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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2021 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And to think we had two special prosecutors on the clintons that spent 70 million 20 years ago and not one grand jury indictment and it was over Hillary investment in a land deal that she lost USD$70,000.00 use to be the bar. and even with that, another 10 or so years of multiple congressional investigations.



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Trump tried to end Spygate probe of New England Patriots by offering bribe, late senator’s son says


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Donald Trump allegedly attempted to stop a congressional probe of the Spygate case involving the New England Patriots by offering a bribe to then-Sen. Arlen Specter, the late senator’s son claimed Wednesday.

Bill Belichick, Julian Edelman, Donald Trump standing next to a man in a suit and tie: US President Donald Trump holds a jersey given to him by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (R) and head coach Bill Belichick (L) alongside members of the team during a ceremony honoring them as 2017 Super Bowl Champions on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images© Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images US President Donald Trump holds a jersey given to him by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (R) and head coach Bill Belichick (L) alongside members of the team during a ceremony honoring them as 2017 Super Bowl Champions on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
An explosive ESPN report detailed how Trump, nearly a decade before he became president, allegedly acted on behalf of Patriots owner Robert Kraft when he met with Specter in 2008 to offer him “a lot of money in Palm Beach” if the then-Republican senator from Pennsylvania dropped his investigation into the team. Shanin Specter, the senator’s son, said to ESPN that Trump intervened in the probe, while Charles Robbins, the senator’s longtime communications aide, told The Washington Post that he surmised Trump to be the person who offered Arlen Specter the bribe.


In a Wednesday email to The Post, Shanin Specter confirmed that his father, who died in 2012, explicitly indicated to him that Trump had attempted to bribe the senator, then the ranking Republican of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in exchange for dropping the investigation of the Patriots illegally filming an opponent’s hand signals.

“He told me it was Trump,” Specter, a personal injury and medical malpractice attorney in Philadelphia, said to The Post.

Trump spokesman Jason Miller denied the allegations in an email to The Post on Wednesday.

“This is completely false,” Miller said in a statement. “We have no idea what you’re talking about.”

Representatives with the Patriots did not immediately return a request for comment. A team spokesman told ESPN that Kraft, a longtime friend of Trump’s, “never asked Donald Trump to talk to Arlen Specter on his behalf.”

“Mr. Kraft is not aware of any involvement of Trump on this topic and he did not have any other engagement with Specter or his staff,” the spokesman said to the outlet.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy declined to comment to The Post.

The news comes one day after Manhattan’s district attorney convened the grand jury that is expected to decide whether to indict Trump, other executives at his company or the business itself, should prosecutors present the panel with criminal charges. As The Post reported Tuesday, convening the grand jury shows that District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.’s investigation of the former president and his business has hit an advanced stage after more than two years. The development also suggests that Vance thinks he has found evidence of a crime — if not by Trump, by someone potentially close to him or by his company.

Prosecutor in Trump criminal probe convenes grand jury to hear evidence, weigh potential charges
The Patriots were found by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to have violated league rules when they videotaped the defensive coaches for the New York Jets from an unauthorized location in 2007. The franchise was stripped of its first-round draft pick and fined $250,000 by the league. Bill Belichick, the team’s legendary coach, was also fined $500,000, the largest amount ever handed down to an NFL coach.

The league’s relatively fast investigation raised concern from Specter, who wrote letters to Goodell to let him know he still had questions. Specter made headlines when he announced his intentions to investigate Spygate on his own.

“The NFL has a very preferred status in our country with their antitrust exemption,” Specter said to the New York Times in February 2008. “The American people are entitled to be sure about the integrity of the game.”

Even though his intentions lacked subpoena power, Specter’s focus on the case shook the NFL, ESPN reported.

Robbins, who co-authored Specter’s memoir “Life Among the Cannibals,” documented a dinner in early 2008 that the senator had with a friend in Palm Beach “at his palatial club,” according to ESPN. The topic of the Spygate came up, as did Specter’s one-man investigation.

“On the signal stealing, a mutual friend had told me that ‘if I laid off the Patriots, there’d be a lot of money in Palm Beach,’” Specter wrote in the 2012 memoir. “And I replied, ‘I couldn’t care less.’”

Robbins said to The Post that Specter did not share who the man was and later brushed off his aide’s attempt at a follow-up question, but surmised the person in question to be Trump after recognizing that the senator only knew one or two people powerful enough in Florida to make such a statement.

“When the subject comes up of Florida, my moral obligation was to have a sense of who Specter would have known in Florida,” Robbins told The Post.

Shanin Specter said to The Post that he spoke to his father within days of the conversation with Trump, adding that the senator explicitly told him it was the real estate mogul and reality TV star.

“He was still pissed, and he wanted to talk about it,” Specter said.

To that point, Trump and Arlen Specter had a friendly relationship. Federal Election Commission records show that Trump contributed more than $11,000 to the campaign committees of a person he called a “close friend” in handwritten letters, according to ESPN. In 2004, Trump hosted a fundraising luncheon for Specter at Trump Tower, the Morning Call reported at the time. Specter was being challenged in the Republican primary that year by conservative congressman Patrick J. Toomey.

“This guy is a great character,” Trump said of Specter. “Arlen is quite simply a friend of mine. He’s just someone I like.” The paper noted that Trump then glanced at Specter before adding, “I don’t know if that helps you or hurts you.”

But Shanin Specter said to ESPN the mood changed following the meeting in 2008.

“My father told me that Trump was acting as a messenger for Kraft,” he told the outlet. “But I’m equally sure the reference to money in Palm Beach was campaign contributions, not cash. The offer was Kraft assistance with campaign contributions. … My father said it was Kraft’s offer, not someone else’s.”

Around that same time, Trump reportedly co-hosted a party for the release of one of Specter’s books, “Never Give In.” Not long afterward, Trump wrote in March 2008 what would be the last campaign check to Specter for $1,300, ESPN reported.

The senator would face criticism for taking on the Spygate probe at a time when the economy was in peril and the nation was engaged in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Critics also pointed to how he was fighting the league on behalf of Comcast at a time when the Philadelphia-based cable TV company was battling the NFL over the pricing for carrying the NFL Network.

In a speech on the Senate floor in June 2008, Specter offered his final word on the probe and defended himself against criticism. He also called for an “impartial investigation.”

“The publicity in exposing Belichick and the Patriots conduct has been a far greater punishment than dollars and draft choices,” he said. “History will impose the final judgment on the penalty for Belichick and the Patriots.”

Trump’s relationship with the NFL took a turn when he became president, as he often criticized Colin Kaepernick and other players who knelt during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racism. He was, however, welcoming of the Patriots to the White House in 2017 and regularly tweeted his support for Kraft, Belichick and legendary quarterback Tom Brady.

Mark Maske, Shayna Jacobs and David A. Fahrenthold contributed to this report.




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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2021 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/why-trump-s-moneyman-may-be-the-key-to-the-manhattan-d-a-s-investigation-of-trump-113765445766?cid=eml_mra_20210528&user_email=e73377d3e40790eecbf6a99203e1476ea2a23c644c2045abd739b8f9e629a73b


Why Trump's moneyman may be the key to the Manhattan D.A.'s investigation of Trump


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Rebecca Roiphe, former Manhattan assistant district attorney, talks about new reports of Manhattan prosecutors preparing a witness to testify before the grand jury in the Trump case, and how the investigation of Donald Trump and his business appears to be taking shape.
May 27, 2021

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/da-had-trump-organization-controller-testify-before-special-grand-jury-sources/ar-AAKInK4?ocid=msedgntp


DA had Trump Organization controller testify before special grand jury: Sources


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One of the most senior officials in the Trump Organization has testified before a special grand jury empaneled by the Manhattan District Attorney's office to hear evidence against former President Donald Trump and his company, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told ABC News.

Jeff McConney is among a number of witnesses that have already appeared before the special grand jury that will decide whether criminal charges are warranted against the former president, his company or any of its employees, the sources said.


McConney, who serves as a senior vice president and controller for the Trump Organization, is the first employee of the former president's company called to testify, the sources said, and his testimony is a sign that prosecutors have burrowed deep into the company's finances.

MORE: Manhattan district attorney convenes special grand jury in Trump probe: Sources
"Complex accounting issues are crucial to this investigation, as is the knowledge and intent of the people at the Trump Organization involved in these transactions," said Daniel R. Alonso, the former chief assistant district attorney in Manhattan and now a partner in private practice at Buckley LLP.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Former U.S. President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower in Manhattan on May 18, 2021, in New York.© James Devaney/GC Images via Getty Images, FILE Former U.S. President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower in Manhattan on May 18, 2021, in New York.
"In any case like that, the two most important people -- whether as targets or witnesses -- are the company's CFO and the company's controller," Alonso told ABC News.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/breaking-trump-org-senior-vice-president-subpoenaed-by-grand-jury/vi-AAKIHBd?ocid=msedgntp


BREAKING: Trump Org senior vice president subpoenaed by grand jury



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Harry Litman, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, joins Nicolle Wallace to discuss breaking news from the New York Times that the Manhattan District Attorney Attorney subpoenaed Trump Organization SVP Jeffrey McConney to testify before a grand jury

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2021 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Expected charges against Trump Org. are far from ‘minuscule’


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Free rent at a Central Park apartment. Free private school tuition in Manhattan. Free car leases. All for several years. The fringe benefits for which the Trump Organization and its CFO Allen Weisselberg are expected to face criminal charges are not "minuscule," as Donald Trump's criminal lawyer argues. Daniel Goldman, Daniel Alonso and David Cay Johnston join Lawrence O'Donnell to discuss.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2021 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Trump Organization Expected To Be Charged Tomorrow


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Two representatives from the Trump organization say they expect charges to be filed against the organization as soon as tomorrow. NBC's Tom Winter has details.


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Jennifer Weisselberg Reacts To News Of Trump Organization Charges


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Watch as Jennifer Weisselberg, the former daughter-in-law of Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, finds out on-air that tax-related charges are expected to be brought against the company on Thursday. Weisselberg also said there will be “a

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2021 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

remember the right wing had a independent counsel investigate Jimmy Carter for his small peanut farm that was in a blind trust.

and the right wing had two independent counsels investigated the Clintons for a land deal years before he was president that they lost 70k in. And that was a 6 year investigation with the most right wing politically biased whore with no experience and Starr never had a single grand jury indictment against the clintons. Again Starr even later defended trumps best friend Epstein. And Clinton was even deposed under oath when president. Asked questions put together by present supreme court perjurer, boy Kav.

Now we have your whore who had his charity disbanded in a plea agreement, and had to pay 25 million for his fake university claiming he is the victim again.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-organization-and-financial-chief-charged-with-tax-related-crimes/ar-AALDJGC


Trump Organization and financial chief charged with tax-related crimes


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The Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, have been charged with tax-related offenses, marking the first criminal charges against the former president’s company since prosecutors began investigating it three years ago, two people familiar with the matter told the Associated Press.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters© Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters
Multiple news outlets including the New York Times and Washington Post reported the charges on Wednesday evening, citing sources familiar with the matter.

The charges against the Trump Organization and the company’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, remained sealed Wednesday night, but were expected to involve alleged tax violations related to benefits the company gave to top executives, possibly including use of apartments, cars and school tuition, people familiar with the case said.

While no charges are expected to be brought against Trump personally the charges mark an extraordinary turning point for the former president and more are likely to follow. New York prosecutors are still investigating allegations of “hush money” paid to women who say they had sexual relations with Trump, and claims of real-estate price manipulation.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: The Trump Organization chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, as Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan in 2016.© Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters The Trump Organization chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, as Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan in 2016.
The charges are a severe blow to the Trump Organization, which may now find it more difficult to raise money as the case continues. They also pose a challenge to Trump’s apparent political ambitions. The former president has begun a series of campaign style rallies and is positioning himself for another run at the presidency in 2024.


Prosecutors have been pressing Weisselberg, 73, to cooperate with their investigations but with little success so far.

No one other than Trump has such a thorough knowledge of the Trump Organization. “They are like Batman and Robin,” Jennifer Weisselberg, ex-wife of Allen Weisselberg’s son Barry told the New York Times. Jennifer Weisselberg has aided Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance investigation into Trump’s business after a contentious divorce, supplying hundreds of pages of tax documents.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, testified before Congress in 2019 that Weisselberg helped orchestrate a cover-up to reimburse him for a $130,000 payment made to the adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who has claimed she had sex with Trump.

Cohen also testified that he and Weisselberg concocted phony valuations of Trump’s real estate holdings to devalue assets for tax purposes while inflating them for loan agreements.

Vance and the New York State attorney general, Letitia James, are investigating both those allegations.

More details to follow soon…

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2021 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

near the end the person noted he deposed trump in 2007 where Trump noted he was always consulting Weisselberg before any document was sent about trump Organization.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkSE8CLT6As


Trump And His Legal Advisors Have Lots Of Reasons To Worry' Says Tim O'Brien




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The Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg being charged with tax fraud and grand larceny is analyzed by legal experts and experts on Donald Trump's history, regarding what we might expect next in Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance's plan.

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near the end the person noted he deposed trump in 2007 where Trump noted he was always consulting Weisselberg before any document was sent about trump Organization.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkSE8CLT6As


Trump And His Legal Advisors Have Lots Of Reasons To Worry' Says Tim O'Brien




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The Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg being charged with tax fraud and grand larceny is analyzed by legal experts and experts on Donald Trump's history, regarding what we might expect next in Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance's plan.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2021 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/his-business-indicted-trump-says-bit-too-much-about-taxes-n1273110?cid=eml_mra_20210706&user_email=e73377d3e40790eecbf6a99203e1476ea2a23c644c2045abd739b8f9e629a73b


With his business indicted, Trump says a bit too much about taxes


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Throughout his political career, Donald Trump has claimed to have an encyclopedic understanding of many subjects, but the Republican is especially proud of his tax-policy expertise.

"I think nobody knows more about taxes than I do, maybe in the history of the world," Trump told voters in May 2016. He added five months later, "I understand the tax laws better than almost anyone."

Five years later, the former president's core business, the Trump Organization, is under criminal indictment, with New York prosecutors alleging that the business engaged in a 15-year-long tax fraud scheme. It was against this backdrop that Trump held a rally in Florida over the holiday weekend, lashed out at prosecutors, and as the Washington Post noted, "appeared to acknowledge the tax schemes while questioning whether the alleged violations were in fact crimes."

"They go after good, hard-working people for not paying taxes on a company car," he said at a rally in Sarasota, Fla. "You didn't pay tax on the car or a company apartment. You used an apartment because you need an apartment because you have to travel too far where your house is. You didn't pay tax. Or education for your grandchildren. I don't even know. Do you have to? Does anybody know the answer to that stuff?"

Joyce Vance, a former federal prosecutor and an MSNBC legal analyst, highlighted a video of the former president's comments and added, "Somewhere, a defense lawyer is beating his head into a brick wall, over and over."

As a rule, attorneys whose clients are under indictment have a few simple rules, starting with the most obvious: shut up. Criminal defendants have a right to remain silent, and their lawyers prefer that they exercise that right for a reason: the accused may say things in public that prosecutors will hear and use in court.

In this instance, the Trump Organization and its CFO stand accused of orchestrating an extensive tax-fraud scheme. While the defendants have all pleaded not guilty, that didn't stop Trump himself from standing on a Florida stage and suggesting to thousands of his followers that the schemes actually occurred.

His apparent defense -- to the extent that this could be characterized as a defense -- was that he "doesn't even know" whether the alleged criminal schemes were illegal, his earlier boasts about knowing more about taxes, "maybe in the history of the world," notwithstanding.

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The problem is not just that Trump seems to believe he can talk his way out of this mess, it's also how familiar these circumstances are. It was nearly three years ago when The Atlantic's Adam Serwer wrote, "Donald Trump can't stop telling on himself." As regular readers know, it was a notable observation precisely because Trump has publicly disclosed his own misdeeds on multiple occasions.

Nick Akerman, a former Watergate prosecutor, said part way through Trump's term, "What he's been saying in public is the kind of thing I used to prosecute people for doing in private."

I can only assume that the district attorney's office in Manhattan hopes the former president just keeps talking.

Correction: I'd originally misstated the Trump Or

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2021 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

here trumps says giving a car and not reporting it and school fees and not reporting it is what he did...

indict him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yvAD8DYReQ


Like The Mob': Trump In Trouble As Family Member Floats Ivanka Flipping


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Citizen Donald Trump is speaking out about the criminal probe into his namesake organization, admitting the crime during a rally and downplaying the charges. Prosecutors are still pressuring Trump’s money man Allen Weisselberg to start talking. MSNBC’s Dr. Jason Johnson is joined by former Acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal to discuss the latest in the investigation. (This interview is from MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber, a news show covering politics, law and culture airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC.

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