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Trump Jr wanted for questioning by DC attorney general over alleged inaugural funds abuse

 
 
Tom Embury-Dennis
Fri, January 15, 2021, 4:39 AM
 
 
(BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
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Donald Trump Jr is wanted for questioning as part of an investigation into the alleged misuse of his father’s 2017 presidential inauguration funds.

Washington DC attorney general Karl Racine said Mr Trump Jr had been notified of the request, which was sent after new evidence emerged in court filings earlier this week.

They allege that the Presidential Inaugural Committee “improperly wasted its fund” when it paid almost $50,000 (£37,000) to the Loews Madison for a block of hotel rooms on behalf of the Trump Organization.

The reservation was arranged by Mr Trump Jr’s personal assistant, the court filings claim, and the rooms appeared to have been given to a personal friend of the president’s eldest son.

- ADVERTISEMENT -The incident emerged as part of the DC attorney general’s wider probe into the alleged misuse of more than $1 million (£733,000) by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, which is accused of “grossly overpaying” for event space at the Trump International Hotel in DC during the inauguration.

In January the attorney general’s office announced it was suing the committee and the Trump Organization over the payments.

Mr Racine told CNN on Thursday he was “extremely confident” Mr Trump Jr and the wider Trump family had broken the law.

“We’re before a court and at the end of the day the court will decide, but the evidence is clear. The Trump business and the Trump family used the not-for-profit to profit themselves,” Mr Racine said.

“That’s why the presidential inauguration commission paid so much money for rooms and event space that were far above market rate during the inauguration, and that’s why we just amended our complaint to include that Donald Trump Jr’s good friend essentially had a free set of rooms for a period of time during the inauguration for no good not-for-profit purpose.

“That’s not consistent with the law, that’s why we’re going to pursue that.”

The Trump Organisation has been contacted for comment.

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9 hours ago, DBP66 said:

Trump Jr wanted for questioning by DC attorney general over alleged inaugural funds abuse

 
 
Tom Embury-Dennis
Fri, January 15, 2021, 4:39 AM
 
 
(BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
(BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Donald Trump Jr is wanted for questioning as part of an investigation into the alleged misuse of his father’s 2017 presidential inauguration funds.

Washington DC attorney general Karl Racine said Mr Trump Jr had been notified of the request, which was sent after new evidence emerged in court filings earlier this week.

They allege that the Presidential Inaugural Committee “improperly wasted its fund” when it paid almost $50,000 (£37,000) to the Loews Madison for a block of hotel rooms on behalf of the Trump Organization.

The reservation was arranged by Mr Trump Jr’s personal assistant, the court filings claim, and the rooms appeared to have been given to a personal friend of the president’s eldest son.

- ADVERTISEMENT -The incident emerged as part of the DC attorney general’s wider probe into the alleged misuse of more than $1 million (£733,000) by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, which is accused of “grossly overpaying” for event space at the Trump International Hotel in DC during the inauguration.

In January the attorney general’s office announced it was suing the committee and the Trump Organization over the payments.

Mr Racine told CNN on Thursday he was “extremely confident” Mr Trump Jr and the wider Trump family had broken the law.

“We’re before a court and at the end of the day the court will decide, but the evidence is clear. The Trump business and the Trump family used the not-for-profit to profit themselves,” Mr Racine said.

“That’s why the presidential inauguration commission paid so much money for rooms and event space that were far above market rate during the inauguration, and that’s why we just amended our complaint to include that Donald Trump Jr’s good friend essentially had a free set of rooms for a period of time during the inauguration for no good not-for-profit purpose.

“That’s not consistent with the law, that’s why we’re going to pursue that.”

The Trump Organisation has been contacted for comment.

don't believe the B.S..

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NY judge orders Trump Organization's tax firm to hand over more documents to state attorney general

By Sonia Moghe, CNN  11 hrs ago
 
CNN logoNY judge orders Trump Organization's tax firm to hand over more documents to state attorney general
 
 
 
 
 
 
A New York state judge on Friday ordered a tax firm that has worked with former President Donald Trump to turn over more documents to New York Attorney General Letitia James as part of her office's investigation into the Trump Organization.

The supplemental order is one of several that Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron has made in the past month requesting that the tax firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius turn over documents that James's office has requested as part of its investigation.

The attorney general's office declined to comment. CNN has reached out to the Trump Organization and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius for comment.

The Trump Organization has previously argued that the documents are protected by attorney-client privilege, but in December, Engoron ruled that "some but all" of the documents requested by the attorney general's office were privileged.

 

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  • %7B%7BEngoron wrote that he privately reviewed documents that Trump's tax attorney Sheri Dillon at Morgan Lewis & Bockius has to turn over, saying that documents he determined were not privileged be turned over by February 4
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On 1/15/2021 at 7:39 PM, DBP66 said:

read the article...no B.S. there...😉

when size of an event becomes a political issue, much like the news made it so in 2016...

one could easily argue that boosting the size of attendance at the event, by inviting friends, serves that political purpose...

That would be legit, and much like standard op.

The idea that it is too high priced is not an issue if hotels etc. all adjusted their rates upward for such a historic event. can't go by average for that.

feel free to argue it all day or try to pin something on somebody, but first you might have to show what the problem is...

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NY judge orders Trump Organization's tax firm to hand over more documents to state attorney general

By Sonia Moghe, CNN  11 hrs ago
 
CNN logoNY judge orders Trump Organization's tax firm to hand over more documents to state attorney general
 
 
 
 
 
 
A New York state judge on Friday ordered a tax firm that has worked with former President Donald Trump to turn over more documents to New York Attorney General Letitia James as part of her office's investigation into the Trump Organization.

The supplemental order is one of several that Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron has made in the past month requesting that the tax firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius turn over documents that James's office has requested as part of its investigation.

The attorney general's office declined to comment. CNN has reached out to the Trump Organization and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius for comment.

The Trump Organization has previously argued that the documents are protected by attorney-client privilege, but in December, Engoron ruled that "some but all" of the documents requested by the attorney general's office were privileged.

 

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  • %7B%7BEngoron wrote that he privately reviewed documents that Trump's tax attorney Sheri Dillon at Morgan Lewis & Bockius has to turn over, saying that documents he determined were not privileged be turned over by February 4

No shit, damn just damn....

Don, Don, Don....tsk, tsk. 
 

MAGA and stop the steal huh?
 

bgw

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8 hours ago, Troll said:

when size of an event becomes a political issue, much like the news made it so in 2016...

one could easily argue that boosting the size of attendance at the event, by inviting friends, serves that political purpose...

That would be legit, and much like standard op.

The idea that it is too high priced is not an issue if hotels etc. all adjusted their rates upward for such a historic event. can't go by average for that.

feel free to argue it all day or try to pin something on somebody, but first you might have to show what the problem is...

They allege that the Presidential Inaugural Committee “improperly wasted its fund” when it paid almost $50,000 (£37,000) to the Loews Madison for a block of hotel rooms on behalf of the Trump Organization.

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38 minutes ago, DBP66 said:

They allege that the Presidential Inaugural Committee “improperly wasted its fund” when it paid almost $50,000 (£37,000) to the Loews Madison for a block of hotel rooms on behalf of the Trump Organization.

Psssssssst.......Another word for "improperly wasted" is SPENT....🤡

And it appears they SPENT it on the campaign trail.

It didn't go into anyone's pocket that I (or you) can tell 🤷‍♂️

so again where is the "legal" issue 🤡  

 

PS: much like some $100 grand comb over and tint job, I don't think I could ever justify the amounts without knowing the details (so feel free to take those shots LOL) but I don't see this going much further than all the bad pr it's going to generate...unless the rest of the politicians are all comfortable, the best way to take someone out, is by the same methods they all use while on the campaign trail 🤔

go figure

🤡

 

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1 hour ago, Troll said:

Psssssssst.......Another word for "improperly wasted" is SPENT....🤡

And it appears they SPENT it on the campaign trail.

It didn't go into anyone's pocket that I (or you) can tell 🤷‍♂️

so again where is the "legal" issue 🤡  

 

PS: much like some $100 grand comb over and tint job, I don't think I could ever justify the amounts without knowing the details (so feel free to take those shots LOL) but I don't see this going much further than all the bad pr it's going to generate...unless the rest of the politicians are all comfortable, the best way to take someone out, is by the same methods they all use while on the campaign trail 🤔

go figure

🤡

 

"on the campaign trail"??......LOL...🤡

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NY Supreme Court: Trump Org Wrongly Asserted Attorney-Client Privilege; Lawyers Must Turn Over Documents

Colin Kalmbacher  52 mins ago
 
 
 
 
Law & Crime logoNY Supreme Court: Trump Org Wrongly Asserted Attorney-Client Privilege; Lawyers Must Turn Over Documents
 
 
 
 
 
A New York State Supreme Court judge on Friday ruled that a former law firm for the Trump Organization improperly withheld documents from state investigators under the attorney-client privilege doctrine and must hand over the requested records before the end of next week.

Judge Arthur Engoron issued a one-page order that found Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP wrongly asserted the privilege over multiple documents that had nothing to do with communications between the firm and its recently jettisoned clients.

“The Court finds that many of the communications Morgan Lewis marked as privileged were communications addressing business tasks and decisions, not exchanges soliciting or rendering legal advice,” the judge determined before citing case law. “'[A] lawyer’s communication is not cloaked with privilege when the lawyer is hired for business or personal advice, or to do the work of a nonlawyer.'”

New York Attorney General Letitia James has been seeking discovery in the case against the Trump Organization originally filed under seal as a series of document requests in August 2020.

The litigation concerns alleged financial improprieties committed by multiple members of the Trump family and its agents within the family business–including the former president himself. Specifically, James is concerned that the defendants improperly inflated the value of assets “on annual financial statements in order to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits,” according to the memo.

The inquiry largely focuses on whether or not the Trump Organization improperly inflated the value of the Trump family’s palatial Seven Springs Estate in Westchester County–a suburb of New York City.

Litigation has played out semi-publicly over the past few months.

The investigation quickly ensnared Eric Trump, who was ordered by the court in September 2020 to sit for a deposition in the case. The attorney-client privilege tactic was attempted in October 2020–which Law&Crime columnist Elura Nanos predicted would not end favorably for the Trump Organization at the time.

Most recently, in December 2020, the court ordered a secondary review of documents sought by the attorney general after initially taking the law firm and the Trump Organization at their word over the privilege determinations.

Judge Engoron conducted a private in camera review of those documents, which the firm had previously aimed to keep away from investigators, and determined that the privilege did not apply–ordering the former Trump Organization attorneys to provide the files to James’s office by Feb. 4.

From the court’s order [caps in original]:

MORGAN LEWIS IS HEREBY ORDERED TO PRODUCE TO PETITIONER, BY FEBRUARY 4, 2021, ALL DOCUMENTS MARKED “NOT PRIVILEGED” BY THIS COURT IN THE PRIVILEGE LOG BEING EMAILED TODAY UNDER SEPARATE COVER TO ALL PARTIES. RESPONDENT NEED NOT PRODUCE DOCUMENTS MARKED “PRIVILEGED” OR “IRRELEVANT.”

The ruling also hinted at the nature of some of those materials.

“Similarly, any communications within Morgan Lewis speaking to public relations are of a business, not legal, nature,” Engoron wrote. “Moreover, as previously noted, a client waives the privilege if communications are made in the presence of, or are subsequently revealed to, a third party.”

The New York State Supreme Court system is not the Empire State’s highest court. That court is the Court of Appeals. Supreme Court judges are authorized to handle a wide variety of trial-level cases in a county or several counties — similar to a superior court bench in other states.

 
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13 hours ago, DBP66 said:

NY Supreme Court: Trump Org Wrongly Asserted Attorney-Client Privilege; Lawyers Must Turn Over Documents

Colin Kalmbacher  52 mins ago
 
 
 
 
Law & Crime logoNY Supreme Court: Trump Org Wrongly Asserted Attorney-Client Privilege; Lawyers Must Turn Over Documents
 
 
 
 
 
A New York State Supreme Court judge on Friday ruled that a former law firm for the Trump Organization improperly withheld documents from state investigators under the attorney-client privilege doctrine and must hand over the requested records before the end of next week.

Judge Arthur Engoron issued a one-page order that found Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP wrongly asserted the privilege over multiple documents that had nothing to do with communications between the firm and its recently jettisoned clients.

“The Court finds that many of the communications Morgan Lewis marked as privileged were communications addressing business tasks and decisions, not exchanges soliciting or rendering legal advice,” the judge determined before citing case law. “'[A] lawyer’s communication is not cloaked with privilege when the lawyer is hired for business or personal advice, or to do the work of a nonlawyer.'”

New York Attorney General Letitia James has been seeking discovery in the case against the Trump Organization originally filed under seal as a series of document requests in August 2020.

The litigation concerns alleged financial improprieties committed by multiple members of the Trump family and its agents within the family business–including the former president himself. Specifically, James is concerned that the defendants improperly inflated the value of assets “on annual financial statements in order to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits,” according to the memo.

The inquiry largely focuses on whether or not the Trump Organization improperly inflated the value of the Trump family’s palatial Seven Springs Estate in Westchester County–a suburb of New York City.

Litigation has played out semi-publicly over the past few months.

The investigation quickly ensnared Eric Trump, who was ordered by the court in September 2020 to sit for a deposition in the case. The attorney-client privilege tactic was attempted in October 2020–which Law&Crime columnist Elura Nanos predicted would not end favorably for the Trump Organization at the time.

Most recently, in December 2020, the court ordered a secondary review of documents sought by the attorney general after initially taking the law firm and the Trump Organization at their word over the privilege determinations.

Judge Engoron conducted a private in camera review of those documents, which the firm had previously aimed to keep away from investigators, and determined that the privilege did not apply–ordering the former Trump Organization attorneys to provide the files to James’s office by Feb. 4.

From the court’s order [caps in original]:

MORGAN LEWIS IS HEREBY ORDERED TO PRODUCE TO PETITIONER, BY FEBRUARY 4, 2021, ALL DOCUMENTS MARKED “NOT PRIVILEGED” BY THIS COURT IN THE PRIVILEGE LOG BEING EMAILED TODAY UNDER SEPARATE COVER TO ALL PARTIES. RESPONDENT NEED NOT PRODUCE DOCUMENTS MARKED “PRIVILEGED” OR “IRRELEVANT.”

The ruling also hinted at the nature of some of those materials.

“Similarly, any communications within Morgan Lewis speaking to public relations are of a business, not legal, nature,” Engoron wrote. “Moreover, as previously noted, a client waives the privilege if communications are made in the presence of, or are subsequently revealed to, a third party.”

The New York State Supreme Court system is not the Empire State’s highest court. That court is the Court of Appeals. Supreme Court judges are authorized to handle a wide variety of trial-level cases in a county or several counties — similar to a superior court bench in other states.

 

Ouch.... looks like Ofer Bajillion is a strong possibility. 
 

Hitting rock bottom and still digging. 
 

bgw

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Good Morning America

Donald Trump's entire legal team quits week before impeachment trial: Sources

JOHN SANTUCCI and KATHERINE FAULDERS
Sat, January 30, 2021, 11:16 PM
 
 

All five of the impeachment lawyers who were expected to represent former President Donald Trump have called it quits, sources told ABC News.

The team, led by South Carolina lawyer Butch Bowers, resigned in part because of disagreements over how to mount Trump’s defense, the sources said. The lawyers had planned to argue the constitutionality of holding a trial given Trump is now a former president.

The disagreements over strategy varied, sources told ABC News, but Trump wanted his team to argue there was election fraud, while the lawyers and some top advisers to the former president wanted the focus to remain on the constitutionality of a trial with the president no longer in office.

A source close to the former president described the change as a "mutual decision" between the parties.

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