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Thu Feb 7, 2019, 10:03 PM

BUSTED: Emails reveal Melania friend who planned inauguration ripped officials over sketchy money pr

Source: rawstory.com

BUSTED: Emails reveal Melania friend who planned inauguration ripped officials over sketchy money practices

A friend of Melania Trump's who planned the president's inauguration flagged multiple financial and conflict of interest issues when working on the events -- and was ignored.

Vanity Fair's Emily Jane Fox reported Thursday that Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former Vogue staffer and New York City event planner, was brought on to plan Donald Trump's inauguration just days after he was elected president. She had no idea what was in store for her.

According to people familiar with recordings made by former Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen, Wolkoff can be heard telling the president's longtime attorney during conversations last summer that she had many concerns with the process that unfolded.

Those recordings, Cohen told the event planner, were later seized by the FBI -- and led in part to the SDNY's investigation into the inauguration that Wolkoff is now involved in.

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2019/02/busted-emails-reveal-melania-friend-planned-inauguration-ripped-officials-sketchy-money-practices



Here's an excerpt from the Vanity Fair article this summarizes: "I Am Disgusted": Behind the Scenes of Trump's Increasingly Scrutinized $107 Million Inauguration

Last summer, months after federal agents executed search warrants on his home, office, and hotel room--seizing more than a dozen devices and hundreds of records--Michael Cohen made a phone call to Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. For years, Cohen and Wolkoff had operated in a shared milieu. Both lived on the same block on the Upper East Side. More notably, both were crucial supporting players in the Trump orbit. Cohen had been an indefatigable booster of Donald Trump, helping to arrange his real-estate deals, paying off alleged mistresses, and quashing would-be damaging stories regarding his boss. Wolkoff, for a time, was a lesser-known, but equally diligent enforcer for Melania Trump.

The two women had met years earlier, when Wolkoff helped produce the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Benefit. (Anna Wintour, who hosts the gala, is editor-in-chief of Vogue and the artistic director of Cond Nast, Vanity Fair's parent company.) Over the years, Wolkoff would become a member of Melania's small inner circle. After Trump's surprise electoral-college victory, she went on to help the First Lady in Washington, serving as a senior adviser to her official governmental office on matters large and small. Wolkoff helped facilitate Melania's transition to the White House, and advised her on policy platforms, East Wing dcor, and her overall messaging.

The two were close enough that Wolkoff could openly express divergent views. According to sources familiar with the conversations, Wolkoff told Melania and East Wing staffers that the name for her anti-bullying initiative, "Be Best," sounded illiterate. (The First Lady, according to these sources, feared that an alternative, "Children First," was too similar to her husband's "America First" branding.) They also disagreed about the infamous "I Really Don't Care, Do U?" jacket that the First Lady wore to the U.S.-Mexico border. (Melania, according to these sources, thought the trip would not get attention without such a brazen fashion gesture. In an interview with ABC News in October, she said that she wore the jacket for the media and people who were criticizing her, and wondered aloud whether the trip would have received similar attention without it.) But the two women remained close, nevertheless. On trips to D.C., Wolkoff would sometimes spend the night in the White House residence; other times, she would book a room in the Trump International Hotel down Pennsylvania Avenue. According to e-mail exchanges from the time, she was given the friends and family rate of $345 a night, and told to submit receipts to Reince Priebus.

Cohen and Wolkoff also had something else in common: they both endured very public splits from the Trumps. Cohen, of course, went from being one of the president's closest confidants to one of his most bitter and dangerous adversaries. Wolkoff's separation was less public, but is increasingly newsworthy. Through her company, WIS Media Partners, Wolkoff oversaw Trump's sprawling week-long inaugural festivities--she sourced and managed third-party vendors, entertainers, and broadcasters, and oversaw the themes and production of all the concerts, dinners, balls, and programming. She worked in close proximity to the Trump family and inaugural chair Tom Barrack, a billionaire private-equity real-estate investor who had been a close friend of the president for years. And yet a year after the swearing-in ceremony, Wolkoff left the White House amid an uncomfortable public-relations crisis regarding the president's inaugural committee.

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Reply BUSTED: Emails reveal Melania friend who planned inauguration ripped officials over sketchy money pr (Original post)
Julian Englis Feb 7 OP
CountAllVotes Feb 7 #1
CatMor Feb 7 #2
JHB Feb 8 #17
lunatica Feb 8 #18
Talitha Feb 7 #3
Scarsdale Feb 8 #14
sakabatou Feb 7 #4
MontanaMama Feb 7 #5
underpants Feb 7 #6
world wide wally Feb 7 #7
Blue Owl Feb 7 #8
ffr Feb 8 #9
Sherman A1 Feb 8 #10
Lonestarblue Feb 8 #11
Achilleaze Feb 8 #12
Ohiya Feb 8 #13
muriel_volestrangler Feb 8 #15
NurseJackie Feb 8 #16
ck4829 Feb 10 #19

Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 10:08 PM

1. Kick & recommend!

& recommend!!

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 10:16 PM

2. Are there any honest people in that crew ....

all they seem to be concerned about is money and getting it by any means.

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Response to CatMor (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 12:18 PM

17. Short answer: no. Long answer:

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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Response to JHB (Reply #17)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 05:57 PM

18. LOL!

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 10:26 PM

3. Be Best !!!!!

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Response to Talitha (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 08:36 AM

14. It DOES sound

illiterate, she is correct about that. I wonder how much of those millions of $$$$ ended up in Maleria's account, a payoff for pretending to be his "vife"?? A gold digger will not stick around without being paid, we all know that.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 10:37 PM

4. The family is made out of scum

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 11:09 PM

5. Every day I think we have reached the bottom

of what this family is capable of and every day I realize we’re not even close to how far they have and will go. On a lighter note...Be Best does, in fact, sound illiterate. If the shoe fits...

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 11:23 PM

6. He was a scam

and took advantage of it

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 11:27 PM

7. It would be impossible to investigate Trump withou investigating his finances.

He is consumed by money

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 11:51 PM

8. Melanoma's Milieu

n/t

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 12:20 AM

9. So she's not a nice lady?

Lock her up!

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Fri Feb 8, 2019, 05:58 AM

10. K&R

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 07:28 AM

11. How much of the $108 million got to Trump bank accounts?

Perhaps bank accounts in the Cayman Islands, but much of that money was not spent and I hope these investigations can trace both the sources and its ultimate recipient. The Trump family is nothing but a criminal mob.

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Fri Feb 8, 2019, 07:55 AM

12. The whole pack of republicans is criminal

lock them up

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Fri Feb 8, 2019, 07:56 AM

13. I find this hard to believe...

Melania has a friend?!?

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 08:53 AM

15. The grifters chowed down together; Barrack hosted a who's who of corruption

From Vanity Fair:

One of the most concerning aspects to Wolkoff’s team, according to the people familiar with the situation, was the amount of money and attention being spent on Barrack’s chairman dinner, which he hosted on an evening before the swearing-in. A draft guest list for the event from days before the dinner included the likes of retired Lieutenant General Mike Flynn, G.O.P. fund-raiser Elliott Broidy, Michael Cohen, and key officials in the incoming administration. Among the list marked as confirmed were seven people described as “foreign ministers” for Saudi Arabia, one foreign minister from Qatar, and one from the United Arab Emirates. They were the only people on the list who were unnamed. (On Tuesday, ProPublica published a memo that showed Barrack’s investment firm planned to profit from its connections to the Trump administration. A spokesperson called it “an outline of a proposed potential business plan which was never acted upon or implemented.”)

A spokesman for Barrack declined to comment, but pointed me toward comments Barrack made in a Journal report published days before the inauguration. “The evening is intended to be the president-elect’s first fingerprint on the global canvas of social democracy and outreach,” Barrack said at the time, explaining that the evening was set up to reach out to local international diplomats and create a “hopeful tapestry of international cooperation and respect.”

Just imagine the time that could have been saved by arresting the entire dinner ...

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 10:36 AM

16. The net is drawing to a close.

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Sun Feb 10, 2019, 12:14 PM

19. K&R

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