Mark Kasowitz Made a Political Donation and Then Donald Jr and Ivanka Avoided Indictment
There has been plenty of talk as to if the Trump kids could go to jail. Just today we have new news about Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner used a private email for WH business and after being discovered rerouted it to Trump Tower.
After bad publicity, Kushner transferred private email to Trump Organization https://t.co/WdZd75MEuD
— mike sax (@mikesaxny2) October 4, 2017
If nothing else it suggests consciousness of guilt. Both Jared Kushner-the son in law-and Donald Jr have all kinds of legal problems with the Russia investigation. Both were at the infamous Russia meeting in Trump Tower in June, 2016.
Kushner also met with Kisylak after the election about setting up a back channel with Russia inside the Russian embassy and later spoke with the president of VEB bank-a sanctioned Russian bank. Jared also failed to list 100s of Russian contacts on his security clearance form.
But a new bombshell report reveals that this is not the first time the Trump kids have faced a serious risk of indictment.
How Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr., Avoided a Criminal Indictment https://t.co/yZlYxqYKT0
— Brandon Skwira (@brandon_skwira) October 4, 2017
“Over the past eight months, the Trump family’s frivolity with laws and ethics has, at the very least, raised questions about how the family conducted itself before coming to Washington. Bits and bobs and gossip from the real estate years have been floating around. Special counsel Robert Mueller is currently knee deep in the Trump empire. And on Wednesday, a collaboration between ProPublica, WNYC, and the New Yorker provided an illuminating look into how the Trumps conducted themselves when no one was watching with a deeply reported piece on how the Trump family attempted to sell condos in its pet real estate project, and how they got out of a criminal investigation.”
“The Trump SoHo project was unveiled by Donald Trump himself in 2006 and was supposed to herald Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.’s arrival at the grown-ups table at the Trump Organization. The half-baked development project, however, faltered badly from the start and left the two Trump children scrambling to fill the building’s condos to make sure the deal didn’t go kaput. To save their first signature deal, the two then-twentysomethings engaged in sales behavior of such dubious legality that, in 2010, the Major Economic Crimes Bureau of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office opened an investigation into Ivanka and Don Jr. The DA’s case against the Trumps was built over the course of two years, to the point where indictments appeared imminent. But then, as ProPublica, WNYC, and the New Yorker report, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. closed the investigation for good shortly after meeting with Trump attorney and one of Vance’s largest campaign contributors, Marc Kasowitz.”
Marc Kasowitz, who just happens to be Trump’s current Russia lawyer as well.
“From the outset, the particulars of the project were sketchy. The building wasn’t actually in SoHo, just nearby. Zoning laws wouldn’t allow for the building to be a residential tower, so the Trumps sold the project as a “condo-hotel” where buyers essentially purchased a hotel room, which, by law, they were not able to occupy for more than 120 nights a year. The Trump kids partnered on the project with two Soviet-born businessmen, one of whom was Felix Sater, who previously pleaded guilty to racketeering and had spent time in prison for a bar fight where he attacked a man with the stem of a margarita glass. With the economy in a deep dive in 2007 as the world careened toward the Great Recession, sales of the units were slow. To try to juice sales, the Trump kids started fudging the numbers.”
Felix Sater again. Sater had showed the kids around Moscow in 2007. He is a Russian mobster and arguably simply associating with him is a felony. Maybe that’s why Trump denied the association so relentlessly in the past.
While Trump was denying having anything to do with him in 2016, Sater and Michael Cohen were working on getting a Trump Tower built in Moscow
Sater had boasted in an email to Cohen that he could make the Trump Tower Moscow deal happen by talking to Putin and that the deal ‘Would make Donald President.’
As for Sater, we can do a remix of Mary and Her Little Lamb: And everywhere Felix Sater went, Michael Cohen was sure to go.
This in itself is a enough to tell you they were engaged in illegal activity-Felix Sater was involved.
Anyway, to give the short version: Michael Kasowitz paid a bribe to Cyrus Vance and made the indictment against Donald Jr and Ivanka go away.
“Eventually, the Trumps settled the civil suit with the buyers, agreeing to give back 90 percent of their deposits. But, as the story notes, the Trumps “extracted a rare concession in return: The plaintiffs agreed not to cooperate with prosecutors unless they were subpoenaed.” Still, the criminal investigation did not go away, and eventually, in May of 2012, Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz met directly with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. Kasowitz had already donated $25,000 to Vance’s re-election campaign, making him one of Vance’s biggest donors. Three months later, Vance ordered the case be dropped. His office returned the donation, but:
“In September 2012, within weeks of the case being resolved, Kasowitz contacted Vance’s campaign about hosting a fundraiser, according to a spokesperson for the campaign. Kasowitz held the event that January. He personally donated almost $32,000 to Vance’s campaign, and 20 of his law firm’s partners and employees kicked in at least another $9,000. Then, in October 2013, as Election Day approached, he hosted a breakfast —“Republicans for Cy Vance” — which raised an additional $9,000.”
“In the end, the Trump SoHo “went into foreclosure in 2014 and was taken over by a creditor.” Vance, who is still in office, told ProPublica, WNYC, and the New Yorker that he did the “right thing” by dropping the case, citing the civil settlement. He also said he plans to return Kasowitz’s money.”
This just confirms-assuming you still needed more confirmation-that everything the Trumpsters said about Hillary, Bill, Chelsea, and the Clinton Foundation was sheer projection. It is also not just potential criminal wrongdoing in its own right but clearly goes to pattern in the Russia investigation.
With people this dishonest-remember also Trump U!-is collusion with the Russian government really such a stretch? Especially as Donald Jr already said ‘You take the meeting.’
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