It is starting to look more and more that a potential criminal is running for President, and it is NOT Hillary Clinton. No, it is appearing more likely to be Donald Trump.
The Washington Post and Newsweek have both been digging into Donald Trump and his businesses and his Foundation. The information that is coming out of these “investigative reporters” is becoming more questionable about the Donald and how he conducts his “wonderful successful businesses”.
First was about the Foundation. The Washington Post found that Donald Trump has thumbed his nose at IRS regulations dealing with charitable foundations.
The reports indicate that Donald Trump has not contributed to his foundation personally since 2009. It has also discovered that Trump used foundation money to purchase a portrait of himself and for a football helmet. Both of these purchases break the law and are called “self dealing”.
Then they discovered that Trump used foundation money to settle a lawsuit and a civil penalty against two of his businesses. Both of these cases are illegal as well. It is also called “self dealing”.
And, all of this took place after he stopped giving his own money and was using other people’s money for the purchases and the settlements. Additionally, it was discovered that Donald Trump received an award for donating $150,000 to the Palm Beach Police Charity. He then charged the Police Charity over $400,000 to host the award banquet to give him the award. Problem is that the money was a donation from a third-party to Trump’s Foundation and he took credit for the donation personally.
He was also fined and had to repay his foundation $25,000 for a donation it made to Pam Bondi’s PAC. That donation has been considered a “pay for play” donation since Bondi refused to join the lawsuits against Trump U shortly after receiving the money.
Then yesterday, it was reported that the Trump Foundation does not appear to have the proper certification to solicit money from outside sources. Meaning all the money it has received since 2009 might have to be repaid and the foundation could lose it’s charter in New York.
A week ago Newsweek reported on “shady” business associates that Trump has all around the world including Russia. They even reported that one of their “business associates” is the son of a foreign government’s minister that is suspected by the CIA the of going around the embargo against Iran.
They reported that Trump’s business ties are so deep, it is frightening to think that he would be involved in foreign policy. The country would not know if he was acting out of interest for his companies or the country. A huge conflict of interest the country cannot afford to have.
They also reported the other day that Trump and his companies violated the Cuban Embargo in 1998. The damaging part of this is that there is “written proof” that they did violate the embargo, even though he continually dismisses the charge as bogus.
See a company called Seven Arrows sent a bill to Trump Casino and Hotels for over $68,000 for work leading up to and a trip to Cuba on their behalf. The embargo clearly states that “no American nor any American business shall spend any money in Cuba”. Ergo, Trump broke the law.
Finally, one of Trump’s campaign staff members reportedly had a meeting in Russia with Russian government officials, including the agency that is accused of hacking the DNC files. That raises the question is Trump or one of his staff members engaged in violating the Logan Act which makes it illegal for a private citizen to hold “negotiations” with a foreign government?
Of course Trump and his staff member claim the meeting never took place. Still, why would a staff member for a Presidential Campaign go to Russia in the middle of the race? For example, did the staffer tell Russia that if Trump gets elected the embargo against Russia would be lifted? Shouldn’t there be an investigation on that?
Democrats in both chambers of Congress have asked that Trump and his businesses be investigated for their Russian ties. The Republicans in Congress refuse to even consider an investigation although they claim that these ties are “troublesome”. If they are troublesome, why not investigate?
We have heard Trump supporters yelling “lock her up” more than once at his rallies. Yet, the only candidate that so far has any proof of illegal activity is Donald Trump and not Hillary Clinton.
For all of the talk about “transparency” in this election, Hilary Clinton has been far more transparent that Trump. You can even get a list of all of the donors to the Clinton Foundation but you cannot get a similar list from the Trump Foundation.
Clinton has released decades of tax returns. Trump has not released a single tax return. Most of the questions surrounding his business ties can only be answered through his tax returns. Maybe that is why he won’t release them.
The charge of which candidate should be called “crooked” leans more in Trump’s direction than Clinton’s. To paraphrase one of Trump’s own surrogates it looks like “the first business action to take if Trump is elected is to give himself a pardon”.