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    • Trump Caught In Falsified Tax & Loan Fraud Scandal

      Although lots of attention remains focused on President Donald Trump’s attempt to extract dirt on the Bidens from Ukraine in exchange for military aid and a summit in D.C. with his team, the president was engaging in documented corruption before he ever assumed his present position. Now, ProPublica has revealed major discrepancies in the tax and loan filings associated with none other than Trump Tower in Manhattan, where the president himself used to live. There was large gaps in the occupancy rates reported on those respective filings, which could have made him appear more profitable to lenders and less profitable to tax authorities.

      It’s not the first time that Trump properties in NYC have been revealed to be based in fraud. ProPublica recently published similar fraud revelations covering “a skyscraper located at 40 Wall Street and the Trump International Hotel and Tower near Columbus Circle,” they note, also explaining:

      https://bipartisanreport.com/2019/11...fraud-scandal/

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        • New evidence of Trump’s financial crimes emerge during an otherwise quiet holiday weekend

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          This was a pleasantly slow holiday week in America, but rarely do seven whole days go by without some new allegations of crimes by the Trump Crime Family.

          On Wednesday, ProPublica reported that an analysis of Trump Organization tax and loan documents revealed a gap between the financial information Trump’s company reported to lenders when seeking massive loans on Trump’s signature Manhattan property and the numbers they handed over to the government when tax-time came around. “The findings,” wrote Heather Vogell, “add a third major Trump property to two for which ProPublica revealed similar discrepancies last month.”

          In the latest case, the occupancy rate of the Trump Tower’s commercial space was listed, over three consecutive years, as 11, 16 and 16 percentage points higher in filings to a lender than in reports to city tax officials, records show.

          For example, as of December 2011 and June 2012, respectively, Trump’s business told the lender that 99% and 98.7% of the tower’s commercial space was occupied, according to a prospectus for the loan. The figures were taken from “borrower financials,” the prospectus stated.

          In tax filings, however, Trump’s business said the building’s occupancy was 83% in January 2012 and the same a year later. The 16 percentage point gap between the loan and tax filings is a “very significant difference,” said Susan Mancuso, an attorney who specializes in New York property tax…

          Trump had much to gain by showing a high occupancy rate to lenders in 2012: He refinanced his share of Trump Tower that year and obtained a $100 million loan on favorable terms.

          The vast majority of the gap between occupancy figures could be explained by diverging reports on how much space the Trump Organization used in Trump Tower. In loan documents, the company said it and its affiliates occupied 74,900 square feet in mid-2012, or 31% of the building. But tax reports from the January before and after listed the company and related parties as occupying 41,600 square feet — or about 18% of the tower…

          More than a dozen tax and finance experts, presented with ProPublica’s earlier findings, also said they could not decipher a reason for the differences. As with Trump Tower, the discrepancies made the two properties — a skyscraper located at 40 Wall Street and the Trump International Hotel and Tower near Columbus Circle — appear more profitable to the lender and less so to property tax officials.

          Those discrepancies were “versions of fraud,” according to Nancy Wallace, a professor of finance and real estate at the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley. The penalties for false filings can include fines or criminal charges.
          https://www.alternet.org/2019/11/new...liday-weekend/

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            • Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter will plead guilty to charges of misuse of campaign funds, after more than a year of decrying the investigation as a "witch hunt" and denying the allegations (sound familiar?). Rep. Hunter and his wife were indicted last year on multiple counts of misusing over $250,000 in campaign funds for theater tickets, family vacations, and other frivolous expenses. Federal prosecutors also allege that Rep. Hunter misused campaign money to fund multiple extramarital affairs with various congressional aides and lobbyists. After last year’s indictment, Rep. Hunter did not resign from Congress and narrowly won reelection after running a bigoted, xenophobic campaign against his Democratic challenger, Ammar Campa-Najjar.

              This is today’s Republican Party, folks. Apparently illegally using campaign money to cheat on one’s wife is perfectly acceptable in the party of “law and order” and “family values”. Despite his change of heart, Rep. Hunter has still not said whether he will resign from Congress. Think about that: the citizens of his district would be represented by a lying, philandering politician who uses their hard-earned dollars to fund affairs and expensive trips. Oh, wait — the entire country is represented by such a politician. What a disgrace.

              Rep. Duncan Hunter to plead guilty in campaign finance violations case

              https://www.politico.com/news/2019/1...lations-074763

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              • Originally posted by L.A. BRONCOS FAN View Post
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                The apples don't fall far from the tree in that family.

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                    • Corruption acceptance litmus test...



                      Now that Rep. Duncan Hunter has pleaded guilty, and he's poised to be sentenced, the Republican congressman will have to resign, right?

                      That may seem like common sense, but it's not necessarily the case.



                      When will Congress' newest criminal resign his seat?












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                      • All the President’s Crooks

                        Again and again, Trump’s core supporters have turned out to be criminals.

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                        The first House member to endorse Donald Trump, Chris Collins of New York, pleaded guilty to insider-trading charges on October 1, 2019.

                        The second House Trump endorser, Duncan Hunter of California, pleaded guilty to criminal misuse of campaign funds yesterday.

                        Is a pattern emerging? The third House member to endorse Donald Trump was Representative Tom Marino of Pennsylvania. Trump thanked Marino by nominating him in April 2017 to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Marino withdrew his name from consideration after four months of press reports like this one, from The Washington Post:

                        In April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, Congress effectively stripped the Drug Enforcement Administration of its most potent weapon against large drug companies suspected of spilling prescription narcotics onto the nation’s streets … The chief advocate of the law that hobbled the DEA was Rep. Tom Marino, a Pennsylvania Republican who is now President Trump’s nominee to become the nation’s next drug czar. Marino spent years trying to move the law through Congress … Political action committees representing the industry contributed at least $1.5 million to the 23 lawmakers who sponsored or co-sponsored four versions of the bill, including nearly $100,000 to Marino.

                        In January 2019, two weeks after being sworn in for a fifth term, Marino quit Congress for a job in the private sector.

                        Cont: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/ar...0MXJrx408xg_g8

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                          • Originally posted by L.A. BRONCOS FAN View Post
                            Trump surrounds himself with criminals

                            Chris Hayes tallies up the number of people surrounding Trump who have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a felony.

                            https://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/t...PzFMhKNQd1ep_o



                            Birds of a feather.... There is a book out called Everything Trump Touches Dies.... a very good read.

                            https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Tr.../dp/1982103124

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                            • Trump-loving candidate running against Maxine Waters arrested for alleged stalking of ex-girlfriend in Calif.

                              https://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...nT9eQZ00ukDrRM

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