Saturday, October 7, 2017

close. but no cigar


In the spring of 2012, Donald Trump’s two eldest children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr., found themselves in a precarious legal position. For two years, prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office had been building a criminal case against them for misleading prospective buyers of units in the Trump SoHo, a hotel and condo development that was failing to sell.

Why Robert Mueller Has Trump SoHo in His Sights: The Russian money trail leads right through the president’s troubled project in downtown Manhattan. A series of e-mails reveals new details.

New York prosecutors were preparing a case. Then the D.A. overruled his staff after a visit from a top donor: Trump attorney Marc Kasowitz.

Bailey said that “when we settled, when we received 90 percent of the money back for my clients, all the plaintiffs agreed that they would no longer speak to the DAs office.” He insisted that the connection made in the WNYC/New Yorker/ProPublica investigation between Kasowitz and the dropping of the investigation has “no connection to reality.”

Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. come up several times in relationship with former Bayrock employee Felix Sater, a mob informant and felon who claims ties to Russian intelligence.

Bayrock partnered with Trump and his two eldest children on a series of real estate transactions between 2002 and 2011, according to Bloomberg, including the troubled Trump Soho hotel and condominium.

The Russian-born Sater and another Bayrock employee, Jody Kriss, conducted business with the Trump family on behalf of investor Tevfik Arif, a Kazakhstan native and former Soviet official living in Turkey who seeded the real estate company with a $10 million investment.

Nobody 'hates' Trump.

The more we learn about Donald Trump, the less remains to like about him.

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