There are too many circumstantial incidents of President Donald Trump’s associates nefariously colluding with the Russian government, for the most obvious reason: to put Donald Trump in the White House. Source: Perspectives: AP EXCLUSIVE: US PROBES BANKING OF EX-TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHIEF
Watch Video WASHINGTON, D.C. — New Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is joining calls for an independent investigation into reported contacts between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russians known to US intelligence. “What we need to be looking at is whether this election was rigged by Donald Trump and his buddy Vladimir Putin,” Perez said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” on Sunday, February 26th.
Perez argued that Attorney General Jeff Sessions can’t adequately investigate any possible connections because the Alabama Republican was a close adviser and supporter of President Trump during his presidential campaign.
“It’s really unfair to any foxes around the country to say that would be the fox guarding the hen house,” Perez said.
Asked about the issue Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it’s too early to call on Sessions to recuse himself from the investigation.
“I wasn’t saying that he shouldn’t recuse himself or that he should,” Sanders said. “My point is, I don’t think we’re there yet. Let’s work through this process. You guys want to jump to the very end of the line. That’s not how this works. Typically, you go through a congressional oversight review. We’re doing that. Let’s not go to the very end of the extreme. Let’s let this play out the way it should.”
Thursday, President Trump in a press conference that covered a variety of subjects once again stated he has nothing to do with Russia and has never done business with Russia. Yet, there is more to the story.
President Trump is facing a loud chorus of Americans who are just realizing that there are actual financial connections between himself, his corporation and Russia. Monday, National Security adviser, Michael Flynn, tendered his resignation in what the Trump campaign called an “erosion of trust” due to questions regarding the honesty of Flynn’s comments on phone calls between himself and a Russian Ambassador before President Trump was actually sworn in. According to multiple news sources, including the New York Times, Flynn spoke to the subject of Russian sanctions had been leveled against Russia by the Obama Administration for Russia’s interference in the Presidential election.
The erosion of trust came when Flynn relied to Vice President Pence that the phone calls did not involve the sanctions. That story was then changed by Kelly saying he didn’t remember talking about the sanctions and that it may have happened. All of this has caused an increased interest in what role does Russia play within the Trump administration. President Trump has repeatedly denied that he has any business with Russia or with that country’s President Putin. The question arises then, is that the truth?
Investigating the business side of Trump International is not an easy task. There are numerous companies from real estate, to entertainment and lifestyle products. The Trump name is a brand. The Trump corporation may not have anything to do with the product or real estate property except for the name on the door. The ins and outs of the finances of that very large and billion-dollar corporation is what many are asking for.
Russian money has helped to finance the Trump brand. To say that the Trump corporation has never done business with Russian businesses is a falsehood. For instance, in his book Trump: The Art of the Deal, Trump admits to seeking Russian financing. In 1986 the Soviet ambassador Yuri Dubinin sat next to Donald Trump at a New York lunch and they talked about Trump Tower. According to Trump “One thing led to another, and now I’m talking about building a large luxury hotel across the street from the Kremlin in partnership with the Soviet government.” Although a Trump Tower was not built in Moscow, financing by Russian banks have been an asset to Trump.
In 2010, Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. stated at a real estate conference in New York in 2008, that “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.” Donald Trump Jr. added, “we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” The project Trump Jr. was speaking of was the Trump SoHo is a hotel/condo complex that has faced lawsuits and the refund of millions of dollars to tenants who sued Trump on the basis that the facilities were not as promised. Trump SoHo eventually. was seized in a foreclosure amid slow sales of its condominiums, in 2015.
President Trump continues to say he has no business interests in Russia and Thursday said again, “we have no deals there, I have no money there.” In 2007 Trump stated in a deposition that “Russia is one of the hottest places in the world for investment, we will be in Moscow at some point,” he promised. In 2005, Trump even signed a one-year deal with a New York development company to explore a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Then there is the even larger development of property called Trump SoHo as previously described. The partner in that project was with the financial backing of the Bayrock Group. Sitting on the board of Bayrock Group, Russian-born developer Felix Sater who ended up being convicted for his role in a $40 million mafia-linked stock fraud scheme. Trump has since stated he doesn’t know Sater and wouldn’t know him if Sater sat down next to him. Yet, Trump later hired Sater as a “senior adviser” in 2010 and he was even given a Trump Organization business card. The question that arises with this information is which statement by Trump is true? Is Trump now telling us there are no ties to Russia because the appearance of his real estate and other enterprises have a direct link back to Russia? Until President Trump releases his tax returns this question will continue to grow and continue to be a thorn in the side of this administration.
A committee vote is expected on Wednesday.
Senate Judiciary Committee approves nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney generalDemocrats have used an obscure Senate rule to delay a committee vote on attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions. By giving lengthy speeches, Democrats were able to trigger a rule that doesn’t allow committees to be in session for two hours past the start of the Senate day. In their speeches, Democrats questioned whether the Alabama Republican could be independent of President Donald Trump as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer. Sessions was one of Trump’s first and strongest supporters. A committee vote is expected on Wednesday.
Donald Trump wants to bring the power to the people… just like Bane.
In his inaugural address, President Donald Trump promised to make America great again. “We the citizens of America are now joined in a great, national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people,” he said. “Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.” He added, in the same power-to-the-people tone that led to his unlikely rise to the presidency, “We are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you the people.”
If that last line sounded familiar, that’s because you heard Bane — a ruthless super-villain who took control of Gotham after literally breaking Batman’s back (and spirit) — basically utter the same thing in The Dark Knight Rises.
In the 2012 movie, while standing outside the Blackgate Penitentiary, Bane says, “We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you… the people. Gotham is yours. None shall interfere. Do as you please.” That’s probably not the tone Trump was going for, but it made an impact.
Trump has even done a review of the film for youtube.com and commented on how the Trump Tower was incorporated into the film. We will have to wait and see what Trump has to say about his speech and that of the evil villian in the Dark Knight Rises
The Double Standard of Unpaid Taxes for Trump’s Nominee
When President Elect Donald Trump nominated Representative Michael “Mick” Mulvaney, (R-SC) to lead the Office of Management and Budget, the nomination looked like it was just a matter of checking off all the boxes and swearing him in. Wednesday, a bump on the road to OMB was discovered and announced by Mulvaney. He admitted in that between the years of 2000 to 2004, Mulvaney, did not pay any taxes to or for a nanny that was employed in his household.
There has already been instances in confirmation hearings that are similar to what Mulvaney has admitted to. Republicans who are sitting on Mulvaney’s confirmation hearing have stated they believe that Mulvaney’s nomination should move forward. President Elect Donald Trump has also related his support for Mulvaney. “President-elect Trump fully stands behind Rep. Mulvaney and looks forward to his efforts to help make America great again,” said Trump transition official John Czwartacki in a statement. Problem is, when this happened to Democratic nominees they were stopped in their tracks.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) stated that “If failure to pay taxes was disqualifying for Democratic nominees, then the same should be true for Republican nominees.” Proof can be found only 8 years ago, when former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) was forced to withdraw his nomination as secretary for Health and Human Services in the Obama administration after it was revealed he failed to pay $128,000 in taxes for a personal car and driver, among other fees and contributions. Another case can be found President Clinton in 1993 nominated two different people to sit on the Supreme Court and they were found to have the same problem, payments to their nanny weren’t reported.
The Republicans are saying that Mulvaney should be given the benefit of the doubt. They also call the case of former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner who was confirmed after it was learned he had to pay $40,000 in back taxes. So the question is, will the Senate pass Mulvaney even though this issue has come to light.
Donald Trump pledged to “Make America Great Again” during his 2016 presidential campaign. And before he’s even had a chance to make good on that promise, he’s asked his lawyer to trademark future slogans.
In an interview with the Washington Post published Wednesday, Trump said he wanted to trademark both “Keep America Great” and “Keep America Great!” (one nixes the exclamation point) for when he runs for re-election in 2020. Trump even called his lawyer into the room to discuss trademarking the slogan, to which his lawyer responded “Got it.”