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Three Banks Have Given Trump’s Financial Records To The New York Attorney General

A few months ago, we learned that some of the banks Donald Trump and the Trump Organization did business with over the years have turned over thousands of documents related to possible links between Trump and Russian figures such as oligarchs and government officials to House Finance and Intelligence committees.

The banks identified — Bank of America, Citigroup, and JPMorgan Chase — are all key to ongoing investigations by numerous congressional committees, but they aren’t the most important financial institution that has helped finance Trump and his real estate empire.


The Big Kahuna, so to speak, when it comes to Trump and banking, is Deutsche Bank, which has reportedly loaned Trump some $2 billion, even after he had stiffed them and refused to pay back some of the money they loaned him years before.

But while the congressional committees may not have gotten anything from Deutsche Bank, the Wall Street Journal reports that New York Attorney General Letitia James hit the jackpot in regard to the German banking giant:

“The New York attorney general’s subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bancorp are part of a civil investigation, which could yield fines or other civil actions if the office alleges illegality. The Deutsche Bank documents relate to three mortgages the bank extended to Mr. Trump’s business, as well as proposed financing that didn’t go through, people familiar with the New York investigation said. CNN reported earlier this year that Deutsche Bank had begun providing financial records to the New York attorney general.”


That’s very bad news for Donald Trump for a couple of reasons:

  • The president cannot intimidate or fire the New York AG.
  • If Trump, the Trump Organization, or any of the Trump family are indicted in the state of New York, the president can’t pardon them.
  • U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who has shown he’s glad to protect Trump from any investigations or charges, also has no jurisdiction over Ms. James, who answers only to the people of New York.


Additionally, AG James has made it clear from the moment she took office that no one is above the law, no matter their name or position. A little over a year ago, she swatted down the president when he began whining on Twitter that he was being targeted:

Letitia James can bring the entire kit and caboodle crashing down when it comes to the president. If she wants, she can destroy the Trump Organization, Donald Trump, and his entire lawless family.

Karma is coming for Donald Trump, and it’s name is Letitia James.

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Reporter Who Has Seen Trump’s Tax Returns Says They Show Evidence Of Extensive Fraud

On Thursday, a federal judge once again ruled — in keeping with the Supreme Court decision earlier this year — that President Donald Trump must hand over his tax returns to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., according to the New York Times:

“A federal judge on Thursday rejected President Trump’s latest effort to block the Manhattan district attorney from obtaining his tax returns, roundly dismissing Mr. Trump’s arguments that the prosecutor’s grand jury subpoena was “wildly overbroad” and issued in bad faith.

“The ruling by Judge Victor Marrero of Federal District Court in Manhattan marked another setback for the president in his yearlong fight to block the subpoena.”


Trump’s refusal to allow Congress or a district attorney look at his taxes has raised speculation about what exactly the president might be trying to hide. Some suggest it’s because he’s not nearly as wealthy as he claims, while others believe he may have avoided paying taxes through elaborate accounting tricks that may well be illegal.

One man who has seen those tax returns is Tim O’Brien, a journalist who wrote the 2005 book TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald. 


According to an op-ed he wrote for Bloomberg, O’Brien says there are all sorts of secrets in Trump’s tax documents:

“Trump sued me for libel in 2006 for a biography I wrote, “TrumpNation,” claiming the book unfairly and intentionally misrepresented his track record as a businessman and lowballed the size of his fortune. The suit was dismissed in 2011.

“During the course of the litigation, Trump resisted releasing his tax returns and other financial records. My lawyers got the returns, and while I can’t disclose specifics, I imagine that Trump is hesitant to release them now because they would reveal how robust his businesses actually are and shine a light on some of his foreign sources of income.”


What, you may ask, would that entail? Again, while O’Brien didn’t go into specifics, he did make sure and note that if a journalist being sued can gain access to Trump’s taxes, then Congress and the Manhattan DA certainly have every right to the returns, as does the public:

“If all of this information from Trump’s taxes, bankers and accountants was good enough for me over a decade ago, it’s certainly good enough for Congress and the Manhattan district attorney today. It’s also good enough for the American people. If we’ve learned one thing from the Trump presidency it’s that it’s no longer enough to rely on tradition when it comes to the Oval Office and financial transparency. Financial transparency should be a requirement for all presidents going forward — and the Supreme Court would do well to help pave the way.”

Donald Trump’s taxes are the key to understanding who he owes and who actually owns him and his company. They’re also necessary for voters to make a fully informed decision when ballots are cast later this year. If he’s allowed keep them hidden, it’s yet another step toward making the American president a monarch who answers to no one.

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Here’s How Trump And The GOP Plan To Try And Steal The 2020 Election

With each day, Donald Trump is hit with more bad news regarding his chances of winning a second term in office. Whether it’s a poll showing him 14 points behind Joe Biden, the ever-increasing death toll from coronavirus, or a new uptick in the already enormous jobless rate, it becomes painfully clear to Trump and his campaign team that the 2020 election could well be a disaster for Republicans.


So, as Trump learned in 2016, the only way he can win is by cheating. The only question is what method to use.

As Michael Tomasky notes in a fascinating article for The Daily Beast, there are several ways we can expect Trump to try and rig or steal the election:

The 2016 Way

This would be a repeat of 2016. Trump would win narrowly in some key states and lose the popular vote but eke out a win in the Electoral College:

“Except this time, he’s likely to lose the popular vote by more than last time, perhaps far more.”

Florida Redux

You probably recall Florida in 2000. Now imagine another scenario from Florida, 20 years later:

“Remember how in Bush v. Gore the five conservative justices in essence ruled against states’ rights, that supposedly time-honored conservative principle? That is, Florida wanted to recount the votes, but the court — in an unsigned decision that they insisted did not set precedent — overruled the state.

“Well, this time, they might do the exact opposite!”

In other words, if Trump is losing by a few thousand votes, the five conservative justices currently on the court might rule in favor of recounts until Trump is declared the winner in the Sunshine State.

Faithless Electors

A case is already before the Supreme Court that would allow electors to vote against the will of the people, and it could well change presidential elections as we know them.

If the high court allows it, this would let Republican states won by a Democratic presidential candidate appoint electors that would instead vote for the Republican.

Tied Up

The votes are counted and the Electoral College is tied, 269-269. And in that case, the House of Representatives would choose the next president. The House is controlled by the Democrats, so Biden would win, right? Not necessarily.

The 435 members of the House wouldn’t vote as individuals. They’d vote as state delegations, with each delegation getting one vote. And since the GOP has a 26-25 lead in state delegations (the District of Columbia is included as a state delegation in such a scenario), they’d likely put Trump in for a second term, Tomasky explains:

“Picture it. Trump has lost the popular vote by five million. Through rampant voter suppression and other dirty tricks … he manages to finagle an Electoral College tie. Then it goes to the House, where this nutso scheme they came up with in 1803 when state population differentials weren’t anywhere near what they are today is used to hand Trump re-election.”

All of this explains why a huge Democratic turnout is so important. A landslide is much harder to contest. But that depends on each of us making sure we vote no matter what. Then we can send this grifter and his enablers packing.

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Former Staffer Alleges Trump Used ‘The Apprentice’ To Launder Millions

For decades, there have been hints, rumors, and allegations that Donald Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, have engaged in money laundering for Russian mobsters, oligarchs, and other criminals who make their fortunes illegally and need a way to wash their profits via legitimate enterprises such as real estate purchases. Real estate, of course, is how Trump has made his millions over the years.

But now we have two new allegations that Trump has indeed been involved in the illegal laundering of money, and one one them comes from a former staffer who has been trickling out damaging information about the Donald for months now.


Noel Casler worked as a showrunner on Trump’s NBC reality show, “The Apprentice,” and he tweeted out Monday that at many of the parties held after filming of “Apprentice” episodes, there were “Mob types” and that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were also present for these soirees. Casler is now a stand-up comedian, but he wasn’t joking in the least with what he had to say in his latest posting:

But it was something written in response to Casler’s tweet by well-known Russia expert Sarah Kendzior, author of Hiding In Plain Sight, that caused many to stand up and take a second look. Kendzior posted this:

Be sure and pay special attention to this paragraph from the section Kenzidor included a screenshot of:

“And so, the grift continued. Between 2007 and 2018, buyers tied to the former Soviet Union made eighty-six cash purchases at Trump properties. In 2018, Congressman Adam Schiff, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, confirmed that the purchases indicated evidence of money-laundering.”


All of this certainly seems to suggest that Donald Trump, his company, and the Trump Organization (which is now run by the president’s two eldest sons, Don Jr. and Eric) is laundering billions of dollars for Russian interests and also explains why the Trump administration has been so hospitable to the Kremlin and Russian President Vlaidmir Putin.

One day all of this information is going to be exposed for the world to see. And when it is, don’t be surprised if it shows that Donald Trump and his corporation are nothing but a massive pass-through for illegal money from overseas. And that would mean that the current president is completely compromised and working on behalf of a hostile foreign government that is actively seeking to destroy the United States.

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Trump Suspected Of Bribing New York Tax Officials To Reduce His Property Tax Bills

The Trump Organization — which is being run by President Donald Trump’s two eldest sons, Don Jr. and Eric while their father is in office — paid bribes to New York City tax assessors in exchange for lower property tax bills on buildings owned by Trump in Manhattan, according to a blockbuster new investigative report from ProPublica:

“Two of the five city employees said they personally took bribes to lower the assessment on a Trump property; the other three said they had indirect knowledge of the payments.”


Those five employees were among 18 indicted on charges of accepting bribes and later pleaded guilty in federal court.

Amazingly, none of the building owners who allegedly paid the bribes were charged. It remains unclear if Trump knew the bribes had been paid, as they were funneled through middlemen who passed the cash incentives along to guarantee lower tax bills on commercial property.


Though the Trump Organization has denied it had any role in the bribery scandal, court documents and the ProPublica report make it clear that investigators suspected Trump’s company of being a part of the bribes:

“The moment that corrupt assessors told their co-conspirators that the Trump Organization had agreed to pay bribes was memorable, said Frank Valvo, a former city assessor who served a year and a half in prison for his role in the scheme.

“The excitement was palpable in the office, Valvo recalled, as one of the assessors broached the news. He says, ‘We got Trump!’” Valvo recalled. ‘Wow. Holy Smokes.'”

 

Additionally, two former city employees also confirmed that the Trump Organization was indeed paying bribes to lower its tax assessment:

“Two former city employees, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told ProPublica and WNYC that they accepted money from middlemen representing the Trump Organization to lower assessments on 40 Wall St. after Trump took over the skyscraper in 1995.”

Even though the statute of limitations has expired on the illegal activities and the Trump Organization cannot be charged now, such behavior is evidence of a larger conspiracy by the president’s company and can be used by New York Attorney General Tish James to shut down the corporation under the Martin Act, a 1921 law which allows for what is known as “corporate death,” i.e. the complete dissolution of a company if a pattern of fraud can be proven.

Everything is falling apart for Donald Trump. Politically, professionally, and personally. Beware the Ides of March, Donnie!