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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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IRS Investigator Claims Donald Trump Is Laundering Money Through His Mar-a-Lago Resort

Recently, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post shared receipts showing that the 2020 Trump campaign made payouts totaling $380,000 for a “donor retreat” held at the president’s Florida golf resort, Mar-a-Lago:


Be sure and note that those payments were broken down into individual amounts of $10,000 and less, which just so happens to be the reporting requirement for cash payments to a business that are required to be made to the FinCEN (the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network). FinCEC tracks crimes such as money laundering and other illegal financial dealings.

So what exactly was going on with the payments? Well, according to Martin Shell, who worked for 30 years as an IRS tax crimes investigator, the payments would have immediately set off alarms when he was working for Internal Revenue. The payments, Shell explains in an article he wrote for The Daily Beast, look like money laundering:

“Is the $380,000 income? If so, what was delivered in exchange for it? Were these payments for past services rendered or for future expected returns? Who were the donors? Why didn’t the Trump Organization just report the entire $380,000 in total? Why break that down into separate transactions? Why was each payment identically described as ‘Facility Rental/ Catering Services’? Is something being disguised here?”


There’s lots of smoke, and that usually indicates there’s also a fire, Shell continues:

“There are criminal penalties for structuring, or breaking a bigger payment into small chunks to evade reporting requirements, including a statutory maximum prison sentence of up to five years and/or a monetary fine of up to $250,000. But that is just the Bank Secrecy Act(BSA) violation. If structured transactions are sourced from a Specified Unlawful Activity (that is, a bribe), then Money Laundering Statute T18-1956 can be tapped, which brings a 20-year statutory maximum prison sentence into play with substantially higher monetary fines.”

Whoa! That’s a serious accusation. How Shell explain what he’s alleging? Well, as he makes clear, the numbers don’t lie, and they show a clear and purposeful intent to try and hide the money trail from investigators by “structuring” them into smaller amounts so they don’t have to be reported to federal investigators. And Trump has a history of doing exactly that. Matter of fact, he even got caught doing it at one his casinos:

“FinCEN imposed a $10 million civil penalty against the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort on March 6, 2015, for willful and repeated violations of the BSA. The Taj has a history of prior, repeated BSA violations cited by examiners dating back to 2003. Additionally, in 1998, FinCEN assessed a $477,700 civil money penalty against the Taj for currency transaction reporting violations.”


All of this evidence, Shell concludes, leads him to believe the president and the Trump Organization are indeed laundering money, which is the sort of thing drug dealers and Russian oligarchs are known for engaging in:

“Something smells in Mar-a-Lago, and there certainly exists enough smoke here to justify a thorough search for the fire. Does the will exist at the Department of Treasury or the Department of Justice to follow the money, and the smoke, and perhaps finally put the fire out once and for all?”

If indeed it can be proven that Trump and his company have been laundering funds from the campaign to the Trump Organization, that alone could put Trump behind bars for a very long time. It could also lead to his company being seized and shuttered by the feds.

The next administration needs to take a close look at all this and charge anyone involved. Until then, Donald Trump will continue to act more like a mafioso than a head of state.

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Trump’s Personal Banker Abruptly Resigns As Criminal Investigators Close In On The Donald

In what may well prove to be the most definitive evidence yet that New York criminal investigators are indeed closing in on Donald Trump for financial crimes, Trump’s personal banker at German financial giant Deutsche Bank — which has loaned the president hundreds of millions of dollars over the years — has abruptly resigned, the New York Times reports:

“Rosemary Vrablic, a managing director and senior banker in Deutsche Bank’s wealth management division, recently handed in her resignation, which the bank accepted, according to a bank spokesman, Daniel Hunter.

“’I’ve chosen to resign my position with the bank effective Dec. 31 and am looking forward to my retirement,’ Ms. Vrablic, 60, said in a statement on Tuesday.”

Deutsche Bank opened an internal review in August of a questionable real estate transaction between Vrablic and a company partially owned by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law who also serves as a top White House policy adviser.

Vrablic joined Deutsche Bank in 2006, and she immediately began courting a controversial new client: Donald Trump:

“(Trump) had been mostly off limits to the mainstream banking world because of his tendency to default on loans. With her bosses’ approval, Ms. Vrablic agreed to a series of loans, totaling well over $300 million, for his newly acquired Doral golf resort in Florida, for his troubled Chicago skyscraper and for the transformation of the Old Post Office building in Washington into a luxury hotel.”

A few years later, Vrablic was an invited V.I.P. guest at Trump’s inauguration, something that drew the attention of many, including investigators with the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. According to court filings, Vance has impaneled a grand jury and is investigating Trump for insurance and tax fraud, along with money laundering.

Trump currently owes Deutsche Bank $330 million in loans which come due in 2023 and 2024. Since Trump personally guaranteed those loans, failure to repay them would allow the bank to seize his personal assets.

The Times also notes that prosecutors are looking closely at Deutsche Bank for their role in potential crimes:

“Since the November election, his prosecutors have interviewed Deutsche Bank officials about the bank’s lending policies and procedures, and bank executives expect that prosecutors will summon employees to testify before a grand jury.”

Once Trump is no longer president, he can be indicted, tried, and incarcerated for the crimes he’s allegedly committed. That’s why he’s fighting so frantically to remain in the White House and why he’s so terrified of what happens the minute he leaves office.

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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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Donald Trump’s Favorite German Bank May Have Just Sold Him Out To Congressional Investigators

Not long ago, we learned a bank that has done extensive business with Donald Trump over the years does indeed have some of his tax returns, and that could mean that all of us are about to see exactly what’s hiding in the Trump returns.


Congressional efforts to obtain Trump’s taxes from the IRS have been meet with legal maneuvers from Trump’s team of lawyers, and those legal wranglings could take several months to work their way through the courts.

But the revelation that Deutsche Bank has some of the Trump tax returns has led some to suggest that the bank may hand those over to various congressional committees and that it could happen very soon, the Hill reports:

“Many tax and legal experts think Democrats will ultimately prevail in both the case involving the IRS and the case involving Deutsche Bank but think that the latter case will be resolved faster — meaning that Democrats are more likely to receive Trump-related tax returns from Deutsche Bank before the 2020 election than they are to receive tax returns from the IRS.”


As you’d expect, a lawyer for Trump said the House isn’t entitled to obtain Trump’s taxes from Deutsche Bank, but that argument isn’t likely to get much leverage in court, according to University of Pittsburgh law professor Philip Hackney:

“I think the House has the better argument here.”


Keep in mind that Trump has stiffed Deutsche Bank out of money in the past (to the tune of $640 million) so they could be ready to show him that they can play hardball, too.

Trump’s tax returns are going to be made public, and it will probably be before the 2020 election. He’s running out of legal delays and the law is not on his side.