Robert Mueller’s reported request to Deutsche Bank for information on Donald Trump’s loans indicates the special counsel has now crossed a “red line” the president identified months ago, and could ultimately solve the mystery of how much Trump is really worth.The accounts in at least five separate news articles suggest, for the first time, that the prosecutor is looking into whether Russian money laundering fostered the Trump Organization’s growth and development after Donald Trump’s six bankruptcies rendered him radioactive to American banks.Deutsche Bank stepped in and helped Trump, at a time when its Moscow office had become a focal point for moving capital from Russia to the West. Earlier this year, the bank paid $630 million to settle charges of laundering $10 billion for Russians. Keep up with this story and more “Deutsche Bank is synonymous with Russian money laundering,” Luke Harding, author of Collusion, a book on the … [Read more...] about How much is Trump worth? Mueller’s Deutsche Bank subpoena could solve the mystery
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Here is a partial list of the things that happened to Donald Trump in 1999: 1) He finalized his divorce from second wife Marla Maples, managing to give her just $2 million; 2) he became embroiled in battle with a coalition of Upper West Side residents — including Walter Cronkite, Paul Newman, and Kofi Annan — protesting the construction of a massive tower near the United Nations building; 3) he announced plans for at least a half dozen new real estate developments, including a NASCAR track on Long Island; 4) he starred in a sensational gossip saga in which two former girlfriends vied for his attention in the Hamptons, both ending the night in tears; 5) he reveled in the rejuvenation of the Miss USA Pageant, and the news that he would start a modeling agency; 6) he began dating Slovenian model Melania Knauss; 7) he spent months flirting with a run for president.That flirtation started with an “independent” midsummer poll of Reform Party members indicating that … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Showed His Hand In 1999, But No One Was Looking
On a stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue separating the White House from the Capitol looms an architectural treasure and a prized jewel of the federal government’s real estate portfolio. The palatial, neo-Romanesque Old Post Office was built in 1899. Since then, its clock tower has been an iconic part of the Washington, D.C., skyline, visible from miles away.These days the building is a vast construction site, ringed by scaffolding, where trucks come and go as plumbers, electricians, and carpenters redo the interior. But Donald Trump chose to hold an event there on March 21. Striding to a podium set in front of two American flags and decorated with a “Trump Hotels” sign, the candidate talked of GOP efforts to thwart his momentum. First, however, he called everyone’s attention to the Old Post Office itself, which will be the site of Trump’s newest hotel. “It's going to be amazing,” he said. “It’s a great thing for the country. It’s … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Won Control Of A Prized D.C. Landmark — Here’s How
Every time someone asks Donald Trump if he knows Felix Sater, his Russian-born, Brooklyn-bred former business associate, Trump draws a blank. Despite the fact that Sater worked on and off for a decade with the Trump Organization, and despite his recent headline-making appearance as an exuberant negotiator on behalf of Trump’s hardnosed attorney, Michael Cohen, in seeking to build a “massive Trump Tower in Moscow” last year, Trump ducks. “I mean, I’ve seen him a couple of times; I have met him,” Trump said, in a deposition in a court case involving Sater in 2013. And The New York Times reported him as saying, “If he were sitting in the room right now, I really wouldn’t know what he looked like.” As late as 2015, when asked about Sater, Trump hemmed and hawed. “Boy, I have to even think about it.” It’s no wonder that Trump, especially now that he’s under investigation over his ties to Russia and its meddling … [Read more...] about Who Is Felix Sater, and Why Is Donald Trump So Afraid of Him?
Donald Trump used his first Joint Address to the Congress of the United States to engage in an unprecedented flight of fiscal fantasy. Specifically, the president imagined that the United States could cut taxes for wealthy Americans and corporations, rip tens of billions of dollars out of domestic programs (and diplomacy), hand that money over to the military-industrial complex, and somehow remain a functional and genuinely strong nation. Trump did not articulate this agenda quite so bluntly. His hour-long speech was far more traditional and temperate in character than his ballistic inaugural address. The themes were, for the most part, predictable: “construction of a great wall along our southern border,” “vetting procedures,” “for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated,” “school choice,” “construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines.” The rhetoric was, by the standards of this … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Goes All In for the Military-Industrial Complex
Waterloo, Iowa—A low-energy crowd greeted a low-energy Donald Trump in Waterloo, Iowa, Monday morning. Jeb Bush would have loved it. It may not tell us anything about caucus turnout—it was a workday morning, after all—but it was a strange moment nonetheless. Trump acknowledged the low turnout early, calling the diminutive crowd “our very close friends,” then saying, “I’m gonna get out of here fast,” for his next event in Cedar Rapids. The crowd groaned, and Trump reassured them. “No, no, we’re gonna take care of you. Win, lose or draw, I love you all.” He gave a perfunctory 35-minute speech at what I can’t even call a rally. Like an aging rock star, Trump did a medley of his hits. “We’ll build a big, beautiful wall.” “Common Core is gone.” “The Second Amendment is not going to be chipped away at.” “We’re gonna protect Christianity. You know Christianity is under … [Read more...] about Is Donald Trump Even Trying in Iowa?
“I don’t know. What do I know about it? All I know is what’s on the Internet,” announced Donald Trump on Meet the Press last month. He was attempting to excuse his false assertion that a protester at one of his rallies “had ties to ISIS.” It was certainly a startling assertion, at least to me, bookish woman of the writerly profession that I am. Of course, everything that man says startles me—but this time it made me think about the general status of knowing, knowledge, and its online production. The Internet is hardly the first technology of information transmission to be suspect. In Phaedrus, Plato described the Egyptian king Thamus and his suspicion of the written word. Thamus feared that writing was untrustworthy because it “will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories…and you give your disciples not truth, but only the semblance of truth; they will be hearers of many things and … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s Virtual Reality
Imagine for a moment that it’s January 2009. Bernie Madoff, America’s poster-child fraudster, has yet to be caught. The 2007–08 financial crisis never happened. The markets didn’t tank to reveal the emptiness beneath his schemes. We still don’t know what’s lurking in his tax returns, because he’s never released them, but we know that he’s a billionaire, at least on paper. We also know, of course, that he just won the presidency by featuring the slogan—on hats, T-shirts, everywhere—“Make America Rich Again!” On a frosty morning in late January, before his colleagues, his country, God, and the world, Madoff takes the oath of office. He swears on a Bible to uphold the constitution. The next day, everything comes crashing down. The banks. The markets. His fortune. Madoff is a businessman, not a politician. He’s run and won as an anti-establishment maverick. Now he’s faced with a choice: save the United … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Is a Worse Crook Than Bernie Madoff
Did you happen to notice that in just about all of the video news reports about the prototypes for President Trump’s proposed border wall the images were taken from above?As in, higher than the 30 foot walls.As in, drones.As in, breaching the wall.There are any number of reasons why building a border wall is a ridiculous and wasteful. Those simple videos illustrate one of the most obvious. Modern technology beats walls.There’s also the outrageous cost, of course. Upwards of $20 billion by the most reasonable estimates. Perhaps a lot more. And, so far, with none of those funds allotted.Just imagine how much good that kind of money could to in providing health care or tax relief or education.Plus there are the simple logistical concerns. MORE: The Wall | videos from the borderThere is the matter of confiscating private land. The impact on wildlife and waterways. There is very rough terrain.And lawsuits. There will be plenty.The online game Cards Against Humanity announced … [Read more...] about Montini: Best case scenario for Donald Trump’s ‘great wall?’ Future tourist trap
How dare you diss The Donald? Scarsdale, N.Y.: Shame on you. Your front page portraying Donald Trump as a clown was downright nasty (“Clown runs for Prez,” June 17). I happen to think (and I don’t think I am alone) that he would make a good choice for a Republican presidential candidate. He has enough money so that he doesn’t have to do favors for or receive money from anyone. He is his own man, one who would like to see America get back to a time when people were proud to be American. What’s wrong with that? The other candidates on the Republican side can’t offer us any more or less than he can. Give the guy a break. Helen Centorrino Shrub Oak, N.Y.: I welcome Donald Trump’s entry into the race for President. He is beholden to no one, which gives him the ability to ask questions about issues that the mealy-mouthed other candidates would do almost anything to ignore. There are so many problems we face, both domestic and foreign, that no … [Read more...] about Readers sound off on Donald Trump, Charleston and Flag Day