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    • Michael Ellis, Attorney with Nunes on House IC, Susan Rice Wiretapping Scandal, March 2017


Congress asks Trump attorney Michael Cohen to turn over documents, testify on May 30, 2017, Cohen refused to do so.” Washington Post Video   Trump’s personal attorney hires attorney: Report The Hill June 16, 2017

Cohen is mentioned in the Steele Dossier as being key to the Trump-Russia communication and cover-up.

Resigned Marc E. Kasowitz, Defense Attorney  retained by Trump to defend him in Russian investigation. “Kasowitz, who has known Trump for decades, has represented Trump in numerous cases, including on his divorce records, real estate transactions and allegations of fraud at Trump University. He is a partner at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman in New York. The outside legal team would be separate from the White House Counsel’s Office, which is led by Donald F. McGahn, who served as the Trump campaign’s attorney. ” Washington Post

 July 21, 2017 “Marc Kasowitz is out as Mr. Trump’s personal attorney, CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reports. And Kasowitz’s spokesman, Mark Corallo, has resigned, Garrett says.” CBS News

Sheri Dillon of the International and Moscow Award-Winning Law Firm Morgan Lewis, is representing Trump in his tax audit. On January 11, 2017, Trump held a press conference and presented piles of empty, blank file folders. This is the same tactic that Trump’s mentor, Roy Cohn used. A lawyer discusses the tactic on    Read about McCarthy attorney and Trump, Roger Stone and Atty. Paul Manafort Mentor, Roy Cohn here: A mentor in shamelessness: the man who taught Trump the power of publicity


December 16, 2016: ELECTIONS Free Speech For People Campaign for Accountability v. Russia and Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., filed before the Federal Election Commission. The Complaint


Trump Just Got Busted In A Pay-To-Play Private Prison Scandal Washington Journal 

The Campaign Legal Center filed suit against Private Prison GEO Corrections Holdings, which donated $100,000 to the Pence-endorsed Rebuilding America Now SuperPAC the day after Obama announced plans to phase out private prisons and $225,000 the week before the election. After inauguration Sessions announced plans to continue usage of private prisons and a month later GEO received a $110 million contract to build an illegal immigration detention center in Texas. “”The Campaign Legal Center…filed a suit that charges the private prison provider violated federal laws, which prohibit government contractors from making political contributions.” The plaintiff “charges the Justice Department is violating a grant of expedited processing which requires its complaint get priority processing. However in late May, the Justice Department found time to grant GEO two more ten-year contracts that are anticipated to generate $664 million in revenue for the company”

“Since then Sessions has also boosted the potential prison population by demanding judges reverse the Obama-era policy of handing down reasonable and humane sentences to those convicted of minor drug offenses. Sessions has demanded they be given the longest sentences allowed by law, a policy that social scientists, prisoner advocates, and common sense has been shown to be cruel, wasteful and ineffective in stopping crime or reducing recidivism.

GEO has continued to operate despite years of scandals, lawsuits and the forced (and voluntary) closures of questionable facilities it ran. In 2007, Texas correctional officials shut down a juvenile justice center run by GEO after investigators found despicable living conditions for inmates, who did not have proper access to education, and lived in terror of attacks by other inmates. Prisoners at the Reeves Country Detention Center in Texas rioted in 2008 ad 2009 causing up to $20 million in damages. In 2009, GEO closed a prison it ran in Pennsylvania after it was it with several wrongful death lawsuits. In 2010, GEO was named in a class action suit over conditions at a youth correctional facility in Mississippi.It no longer runs that facility, the largest juvenile holding center int he U.S.  At various times GEO has been accused of abuse of prisoners, instances of sexual abuse, neglect, and unacceptable living conditions. It has denied most allegations.” Washington Journal 

Fox Accused in Lawsuit of Publishing Fake News at Trump’s Behest Hollywood Reporter August 1, 2017 Eriq Gardner

A new lawsuit filed in New York claims that President Donald Trump got an advance look on a Fox News story purportedly showing the Russians weren’t behind hacked DNC emails published by WikiLeaks. According to the complaint, Trump pushed Fox News to publish the story “immediately.” The problem was that the story allegedly contained fabricated quotes.The lawsuit comes from Rod Wheeler, a former Washington, D.C., homicide detective and a Fox News contributor. He is said to have worked with Ed Butowsky, a Dallas-based financial adviser with connections to the White House. Together, they investigated the death of Seth Rich, a DNC staffer who was murdered on July 10, 2016.Conspiracy theorists, perhaps prompted by cryptic statements from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, have sought to demonstrate that it was Rich who provided WikiLeaks with emails that gained notoriety during the 2016 election. If Rich did this, that would mean the Russians didn’t. It would perhaps take pressure off of the Trump campaign in an investigation of whether there was collusion.On May 14, Wheeler says Butowsky texted him, “Not to add any more pressure but the president just read the article. He wants the article out immediately. It’s now all up to you. But don’t feel the pressure.”

Butowsky also allegedly left a voicemail that stated, “A couple minutes ago I got a note that we have the full, uh, attention of the White House, on this. And, tomorrow, let’s close this deal, whatever we’ve got to do. But you can feel free to say that the White House is onto this now.”

Fox News published the story, credited to reporter Malia Zimmerman, and attributed two quotes to Wheeler that the plaintiff now says were fabricated. One where Wheeler said, “My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks,” and the other where Wheeler said, “My investigation shows someone within the DC government, Democratic National Committee or Clinton Team is blocking the murder investigation from going forward.

This was fake news, alleges Wheeler in a defamation suit. He says Fox News published the story a few days after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey as a way to shift blame.”Hollywood Reporter


Trump took $17 million in insurance for damage few remember   Associated Press  October 24, 2016 “PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Donald Trump received a $17 million insurance payment in 2005 for hurricane damage to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, but The Associated Press can find little evidence of such large-scale damage.

Trump has said the property was devastated after hurricanes in 2004 and 2005. But Mar-a-Lago members, staff and preservation officials do not recall significant damage, raising questions about how the payout was approved. Nor do Palm Beach building permit records show that Trump ever performed major reconstruction or restoration work to the historic property, though former city officials say such repairs would almost certainly have required approval.

Trump did not answer questions from the AP about the damage, but he conceded pocketing some of the insurance money in a 2007 deposition in an unrelated civil lawsuit.” Associated Press


Trump urges dismissal of former ‘Apprentice’ contestant’s lawsuit July 7, 2017 Washington Post  “Arguing in part that a U.S. president cannot be sued in state court while serving in office, lawyers for President Trump in a court filing late Friday called for the dismissal of a complaint from a former contestant on the “Apprentice” television show who claims the president sexually harassed her a decade ago.”

The Stunningly Long List of Women Who’ve Accused Trump of Sexual Assault

We’ll update this list if more people come forward.  Mother Jones 

Woman suing Trump over alleged teen rape drops suit, again Politico By


Underestimating Wealth 2006, “Trump has accused both Forbes magazine and “TrumpNation” author Timothy O’Brien of under-estimating his wealth. (He filed a defamation suit in 2006 against O’Brien, who had estimated Trump’s net worth at between $150 and $250 million, claiming that the assertions in his book were inaccurate and had cost the Trump Organization deals. The suit was eventually dismissed.)” The Real Deal

Gambino-associated Moll sued at Trump Tower “FBI agents subpoenaed Trump in 1980 to ask about his dealing with John Cody, a Teamsters official described by law enforcement as a very close associate of the Gambino crime family…But a female friend of Cody’s, a woman with no job who attributed her lavish lifestyle to the kindness of friends, bought three Trump Tower apartments right beneath the triplex where Donald lived with his wife Ivana. Cody stayed there on occasion and invested $500,000 in the units. Trump, Barrett reported, helped the woman get a $3 million mortgage without filling out a loan application or showing financials. In the summer of 1982 Cody, then under indictment, ordered a citywide strike—but the concrete work continued at Trump Tower. After Cody was convicted of racketeering, imprisoned and lost control of the union, Trump sued the woman for $250,000 for alteration work. She countersued for $20 million and in court papers accused Trump of taking kickbacks from contractors, asserting this could “be the basis of a criminal proceeding requiring an attorney general’s investigation” into Trump. Trump then quickly settled, paying the woman a half-million dollars.” Politico


Illegal Polish Immigrants built Trump Tower while Mafia-controlled Union Permitted It “In 1979, when Trump hired a demolition contractor to take down the Bonwit Teller department store to make way for Trump Tower, he hired as many as 200 non-union men to work alongside about 15 members of the House Wreckers Union Local 95. The non-union workers were mostly illegal Polish immigrants paid $4 to $6 per hour with no benefits, far below the union contract. At least some of them did not use power tools but sledgehammers, working 12 hours a day or more and often seven days a week. Known as the “Polish brigade,” many didn’t wear hard hats. Many slept on the construction site…the Genovese family principally controlled the union; this was demonstrated by extensive testimony, documents and convictions in federal trials, as well as a later report by the New York State Organized Crime Task Force…When the Polish workers and a union dissident sued for their pay and benefits, Trump denied any knowledge that illegal workers without hard hats were taking down Bonwit with sledgehammers. The trial, however, demonstrated otherwise: Testimony showed that Trump panicked when the nonunion Polish men threatened a work stoppage because they had not been paid. Trump turned to Daniel Sullivan, a labor fixer and FBI informant, who told him to fire the Polish workers. Trump knew the Polish brigade was composed of underpaid illegal immigrants and that S&A was a mob-owned firm, according to Sullivan and others. “Donald told me that he was having his difficulties and he admitted to me that — seeking my advice — that he had some illegal Polish employees on the job. I reacted by saying to Donald that ‘I think you are nuts,'” Sullivan testified at the time. “I told him to fire them promptly if he had any brains.” In an interview later, Sullivan told me the same thing.In 1991, a federal judge, Charles E. Stewart Jr., ruled that Trump had engaged in a conspiracy to violate a fiduciary duty, or duty of loyalty, to the workers and their union and that the “breach involved fraud and the Trump defendants knowingly participated in his breach.” The judge did not find Trump’s testimony to be sufficiently credible and set damages at $325,000. The case was later settled by negotiation, and the agreement was sealed.”  Politico

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