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Dolly wrote:
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I hope this is the correct thread. I think it is related to the earlier post in this thread.

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Trump's sister retires as judge, ending probe into alleged misconduct

President Trump's sister Maryanne Trump Barry has retired as a federal judge in a move that will end a court inquiry into possible misconduct relating to tax and financial transactions.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that Barry, 82, had retired after filing to officially leave the bench last month. After being inactive for more than two years, she filed for retirement 10 days after a probe into her conduct was announced, according to the Times.

In February, the court announced that it was investigating a tax scheme, first reported by The New York Times, in which Barry and her family allegedly accrued millions of dollars in additional wealth from their father's real estate empire by participating in "dubious" tax strategies in the 1990s.

Barry, according to the Times, was a co-owner of a shell company through which the Trumps allegedly marked up purchases already made by their employees and split the markup without gift or estate taxes. Barry reportedly earned $182.5 million from her share of her father's empire, according to the Times.

A judicial complaint reviewed by the Times alleged that Barry had committed "misconduct" related to her ownership of the shell company.

In retirement, she is no longer subject to review. The investigation was dropped last week without reaching its conclusion, according to the Times.
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The New York AG's first 100 days of war against Trump

New York (CNN)Letitia "Tish" James assumed her post as New York's attorney general 100 days ago on the heels of a campaign that vowed to investigate President Donald Trump and his business dealings.

So far, her office has subpoenaed two banks for records related to Trump Organization projects and has continued to pursue a lawsuit against the Trump Foundation, alleging it violated state and federal charities law. Asked by CNN about the lawsuit, Donald Trump Jr. dismissed it, saying there was "nothing to talk about -- more nonsense." She's even pushed for the state assembly to pass legislation that would allow her office to pursue state charges for anyone the President pardons on federal charges.

Her office has also taken on issues affecting the entire nation, at times directly hitting the Trump administration's policies.

James' office will head to the Supreme Court to argue a case against the Trump administration's attempt to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. Her office also joined a coalition of states in filing a motion to block the construction of a border wall. And there's the suit, filed in July 2018, challenging a Department of Labor rule that would allow small businesses to get around the Affordable Care Act by offering limited health plans.

Her office's pursuit of tax records and details of President Trump's businesses, along with efforts by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, could be critical leading into the re-election campaign as the Mueller investigation has ended and House Democrats are only now accelerating their investigations.

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Politico - Natasha Bertrand
Barr gets waiver on case linked to inquiry into Trump's inauguration fund

Attorney General William Barr has received a waiver to participate in the investigation of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a Malaysian development company that has come under investigation by the FBI and DOJ for alleged money laundering.

The waiver, dated April 16, allows Barr to participate in “the investigation and litigation of the 1MDB matter in which his former law firm represents an entity involved in the matter.”

Barr was previously a lawyer for the firm Kirkland & Ellis, whose senior partner Mark Filip now represents Goldman Sachsin the 1MDB investigation.

The head of DOJ’s criminal division, Brian Benczkowski, is also a Kirkland & Ellis alum. But White House lawyer Emmet Flood issued an ethics waiver to Benczkowski in November that allowed him to participate in the 1MDB investigation.

The waiver could also give Barr a window into an investigation in the Eastern District of New York that involves the Trump Victory committee, a political action committee dedicated to re-electing Trump in 2020.

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Because of course he did.

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Report: Deutsche Bank Beginning To Comply With NY AG Subpeona For Trump Docs

Deutsche Bank has begun to provide records to New York Attorney General Leticia James in response to a subpoena for documents related to loans Deutsche Bank made to President Donald Trump, CNN reported Wednesday, citing an unnamed person familiar with the matter.

The subpoena followed testimony from former Trump fixer Michael Cohen to Congress that Trump inflated and deflated the valuation of his assets to suit his financial interests.

James issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank in early March. The New York Times reported at the time that the inquiry was civil in nature, rather than criminal. The subpoenas were for documents related to four Trump Organization real estate projects as well as Trump’s failed effort to buy the Buffalo Bills, an effort Cohen mentioned in his testimony.

Both James’ office and Deutsche bank declined to comment, CNN reported.

James’ office has also sued the Trump Foundation, which the state argues Trump misused in order to help his 2016 presidential campaign. The foundation reached a deal with the state in December to dissolve and give away its assets.

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'Students for Trump' founder charged with fraud, bilking would-be clients, and faking his identity

Following in the well-worn footsteps of their leader, an entirely new generation of grifters and fraudsters has arrived to bilk Americans out of their hard-earned savings. Fortunately, though, sometimes the law catches up to them.
A Tennessee man charged by New York prosecutors with pretending to be a Manhattan lawyer and taking thousands from would-be clients was the co-founder of Students for Trump, a national group that mobilized college campuses in the run-up to the 2016 election and plans to do so again in 2020.

John Lambert, 23, was arrested last week and charged by Southern District of New York prosecutors with wire fraud for having invented a lawyer persona named “Eric Pope” that he used to solicit legal work online. ALM reported last week that the fake firm website he created appeared to have attorney biographies cribbed from senior partners at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
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According to the New York Law Journal, Lambert was living in North Carolina while perpetrating the scam but “spoofed” New York telephone numbers to make himself appear legitimate. In one circumstance a consumer took out 10,000 from his 401k to pay the fictitious law firm.

Lambert is currently out on bail. He is scheduled to appear for hearing in New York on April 29th.

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A trump fanboy sets up a scam to rip off consumers. Here's my shocked face. :roll:
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Law & Crime: Deutsche Bank Turns Over Trump Financial Docs to NY Attorney General
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My suspicion is that with the DB records in hand LaRump et al could be facing a lot of trouble.
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Notorial Dissent wrote:
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My suspicion is that with the DB records in hand LaRump et al could be facing a lot of trouble.
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Post by Foggy » Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:47 am

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There's a problem I see with this thread, which is that it conflates the FEDERAL Southern District of New York (affectionately abbreviated as SDNY) with the STATE of New York, which has separate laws, separate cases, separate prosecutors, etc. There may even be a few scoops of New York CITY, I'm not gonna re-read the entire thread. Does anyone else see a possibility of confusion here?

Coincidentally, I seem to have lost the ability to move posts around to different threads, for some reason that I haven't figured out quite yet because I'm BIZZY. But that could become a serious thing, so I'll contact tech support if it doesn't resolve itself in the near future.

For now I'm not suggesting we do anything in particular, except keep a sharp eye on developments. But when it comes to actually filing charges, I think maybe we should have separate threads for cases filed in SDNY vs. those filed by the NY Attorney General, or those filed in Noo Yawk City.
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Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:33 am
Notorial Dissent wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:32 am
My suspicion is that with the DB records in hand LaRump et al could be facing a lot of trouble.
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I see people on twitter pointing out that the DB records are for a civil case. Is there any chance (hope upon hope) that, if they find something criminal, they can refer it for a criminal case?
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SDNY: More Trump officials in trouble for private email habits.

A federal judge scolded Trump DOJ officials for using private emails and withholding them from public scrutiny, in connection with the now-shuttered voter commission.

https://www.courthousenews.com/justice- ... on-emails/
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CourthouseNews wrote:Though the challengers cited at least two instances where Justice Department officials used personal email accounts to send and receive emails about the commission, the government argued that its duties under the Freedom of Information Act required it only to search agency records, leaving the private email accounts off limits.

:think: Then why is dotus asking about content from Hillarys servers?

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RTH10260 wrote:
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CourthouseNews wrote:Though the challengers cited at least two instances where Justice Department officials used personal email accounts to send and receive emails about the commission, the government argued that its duties under the Freedom of Information Act required it only to search agency records, leaving the private email accounts off limits.

:think: Then why is dotus asking about content from Hillarys servers?
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Inaugural Official Disputes White House Account of Her Departure

WASHINGTON — Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a leading contractor for President Trump’s inaugural committee and a former adviser to the first lady, Melania Trump, has publicly disputed accounts of her departure from the White House last year, rejecting claims from officials that she was dismissed.

Ms. Winston Wolkoff specifically took issue with suggestions by White House officials that she had been forced out because of reports that she had profited excessively from her role in helping organize inaugural events. She gave her account of what happened in a statement to The New York Times more than a year after she parted ways with the White House, where she had served as an unpaid adviser to Mrs. Trump after the inauguration.

“Was I fired? No,” Ms. Winston Wolkoff said in the statement. “Did I personally receive $26 million or $1.6 million? No. Was I thrown under the bus? Yes.”

It was the first time Ms. Winston Wolkoff has provided extensive public comments about the events around her split from the White House, including characterizations at the time by White House officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, that she had been forced out because of reports about lavish spending on the inauguration.

Her lawyer recently informed inaugural committee officials that she had been cooperating since last fall with federal prosecutors in Manhattan who are investigating the committee’s spending and fund-raising.

In breaking so publicly with the White House, she became the latest in a growing group of former aides or employees who have begun speaking out about feeling mistreated by Mr. Trump, his family and his advisers and who have documentation to back up their statements.

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New York Senate starts discussing legislation regarding what critics have called the "double-jeopardy loophole," preventing strategic presidential pardons from scuttling state prosecutions.
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The Atlantic - Jed Shugerman
New York Just Gave Congress a New Reason for Impeachment

A bill passed by the state Senate offers House Democrats the chance to request Trump’s tax returns—but only if they can give a specific reason.


On Wednesday, the New York State Senate approved two important bills that could shape the legal fight over Trump’s tax returns and his pardon power, if they become law. But one of those bills—the one allowing New York state to give tax returns upon a request from Congress—also includes a word that could undermine the U.S. House of Representatives’ efforts to get Trump’s state taxes. That specific word is “specific.” And that word gives the House a new reason—in addition to all the ones it already possesses—to initiate a formal impeachment inquiry.

That step is already warranted by the Mueller Report’s evidence the president may have committed obstruction of justice (and by at least a preponderance of evidence, coordinated with Russia illegally). But when a court, interpreting the text of this potential new law, asks the House to identify its “specific and legitimate legislative purpose” for seeking Trump’s tax returns, it’s also the more specific and honest statement of the House’s purpose, and thus, more likely to prevail. In fact, a formal impeachment inquiry could be the honest legal move that saves all of the House subpoenas from new conservative legal interpretations.

Section 6103(f) of the Internal Revenue Code states that “upon written request” from the chair of the House’s Ways and Means Committee, the treasury secretary “shall furnish such committee with any return or return information specified in such request.” Many observers have assumed the word “shall” does all the work to compel Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to turn over the returns, but that bit of text must be understood in the larger context of constitutional law and precedent. Such a request, like a subpoena, must have a “legitimate” purpose. ...

But meanwhile, the New York legislature is considering a second track. The bill passed by the Senate (which would still require the approval of the Assembly and the signature of the governor to become law) would authorize the Department of Taxation and Finance to share state tax return information with the relevant congressional committees as long as there is a “specific and legitimate legislative purpose.” Note that extra word, beyond what Mnuchin himself cited: “specific.” Perhaps New York legislators added this word as a compromise to allay the valid concerns of those worried about overbroad fishing expeditions and vague requests that might be pretexts for a partisan purpose.

That’s exactly the point. Americans should be wary of changing our laws too abruptly just to investigate Trump. When the last law is down, as Robert Bolt wrote, the Devil may turn round on you, and where would you hide? Some curbs seem necessary, to guard against future abuses. The word “specific” can have several meanings, but some definitions of “specify” suggest a connection to the word “clarify.” A plausible reading is that the New York legislature added the word “specific” to eliminate pretextual or misleading explanations.

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Trump, House Democrats square off in U.S. court over Deutsche Bank documents

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump, three of his children and the Trump Organization will demand in court on Wednesday that a judge stop Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp from providing financial records to Democratic lawmakers investigating Trump’s businesses.

Republican Trump, who is seeking re-election next year, has aggressively sought to defy congressional oversight of his administration since Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives in January.

Trump said last month that the administration was “fighting all the subpoenas” issued by the House, hardening his position after the release of a redacted report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller on how Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election to help Trump and the president’s attempts to impede the investigation.

The contents of the subpoenas have not been made public. Wednesday’s hearing in federal court in Manhattan is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. (1630 GMT).

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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
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Ooooh. What a week, and it's not even Friday.

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It's been Friday dump o'clock all week (a Wonkette term).
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Notable: Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, appointed by Trump, appears to have recused himself from the case.

This is from Audrey Strauss, who-as I note in this profile-started out her prosecutorial career on the team that beat Roy Cohn in court.
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Yes! Still reading the indictment. Who are transition team #1 and #2?

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