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Busted! Chairman Of Trump’s 2017 Inaugural Arrested On Federal Criminal Charges

An arrest made Tuesday in Los Angeles is certain to send shockwaves across the inner circle of failed, one-term former President Donald Trump, and also suggests federal prosecutors are starting to take down everyone with any connections to the Trump administration.

According to NBC News, Tom Barrack was taken into custody by federal agents and has been indicted for allegedly working on behalf of a foreign government to influence U.S. foreign policy:

“In a seven-count indictment, unsealed in a New York federal court, Barrack, 74, and two others are accused of ‘acting and conspiring to act as agents’ of the UAE between April 2016 and April 2018. Barrack was also charged with obstruction of justice and making multiple false statements to federal law enforcement agents.

“The trio acted ‘to advance the interests of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the United States at the direction of senior UAE officials by influencing the foreign policy positions of the campaign of a candidate in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and, subsequently, the foreign policy positions of the U.S. government in the incoming administration, as well as seeking to influence public opinion in favor of UAE interests,’ the Justice Department said.”

Barrack is a longtime friend of the former president. It’s believed he sold access to the Trump White House on behalf of the UAE, a clear violation of federal law that could land Barrack in prison for decades.

Saudi Arabia is also part of the larger conspiracy to gain favorable treatment from the Trump administration, according to NBC:

“(Prosecutors) charge that not only did Barrack work at the direction of UAE leadership, but that he also ‘met with and assisted senior leaders of the KSA [Kingdom of Saudi Arabia], a close ally of the UAE.'”

Trump, you may recall, refused to penalize the Saudis for being behind the murder and dismemberment of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was employed by The Washington Post when he was called to the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul, Turkey, and cut into pieces with a bone saw (while he was still alive) on the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Trump is also believed to have business connections to the Saudi royal family, some of whom have purchased luxury apartments from the former president.

Barrack’s arrest is especially troubling for Donald Trump Jr. and his sister, Ivanka Trump, both of whom were intimately involved in their father’s 2017 inaugural and are believed to have directed inaugural funds into hotels owned and controlled by the Trump Organization. Barrack might agree to testify against the Trump children in exchange for leniency.

Everywhere he looks, Donald Trump sees those connected to him being indicted. There’s probably an indictment with the former president’s name on it, too. The only question is when it will be unsealed.

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Donald Trump Elections Espionage

Quid Pro Quo: Treasury Department Proves Russia Stole The 2016 Election For Trump

The Latin phrase quid pro quo literally means “what for what” or “something for something,” and it defines a favor or advantage granted or expected in return for something.

Ever since 2016, there have been numerous investigations trying to determine if there was indeed a quid pro quo between Donald Trump’s first presidential campaign and Russia, especially the highest levels of Russian intelligence and the Kremlin.

Proof has now been laid out by the Treasury Department that carefully explains how the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia did indeed work in concert with one another to steal the election for Trump, making him an illegitimate president.

CNN reports that the link between the Trump camp and Russia can be found in the person of a man named Konstantin Kilimnik, who has deep links to the intelligence services of Russia:

“The new revelations about Moscow’s election meddling came as part of the Biden administration’s slate of sanctions against Russian actors on Thursday over Russia’s election interference as well as the SolarWinds hack and Russia’s ongoing occupation of Crimea.

“After then-President Donald Trump repeatedly denied or downplayed Russia’s election interference in 2016, senior Trump administration officials, including Trump himself, refused to acknowledge or elevate Russian operations in 2020 and sought to characterize China as the greater threat.

“The sanctions also included the US government’s acknowledgment for the first time that a Russian-linked intelligence operative named Konstantin Kilimnik provided information on Trump campaign polling strategy and data to the Russian intelligence services in 2016.”

The passing of polling information to Russian intelligence was especially helpful to the Kremlin because it allowed so-called “troll farms” to target specific audiences on social media sites in an attempt to turn voters away from 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and toward Trump. That was a huge advantage for Trump because his campaign’s digital operation relied on misinformation and lies about Clinton to place doubt in the minds of American voters.

The Biden administration’s new sanctions are some of the most extensive and far-reaching ever placed on any foreign government, NBC News noted:

“Under the order, the Treasury Department has blacklisted six Russian technology companies that provide support to the cyber program run by Russia’s intelligence services.

“Treasury also sanctioned 32 entities and individuals for ‘carrying out Russian government-directed attempts to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election, and other acts of disinformation and interference,’ as well as eight individuals and entities associated with Russia’s actions in Crimea.”

For the first time since President Obama left office, the Oval Office is occupied by a man who understands that Russia and Vladimir Putin are a direct and ongoing threat to U.S. national security.

Additionally, Treasury’s report also clears the way for the Department of Justice to file criminal charges against former president Trump and members of his 2016 campaign. Here’s hoping Attorney General Merrick Garland will do exactly that.

 

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Corruption Crime The Trump Adminstration

Multiple States Are Investigating Ivanka Trump For Financial Crimes

While most of the heat and light surrounding the multiple federal and state investigations into members of the Trump family has been focused on former President Trump, Don Jr., and Jared Kushner, it now appears that Ivanka Trump is also neck-deep in a scandal which first began to unfold in late 2018.


ProPublica has reported that Ivanka played a major role in making sure money from the Trump inaugural committee went to Trump businesses:

“The inauguration paid the Trump Organization for rooms, meals and event space at the company’s Washington hotel.

“During the planning, Ivanka Trump, the president-elect’s eldest daughter and a senior executive with the Trump Organization, was involved in negotiating the price the hotel charged the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee for venue rentals.”


Not only did Ivanka set the price for hotel rooms, she later got called out by a member of the inaugural committee who thought the cost was excessive:

“A top inaugural planner emailed Ivanka and others at the company to ‘express my concern’ that the hotel was overcharging for its event spaces, worrying of what would happen ‘when this is audited.'”

If indeed the Trump hotel charged more than the going rate, that would be in direct violation of tax law, not to mention the ethical questions raised by such an arrangement with Ivanka deciding how much the inaugural committee paid for rooms and other venues. As Marcus Owens, former head of the IRS division that oversees non-profits such as the inaugural committee noted:

“The fact that the inaugural committee did business with the Trump Organization raises huge ethical questions about the potential for undue enrichment.”


Prosecutors in New York have opened a criminal investigation into whether or not the inaugural committee improperly spent funds and where money raised by the committee came from, including straw donors who allegedly funneled money from Saudi Arabia and the UAE into the inaugural fund in exchange for political favors from the Trump administration.

Officials with the New York Attorney General’s office, along with criminal investigators in New Jersey and Washington, D.C., are also said to be working on charges against Ivanka. And remember, her daddy has zero pardon power in state cases.

The Trump family, it should be clear by now, is first and foremost a criminal enterprise.

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Eric Trump Claims His Father Rose From ‘Nothing’ And Instantly Gets Fact-Checked By A Fox News Host

Clearly, Eric Trump is just as arrogant and utterly stupid as his father, and he proved that when he made an appearance on the Fox News show “Outnumbered.”

Eric was discussing his father and decided to say that his daddy had come from “nothing” to become “the epitome of the American dream.” Trump’s dense son began his defense of dear old dad by declaring:

“He’s gone from practically nothing to a man who’s just–“

One of the panelists, Democratic strategist Julie Roginsky, wasn’t about to let Eric get away with that gigantic lie, and she told him:

“Nothing? He got a million bucks. Come on, Eric.”

As Donald Trump himself has admitted, he did indeed get $1 million from his father, Fred Trump, when he graduated from college and entered the world of New York real estate.


But Eric Trump would not be deterred, adding:

“He epitomized what America’s all about: Opportunity and working hard and being able to achieve your dreams and what you want to succeed, right? It’s no different than a (Mark) Zuckerberg, right, who went out with a great idea like a Facebook and developed this idea and built it and grew it and grew it and grew it. That is achieving something, right? And I think it’s very different than a person who has been a career politician.”


Actually, it’s very different from Mark Zuckerberg, who didn’t have it handed to him on a silver platter like the asshat that spawned Eric and his siblings. Also, Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t gone bankrupt numerous times or failed to pay contractors and vendors who did work for him. And for all his faults, Zuckerberg isn’t a blatant racist and sexist jerk.

Eric Trump is almost as big of a whiner as his father. And both of them love to lie about everything. Like father, like son.

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Ivanka Trump Forced To Give Deposition In Lawsuit Alleging Misuse Of Inaugural Funds

In the surest sign yet that the Trump family is on the verge of being in very serious legal trouble, Ivanka Trump gave a deposition to investigators working for the attorney general of the District of Columbia on Tuesday, according to CNN:

“Ivanka Trump, the President’s daughter and adviser, sat for a deposition Tuesday with investigators from the Washington, DC, attorney general’s office as part of its lawsuit alleging the misuse of inaugural funds, according to a court filing.

“In January, the DC attorney general’s office sued the Trump Organization and Presidential Inaugural Committee alleging they abused more than $1 million raised by the nonprofit by ‘grossly overpaying’ for use of event space at the Trump hotel in Washington for the 2017 inauguration.”

Who set the rate for the use of that event space at the Trump hotel? None other than Ivanka Trump:

“During the planning, Ivanka Trump, the president-elect’s eldest daughter and a senior executive with the Trump Organization, was involved in negotiating the price the hotel charged the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee for venue rentals.”

Such an activity is referred to as “skimming,” and it also happens to be illegal, according to Bruce Kappel, an attorney with Akerman LLP, who advises nonprofits:

“It could become a criminal violation, Kappel said, if investigators uncover evidence that people knew that charging above-market rates to enrich the Trump Organization was illegal and did it anyway.”

Just this week, we learned that President Trump is considering preemptive pardons for members of his family, including Ivanka, her husband Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. But a presidential pardon would only cover federal crimes and would not apply to states or the District of Columbia.

And it turns out that Ivanka isn’t the only member of the Trump inner circle that have been asked for records related to the 2016 inaugural:

“The attorney general’s office has also subpoenaed records from Barrack, Ivanka Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and Rick Gates, the former inaugural committee deputy chairman, the filing said.”

What a mess! And Ivanka is right in the middle of it, along with her daddy and her stepmother. Each of them is facing serious criminal penalties if it can be proven they skimmed money from the inaugural committee’s coffers.

It’s starting to look like the only way any of the Trumps will ever get out of going to prison is if he or she agrees to testify against the others. Could Ivanka be the little bird that sings?