It’s almost hard to believe but it is true–Trump and his flunky son Eric scammed people out of money that the people thought was going to charity. Instead it went into Trump’s pocket.
President Trump’s charity foundation funneled $100,000 in donations meant for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital into revenue for the Trump Organization by using his son’s charity, Forbes reported Tuesday.
And it’s not the first time:
At a nursery school a year earlier, Trump had crashed the ribbon-cutting for the event aimed at helping children with AIDS.
Once he was onstage, Trump played the part of a big donor convincingly. Photos from the event show Trump smiling, right behind Giuliani, as the mayor cut the ribbon. During the “celebratory dance” segment of the program, Trump mugged and did the macarena with Giuliani, Kathie Lee Gifford and a group of children.
Stealing money from kids with AIDS . . . yeah, you read that right.
The morning started with reports that president Donald Trump is very angry at attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump is angry that Sessions refused to take control over the investigation into Russian hacking and campaign spying, and instead “recused” himself, or in other words, removed himself, from the investigation. Trump was probably angry because he thought Sessions would be there to cover up Trump’s ties to Russia:
“I thought that was a pretty damning report for the president,” Miller said. “Why would the president care if Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian investigation or not unless he wanted him to exert inappropriate influence over it. It shouldn’t really matter who’s leading the investigation unless you want the person in charge to somehow steer it in a way that benefits you.”
Article after article kept coming, talking about how pissed off Trump was at Sessions, and explaining that the Trump’s tweets about the “travel ban” were really a way for him to blow off some of the steam he has built up about Sessions. Trump effectively strangled the justice department’s case before it ever had a chance of making it before the supreme court:
The discontent was on display on Monday in a series of stark early-morning postings on Twitter in which the president faulted his own Justice Department for its defense of his travel ban on visitors from certain predominantly Muslim countries.
After all the bad stories about Sessions, it then was leaked to the press that Sessions actually offered to resign. He’s had enough with El Trumpo, and seems to be who Trump is taking out his anger on these days. Could it be that El Trumpo is getting scared?
As for Sessions, he’s ready to retire and pursue his life-long dream!
The big complaints we’ve had about Trump so far are that (1) he refused to divest himself from his private businesses, thereby creating a conflict of interest and a potential violation of the emoluments clause of the United States constitution; (2) that Trump’s team “coordinated” with the Russians in hacking the Hillary Clinton campaign and otherwise worked with the Russians to manipulate the presidential campaign; and (3) obstruction of justice (or in other words, trying to screw up the FBI’s investigation on purpose).
Today, however, we learn that the FBI’s investigation is far deeper than who talked to the Russians and when. We know this based on who is being put on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. We have Justice Department “fraud chief” Andrew Weissman. Weissman was the director of the Enron Task Force in 2002, which if you might remember brought down Enron and their shady accountant company Arthur Anderson. He was also “co-chair” of heavyweight private law firm Jenner & Block’s White Collar Practice Group where he “worked on a broad range of matters including ones involving securities fraud, antitrust, health care fraud and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.”
These are not experts on conflicts of interest and espionage. No, they are experts in fraud, white collar crime, corruption and illegal business practices. You build your team based on the game you are playing. And it appears the game here is fraud and corruption, and not hacking. This indicates that the investigation into Trump is far more serious than what games he played with the Russians to take down Hillary.
It’s clear that the Russians have significant leverage over Trump. We aren’t talking about pee-pee tapes, we’re talking about wide spread fraud and criminal activities.
The usual real estate market forecasters have been saying for at least a year now that the U.S. real estate market is due for a major correction. Their position seems to largely be based on the “fundamental” fact that average income is not keeping pace with the extremely fast-growing and high-flying prices of homes. In focusing on these “basics” these forecasters ignore all the big words and complicated theories that tell most economists that the real estate market is strong.
But it seems like things are starting to break up, after many months of warning the forecasters clearly are seeing something going wrong in the high end real estate market. The big players are still trying to play it cool, for example the Fiscal Times reports that the luxury real estate market is “cooling off.”
Coast to coast though, we seem to have a problem. For example, we see “Billionaires Row” in New York, New York, headed for its first foreclosure. We also see what the Wall Street Journal calls a “fraying” of the luxury housing market in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Meanwhile, on the West Coast, some are saying that San Francisco’s high-end real estate market has finally “peaked” after years of growth that is divorced from all economic realities…which created a market where a small “starter home” goes for $730,000.
Folks on the lower end who do not live in the red-hot markets (SF, LA, Portland, Seattle, NY, etc.) never really saw much of a recovery after the 2007 crash. Thus, if we see another real estate “correction” it stands to reason that people in fly-over Trump country will be hardest hit when their homes suffer another blow after never fully recovering from the last one. A double whammy, ten years in the making. Why should you care about the high-end luxury United States real estate market? How would a crash in New York impact me in Omaha? It’s simple: shit flows down hill.
We learned today that Jared Kushner is a person of interest in the FBI investigation into Trump campaign connections to Russia. Coincidentally, it was also reported recently that Kushner pushed very hard to have Comey fired and also pushed to retaliate for the appointment of a special counsel. He wanted to fight the investigations into Trumpland very hard—as if it was the fight of his life.
But what has Kushner done to become a potential target of a federal criminal investigation? We know that back in December 2016, Kushner met with a Russian banker at the request of the Russian ambassador to the United States.
This raises questions because “Russian bankers” usually are agents of the Russian government and work very hard to move dirty Russian money around the world and help cover up Russian financial crimes. In fact, a Russian banker was sentenced to 30 months in prison after he was prosecuted in federal court in New York. The charge? Conspiring to work for Russian foreign intelligence services in the United States. The prosecutor who took down the Russian banker? The U.S. attorney that Trump fired earlier this year.
As for Kushner’s meeting in December 2016 with Banker Sergey Gorkov, Gorkov is also someone on the feds’ radar. Gorkov used to serve on the Executive Board and was Vice President of another Russian bank, Sberbank. (source) This week Trump named Marc Kasowitz, an attorney who previously represented Sberbank in federal court, as his private counsel for the Russia investigation. Kasowitz has another Russian client: a company operated by Oleg Deripaska, a man who Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, signed a $10M annual contract with to influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States. Manafort’s contract with Deripaska had one major purpose—to benefit President Vladimir Putin’s government.
Trump and his buddies are pushing their way to the top of the FBI’s list.
On the same day that Trump announced a record weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, news broke that the Saudi terrorist group ISIS murdered 22 people in England. Before the attack, Trump was busy negotiating down the price from American companies for the Saudis–in other words he was negotiating against America for his Saudi friends. His little shit stain son-in-law Kushner even called the American company Lockheed to get a better price for the Saudis. Right after Trump bent over and gave the Saudis everything they wanted, the Saudis then turned around and donated $100 million to Trump’s daughter’s charity. Smell like a scam to you?
The Saudi Arabian royal family are Trump’s new lovers. They use American weapons to murder civilians and bomb hospitals, causing a Cholera outbreak in Yemen. They also spend their money on funding groups like ISIS or paying for and planning the 9/11 attack. Trump knows this and yelled at Hillary during the election for taking Saudi money. Now that he is in the White House and sees dollar signs, however, he’s ready to take a bow for his Saudi masters just like Obama and Bush did before him. There’s too much money on the table to care about dead Americans and civilians around the world.
Just when you thought the week might be calming down, the NYTimes drops the bombshell that Trump told the Russian spies, who he invited to the Oval Office, that he fired Comey for being a nutj ob, and to “take the pressure off” the Russia investigation. Trump’s spokesman, Spicer, refused to deny that Trump made the comment. Which either means it’s on tape or video or that there were so many witnesses to the statement it would be impossible to deny it.
Then, a few minutes later, just as soon as Trump’s plane went “wheels up” for his trip to the Middle East, the WaPo dropped another bombshell: a current, and very senior member of Trump’s White House team has been swept into the FBI’s Russia probe.
We do not know who the senior official is. However, based on what we know, the best guess seems to be on Trump’s son in law, Jared Kushner. This is based on his track record: he forgot to mention on his security clearance forms that he had a meeting with Russians, met with a Russian banker with direct ties to Putin, did not want to appoint a special counsel, and pushed hard for Comey’s firing. Kushner has also “lawyered up.” Kushner’s dad is also a known criminal felon for . . . you guessed it, illegal campaign contributions, among other things.
According to Washington Post reporters on Twitter, the day is not over . . .