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David Corn: Trump Inauguration Corruption Case Involving Ivanka and Don Jr. Moves Ahead

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/11/trump-inauguration-corruption-case-involving-ivanka-and-don-jr-moves-ahead/

Trump Inauguration Corruption Case Involving Ivanka and Don Jr. Moves Ahead
They could end up on the witness stand.
David Corn
Washington, DC, Bureau ChiefBio | Follow


Donald Trump’s expanding legal worries stemming from investigations in New York and Scotland have received much attention in recent months. But one Trump case, in which his 2016 inauguration committee and the Trump Organization were accused of a million-dollar grift, has been proceeding for almost two years without drawing much notice, and this week, a judge issued a major ruling indicating the case is likely heading to trial. And that could mean that Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., who have each been deposed in this civil case, could end up on the stand and questioned about their involvement in an alleged brazen rip-off of nonprofit funds.

In January 2020, Karl Racine, the attorney general of Washington, DC, filed a lawsuit against the Trump Organization and the Presidential Inaugural Committee (Trump’s inauguration committee, a nonprofit known as the PIC). He alleged that the PIC misused charitable funds to enrich the Trump family. As Racine put it, “The Inaugural Committee, a nonprofit corporation, coordinated with the Trump family to grossly overpay for event space in the Trump International Hotel…The Committee also improperly used non-profit funds to throw a private party [at the Trump Hotel] for the Trump family costing several hundred thousand dollars.” In a way, Racine was saying that one of the first post-election actions of the Trump gang was to illegally use the inauguration to make a buck—a lot of bucks.

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The case has already presented Ivanka Trump and Donald Jr. in a negative light. As Mother Jones previously reported, evidence submitted in the lawsuit indicated that Trump Jr. testified falsely on crucial points during his deposition. Ivanka too, testified inaccurately during her deposition. If either is called as a witness in the trial, prosecutors could highlight these discrepancies.

A filing in the case also tied Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, to the Trump inauguration scandal. When the PIC’s spending was questioned in news report in 2017, Barrack brought in Weisselberg to oversee the organization’s own internal audit. That was odd, given that Weisselberg was a senior official at a company that had received a large amount of money from the PIC. Weisselberg is now a key figure in the criminal and civil investigations of the Trump Organization being mounted by the New York attorney general and the Manhattan district attorney. In July, Weisselberg and the Trump Organization were indicted on sweeping tax fraud charges. (A prosecutor in that case alleged that the 15-year-long tax scheme was “orchestrated by the most senior executives” at the Trump business.)

The alleged details of the Trump inauguration scandal fit the established pattern of the Trump family abusing the tax code and foundation funds for its own gain.
With López’s ruling, the Trump Organization has slipped out of Racine’s grasp. But now the DC attorney general will presumably get a shot to prove the essence of his case: The Trump clan is a kleptocracy.

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Reply David Corn: Trump Inauguration Corruption Case Involving Ivanka and Don Jr. Moves Ahead (Original post)
babylonsister Nov 10 OP
Hotler Nov 10 #1
Omnipresent Nov 10 #2
triron Nov 10 #4
Vinca Nov 11 #22
malaise Nov 10 #3
mopinko Nov 10 #5
Irish_Dem Nov 10 #15
Kid Berwyn Nov 10 #6
DENVERPOPS Nov 10 #7
Justice matters. Nov 10 #10
bucolic_frolic Nov 10 #8
lindysalsagal Nov 10 #9
Justice matters. Nov 10 #11
fwvinson Nov 10 #12
Ray Bruns Nov 10 #14
SergeStorms Nov 10 #17
Bernardo de La Paz Nov 10 #13
SergeStorms Nov 10 #16
TeamProg Nov 10 #18
Cha Nov 11 #19
Blue Owl Nov 11 #20
Champp Nov 11 #21
Hortensis Nov 11 #23

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 08:55 AM

1. Good! nt

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 09:00 AM

2. Is there anything...

We can do…to speed up their sentencing?

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Response to Omnipresent (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 09:09 AM

4. Please let me know.

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Response to Omnipresent (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 07:01 AM

22. It's a civil case. At worst they'll get a slap on the hand and have to repay the loot.

And don't count on that. So far it appears anyone named Trump can do anything and not be punished.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 09:01 AM

3. Off to the greatest page

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 09:14 AM

5. brought in weisselberg to hide the bodies.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 10:52 AM

15. But now it looks like he is one of the bodies?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 09:33 AM

6. "...misused charitable funds to enrich the Trump family."

Per standing policy.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 09:56 AM

7. Didn't Trump

give all of them blanket pardons on his way out the door.????????

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Response to DENVERPOPS (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 10:15 AM

10. It's a Civil case.

Although if they committed perjury (lying while under oath in the Court), they could face criminal charges.

But don't hold your breath... re: white (and rich) privileges.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 10:06 AM

8. The power to understate your assets, overpay yourselves, and get out of jail free

is privilege personified!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 10:12 AM

9. "a private party [at the Trump Hotel] for the Trump family costing several hundred thousand dollars"

WTF?????? HOW do you spend several hundred thousand dollars on ONE party????

They dipped all the workers in 14k gold????

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 10:19 AM

11. Well, Champagne (lots of) isn't free...

They act like France's 18th-Century royalty.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 10:23 AM

12. Cocaine costs alot of money.

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Response to fwvinson (Reply #12)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 10:46 AM

14. And it is a hell of a drug.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 11:02 AM

17. Look how much Stormy cost DJT.

Now multiply that by 5, or so, and you'll see that it's quite easy to spend huge amounts of money to keep the Trump men (and their mushrooms) entertained.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 10:35 AM

13. If Jr and Princheska testified "falsely" & "inaccurately", what are they HIDING? Perjury is a huge


Perjury is a huge risk.

Anyone taking that risk does so to try to avoid a bigger risk.

What is the bigger risk that Junior and Princheska are avoiding? Prison for Donald "the Don" tRump?

They think he'd go to prison to protect them? Were they expecting a pardon from him?



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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 10:57 AM

16. I wondered what became of this case.

I'm glad to see that it's finally moving forward, and Orange Pig Jr. along with White House Barbie are still the focus of the case.

There's a lot of money that can't be accounted for, and I hope they find it in the pockets of these two shiftless, lazy grifters.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 11:29 AM

18. Keep it coming ! n/t

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 12:26 AM

19. Go Get 'em.. all the

corrupt Fuckers!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 12:58 AM

20. Junior's reaching for the jank

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 06:11 AM

21. Republican liars and grifters deserve justice

lock them up

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 07:52 AM

23. Good to hear. The tRumps are a crime family.

Even Bob Woodward with his own careful understatement agreed publicly with that.

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