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Former Classmate Of Donald Trump Jr. Says Junior Hated His Father, Who Beat Him

If you’ve ever wondered what kind of a parent Donald Trump was, we now have some information which will likely confirm your worst fears: The guy was an asshole to his children, too.

Scott Melker is a DJ now living in Miami. He attended college with Donald Trump Jr. at the University of Pennsylvania, and he posted a memory on Facebook about the time that Donald Sr. showed up at the Penn dormitory to pick up his son and take him to a baseball game:

“There were quite a few students standing around watching, trying to catch a glimpse of the famed real estate magnate. Don Jr. opened the door, wearing a Yankee jersey. Without saying a word, his father slapped him across the face, knocking him to the floor in front of all of his classmates. He simply said ‘put on a suit and meet me outside,’ and closed the door.”

Melker also recalls that Donald Jr. was known by the nickname “Diaper Don” because he was frequently drunk, and whenever he would drink heavily and pass out, he often soiled himself:

“Every memory I have of him is of him stumbling around campus falling over or passing out in public, with his arm in a sling from injuring himself while drinking. He absolutely despised his father, and hated the attention that his last name afforded him.”

While this is only one man’s recollection of the past, ask yourself this question: Do you have any trouble imagining Donald Trump slapping his son and verbally abusing him? I don’t. As a matter of fact, I have more trouble imagining him being a loving and nurturing father. The man is a vile, crude cretin and self-absorbed narcissist who will walk over or mistreat anyone because he knows he can get away with it. He does not have a heart or soul. In place of them is a cesspool of human excrement.


Turns Out Lindsey Graham Has His Own Corrupt Connection To The Ukraine Scandal

Ever since the Ukraine scandal first became public knowledge back in mid-September of last year, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has repeatedly tried to minimize the fact that President Donald Trump sought to extort the government of Ukraine for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for military aid that had been appropriated on a bipartisan basis by Congress.

For example, as recently as January 15, here’s what Graham had to say about the Senate impeachment trial:

“The best thing for the American people is to end this crap as quickly as possible, to have a trial in the Senate, bipartisan acquittal of the president. And on Feb. 4, when the president comes into the House chamber to deliver the State of the Union, he will have been acquitted by the Senate.”

And now it’s clear that Graham wants to get impeachment off the front burner of the news cycle because he has something of his own to hide when it comes to Ukraine.

The Daily Beast reports that Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, gave a letter to Senator Graham back in 2018:

“In late 2018, Rudy Giuliani said he delivered an unusual missive to Sen. Lindsey Graham, according to the lawyer of one of his ex-associates: a letter calling for sanctions on a host of Ukrainian government officials, including one widely viewed in the West as a brave reformer and another who helmed the company where Hunter Biden was a board member.”

The important line in that paragraph is this one: “A letter calling for sanctions on a host of Ukrainian government officials, including one widely viewed in the West as a brave reformer and another who helmed the company where Hunter Biden was a board member.”

Why would someone working for the president want sanctions on a Ukrainian reformer and a person who had connections to Hunter Biden?

Probably because a reformer would be likely to blow the whistle on any wild schemes Giuliani was trying to hatch and someone heading the company Hunter Biden served on the board of might have been able to report back to Ukrainian authorities that Giuliani and his henchmen were going around Kyiv looking for dirt on the Bidens. If that company bigwig were under sanctions, Giuliani might be able to use that as leverage.

Much of Graham’s full connection to the Ukraine scandal remains unclear at this point , but with more information coming out daily, we’ll probably know more very soon.

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Senate Democrats Now Have The 51 Votes Needed For Impeachment Witnesses

The news which broke Sunday regarding the draft of an upcoming book by former National Security Adviser John Bolton which alleges that Donald Trump did indeed hold military aid to Ukraine hostage until he got investigations of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, has completely changed the landscape of Trump’s Senate impeachment trial.

Before the Bolton news broke, it seemed highly unlikely that there would be any witnesses called because Senate Republicans — operating in lockstep with the White House — wanted to get this entire impeachment trial over with so Trump could declare victory and get back to his attempts to rig the 2020 election the way he did the one that supposedly “elected” him four years ago.

Now, however, at least four senators have changed their minds and want to at least give the appearance that the trial isn’t rigged, according to PBS News Hour reporter Lisa Desjardins, who sent out this tweet Monday evening:

So, if the votes are there, who might be called to testify? Here’s the most likely names you’ll be hearing:

  • Former National Security Adviser John Bolton
  • Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney
  • Rudy Giuliani
  • Lev Parnas

As you might expect, Senate Republicans are now saying that they want some witnesses of their own, specifically the Bidens, with Lindsey Graham (R-SC) whining that he will make sure the Bidens are raked over the coals and slagged in a desperate effort to muddy the water and divert attention away from Trump’s endless parade of crimes.

But witnesses would be a big victory for the Democrats, and if they get them, that would be very bad news for Trump, even if only because it will drag the trial out even longer, making him more politically vulnerable.

There’s no guarantee that any member of the GOP can grow a spine, if only temporarily, but things are looking bad for Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at the moment.

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Financial Forms Filed In New York Point To Massive Tax Fraud By The Trump Organization

Donald Trump is terrified of anyone other than his accountants and attorneys seeing his taxes, and there are various theories for why:

  • He’s broke
  • He has potentially illegal connections to foreign countries such as Russia or Saudi Arabia
  • He doesn’t pay taxes
  • He cheats on his taxes

Based on a blockbuster report from ProPublica, it seems the answer is that Trump may indeed be cheating when it comes to both his taxes and what he tells the financial institutions he borrows money from:

“Donald Trump’s business reported conflicting information about a key metric to New York City property tax officials and a lender who arranged financing for his signature building, Trump Tower in Manhattan, according to tax and loan documents obtained by ProPublica.”

Here’s an example of exactly what Trump did:

“The occupancy rate of the Trump Tower’s commercial space was listed, over three consecutive years, as 11, 16 and 16 percentage points higher in filings to a lender than in reports to city tax officials, records show.

“In tax filings, however, Trump’s business said the building’s occupancy was 83% in January 2012 and the same a year later. The 16 percentage point gap between the loan and tax filings is a ‘very significant difference,’ said Susan Mancuso, an attorney who specializes in New York property tax.”

What Trump did, it should be noted, is fraud, as explained by Nancy Wallace, a professor of finance and real estate at the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley, who called the discrepancies between what Trump claimed and what he paid in taxes “versions of fraud.”

These filings also match up perfectly with what the president’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, has told investigators and also testified to under oath before a congressional committee:

“Cohen said Trump at times inflated assets’ value in documents submitted to lenders in an effort to secure loans. In reports to tax officials, Cohen testified, Trump would lower the value to reduce what he owed.”

In recent weeks, there has been reporting that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is taking a very close look at Trump’s finances and the actions of his company, the Trump Organization, which is currently run by his two eldest sons, Don Jr. and Eric.

Rest assured prosecutors in various jurisdictions are taking a close look at Trump’s business dealings and his taxes, which may well wind up being released to the House Oversight and Reform Committee once the Supreme Court rules on the matter. The Manhattan DA is also in court to get those tax documents.

Trump’s Achilles heel is his finances. When you follow the money, you inevitably find the crimes.

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Here’s How Donald Trump Bribed GOP Senators Into Protecting Him During Impeachment

Despite the blockbuster report from the New York Times that former National Security Adviser John Bolton asserts in his soon-to-be released book that President Donald Trump did indeed withhold military aid to Ukraine unless they agreed to announce investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, the GOP-controlled Senate is set to acquit Trump later this afternoon.

Why, you may ask, would Republicans be willing to go to such incredible lengths to protect a man who only cares about himself and appears to be guilty as homemade sin?

As it turns out, the answer is just as selfish as you’d expect. You see, it’s all about money.

Salon writer Sophia Tesfaye reports that Trump’s massive tax cut was especially beneficial to lots of GOP politicians in Washington:

“According to a Center for Public Integrity analysis, several Republican members of Congress directly cashed in on the multibillion-dollar windfall from the corporate tax cuts the GOP pushed through on a party-line vote. With the lowest effective tax rate in the last 40 years, America’s largest corporations proceeded to pour $1 trillion not into increased wages for workers but buybacks of their own stocks, causing stock prices to soar. Coincidentally, many Republican lawmakers who voted for the largest tax cut signed into law by Trump personally owned some of the same stocks whose values significantly increased as a result.”

In case you were wondering, some of Trump’s most eager Senate defenders benefited the most from the tax cut, which you may recall was a campaign promise the president made sure to keep so he could buy the affections of those greedy Republicans:

“Republican senators in purple states, like Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and David Perdue of Georgia, have personally reaped hundreds of millions from the tax law and are repaying the president by serving as his impeachment propaganda machine rather than impartial jurors — even as half of registered voters and a majority of independents in a Fox News poll released on Sunday said the Senate should convict Trump.”

And now Trump is pushing more tax cuts for the rich, just in time for the 2020 election and also so he can again pay off his GOP Praetorian Guard after they vote to exonerate him and keep him in office.