TRUMP controls what the FBI can investigate

…As TRUMP controls what the FBI can investigate you really believe “we” will get unabridged, unfiltered, full disclosure & transparency…???

The FBI Is Investigating Kavanaugh — But It May Be Forced to Ignore the Most Damning Evidence Against Him    It will be hard to view this as a credible investigation.

By Cody Fenwick / AlterNet

October 2, 2018, 9:13 AM GMT

President Donald Trump and the Republicans were quickly criticized after it was announced that the FBI would investigate the accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh because multiple reports found that the probe would be severely limited in scope and closely managed by the White House. After facing a wave of criticism, Trump appeared to relinquish this strict control over the probe, telling the bureau that it would have the leeway to investigate whichever leads it deems relevant.

However, the Washington Post found that the FBI will still be prevented from exploring some of the most damning charges against Kavanaugh — in particular, those that relate to his drinking and his apparent lies to the Senate under oath.

"The FBI will not, for example, conduct an unfettered review of Kavanaugh’s youthful drinking or examine statements Kavanaugh made about his alcohol consumption during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to see if those answers were accurate or misleading, the people familiar with the matter said," the Washington Post reported. "The White House also could resist inquiries into new allegations, the people said."

Many critics have noted, however, that Kavanaugh’s apparently misleading claims about his drinking, and other topics about which Kavanaugh seems to have outright lied to the Senate, could constitute clear criminal violations of perjury statutes.

While the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh are deeply troubling, there’s unlikely to be the kind of clear evidence for these acts as there might be for accusations of perjury. And the potential of perjury itself is relevant to the claims of sexual assault because if it is true Kavanaugh has lied to the committee — as it certainly appears he has — then his denials of his accusers’ claims should be viewed as less credible.

The Post does point out that questions about Kavanaugh’s drinking may indeed come up as part of the review of the other claims against him, since all of the sexual misconduct claims also relate to alcohol use. However, without investigators specifically focusing on the issue, they may be missing a vital line of inquiry that is relevant to Kavanaugh’s serving on the Supreme Court.

anything that TRUMP says that is categorically the truth…???

…Is there anything that TRUMP says that is categorically the truth…???

Behind the Trump Empire: Bombshell NYT Report Details ‘Sham Corporations,’ ‘Dubious Tax Schemes’ and ‘Outright Fraud’

The New York Times found the president received a whopping $413 million from his father.

 

By Cody Fenwick / AlterNet

October 2, 2018, 10:14 AM GMT

 

President Donald Trump’s business empire and legacy as a billionaire has long come with the stench of shady dealings and unscrupulous practices, but much of that history has been shrouded from public oversight.

But in a new bombshell report from the New York Times, reporters detailed a stunning level of corruption and duplicitous dealings behind a massive $413 million inheritance the president received from his father, the real estate magnate Fred Trump.

"The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s," wrote reporters David Barstow, Susanne Craig, and Russ Beuttner.

They report that the "dubious tax schemes" Trump engaged in to preserve his inherited massive wealth include "outright fraud."

This report — though in many ways unsurprising and in keeping with the president’s character — helps to further shatter the image of himself as a "self-made man."

Trump once said of his rise in the business world: "It has not been easy for me, it has not been easy for me. And you know I started off in Brooklyn, my father gave me a small loan of a million dollars."

Of course, a million dollar loan is hardly "small" — and even when he said that, it was clearly false. But the new report details what a staggering level of deception this statement contained. Not only did Trump get a massive bounty from his parents — he reportedly broke the law to keep as much of it as possible.

The Times reports: …Much of this money came to Mr. Trump because he helped his parents dodge taxes. He and his siblings set up a sham corporation to disguise millions of dollars in gifts from their parents, records and interviews show. Records indicate that Mr. Trump helped his father take improper tax deductions worth millions more. He also helped formulate a strategy to undervalue his parents’ real estate holdings by hundreds of millions of dollars on tax returns, sharply reducing the tax bill when those properties were transferred to him and his siblings.

These maneuvers met with little resistance from the Internal Revenue Service, The Times found. The president’s parents, Fred and Mary Trump, transferred well over $1 billion in wealth to their children, which could have produced a tax bill of at least $550 million under the 55 percent tax rate then imposed on gifts and inheritances.

The Trumps paid a total of $52.2 million, or about 5 percent, tax records show.

Trump’s lawyer disputed these findings, calling the report "extremely inaccurate." There’s no doubt the president himself will call them "fake news."

The Times notes that there’s little chance Trump could be prosecuted for his role in evading taxes because the statute of limitations has expired. However, he may still be responsible for civil fines because of the reported fraud.

…Is there anything that TRUMP says that is categorically the truth…???

…Is there anything that TRUMP says that is categorically the truth…???

Behind the Trump Empire: Bombshell NYT Report Details ‘Sham Corporations,’ ‘Dubious Tax Schemes’ and ‘Outright Fraud’

The New York Times found the president received a whopping $413 million from his father.

 

By Cody Fenwick / AlterNet

October 2, 2018, 10:14 AM GMT

 

President Donald Trump’s business empire and legacy as a billionaire has long come with the stench of shady dealings and unscrupulous practices, but much of that history has been shrouded from public oversight.

But in a new bombshell report from the New York Times, reporters detailed a stunning level of corruption and duplicitous dealings behind a massive $413 million inheritance the president received from his father, the real estate magnate Fred Trump.

"The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s," wrote reporters David Barstow, Susanne Craig, and Russ Beuttner.

They report that the "dubious tax schemes" Trump engaged in to preserve his inherited massive wealth include "outright fraud."

This report — though in many ways unsurprising and in keeping with the president’s character — helps to further shatter the image of himself as a "self-made man."

Trump once said of his rise in the business world: "It has not been easy for me, it has not been easy for me. And you know I started off in Brooklyn, my father gave me a small loan of a million dollars."

Of course, a million dollar loan is hardly "small" — and even when he said that, it was clearly false. But the new report details what a staggering level of deception this statement contained. Not only did Trump get a massive bounty from his parents — he reportedly broke the law to keep as much of it as possible.

The Times reports: …Much of this money came to Mr. Trump because he helped his parents dodge taxes. He and his siblings set up a sham corporation to disguise millions of dollars in gifts from their parents, records and interviews show. Records indicate that Mr. Trump helped his father take improper tax deductions worth millions more. He also helped formulate a strategy to undervalue his parents’ real estate holdings by hundreds of millions of dollars on tax returns, sharply reducing the tax bill when those properties were transferred to him and his siblings.

These maneuvers met with little resistance from the Internal Revenue Service, The Times found. The president’s parents, Fred and Mary Trump, transferred well over $1 billion in wealth to their children, which could have produced a tax bill of at least $550 million under the 55 percent tax rate then imposed on gifts and inheritances.

The Trumps paid a total of $52.2 million, or about 5 percent, tax records show.

Trump’s lawyer disputed these findings, calling the report "extremely inaccurate." There’s no doubt the president himself will call them "fake news."

The Times notes that there’s little chance Trump could be prosecuted for his role in evading taxes because the statute of limitations has expired. However, he may still be responsible for civil fines because of the reported fraud.

cloaks any action the Supreme Court takes

…The fact impeachment is even being considered before Kavanaugh is confirmed cloaks any action the Supreme Court takes with Kavanaugh as a justice is at best … problematical … tainting every decision it renders…

What Would Take to Impeach Brett Kavanaugh If He’s Confirmed to the Supreme Court?

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Democrats would have a lot of heavy lifting to do in order to impeach Kavanaugh if he is confirmed. READ MORE»

in TRUMPAMERICA that line in the sand … truth vs. lies … has been obliterated by decrees of “alternative fact” … as TRUMP smugly authorizes…

…I confess in TRUMPAMERICA that line in the sand … truth vs. lies … has been obliterated by decrees of “alternative fact” … as TRUMP smugly authorizes…

Busted: Trump Personally Directed Legal Effort to Silence Stormy Daniels — And Enlisted Son Eric to Lie About It

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

Trump began as early as this past February to coordinate with former “fixer” Michael Cohen to file restraining order against Stormy Daniels. READ MORE»

sincerely hope & pray this allegation is incorrect…

…I for one sincerely hope & pray this allegation is incorrect…

Here’s Why Republican Women Will Stick with Brett Kavanaugh — And Donald Trump

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

Gender equality is a partisan issue: Most Republican women are just as sexist as Republican men. … READ MORE»

should know by now never believe anything TRUMP says…

…We should know by now never believe anything TRUMP says…

WHITE HOUSE BACKTRACKS ON FBI PROBE …The White House authorized the FBI to interview any witnesses it deems necessary in its probe of the sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, loosening tight restrictions that had been imposed earlier. The reversal appears to have come as a result of pressure from Senate GOP moderates, Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).