Trump: I Didn’t Know AMI Was Investigating Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

Uuuh, yes you did. And now there is an investigation:

President Trump claimed Tuesday that he was not aware that National Enquirer publisher American Media, Inc., was investigating Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in preparation for their blockbuster report about his extra-marital affair. When Trump was asked if he was aware of the investigation, CNN’s Brian Stelter reports, Trump shook his head and responded, “No, no I wasn’t.” Bezos has accused the publisher of blackmailing him with threats to publish his private texts and photos with his mistress, Lauren Sanchez, a claim AMI has denied. Sources told The Daily Beast that Sanchez’s brother, Michael Sanchez, supplied the messages to the Trump-friendly National Enquirer. Documents show that Michael Sanchez thought the tabloid was chasing down the Bezos story with “President Trump’s knowledge and appreciation.” Sanchez also told The Washington Post that AMI staffers had told him the Enquirer was working on “a takedown to make Trump happy.”

Russians Flock to Trump Properties to Give Birth to U.S. Citizens

I hope there is a hearing on this. Even if there is no crime the public scrutiny of Trump’s shameless hypocrisy would be upsetting to the liar-in-chief and some of his followers:

While Trump rails against U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants, his Florida properties have become a playground for birth tourists from Russia’s upper crust. The Daily Beast has discovered several companies are advertising rentals in Trump properties to expectant Russian parents.

We now know that Trump has used ‘illegal aliens’ to maintain/build his properties:

A pipeline of undocumented workers for Donald Trump ran from Costa Rica to N.J.: ‘My whole town practically lived there’

Abuse of Force: Body camera video shows man tased 11 times by Glendale officers

Many hoped that bodycams would serve as deterrent to police brutality. It hasn’t. It continues unabated. There is no longer any doubt that we live in a police state, where the rights of law abiding citizens mean very little:

On July 27, 2017, Johnny Wheatcroft was a passenger in a silver Ford Taurus when a pair of Glendale police officers pulled in front them in a Motel 6 parking lot.

The stop was for an alleged turn signal violation.

Minutes later, Wheatcroft was handcuffed lying face down on the hot asphalt on a 108-degree day. He’d already been tased 10 times, with one officer kneeling on his back as another, Officer Matt Schneider, kicked him in the groin and pulled down his athletic shorts to tase him a final time in his testicles, according to a federal lawsuit and body camera footage obtained by ABC15.

The scene was witnessed by his 11- and 6-year-old sons.

Multiple independent law enforcement experts, who agreed to review the incident, said the officers’ conduct was unlawful, potentially criminal, and one of the most cruel and troubling cases of police misconduct they’ve ever seen.

New Trump Probe Looks a Lot Like a RICO Investigation

Trump will eventually end up in jail just like Al Capone and John Gotti. And the government will use the same strategy. Because Donald Trump is a gangster, pure and simple. The problem is getting him now, while he is office. There is some question about whether a president can be indicted. And removing him from office by impeachment does not seem to be likely at this point (meaning the Republican controlled Senate will vote in convict Trump since it requires a 2/3rds vote). But prosecutors can go after his kids and son-in-law. The question is whether they have the courage to do so:

Referring to a cooperator as a “rat,” President Trump sometimes sounds like a mob boss. He may ultimately be prosecuted like one, too.

While some reports say that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is winding down, it appears that another investigation is just gearing up. According to reports in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, a grand jury in the Southern District of New York recently issued a subpoena to the Trump inaugural committee, seeking documents relating to donors and spending. According to reports, the subpoena indicates that prosecutors are investigating conspiracy against the United States, false statements, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and violations of campaign finance and inaugural committee laws. In addition, CNN has reported that federal prosecutors in Manhattan have expressed interest in interviewing executives from the Trump Organization.

Banks’ $21 Billion Tax Windfall Doesn’t Stop Their Job Cuts

This is nothing but looting by the wealthiest at the expense of everyone else:

Major U.S. banks shaved about $21 billion from their tax bills last year — almost double the IRS’s annual budget — as the industry benefited more than many others from the Republican tax overhaul.

By year-end, most of the nation’s largest lenders met or exceeded their initial predictions for tax savings. On average, the banks saw their effective tax rates fall below 19 percent from the roughly 28 percent they paid in 2016. And while the breaks set off a gusher of payouts to shareholders, firms cut thousands of jobs and saw their lending growth slow.