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Fri Jan 4, 2019, 05:03 PM

Trump's Chicago tax lawyer thru May 2018, Ed Burke, charged with attempted extortion.

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Remember when the FBI raided the offices of this guy? And they've had his phones under surveillance since May 2017 -- a full year before he resigned from representing Trump.

Now Burke, a Democratic Alderman and attorney who got Trump $14 million in tax breaks on the Chicago Tower project, is being charged with extortion.

I wonder if he has anything BIG to offer up in a possible cooperation agreement?




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Remember Burke was Trump's *tax* lawyer for years. "Oh, while you're here for your extortion case, some SDNY prosecutors and a Mr. Robert Mueller would like to talk with you about a deal...."



https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/chicago-alderman-ed-burke-federal-court-case/

When two Burger King executives sought his support for a remodeling job of a fast-food location in his ward in 2017, Chicago’s most powerful alderman took them out for a swanky lunch at the Beverly Country Club — telling them all about his private law firm’s tax work.

Then, when they didn’t steer business to Klafter & Burke, a ward employee offered to play “hardball.” And Burke allegedly gave the green light.

That’s according to a bombshell 37-page criminal complaint unsealed Thursday that charged the powerhouse alderman with attempted extortion. After serving on the City Council for nearly half a century, Burke faced a federal judge Thursday, accused of using his position as alderman to try to steer business toward his private firm.

Burke, 75, now faces a maximum of 20 years in prison following an investigation that involved recorded calls on Burke’s cellphone and apparent federal surveillance of the alderman.


https://wgntv.com/2019/01/03/a-look-at-the-complaint-filed-against-burke/

It’s now clear, the feds have been listening in on Burke’s phone calls since at least May of 2017.

In one call setting up a meeting with the developer, Burke is heard saying “We were going to talk about the real estate tax representation and you were going to have somebody get in touch with me so we can expedite your permits."

That was nearly a year and half before FBI agents raided Burke’s City Hall and ward offices.


The 38 page complaint is at the WGNTV link above.




From June 8, 2018:

https://chicago.suntimes.com/business/the-donald-and-the-alderman-break-up-burke-no-longer-doing-tax-work-for-trump/

The powerful Chicago alderman’s small law firm had worked for Trump for 12 years, persuading Cook County officials to cut the property taxes on the president’s namesake downtown skyscraper by a total of more than $14 million.

But Burke announced his breakup with Trump in letters filed last month with the Cook County courts and the Illinois State Property Tax Appeal Board. He wrote that “irreconcilable differences” have led his firm to stop representing Trump’s company and step aside in five current cases that seek refunds of millions of dollars in property taxes the president’s company has paid.


https://chicago.suntimes.com/?post_type=cst_article&p=1605053&utm_campaign=ChicagoSunTimes&utm_content=1546635503&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday morning that Burke was stepping down from his position as chairman of the Finance Committee.

Should Burke win re-election, he’ll be part of a dramatically different City Council — becoming one of 50 aldermen with no title.

On Wednesday, Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia endorsed 28-year-old Tanya Patiño to unseat Burke, Chicago’s most powerful and longest-serving alderman. Patino is the girlfriend of Aaron Ortiz, the Garcia-backed political newcomer who defeated Burke’s brother, State Rep. Dan Burke (D-Chicago), in a primary race dominated by Edward Burke’s property tax reduction work for the riverfront hotel and condominium tower bearing the name of President Donald Trump.

Burke has run unopposed in 10 of the last 11 elections. He now has four challengers and has been targeted since his brother’s primary defeat.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 05:09 PM

1. Everyone around Benedict Donald is a freakin crook !!!

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 05:56 PM

2. he is a criminal who hangs out with trump another criminal. But, there doesn't seem to be a

direct link to trump on this. They are both sleazy racist motherf-ckers who steal crap.

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Response to mucifer (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 06:03 PM

3. No, not on this. But he was a corrupt attorney who worked with the Trump company

on tax issues all the way up till May 2018. And his offices were raided by the FBI. And his phone was being tapped for a full year before Burke ended his representation of Trump.

My hope is that he has knowledge of OTHER Trump crimes that he could offer up in a cooperation agreement -- like Michael Cohen did.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 06:16 PM

4. But, unlike michael cohen, burke has a lot of clients. Most of them doing sleazy things I'm sure.

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Response to mucifer (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 06:24 PM

5. Yeah, but he's probably the client Mueller is most interested in.

If Burke is looking for some useful info to offer the Feds in exchange for a cooperation agreement, anything Trump related will probably be of great interest.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 06:27 PM

7. I hope you are right. But, Mueller is not the only federal investigator and it's absolutely crazy

but here in Illinois 4 of the last 7 governors have gone to prison for federal crimes democrats and republicans.

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Response to mucifer (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 06:30 PM

8. Yeah, I don't know what it is about Illinois. Something in the water?

And it seems to affect politicians in both parties.

(I'm a former midwesterner with relatives in the area, and I've heard plenty about this.)

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 06:27 PM

6. It's cliche to call politicians crooks, I know....

 

But Burke is a crook. It's nice to see him get his comeuppance. There are more where he comes from.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 06:58 PM

9. I will always remember him for CouncilWars *

Back then there was fast Eddie (V.) & there was slow Eddie - that was Burke
Figures he’d be a friend of stupid trump. His brother has history also

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http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/342.html

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