Trump’s Attorney Tried to Prevent Him Signing His 2016 Financial Disclosure Form
A few weeks ago I argued that maybe a big reason Trump won’t release his tax returns is they show Russian financial connections to Russian oligarchs and Russian mobsters-in Russia to become an oligarch you have to know folks in the mob so these sort of overlap-and the number and extent of Russian loans he’s received-most of which would likely be funneled through Cyrpus, etc.
In other words washed-laundered is the official term. Laundered of its Russian origins.
UPDATE: Turns out I wrote this post on Sunday-not a few weeks go. Just five days ago. I leave that to underscore how much news there has been since then. It seemed like a couple of weeks ago though it was just five days ago.
When Trump has been asked about his tax returns he’s said ‘Nobody cares but the media’ which isn’t true, and then he says he has done financial disclosure forms which should be adequate. They’re not enough. We need to see both the returns and the forms.
But heres the rub. The AP is now reporting that Trump tried to release a financial disclosure form without his signature. Wow-forms without his signature are terribly useful as they don’t have to be true!
“Donald Trump’s attorneys originally wanted him to submit an updated financial disclosure without certifying the information as true, according to correspondence with the Office of Government Ethics.”
“Attorney Sheri Dillon said she saw no need for Trump to sign his 2016 personal financial disclosure because he is filing voluntarily this year. But OGE director Walter Shaub said his office would only work with Dillon if she agreed to follow the typical process of having Trump make the certification. That is standard practice for the thousands of financial disclosure forms OGE processes each year.”
Gee-what’s the need? Why not let Herr Trump have it both ways? He can handwave away questions about his tax returns by boasting he did release his financial disclosure form and then he doesn’t sign the form so he can lie on it without any legal culpability.
“Personal financial disclosures include an accounting of a person’s personal income, assets and liabilities. Trump’s 2016 form will span his general election candidacy, election and transition to power — potentially shedding light on the immediate impact his Republican nomination and election had on his Trump Organization.”
“In her letter to Shaub, Dillon says the president will “sign and file” documents regarding his 2016 financials by mid-June — an indication that she agreed to the OGE requirement that the president certify the information as true to the best of his knowledge.”
“Dillon also stressed in her letter, dated May 9, that Trump is under no obligation to file a financial disclosure this year and is doing so voluntarily. “President Trump welcomes the opportunity to provide this optional disclosure to the public, and hopes to file it shortly,” she wrote.
“Last May, then-candidate Trump’s disclosure form showed his business empire had grown in value while he was running for office. However, the information is no substitute for tax returns, which Trump has chosen not to release — breaking the long tradition of his predecessors. Tax documents would show his effective rate of income tax and detail the extent of his charitable giving.”
How about how much Russian money?
Interesting that his income grew as he ran for office. Like Hillary said When he wins you lose.
“Trump’s decision to file a personal financial disclosure puts him in the company of past Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and others.”
But he’s in his own company in trying to file it without actually signing it.
“Shaub references that history in the first line of his letter to Dillon: “Thank you for your letter dated May 9, 2017, regarding the President’s decision to adhere to the longstanding tradition of voluntarily filing a public financial disclosure report in the first year after taking office.”
“The Associated Press obtained the letters under a Freedom of Information Act request.”
“As we discussed, OGE will provide this assistance on the condition that the President is committed to certifying that the contents of his report are true, complete and correct,” Shaub wrote in a May 10 letter. “When we met on April 27, 2017, you requested that he be excused from providing this certification.”
Let’s here it for the Government Ethics Office (OLE).
Office of Government Ethics stood its ground against Trump's lawyers https://t.co/i8H3ln1f7v
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 19, 2017
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