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New: Stephen Calk has been charged with using his position as the CEO of a bank to grant $16M in loans to Paul Manafort in exchange for trying to get a job with the Trump administration — the charging docs don't name Manafort, but it's him https://assets.documentcloud.org/docume ... ctment.pdf
Oh my...I just read the indictment. That is one juicy document.



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Justice.gov/usao-sdny - press release: Bank CEO Stephen M. Calk Charged With Corruptly Soliciting A Presidential Administration Position In Exchange For Approving $16 Million In Loans ...

According to the allegations in the Indictment:[1]

CALK, the Bank, and the Borrower

STEPHEN M. CALK is the chairman and chief executive officer of the “Bank,” a federal savings association headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with an office in New York, New York. The Bank is owned in its entirety by the “Holding Company,” a Chicago-based bank holding company, and CALK is the chairman, chief executive officer, and owner of approximately 67% of the Holding Company.

The “Borrower” was, at all relevant times, a lobbyist and political consultant. Beginning in or about March 2016, the Borrower held a senior role with a presidential campaign (the “Presidential Campaign”), and from June 2016 through August 2016, he served as chairman of the Presidential Campaign. After the Borrower’s formal role with the Presidential Campaign concluded in or about August 2016, the Borrower continued to be informally involved in the campaign. Beginning in or about November 2016, when the candidate for whom the Borrower had been working was elected President of the United States, the Borrower provided informal input to the presidential transition team (the “Presidential Transition Team”).

The Corrupt Scheme

Between in or about July 2016 and January 2017, CALK engaged in a corrupt scheme to exploit his position as the head of the Bank and the Holding Company in an effort to secure a valuable personal benefit for himself, namely, the Borrower’s assistance in obtaining for CALK a senior position in the presidential administration. During this time period, the Borrower sought millions of dollars in loans from the Bank. CALK understood that the Borrower urgently needed these loans in order to terminate or avoid foreclosure proceedings on multiple properties owned by the Borrower and the Borrower’s family. Further, CALK believed that the Borrower could use his influence with the Presidential Transition Team to assist CALK in obtaining a senior administration position.



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Post by Volkonski » Thu May 23, 2019 3:29 pm

So, would that banker in Florida that loaned Trump money and then got appointed to the Federal Reserve have done something similarly illegal?


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Post by Addie » Sat May 25, 2019 9:06 am

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U.S. Government Moves To Take Paul Manafort’s Trump Tower Apartment

The former Trump campaign chairman was convicted of tax evasion and conspiracy to obstruct justice.


The U.S. government has formally moved to seize control of the Trump Tower apartment of Paul Manafort, a convicted felon and former Trump campaign chairman, according to court filings on Friday obtained by HuffPost.

As part of a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller, Manafort was forced to forfeit five of his New York properties to the government, including an apartment in Trump Tower, all totaling an estimated $22 million, The New York Times reported in September 2018.

Manafort, 70, also agreed to give up money in three bank accounts and his life insurance policy. According to Zillow, Manafort’s Trump Tower apartment is estimated at $2.5 million.

Manafort’s criminal trials stem from Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. In a criminal trial in Virginia in August 2018, the former Trump campaign manager was found guilty on five counts of tax fraud, one count of failing to report foreign bank accounts and two counts of bank fraud.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.



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Trump lashes out at New York governor, attorney general

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at New York’s governor and attorney general Monday, accusing the Democrats of going after him in a “political Witch Hunt.”

In four tweets, Trump accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James of “harassing all of my New York businesses in search of anything at all they can find to make me look as bad as possible.”

“It is very hard and expensive to live in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo uses his Attorney General as a bludgeoning tool for his own purposes. They sue on everything, always in search of a crime,” Trump said. “So, on top of ridiculously high taxes, my children and companies are spending a fortune on lawyers. No wonder people and businesses are fleeing New York in record numbers!” ...

A James predecessor, Eric Schneiderman, sued the Trump Foundation a year ago last month, alleging it was improperly involved in the president’s political campaign and private business affairs. Her office has continued that suit.

James is also investigating whether Trump exaggerated his wealth to obtain loans. She issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank seeking loan applications and other records related to Trump real estate projects and his failed 2014 bid to buy the Buffalo Bills. ...

Asked about the tweets, Cuomo told reporters Trump “says the most absurd things.”

“I have reduced taxes in the State of New York. If he’s complaining about the tax increase, the only tax increase is the Trump tax increase,” Cuomo said, referring to a change in federal tax law that reduced deductions for many New Yorkers.

Cuomo noted that James is an independent elected official, not a gubernatorial appointee.



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Post by fierceredpanda » Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:31 am

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CNN: Layoffs have started at struggling Deutsche Bank

London (CNN Business) - The layoffs have started at Deutsche Bank as the struggling lender embarks on a dramatic overhaul that will reduce its workforce by 18,000.

CEO Christian Sewing confirmed during a conference call that layoffs had started Monday in Asia. He said Deutsche Bank teams in other parts of the world would also be affected.

Sewing unveiled a restructuring on Sunday that will eliminate roughly one in five jobs at the German bank.

"I am very much aware that in rebuilding our bank, we are making deep cuts," the CEO said in a letter to employees. "I personally greatly regret the impact this will have on some of you."

Deutsche Bank has not given details on which offices will bear the brunt of the downsizing. The bank has said its workforce will shrink to roughly 74,000 employees by 2022.


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fierceredpanda wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:31 am
:violin: :violin: :violin:
CNN: Layoffs have started at struggling Deutsche Bank
:snippity:
the equities trading division it is scrapping.

in https://www.theguardian.com/business/20 ... aff-london



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Post by Notorial Dissent » Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:14 am

I will be very much surprised if Deutsche Bank is not a smoking crater in the very near future. Their mounting financial improprieties are the least of their problems at this point. They are financially down the tubes on what is largely gov't money, they have actively and irrefutably colluded with the Russians to a degree that is still being investigated and is only going to get worse as the investigation progresses. Above and beyond those little peccadillos they have profoundly embarrassed Germany and the German gov't and brought disrepute to the German banking industry. None of those are forgivable. I guess they should be happy they are not in Japan. German former executives in a German prison, not a fun vacation.


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Post by Addie » Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:15 pm

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N.Y. Gov. Cuomo signs bill allowing Congress to access Trump's state tax returns

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed a bill that would allow certain members of Congress to access President Donald Trump's New York state tax returns.

The bill, which Cuomo had been expected to OK, requires New York officials to release tax returns of public officials that have been requested by "congressional tax-related committees" that have cited "specified and legitimate legislative purpose" in seeking them.

"This bill gives Congress the ability to fulfill its Constitutional responsibilities, strengthen our democratic system and ensure that no one is above the law," Cuomo, a Democrat, said in a statement. "Tax secrecy is paramount — the exception being for bona fide investigative and law enforcement purposes."

The tax bill, which was passed weeks ago by the Democratically controlled state Legislature, makes it easier for New York to turn over the state tax returns of certain public office-holders, along with entities those people control or have a large stake in, that are requested by the leaders of the three congressional tax-writing committees.



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Prosecutors with the New York district attorney's office interviewed Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen in recent weeks as part of their investigation of the Trump Organization's handling of hush money payments, according to people familiar with the matter.

Officials from the district attorney's office, led by Cyrus Vance, interviewed Cohen at the federal prison in Otisville, New York, where he is serving a three-year sentence after pleading guilty to multiple crimes including campaign finance violations tied to payments to two women alleging affairs with Trump a decade ago. Trump has denied having affairs with the women.

The district attorney opened the investigation last month and sent subpoenas to the Trump Organization and American Media Inc. seeking documents and records relating to payments made to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal to silence their allegations ahead of the 2016 presidential election.



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Post by Addie » Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:23 pm

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8 Years of Trump Tax Returns Are Subpoenaed by Manhattan D.A.

State prosecutors in Manhattan have subpoenaed President Trump’s accounting firm to demand eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns, according to several people with knowledge of the matter.

The subpoena opens a new front in a wide-ranging effort to obtain copies of the president’s tax returns, which Mr. Trump initially said he would make public during the 2016 campaign but has since refused to disclose.

The subpoena was issued by the Manhattan district attorney’s office late last month, soon after it opened a criminal investigation into the role that the president and his family business played in hush-money payments made in the run-up to the election.

Both Mr. Trump and his company reimbursed Michael D. Cohen, the president’s former lawyer and fixer, for money Mr. Cohen paid to buy the silence of Stormy Daniels, a pornographic film actress who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump. The president has denied the affair.



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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... ium=social
Donald Trump sued Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. after Vance demanded eight years of the president’s tax returns in a probe of whether the Trump Organization falsified business records.

“In response to the subpoenas issued by the New York County District Attorney, we have filed a lawsuit this morning in federal court on behalf of the President in order to address the significant constitutional issues at stake in this case,” Jay Sekulow, the president’s lawyer, said in a statement.

Vance’s subpoena follows a similar demand for tax records by House Democrats, who say they have authority to request the records under a 1920s-era law. Trump has now sued to block both requests, and is also seeking a court order blocking Congress from getting his state returns from New York, as a newly enacted state law would allow.

Separately, Trump is appealing orders by federal judges in New York and Washington that would allow three House committees -- financial services, intelligence and oversight -- to obtain his records from Deutsche Bank AG, Capital One Financial Corp. and his longtime accountant, Mazars USA,

Trump’s latest suit, filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, also names Mazars. A copy of the complaint wasn’t immediately available. Vance’s office had no immediate comment.



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Post by fierceredpanda » Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:30 pm

If Trump's suit is successful, I'm going to start suing to stop prosecutors from looking at my clients' records, too.


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Post by Kendra » Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:03 pm

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents ... -suit.html


With one of those deadlines in the rear-view mirror, and the other five minutes ahead, there's no new info on this.

Manhattan D.A.'s spokesman has no substantial statement. Trump's attorneys haven't replied to email requests for comment, and the court referred to the docket.



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Legal showdown looms over Trump deposition order

A lawsuit brought by protesters who contend they were roughed up by security personnel outside Trump Tower in 2015 has suddenly become an urgent problem for President Donald Trump’s legal team after a New York judge ruled Friday that Trump must submit to a videotaped deposition in the case.

Despite the swirl of congressional litigation involving Trump and the intensifying efforts to impeach him in the House, the Bronx-based suit jumped to the forefront of the White House’s legal concerns because — as it stands now — the new order by Bronx Supreme Court Justice Doris Gonzalez requires Trump’s testimony before the trial. The case is currently set to open Thursday.

“More than 200 years ago our founders sought to escape an oppressive, tyrannical governance in which absolute power vested with a monarch. A fear of the recurrence of tyranny birthed our three-branch government adorned with checks and balances,” Gonzalez wrote in her ruling. “No government official, including the Executive, is above the law.”

Trump’s lawyers could ask the judge to delay the trial or file an appeal to try to block the order for the president’s testimony. There’s also the chance of an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court or that Trump might simply ignore the judge’s order and see what sanctions she imposes.

Trump’s attorneys could seek to appeal or stay the ruling, but their chances in New York state courts appear slim.



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Post by Sam the Centipede » Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:46 am

Addie wrote:
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“More than 200 years ago our founders sought to escape an oppressive, tyrannical governance in which absolute power vested with a monarch. A fear of the recurrence of tyranny birthed our three-branch government adorned with checks and balances,” Gonzalez wrote in her ruling. “No government official, including the Executive, is above the law.”
That's a Whiggish revision of history: the English monarchy was not absolute or tyrannical 300:years ago. Not only had England had Magna Carta (1215) and its successors but they'd had the English Civil Wars (mid-1600s) and the English Bill Of Rights (1689). Americans wanted self-determination and lower taxation but that was to escape the exploitation of imperialism.

(Whether or not one considers empires inherently tyrannical is a separate issue snd not at all germane to my point.)



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s anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially ‘heavily populated’ call.
Nancy Pelosi and Susan Collins will be very concerned, and issue statements saying as much. After that, crickets.


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https://www.courthousenews.com/no-tax-r ... lls-trump/
MANHATTAN (CN) – The constitutional argument at the heart of President Donald Trump’s lawsuit last week seeking to quash a New York prosecutor’s subpoenas of his tax returns rested on an extraordinary assertion of executive power that would immunize him and his allies from the criminal process.

Such a position, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance told a federal judge on Monday, would “invent and enforce” a new concept of “tax return privilege” never imagined in law or historical precedent.

“Again, there is no ‘immunity from scrutiny’ of this sort in the law,” Vance’s assistant Carey Dunne wrote in a 20-page memo.

The prosecutors made a point to note that every U.S. president since Jimmy Carter voluntarily released his tax returns “before or upon taking office, which has never impeded a president’s ability to serve.”
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Post by fierceredpanda » Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:58 am

My hot takes after reading Vance's memorandum of law:

1) Obviously, Team Trump is playing for time here. Vance's position seems pretty inarguable to me under the applicable law, unless federal courts want to declare that we are living in a monarchy.
2) I never thought I would see the day when things like the Anti-Injunction Act of 1793 and the Younger abstention doctrine (which I haven't even thought about since I passed the bar exam) would become relevant in a state criminal investigation. I should have paid more attention in Civ Pro.
3) I'm pretty sure the real motives behind Trump's lawyers filing this action is that they are all civil litigation hacks who know exactly sweet FA about representing clients in a criminal proceeding (if their client were anyone other than POTUS, their incompetent representation in the Mueller probe would have made his indictment more likely, not less), but have to justify their fee of - educated guess - $800-1000/hour or so, and they know their client is an unsophisticated showman who appreciates flash more than substance, so why not throw some very flashy manure at the wall? Speaking as someone who occasionally represents clients who want the dog-and-pony show more than they care about a favorable outcome, I sympathize a tiny bit.


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fierceredpanda wrote:
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... they know their client is an unsophisticated showman who appreciates flash more than substance, so why not throw some very flashy manure at the wall?
Because he won't read a word of it? Just a guess. :daydream:


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Foggy wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:49 am
fierceredpanda wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:58 am
... they know their client is an unsophisticated showman who appreciates flash more than substance, so why not throw some very flashy manure at the wall?
Because he won't read a word of it? Just a guess. :daydream:
No, but he'll hear a totally unbiased synopsis of it on Fox News.


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Post by fierceredpanda » Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:22 am

Oh joy, it sounds like DOJ wants to intervene to protect Trump. Bill Barr really has fully embraced the role of Trump's personal lawyer. Which makes sense when you figure that Rudy Giuliani is off trying to be a bagman with Ukraine.


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Post by pipistrelle » Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:41 am

I wouldn't mind seeing Barr get into serious trouble.



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Post by ZekeB » Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:08 am

I wouldn't mind seeing Trump's business "empire" collapse. I suspect that his house of cards is ready to and has been for years. Why else would he be so afraid of releasing his income tax returns?


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