According to the New York Times, the abrupt renewal of unused and decades-old patents belonging to President Donald Trump in Russia are further cause for suspicion about the president’s business ties to the Kremlin.
Multiple Russian patents for the names of Trump hotels and other branded products that were applied for in the 90’s and early 2000’s and set for expiration were, according to the Times, granted renewal between April and December 2016. Trump never managed to build the hotels, and the patents remained unused and inactive before the Trump Organization applied for their renewal last year.
The Times noted that although renewal of patents with Russia’s Rospatent agency isn’t in itself out of the ordinary, the timeline and inactivity of the Trump patents renewed is. Four of the patents were renewed on November 8, 2016.
“Under normal circumstances,” the Times report stated, “renewing trademarks in Russia is generally a routine matter, and there is nothing to suggest from the few public records available that Mr. Trump was shown favoritism. Still, extensions are not guaranteed and can be subject to challenge — particularly if, as in this case, the trademarks went unused for years, according to interviews with a half-dozen lawyers specializing in intellectual property law.”
These renewed hotel patents cast even more doubt on the already-suspicious business or political relationship between Trump and the Kremlin that the president has repeatedly claimed does not exist.
Read the entire report on Trump’s renewed Russian patents via the New York Times.
Meanwhile, Trump is tweeting about his popularity.
When does the investigation start?
The walls are closing in around Donald Trump. At least that’s the way he must be feeling as the investigations into his criminal misconduct proceed. Every day seems to produce another incriminating discovery. And the scope of the investigation grows to encompass more associates and more disturbing improprieties. Everything from his his unsavory Russian connections to his financial conflicts and constitutional breaches are being scrutinized.
Trump and his handlers have been struggling to change the narrative from the administration’s collapse to one phony agenda item or another. But traveling overseas didn’t do it. Nor did “Infrastructure Week” or “Apprentice Week.” And his big announcement that he was turning back the clock on America’s relations with Cuba fell flat as well. Even the tragic news that a lunatic shot at a group of Republicans practicing for a charity baseball game didn’t take the nation’s attention away from Trump’s scandals for very long.
So this may be a good time to check into the mental state of our President, which has been questionable for some time. His incoherent outbursts and self-destructive tweets paint a picture of a troubled mind. And when the Associated Press sought answers from within the Trump circle, what they found should be of concern to all Americans.
“Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit — and potentially end — his presidency.”
It isn’t difficult to imagine Trump yelling at the TV. It fits his psychological profile. Anyone – or thing – that he perceives to be less than adoring is an enemy deserving of his wrath. It doesn’t matter if it was once a close ally. Trump will turn on you in a hot flash if you don’t maintain a posture of unwavering idolatry. That’s particularly noticeable with regard to his relationship with television. It is what thrust him into the public eye with his Apprentice program. And it’s what focused so intently on him throughout his campaign. But now, with news reports disclosing his malfeasance in office, TV is persona non grata (except for Fox News). He’s abandoning his bestest friend.
The frustration and anger that Trump is displaying is evident in his tweets and other communications. To have it affirmed by insiders speaking anonymously just underscores how frustrated they are as well:
“Aides have counseled the president to stay off Twitter and focus on other aspects of his job. […] Yet Trump’s angry tweets on Friday underscored the near-impossible challenge his advisers and legal team have in trying to get him to avoid weighing in on an active probe.”
Trump’s temperament has always been one of the most worrisome concerns about his holding office. And pretty much everything that’s happened since he was inaugurated is confirmation that those worries were justified. He has praised America’s enemies and alienated our allies. His tantrums over Hillary Clinton and the election last year are never-ending. And the fact that he would appear on television and effectively confess to obstruction of justice with regard to firing James Comey is more than enough proof that he is unfit to serve. Now the question is, will his Republican colleagues choose to put country over party in order to save the nation?
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating the Eric Trump Foundation after Forbes reported a fundraiser meant to raise money for St. Jude’s was used to benefit the Trump Organization.
Eric Soufer, the attorney general’s director of communications, confirmed the investigation to Politico.
Forbes reviewed filings from Eric Trump’s foundation and found the Trump Organization received more than $1.2 million for use of the course. The Trump Organization also used the Eric Trump Foundation to funnel $100,000 in donations into revenue for the Trump Organization.
More than $500,000 was re-donated to other charities, many of which were connected to the Trump family, according to Forbes. Eric Trump sold donors on the fact that use of the golf course was free to ensure 100 percent of all money raised would go to charity.
Here’s a link to a downloadable study by the Center for American Progress: “Moscow on the Potomac: Trump’s Worrisome Ties to Russia.”
Republicans are reportedly worrying that Marc Kasowitz — President Donald Trump’s civil lawyer from his days as a reality TV game show host and real estate mogul — is going to do the president more harm than good in the fight against the multiple federal investigations engulfing the White House.
The New York Daily News said Saturday that Republican officials are concerned that the “aggressive and loud” Kasowitz is wildly out of his depth trying to defend the president in an investigation as delicate and wide-ranging as the Russia probe.
Republicans who are wary of Kasowitz say one of their biggest concerns is Kasowitz’ habit of threatening to litigate over trifling offenses and then not following through. The Daily News said that Kasowitz threatened “The New York Times with a libel suit if it failed to retract a story detailing the accounts of women who alleged Trump of groping them.”
However, the Daily News’ Adam Edelman said, “The Times never retracted the story and Kasowitz never filed the suit.”
Similarly, Kasowitz threatened to file a complaint with the Inspector General against fired FBI Director James Comey over his testimony before Congress two weeks ago. However, there was no grounds for the complaint since Comey was appearing before Congress as a private citizen. Kasowitz never filed the complaint.
Politico reported Friday night that the normal tension and chaos of the Trump White House has escalated to a fever pitch. Last week, Kasowitz told aides and staffers that they need not worry about obtaining their own legal counsel, which many outsiders regard as terrible advice.
“Pence hiring a lawyer tells the White House staff two things: They’re all potential witnesses in this investigation and don’t listen to Marc Kasowitz,” said former Clinton White House official Adam Goldberg to Politico.
Edelman wrote, “In the three weeks since being brought in by Trump, Kasowitz has already levied unfulfilled threats and reportedly bragged about convincing his new boss to fire people — actions that wouldn’t appear to help the commander-in-chief defend himself against possible obstruction of justice charges.”
According to Pro Publica, Kasowitz warned Trump months about U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, saying, “This guy is going to get you.”
At the time of his firing, Bharara was pursuing an active investigation against Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Rep. Tom Price R-GA). Trump fired him in March, only days after telling Bharara that he would be keeping his job leading the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
Among Kasowitz’ other clients are the embattled Russian bank OJSC Sberbank and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, who was ousted from the network over a series of sexual harassment complaints.