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Crime Donald Trump Jr. The Trump Adminstration

Don Jr. Lied Under Oath In A Sworn Deposition And Faces Prosecution For Perjury

Now that his father is no longer president and cannot shield him from being charged with the crimes he has allegedly committed over the years, Donald Trump Jr. is facing being indicted on a plethora of criminal offenses.

One of those is perjury, and a blockbuster report from Mother Jones makes it clear that Don Jr. did indeed lie under oath in a deposition he gave to the office of Karl Racine, the district attorney for Washington, D.C.:

“The matter at hand was a lawsuit filed in 2020 against Donald Trump’s inauguration committee and the Trump Organization by Karl Racine, the attorney general of Washington, DC. The suit claims that the inauguration committee misused charitable funds to enrich the Trump family.”

Racine took depositions from multiple people who were intimately involved in the Trump inaugural, including investor Tom Barrack, who chaired the inaugural committee, Rick Gates, who served as the committee’s deputy chair, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump.

Additionally, Racine deposed Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a producer for the inaugural who is now a lead witness cooperating with the investigation of possible wrongdoing by the Trump inaugural committee.

Despite the key role she played in planning the inauguration, Don Jr. acted as if he had never met Wolkoff when he was asked about her for his depositon:

During his deposition, Trump Jr. was asked about Winston Wolkoff: “Do you know her?” He replied, “I know of her. I think I’ve met her, but I don’t know her. If she was in this room I’m not sure I would recognize her.” He added, “I had no involvement with her.”

However, a video shot the night before the inauguration proves that Don Jr. was lying when he claimed he didn’t know Wolkoff:

Don Jr. clearly knew Wolkoff, and profusely praised her:

“This footage is from a tony candlelight dinner held at Union Station in Washington, DC, the night before Trump’s inauguration. This soiree was one of the official inauguration events. (A million-dollar contribution to the inauguration committee earned a Trump donor a ticket.) Here Trump Jr. can be seen profusely praising Barrack and Winston Wolkoff for the ‘incredible’ work they did. It seems he did know her.”

As for Don Jr’s assertion that he’d had “no involvement” with Wolkoff, text messages destroy that claim, too:

“On January 17, 2017, an assistant for Ivanka Trump texted Winston Wolkoff and said that Trump Jr. wanted to speak to her, providing Winston Wolkoff with his cell number.”

Wolkoff noted in a statement on Racine’s investigation that she believes the Trump family did indeed try to profit from the inaugural:

“I did not think it was right for the Trump Family or the Trump Family’s businesses to be financially profiting from the presidential Inauguration. It was a gross mismanagement of funds and an abuse of authority, and I made it very clear to people in the Trump Family and the inauguration committee how I felt.” 

On numerous occasions during the deposition given to Racine’s office, Don Jr. used the old standard weasel term that he didn’t remember:

“During his deposition, Trump Jr. frequently replied, ‘I don’t recall,’ and he downplayed his involvement in preparation for his father’s inauguration in January 2017. In several exchanges, he made statements that are contradicted by documents or the recollections of others and that appear to be false.”

Lying in a sworn deposition is a crime: Perjury. The penalty for perjury in the District of Columbia is a $5,000 fine and up to ten years in prison.

Lock him up!

 

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Corruption Crime Donald Trump

Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Perjured Himself: Report

The longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg, perjured himself in multiple depositions and felt completely “enabled” to ignore the law when his boss was in the White House, according to his former daughter-in-law, Jennifer Weisselberg.

Mrs. Weisselberg revealed details of what her ex-father-in-law had done over the years during an appearance on MSNBC, telling host Alex Witt:

“It really went to their (the Weisselberg family’s) heads. They were extremely enabled and had no accountability Weisselberg does lie. He has perjured himself with the Presidential Inaugural Committee, with most depositions.”

But that wasn’t all Mrs. Weisselberg had to say about her former in-laws, noting that she fully expects they will flip and agree to testify against Donald and his family, all of whom are involved in running the Trump Organization:

“There is a personal criminal probe on him and they are going really hard on his children — Barry and Jack. … (Allen’s) going to flip.

“When it comes down to being 75, you have to look at what’s best for your own family. The organization has major issues.”

As HuffPost explains, there are numerous investigations underway into the Trump family and corporation:

“New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) has been conducting a criminal investigation into Allen Weisselberg’s personal taxes for months — and has also launched a criminal probe into the Trump Organization.

“A parallel investigation into possible loan, bank and insurance fraud by the Trump Organization and its officers is being carried out by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. Weisselberg’s possible role in exorbitant Trump Organization charges to the 2016 inaugural committee is also being probed.”

Jennifer Weisselberg says she has turned over boxes of financial records and digital information to New York prosecutors, but she admits she’s surprised things are moving so quickly after years of no legal action:

“I didn’t realize it was going to happen this soon. I did anticipate it happening.”

If Allen Weisselberg did indeed perjure himself under oath, that gives prosecutors a valuable tool they can use to make sure he cooperates with them and agrees to testify against the former president. Maybe then Donald Trump will finally be held accountable for this lifetime of crimes and lies.

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Crime Trump-Russia

Donald Trump Jr’s Senate Subpoena Proves He’s Still In ENORMOUS Legal Jeopardy

One of the biggest surprises from the investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller was that Donald Trump Jr. wasn’t indicted despite having been at that infamous June 2016 meeting held in Trump Tower with Russian nationals who promised they had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

However, as we learned Wednesday, Junior is far from in the clear when it comes to that meeting and what he’s said under oath. As a result, he could be looking at perjury charges as soon as this month.


As Axios first reported, the Senate Intelligence Committee (which is controlled by Republicans) has subpoenaed Don Jr. to appear before them on matters related to that Trump Tower meeting:

“The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. to answer questions about his previous testimony before Senate investigators in relation to the Russia investigation.

“It’s the first congressional subpoena — that we know about — of one of President Trump’s children. The subpoena sets up a fight that’s unprecedented in the Trump era: A Republican committee chair pit against the Republican president’s eldest son.”

Keep in mind that Junior may still be facing indictment in one of the dozens of cases Mueller farmed out to other jurisdictions such as the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), which just so happens to cover Manhattan, the location of Trump Tower. He might also be in legal jeopardy from the office New York Attorney General Letitia James.


What exactly might the Senate Intelligence Committee want to know from Don Jr? According to the New York Times:

“The committee is particularly interested in the younger Mr. Trump’s account of the events surrounding the Trump Tower meeting — as well as his role in his father’s efforts to build a skyscraper in Moscow — and comparing the testimony to his previous answers to Senate investigators in 2017. Mr. Trump is a scion of President Trump’s global business empire and was one of his father’s close advisers during the election.”


In other words, they want to compare what he said then against what they now know from the Mueller report and see if Junior’s story matches. If he lies again, that’s more perjury charges, which he may already be looking at in the SDNY. And the president’s son may also be on the hook for violating laws that relate to the national security of the United States. After all, why does anyone meet with Russians in the middle of a campaign? To discuss the price of vodka? To talk about “adoption” as the White House initially asserted before they walked back that blatant lie?

Donald Trump Jr. is sweating. And he damn well should. His actions and his lies could yet land him in prison.

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Crime Russia Investigation Trump-Russia

New Report: Trump Directed People To Commit Perjury On MULTIPLE Occasions

Just last week, a report from BuzzFeed suggested that President Donald Trump had urged his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie in testimony he gave to Congress, and that news set off a flurry of talk from both Democrats and Republicans in Congress that such an act — known legally as suborning perjury — would be an impeachable offense.

When the initial stir over the BuzzFeed report died down, Trump tried to claim victory, asserting that he had never told anyone to lie under oath. But not only is that untrue as it relates to Cohen, it’s an even bigger lie when it comes to the many times Trump has already told advisers and family members to commit perjury.


As Marcy Wheeler notes in a superb article she wrote for The New Republic, the instances of Trump’s suborning perjury are numerous:

“Trump has, in fact, repeatedly instructed subordinates to tell lies to Congress and law enforcement authorities, including lies that amount to crimes.

“Another important difference is the way in which Trump gets his subordinates to lie, which has served to delay the moment when we all admit that he is quite clearly suborning perjury.”


Now consider a few examples of Trump clearly ordering or encouraging others to commit perjury:

  • September 2017: White House aide Stephen Miller — in  close cooperation with Trump — drafted a memo laying out the reasons the president was firing former FBI Director James Comey. Since that letter was sent to Comey while he was still director of the agency, that was a direct lie to the FBI, a lie written by Miller and crafted with Trump’s assistance.
  • January 2018: the New York Times reported “that the President dictated a short but accurate response to the … Times article on behalf of his son, Donald Trump, Jr.” That letter was tied to testimony Don Jr. gave to a congressional committee, so any lie Junior told was at the direction of his father.

How serious is suborning perjury? Even Fox News host Chris Wallace recently noted:

“It’s the kind of thing that can get you impeached.”


And it will indeed get Trump impeached, Wheeler concludes:

“A more basic law makes it a crime to ‘aid, abet, counsel, command, induce, or procure’ an offense against the United States, in which case that person can be charged ‘as a principal.’ In past presidential cover-ups, conspiracy to obstruct justice was charged. So Trump could be on the hook for the lies he encouraged his subordinates to tell, too, sometimes with the help of his lawyers.”

Just in case you’re interested, the penalty for each count of suborning perjury or directing others to lie is up to five years in prison for each offense. As much as Trump lies and urges others to do the same, he’s looking at hundreds of years behind bars.

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Crime Supreme Court

Justice Department Perjury Complaint May Keep Kavanaugh Off Supreme Court

Having survived four days of contentious confirmation hearings, it appeared that Judge Brett Kavanaugh might just manage to squeak by with the smallest of margins and earn a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, despite the fact that he appeared to have contradicted himself under oath on more than a few occasions when questioned by Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Then on Saturday, a progressive political action committee (PAC) fired a legal torpedo that could well sink Kavanaugh’s nomination. And even if it doesn’t, it could pave the way for his eventual impeachment if he does manage to make it to the high court.

The Democratic Coalition has filed a criminal complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice accusing Kavanaugh of having committed perjury during his hearings:


Yes, you read that correctly: Merrick Garland, who was denied so much as a confirmation hearing when he was nominated for the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama, is now Chief United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and will personally hear the complaint. That fact alone must have Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell very worried.

And the best part is, even if Garland dismisses the complaint — and he well may — the fact that the filing has been made provides additional ammunition for Congressional Democrats if they happen to take control of both the House and Senate in the midterm election. They could use it as the foundation for the impeachment of Kavanaugh just months after he’s been fitted for his new robes and sworn in. Imagine Kavanaugh’s surprise and total humiliation when he’s impeached and is no longer a judge on any court.

If perhaps you were looking for another reason it’s so vital that we all get out and vote in November, look no further than the case of Brett Kavanaugh, a man so craven and compromised he was willing to lie for the pathological liar currently sitting in the Oval Office.

Judge Kavanaugh, allow us to introduce you to Mr. Karma.