Trump makes a habit of stealing money from sick children

According to Forbes, Donald Trump redirected more than $1 million in charitable donations intended for kids with cancer to the Trump Organization, making himself and his cronies richer. Turns out, that’s not the first story proving even terminally ill children are no match for Trump’s greed and cruelty.

Earlier this year, Michael Skolnik appeared on the Politically Re-Active podcast, where he relayed a similar story about then-citizen Trump (it starts at about 28:20). Skolnik is a longtime business partner of Def Jam founder and billionaire Russell Simmons, who had a high-profile falling out with Trump during the presidential campaign:

“I sat next to Donald at a dinner one time at the Waldorf-Astoria for a charity event,” Skolnik recounted. “This is three or four years ago. It was for a very rare children’s disease. The guy whose table it was, who was a friend of Donald and a friend of Russell’s, got onstage and pledged a million dollars to this charity and said to the audience in the Waldorf, ‘Who’s going to match me?’ And—I’ll go under oath, [swear on] my grandfather’s grave, may my grandfather rest in peace—Trump was sitting right next to me and he raised his hand. He was like, ‘A million bucks. I’m in!’” And the whole place exploded in craziness. Here was $2 million raised in 15 seconds for this amazing charity. And David Fahrenthold from the Washington Post saw a picture of me at the event and called me during the election and said, ‘Do you remember what happened?’ I said, ‘Yeah, Donald pledged a million bucks, check it out.’ And he went and looked at it and Donald gave nothing. Literally zero dollars.”

Withholding charitable donations from dying children is generally considered among the lowest of the lows humanity can reach, so it should come as no surprise that Donald Trump has touched the bottom. More than once, apparently. While the details of the Skolnik story differ from the findings of the Forbes investigation, the theme of Trump’s selfishness and power-grubbing remain the same.

In the case examined by Forbes, Trump overcharged his son’s charity for use of his golf club and other amenities in order to turn a profit. Eric Trump’s foundation held its inaugural golf tournament in 2007. The Trump scion assured donors—who paid anywhere “from $3,000 for a single all-day ticket to $100,000 for a pair of VIP foursome”—they didn’t have to worry about funds being misused, since the facilities and services were free, gifted by his father. Forbes found that wasn’t exactly true, but in the early years, costs were at least on par with standard expenditures for charity events, at about $46,000 each year. That figure reportedly jumped threefold once the elder Trump realized his son’s charity was getting a major discount from his club, meaning the Trump Organization wasn’t profiting off the cancer-stricken kids it was meant to benefit. From Forbes:

[I]n 2011, things took a turn. Costs for Eric Trump’s tournament jumped from $46,000 to $142,000, according to the foundation’s IRS filings. Why would the price of the tournament suddenly triple in one year? “In the early years, they weren’t being billed [for the club]—the bills would just disappear,” says Ian Gillule, who served as membership and marketing director at Trump National Westchester during two stints from 2006 to 2015 and witnessed how Donald Trump reacted to the tournament’s economics. “Mr. Trump had a cow. He flipped. He was like, ‘We’re donating all of this stuff, and there’s no paper trail? No credit?’ And he went nuts. He said, ‘I don’t care if it’s my son or not—everybody gets billed.’”

The Forbes investigation also turned up evidence that the Donald J. Trump Foundation used Eric’s charity to create an appearance of giving while profiting. According to the article, the DJT Foundation “donated $100,000 to the Eric Trump Foundation—a gift explicitly made, according to Gillule, to offset the increased budget.” That money ultimately “passed through the Eric Trump Foundation—and wound up in the coffers of Donald Trump’s private businesses.” Forbes compares the deceptiveness of the whole operation as being on par with “a drug cartel’s money-laundering operation.”

Forbes attempted to make mathematical sense of the sky-high costs Eric Trump’s charity was billed by his father’s company in recent years. IRS records indicate those charges rose to $230,000 in 2013, and continued climbing, hitting $322,000 in 2015. The outlet talked to Eric Trump himself, who stuck with his story that nearly every good and service, from drinks to appearances by entertainers to the rental of the golf course itself, had been donated free of charge. When Forbes asked for an itemized budget that might explain the costs the club imposed, the Eric Trump Foundation “declined to respond.”

From Forbes:

Thus it’s hard to figure out what happened to the money. All the listed costs are direct expenses: Items like overhead and salaries appear elsewhere in its IRS filings. Even if the Eric Trump Foundation had to pay the full rate for literally everything, Forbes couldn’t come up with a plausible path to $322,000 given the parameters of the annual event (a golf outing for about 200 and dinner for perhaps 400 more). Neither could golf tournament experts or the former head golf professional at Trump National Westchester. “If you gave me that much money to run a tournament, I couldn’t imagine what we could do,” says Patrick Langan, who worked at the club from 2006 to 2015. “It certainly wasn’t done that way.”

Forbes points to a shift in board membership at the Eric Trump Foundation as a possible starting point for when the fuzzy accounting began. The magazine notes that a group that was previously comprised of friends of Eric suddenly became filled with employees of the senior Trump’s business. Langan, the golf club employee, told Forbes that the charity and Trump’s bottom line became so entwined that the two causes essentially became one.

“You’re dealing with people talking about the event and the charity who also at the same time are thinking about it as a corporation and as a business,” Langan told Forbes. “It’s a for-profit club. You know, they’re trying to make money.”

Eric Trump shut down his charity back in December after questions arose around many of the same issues. A Daily Beast report from months earlier concluded that “the Eric Trump Foundation [paid] hundreds of thousands over the last 10 years to host lavish fundraising events at Donald Trump’s golf courses.” The suspension of activity came after the charity tried to auction off an event headlined “Enjoy Coffee with Ivanka Trump in NYC or DC.” The bidding had climbed nearly to $78,000 before negative press led to the listing being pulled.

In 2007, Trump was forced to answer questions from people who already had the answers. He lied and lied and lied. Then, he lied even more.

Here’s a link to a Washington Post article with quotes from a 2007 deposition of Trump.

It was a mid-December morning in 2007 — the start of an interrogation unlike anything else in the public record of Trump’s life.

Trump had brought it on himself. He had sued a reporter, accusing him of being reckless and dishonest in a book that raised questions about Trump’s net worth. The reporter’s attorneys turned the tables and brought Trump in for a deposition.

For two straight days, they asked Trump question after question that touched on the same theme: Trump’s honesty.

The lawyers confronted the mogul with his past statements — and with his company’s internal documents, which often showed those statements had been incorrect or invented. The lawyers were relentless. Trump, the bigger-than-life mogul, was vulnerable — cornered, out-prepared and under oath.

Thirty times, they caught him.

Trump had misstated sales at his condo buildings. Inflated the price of membership at one of his golf clubs. Overstated the depth of his past debts and the number of his employees.

 

(snip)

 

But, even under the spotlight of this campaign, Trump has never had an experience quite like this deposition on Dec. 19 and 20, 2007.

He was trapped in a room — with his own prior statements and three high-powered lawyers.

“A very clear and visible side effect of my lawyers’ questioning of Trump is that he [was revealed as] a routine and habitual fabulist,” said Timothy L. O’Brien, the author Trump had sued.

The Washington Post sent the Trump campaign a detailed list of questions about this deposition, listing all the times when Trump seemed to have been caught in a false or unsupported statement. The Post asked Trump whether he wanted to challenge any of those findings — and whether he had felt regret when confronted with them.

He did not answer those questions.

Read the entire article for a list of Trump’s lies when he was under oath.  He is a liar.  Pure and simple liar.  He thinks he can bully and bluff his way through life.  Up to this point, it’s worked.  Now, he is confronted by people who have the power and the backbone to challenge him.  This will not end well for Trump.

 

Twitter CEO describes meeting with Trump: “Drink a bottle of gin then waterboard yourself.”

Writing on Twitter, the ex-CEO of the social media platform took a shot at President Donald Trump on Friday night, saying that meeting with the president is like voluntarily “waterboarding yourself.”

Dick Costolo was responding to news reported by Buzzfeed that Trump will meet once again with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists on emerging technology.

According to Buzzfeed, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is organizing the event, scheduled for June 22, and invitees include Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Oracle co-CEO Safra Catzn among others.

Noting the meeting, Costolo quipped, “If you don’t get invited to this meeting and want to know what it was like, just drink a bottle of gin and then waterboard yourself.”

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/ex-twitter-ceo-meeting-with-trump-is-like-drinking-a-bottle-of-gin-and-then-waterboarding-yourself/

When Fat Boy Newt Gingrich comments on your diet, you know you’re in trouble

The diet of Donald Trump is once again under scrutiny due to allegations about the president’s eating habits made by a campaign advisor.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich provided an advance copy of his new book, “Understanding Trump” to the Washington Examiner.

“Anytime a meal was served when I flew with candidate Trump aboard his nicely outfitted 757, it was invariably McDonald’s, Wendy’s, or a similar fast food,” Gingrich wrote. His new book is being billed as a tell-all from what Speaker Gingrich learned of Trump while advising his 2016 campaign and new White House administration.

Gingrich is not the only former Speaker of the House of Representative’s to take note of the president’s health.

“I think his family should be concerned of his health,” Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on MSNBC Thursday. “I’m concerned about his fitness for office.”

White House staff are now catering to Trump’s diet and egotism.

“As he settles down, they bring him a Diet Coke, while the rest of us are served water, with the Vice President sitting at one end of the table. With the salad course, Trump is served what appears to be Thousand Island dressing instead of the creamy vinaigrette for his guests. When the chicken arrives, he is the only one given an extra dish of sauce. At the dessert course, he gets two scoops of vanilla ice cream with his chocolate cream pie, instead of the single scoop for everyone else,” Time reported.

In May, Newsweek reported that Trump’s diet would greatly complicate his first overseas trip as Commander in Chief.

Robert Mueller prepares to kick ass while Trump and his cheap real estate lawyer don’t have a clue

Today, a short while after Donald J. Trump finished his rose garden press conference wherein he enthusiastically trashed James Comey and proclaimed himself the most honest-est President in the whole wide world, a small bit of good news came across the news wires:  Special Counsel Robert Mueller has just appointed Michael Dreeben III to his investigative staff

Michael Dreeben is the Deputy Solicitor General in charge of the U.S. Department  of Justice criminal docket before the United States Supreme Court. He has argued before the Supreme Court more than 100 times and is recognized as an expert in U.S. criminal law. (Wikipedia )  By all accounts he is a brilliant lawyer with an encyclopedic knowledge of criminal law.

In 2010 Michael Dreeben gave a lecture at Duke University Law School –his Alma Mater—and was was introduced thusly  by Prof. Neil Siegel :

“…Michael Dreeben is one of this law school’s most distinguished graduates. He is the Criminal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States in which he helps to supervise the government’s litigation in criminal cases in the federal courts, as well as in the U.S. Supreme Court. I had the honor of working for Michael for a year at the office of the Office of the Solicitor General and it was apparent to me very quickly that not all advocates are all similarly situated with respect to the degree of interest they trigger in the justices. The advocacy is of uneven quality some are better at it then others, and what struck me about Michael’s arguments, is not just the poise and confidence —and often lack of notes–but the frequency with which each of the Justices would sit forward in their chairs as he spoke.They were intensely interested in what he had to tell them. He has unmatched credibility before the court and I think unmatched knowledge  and intelligence about what the government’s interests in criminal litigation are—and it shows. He is truly one of the very best Supreme Court Advocates in our country, in our constitutional system…..

So Mueller is anticipating the arguments before the Supremes , and he is placing those arguments in the hands of one of the most knowledgeable, experienced, and respected  Supreme Court advocates in the country.

I hope Donald and his little piss-ant real estate lawyer shit their pants at the news. They have no idea what they’re in for.

While Trump bashes NATO, India and Pakistan cozy up to China

ASTANA:

Capping a two-year-long process, India and Pakistan today became full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a China-dominated security grouping that is increasingly seen as a counterweight to NATO.

India’s membership was strongly pushed by Russia while Pakistan’s entry into the grouping was backed by China. With the expansion of the grouping, the SCO will now represent over 40 per cent of humanity and nearly 20 per cent of the global GDP.

As an SCO member, India is expected to have a bigger say in pressing for concerted action in dealing with terrorism as well as on issues relating to security and defence in the region.

“India and Pakistan are now members of the SCO. It is a very important moment for us,” Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who is the current chair of the SCO, said, making the announcement at the Summit of the grouping here.

India, one of the largest energy consuming countries in the world, is also likely to get greater access to major gas and oil exploration projects in Central Asia as many of the SCO countries have huge reserves of oil and natural gas.

NY Attorney General looking into Eric Trump’s fraudulent “charity”

The Trump family is going to be very sorry that Donald became President.  It would have been better for them if they had simply stayed in NYC and operated their family criminal enterprise where no one bothered them.

Now, they are exposed to unrelenting investigations.

The New York attorney general, which has been investigating the Donald J. Trump Foundation for months, is now looking into the Eric Trump Foundation, after a report in Forbes exposed practices that seem to violate state laws. “The attorney general’s office is looking into the issues raised by this report,” said Eric Soufer, the communications director for the New York state attorney general.

One potential issue: The Donald J. Trump Foundation donated $100,000 to the Eric Trump Foundation, with the intent of covering the costs for payments to a Donald Trump-owned property, according to Ian Gillule, who worked at Trump National Westchester during two stints from 2006 to 2015.

“The interaction between the Donald J. Trump Foundation and the Eric Trump Foundation is a novel aspect to this situation,” says Marcus Owens, who used to run the nonprofit division of the IRS. “It’s not often that you have a father and son set of foundations that are both under investigation by the same attorney general for basically misusing assets and interacting with each other in ways that cause assets to be used for non-charitable purposes.”

The Eric Trump Foundation also gave donors the impression that all of the money raised at its annual golf event went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a leading pediatric cancer center in Memphis, Tennessee. But according to IRS filings submitted by the Eric Trump Foundation, more than $500,000 went to other causes, several of which had ties to Trump family businesses or interests.

Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexander/2017/06/09/new-york-attorney-general-looking-into-eric-trump-foundation/#7ab6170b1075