On Thursday, the House Special Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection made it clear they are referring former Trump administration aide Steve Bannon to the Justice Department for contempt of Congress.
But it turns out that members of former President Donald Trump’s family are also facing being subpoenaed by the committee, according to CNN reporter Jamie Gangel, who noted:
When host Wolf Blitzer remarked that the committee may subpoena Trump himself, Gangel replied:
The former president has urged Bannon and others who have received subpoenas from the committee to ignore them, but that could have serious repercussions if his daughter is also pressed for testimony.
Can you imagine Ivanka being hauled away by federal marshals and taken to jail for refusing to comply with a subpoena? What would her father do then?
Knowing Donald Trump, he’d probably let her stay in lockup and then try to suggest she’s the one who dreamed up the Capitol insurrection.
HarperCollins Publishers recently released the bookI’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw in the Trump White House, by Stephanie Grisham — who served as White House press secretary and chief-of-staff to Melania Trump — and some of the excerpts have caused incredible controversy:
At 1:25 p.m. on Jan. 6, soon after rioters had broken through barricades outside of the Capitol, MELANIA TRUMP received a text message from her then-chief of staff, STEPHANIE GRISHAM.
“Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence?” Grisham asked the first lady.
A minute later, Melania replied with a one-word answer: “No.” At that moment, she was at the White House preparing for a photo shoot of a rug she had selected
In response, Melania’s office fired off a statement which read in part:
But could Grisham’s book have been written at the urging of Ivanka Trump?
That’s the word from Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who was once Melania’s BFF and knows what the Trumps are like.
Considering who spawned the Trump children, it would be crazy to put anything past any of them. They all appear to share their father’s lack of a moral compass and a deep-seated need to trample on others on their way to the top.
Grisham, Wolkoff continued, is just doing what the Trump are known for doing to everyone: Tossing them under the bus:
Ivanka likely does have dreams of being a senator or even president one day. But she never will be. She’s too fake, too plastic, and too much like her father to appeal to a majority of voters.
There have been lots of rumors over the years that Ivanka and Melania are not fond of each other. After all, the Donald lusts after Ivanka and cheats on Melania with porn stars and Playboy models while she’s giving birth to his son. That tends to create a bit of tension inside of a family.
Could Ivanka have been the one the encouraged Grisham to trash Melania in print? Of course she could. There is absolutely nothing that’s beneath or beyond a Trump. They’re trash masquerading as royalty.
The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol made it clear today that they plan to conduct an extensive and far-reaching probe of what took place on the fateful day earlier this year that left five people dead and a black mark on the American system of government.
Politico reports the committee is seeking documents and communication records from various federal agencies and also from the White House:
“The committee, chaired by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), plans to seek executive branch records related to the attack and its run-up — including ‘communications within and among the White House and Executive Branch agencies’ on and before Jan. 6.
“The select panel is also seeking records relating to attempts to place politically loyal personnel in positions across the government after the election; the planning, organization and response to Jan. 6 and earlier; and attempts to overturn the rule of law and overturn the 2020 election. One segment of the request notably seeks ‘documents and communications related to the mental stability of Donald Trump or his fitness for office.'”
Additionally, the committee is reaching directly into the Trump inner circle, which could open up members of the former president’s family to federal charges if they played any role in planning or carrying out the Capitol riots:
There are also mentions among the document request to the Pentagon for any and all “documents and communications concerning possible attempts by President Donald Trump to remain in office after January 20, 2021,” along with specific references to “martial law, the Insurrection Act, and the use of military personnel during last year’s election.”
The Justice Department under Trump will also be closely scrutinized by the select committee:
“The panel requested a wide-ranging tranche of records from DOJ related to Trump’s attempts to force the department to intervene in the election, then-Vice President Mike Pence’s role in presiding over election certification, any discussion of the 25th Amendment and the department’s response to Jan. 6.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) tried to shrug off news of the committee and its requests for documentation, telling reporters:
McCarthy spoke with Trump on the day of the insurrection and may also be called to testify before the committee, which could wind up resulting in criminal charges being filed against him and other members of the GOP who allegedly gave tours of the Capitol just days before the riots took place.
An enormous class action lawsuit filed against former President Donald Trump and his three oldest children — Don Jr., Eric, and Ivanka — will move forward despite pleas from the Trumps that the case be allowed to go to arbitration.
According to Courthouse News, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the lawsuit, accuses the Trumps of running a pyramid scheme to hawk the services of American Communications Network, which allegedly ran a multilevel marketing scheme that bilked investors and never produced the financial returns it promised:
“Trump and three of his children — Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump — appeared from 2005 to 2015 in promotional television ads, at events and in magazines touting American Communications Network, a telecommunications company that offers business seminars and encourages enrollees to bring in new recruits.
“In a 2018 federal class action, four investors who said they lost hundreds or thousands of dollars investing with ACN sought damages from the then-first family and their corporate entity, the Trump Organization, saying they concealed that ACN paid them handsomely for their endorsements.”
Here’s how the scheme worked: ACN made investors pay $499 up front so they could register with the promise that they could then earn commissions by selling products at “motivational rallies.” At those rallies, family and friends were shown a DVD to encourage them to pony up money for their share of a massive payday promised in ACN’s promotional materials, many of which featured the Trumps encouraging people to pay money so the could reap the rewards, which never materialized.
In the lawsuit, investors reported they made back “less than 10%” of their initial investment.
Much like another illegal scheme, Trump University, the only people who made money in the ACN/Trump deal were the principals: ACN and the Trump family.
A class action judgement against the Trumps could put a massive dent in their bottom line at a time when the Trump Organization is reportedly hemorrhaging money and the former president is unable to lure investors to his struggling real estate business.
The Trump Organization is also under criminal indictment for engaging in tax fraud over the course of decades. Those indictments were handed down earlier this month.
The District of Columbia attorney general is focusing in on Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump for their role in an alleged scheme to defraud the 2017 Trump inaugural committee out of more than $1 million, according to The Daily Beast.
Attorney General Karl Racine has filed a civil lawsuit against both the inaugural committee and the Trump Organization which went to mediation earlier this month. However, no resolution was reached on the matter, which places it back in the hands of a judge overseeing the suit:
“The case will proceed, as all sides wait to see whether D.C. Superior Court Judge José M. López rules that the local law enforcement agency has already proven its case before trial. The office of the local attorney general, Karl Racine, has a pending motion for summary judgment arguing that the evidence already presented weighs that heavily in his favor.
“The local attorney general claims the Trump Organization and Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. were ‘unjustly enriched’ by overbilling the nonprofit inauguration committee. The office wants the judge to force the return of $1.08 million in ‘misspent charitable funds.’ (The AG’s office wants to award that money to another civic-minded nonprofit of its choosing.)”
The suit is especially dangerous for Don Jr. and Ivanka, who are believed to have bilked the inaugural committee out of millions by directing events to the Trump International Hotel in the nation’s capital and overbilling on rooms and services provided at the hotel.
While Racine’s suit is asking for a civil judgement against the Trumps, his office retains the right to any evidence of criminal behavior to other agencies that could pursue the Trump Organization and seek criminal penalties, including imprisonment for fraud and other crimes.
One of the key figures in the inaugural fraud scheme was recently indicted in federal court:
“When Barrack was deposed in November 2020 by Leonor Miranda, an assistant attorney general with the office’s public advocacy division, he claimed that he wasn’t involved in the Trump family’s initial selection of venues—and that he didn’t know about the block of hotel rooms that were eventually paid by his committee.”
Barrack might be willing to cooperate with prosecutors and tell what he knows about possible crimes by the Trump family and Trump Org. If he wants to avoid spending the rest of his life in prison (Barrack is 74), he’d best start singing like a canary.