reopen those wounds. Regardless, the investigations by the Manhattan DA and the New York State attorney general will remain serious threats. Presidential pardons will not impede those matters, and the officials overseeing them are responsive to left-leaning constituencies.”

It all comes down to New York, which is ironic when you consider that Donald Trump considers himself the quintessential New Yorker. Maybe he’ll even get a chance to try out the Empire State’s prisons.

 

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Manhattan DA Compiling Evidence Of Extensive Tax Fraud By The Trump Organization

Prosecutors working for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. have met with President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, on matters related to the payment of hush money to women who allegedly had affairs with Trump and the falsification of records at the Trump Organization, according to NBC News:

“The former personal attorney for President Donald Trump has entered into an agreement with New York City prosecutors to provide information about the president’s business operation, a source familiar with the situation told NBC News.

“The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is investigating the possibility that the Trump Organization falsified business records, the source said.”


Two former federal prosecutors noted that it’s clear to them Vance’s office is looking to indict Trump on charges of tax fraud.

Joyce Vance, who served as U.S. Attorney for Alabama, noted:

“If they were able to make some sort of a tax charge here … we could be looking at a lengthy violation for a felony. It’s certainly not a misdemeanor.

“The felony crime is a serious one, it carries a lot of collateral consequences. But most significantly is the threat there is jail time involved, and any amount of jail time in the state system in New York would be very unpleasant for the president of the United States.”


Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman was even more specific when it came to discussing exactly that investigators in Manhattan are preparing to do as it relates to Trump and the Trump Organization:

“I think we have a continuous theme here that pervades all of and it’s simply that all roads lead to Donald Trump’s tax returns. To make this a serious crime and a serious felony falsifying business records is usually associated with falsifying numbers so that they falsify in turn the tax returns.”


What Akerman said next should terrify Trump and anyone associated with the Trump Organization:

“So in this particular case it could very well be that they are looking at the false state tax returns that have been filed by the Trump Organization, filed by Donald Trump, and there could be all kinds of people who could have criminal liability here. If it’s just Donald Trump, obviously, the problem there is indicting a sitting president, although the Manhattan DA’s office is not under the same stricture as the Department of Justice. They could indict a sitting president. Secondly, there are lots of people around Donald Trump who could be indicted for aiding and abetting and assisting in this.”

Keep in mind these would be state charges. Trump cannot use Attorney General William Barr to short-circuit state investigations, and there is nothing in case law that says a sitting president cannot be indicted by a state authority. Also, Trump cannot pardon anyone in New York or another other state on charges brought by state of local authorities. He has no way out of being indicted in New York. None whatsoever.

Why has Trump so steadfastly refused to let anyone see his taxes? Because he knows they prove his many crimes.

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New Investigation Of Devin Nunes Could Spell The End Of His Congressional Career

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is in very big trouble, and it could wind up costing him his congressional seat.

The Fresno Bee reports that a non-partisan group, the Campaign Legal Center, is alleging that Nunes has been receiving gifts in direct violation of House ethics rules. Specifically, Nunes is accused of receiving legal services:

“A nonpartisan watchdog group filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Devin Nunes Wednesday, calling for a congressional investigation into how the California Republican is paying for his lawsuits against media companies and critics.

“Nunes, (along) with Virginia attorney Steven Biss, filed six lawsuits and sent two letters implying possible legal action in 2019. He has not disclosed how he is paying for the legal work, and the kind of lawsuits he is filing — alleging defamation and conspiracies against him — can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.”


Nunes, who earns $174,000 a year as a congressman, could never afford to file such expensive lawsuits, meaning he likely accepted free or reduced price legal work that he failed to report. That could lead to Nunes being expelled from the House or endanger his chances of being reelected in November:

“The group argues he’d only be able to pay if he received legal services for free, at a discounted rate, or based on a contingency fee, meaning the lawyer would get compensated from Nunes’ winnings if he prevails in his lawsuits.”


If Nunes is receiving such legal help, he is required by House rules to file a legal defense fund or be charged with accepting an illegal gift, which is a very serious allegation if made against any member of Congress. Records show, however, that Congressman Nunes has not claimed a legal defense fund, meaning he has already violated ethics rules and is subject to punishment by the House Ethics Committee and full House if they were to take a vote to reprimand Nunes or remove him from his seat in Congress.


Over the past three years, Nunes has been one of President Donald Trump’s most eager and dogged defenders, even going so far as to update the White House on investigations being conducted by the House Intelligence Committee. Nunes is the ranking Republican on the intelligence committee.

Now, however, Nunes appears to have painted himself in a corner he’ll have trouble extricating himself from. It couldn’t happen to a more deserving Republican.

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House Committee Lays Out Evidence Of Trump’s Financial Crimes

While we continue to wait for the day we finally get to see Donald Trump’s tax returns, a House committee now has evidence of financial crimes by the president that could well lead to articles of impeachment being drawn up against him and indictments being handed down by state prosecutors.

The House Oversight Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) made it clear Wednesday that they are indeed hot on the trail of Trump’s crimes regarding steering government money to his properties, Politico reports:

“Since Donald Trump took office, the U.S. military has spent nearly $200,000 at the president’s luxury Scotland resort, according to figures and documents the Pentagon provided to the House Oversight Committee.

“The spending, which has all occurred since August 2017, paid for the equivalent of hundreds of nights of rooms at the Turnberry resort over approximately three dozen separate stays, the committee said.”


Yes, the U.S. military has deposited nearly $200,000 of your tax dollars into a golf resort owned by the president, even though the Constitution clearly states that isn’t allowed and is within itself grounds for removal from office.

The Politico report goes on to note:

“The Pentagon documents showed that U.S. taxpayer funds ‘have been used to pay for more than three dozen separate stays involving hundreds of nights of rooms — all after the President was sworn into office.’

“Democrats called the Pentagon’s response so far — about 21 pages of material turned over to the panel, but no underlying invoices or travel records — ‘woefully inadequate.'”


How extensive has the spending at Turnberry been? A letter from the committee to acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper contains this line:

“If both of these claims are accurate, it appears that U.S. taxpayer funds were used to purchase the equivalent of more than 650 rooms at the Trump Turnberry just since August 2017 — or the equivalent of one room every night for more than one-and-a-half years.”

That’s some serious fleecing of the American people.

The House Judiciary Committee is preparing to have hearings on possible emolument violations by Trump and the Trump Organization, Axios revealed earlier this week:

“The hearing is part of the committee’s efforts to broaden its impeachment investigation of President Trump to include allegations of corruption that extend beyond the contents of the Mueller report.”


If there was any doubt remaining that a grifter is current residing in the White House, these Pentagon documents prove that Trump and his family are personally profiting from his time in office, stealing taxpayer money to enrich themselves.

The time has come to impeach, indict, and imprison Donald Trump. Further delay will only cause more harm to the republic.

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Trump Tosses Pence Under The Bus – Blames Possible Crimes On Vice President

Vice President Mike Pence just found out the hard way that Donald Trump has absolutely no loyalty to anyone, and the result could wind up getting Pence charged with crimes and booted from the 2020 ticket.

Last week when Pence stayed at Trump’s golf resort in Ireland, all hell broke loose because it appeared that Trump had ordered Pence and his entourage to stay at the golf club so the Donald could pocket some tidy change courtesy of the American taxpayers.


But now Trump is blaming Pence for the decision, in essence putting his vice president in harm’s way in a legal sense. And of course Trump did so via Twitter:

However, Pence’s spokesperson Marc Short said that Trump had suggested Pence stay at his golf club in Ireland:

“I don’t think it was a request, like a command ​… I think that it was a suggestion.”


Trump also weighed in on the growing scandal regarding Air Force planes that refueled at an airport which serves his Scottish golf resort at Turnberry, and once again he tried to shift the blame from himself even though he’s the one that benefits if that airport remains open:

As we’ve come to realize in the three years Donald Trump has been president, you can automatically assume that his all caps denial that it has “nothing to do” with him means it has everything to do with him and was probably all his idea.

But the larger issue is how Trump deliberately passed the buck directly at Pence when it comes to the Doonbeg golf club scandal, which two House committees have already said will be investigated.


Trump is already facing an impeachment inquiry from the House Judiciary Committee, and it looks like he’s willing to destroy Pence if that’s what it takes to divert attention from his own crimes.

Donald Trump demands absolute loyalty from everyone who works for him. But as the two tweets above prove, everyone is expendable when it comes to Trump. What he just did to Pence suggests his family and friends should be worried, too. He’s probably going to throw them under the bus with Mike Pence in the near future if that’s what it takes to save his own hide.