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Mon Feb 4, 2019, 04:58 PM

Prosecutors Subpoena Records from Trump's Scottish Golf Clubs

Source: Vanity Fair

Maryland prosecutors have subpoenaed a company owned by Donald Trump for records related to his Scottish golf courses, seeking information about the president’s possible violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution. According to The Times of London, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh demanded the financial filings of DJT Holdings LLC—which owns the president’s Scotland resorts, as well as Trump International Hotel in Washington—as part of an investigation into whether profits from Trump’s D.C. hotel were “flowing to the president through his affiliated entities.”

Before taking office, Trump promised to distance himself from his web of business interests, putting sons Don Jr. and Eric in charge. But Trump Sr. has retained his financial ties to his company, and questions about how his presidency may have benefitted his pocketbook have cast a shadow over his administration, home to others —Scott Pruitt, Ryan Zinke— who’ve allegedly mined their public offices for personal gain. “We are confident that at the end of discovery we will be able to prove our case that President Trump is violating the Constitution’s emoluments clauses, America’s first anti-corruption laws,” Frosh told the Times.


Trump’s D.C. hotel has been the subject of particular scrutiny, as international officials and business leaders seemingly seek to curry favor with the president by frequenting it. But despite Frosh’s confidence, emoluments cases are rare, and challenging to prove. Potentially more worrisome for the president is the possibility that the Maryland subpoena could reveal the unknown source of DJT Holdings’s funding. In a congressional hearing last year, Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS—the research firm that hired Christopher Steele to assemble a dossier on Trump’s ties to Russia—intimated the company could be financially linked to foreign powers. “The Irish courses and the Scottish courses . . . don’t, on their face, show Russian involvement, but what they do show is enormous amounts of capital flowing into these projects from unknown sources,” he said. “It’s hundreds of millions of dollars. And these golf course are just, you know, they’re sinks. They don’t actually make any money.”

Read more: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/02/trump-scottish-golf-clubs-subpoena-financial-records



We're not talking golf clubs as in irons versus woods versus putters here.

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Response to Fritz Walter (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 05:49 PM

1. Aren't those the ones losing a million a piece

per year? Such a great businessman. Smells like money laundering operations.

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Response to louis-t (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 06:31 PM

3. Can't prosecute for emoluments if he's losing money. Just for foreign influence peddling and treason

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Response to erronis (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 07:28 PM

8. The clubs losing money and emoluments are not mutually exclusive.

 

Just because the club is losing money doesn't mean Trump isn't siphoning cash. And even if he isn't the clubs could be losing even more money if not for illicit cash streams. The accounting of an organization as big as golf club has many possibilities for money laundering, all the while making it look like a tax write off. Not saying that it is, just that it is possible.

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Response to Fritz Walter (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 06:30 PM

2. I had to read that headline twice

Man, I must really be tired....

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Response to gay texan (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 07:59 PM

10. Now I know several ways to mis-read that headline!

Thanks, gay texan.

Sleep well tonight, my friend.

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Response to Fritz Walter (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 06:38 PM

4. Good. Wish these investigations had come sooner as

all this was known when he launched his run in 2015.

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Response to Fritz Walter (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 07:04 PM

5. They should with that story Deutshe Bank wouldn't lend him money in 2016 yet...

Another story in BBC quoted tRump org as saying they sunk 150 million by Oct 2016, and he was paying for his campaign too? Where did he get the money?

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Response to Fritz Walter (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 07:14 PM

6. K&R

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Response to Fritz Walter (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 07:23 PM

7. Good on you State of Maryland!

Every state where the Trump organization is operating needs to start investigating these bastards. He's breaking laws and hiding money everywhere, not just in New York and Washington DC. Come on Florida, come on New Jersey - there's got to be plenty of nasty illegal stuff hiding in Trump's vaults.



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Response to Fritz Walter (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 07:58 PM

9. Angry tweets coming .... nt

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