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In case you were wondering about Trump’s ties to Russia…wonder no longer! At the CPAC conference, people attending were waiving Russian flags. Evidently Republicans don’t respect the First Amendment rights of other Republicans because the security team at the conference seized the flags.
It’s ironic that Trump declared at the CPAC conference that nobody loves the First Amendment more than he does.
Donald Trump often portrays himself as a savior of the working class who will “protect your job.” But a USA TODAY NETWORK analysis found Trump has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the past three decades. Many of these suits involved Trump being sued by ordinary Americans who asserted Trump or his companies refused to pay them. At least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings reviewed by the USA TODAY NETWORK, document people who have accused Trump and his businesses of failing to pay them for their work. Among them: a dishwasher in Florida. A glass company in New Jersey. A carpet company. A plumber. Painters. Forty-eight waiters. Dozens of bartenders and other hourly workers at his resorts and clubs, coast to coast. Real estate brokers who sold his properties. And, ironically, several law firms that once represented him in these suits and others.
Trump’s companies have also been cited for 24 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act since 2005 for failing to pay overtime or minimum wage, according to U.S. Department of Labor data. That includes 21 citations against the defunct Trump Plaza in Atlantic City and three against the also out-of-business Trump Mortgage LLC in New York.
In addition to the lawsuits, the review found more than 200 mechanic’s liens — filed by contractors and employees against Trump, his companies or his properties claiming they were owed money for their work — since the 1980s. The liens range from a $75,000 claim by a Plainview, N.Y., air conditioning and heating company to a $1 million claim from the president of a New York City real estate banking firm. On just one project, Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, records released by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission in 1990 show that at least 253 subcontractors weren’t paid in full or on time, including workers who installed walls, chandeliers and plumbing.
Then there were the bankruptcies of Trump’s businesses. There were 6, not four.
The debt made the subject of each bankruptcy was:
- $3 billion
2. $338 million
3. $250 million
4. $550 million
5. $1.8 billion
6. $53.1 million
Because Trump’s tax returns have never been produced it is difficult to know just how far in debt Trump is. In financial disclosures Trump was required to file as part of the requirement to become President, Trump declared that he owes $315 million to 10 separate lenders. However a report by The Wall Street Journal suggests that the actual debt of Trump, or businesses in which Trump has at least a 30 percent stake are considered, he owes roughly $1.5 billion in additional debt to more than 150 institutions.
His creditors include Wells Fargo & Co, a bank that is under investigation for fraudulent practices including opening as many as 2 million accounts without the knowledge or consent of their customers. The report claimed that Wells Fargo is the trustee or administration of $282 million of loans to Trump and his companies, as well as a $950 million debt being paid by property partly owned by the president-elect. He also owes money to JPMorgan Chase, BlackRock, Deutsche Bank and Prudential.
Republican Senator Susan Collins from Maine has indicated that she is open to using a subpoena to investigate President Trump’s tax returns for potential connections to Russia. Collins sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. She appeared on Maine Public radio to talk about issues including the investigation.
Collins also said during the radio appearance that she and other intelligence committee members will call for former national security adviser Michael Flynn to testify before the committee. Flynn resigned following reports that he had misled officials about his contacts with Russia. Collins said the committee is in the midst of a “broad investigation” about Russian interference and it’s too early to speculate about the results. She touted the “bipartisan” nature of the committee’s probe and pledged: “We will get to the bottom of this.”
The headline news for the last few days has surrounded the resignation of Michael Flynn, the President’s National Security Adviser. Flynn was the National Security Adviser just 23 days.
Erosion of Trust:
When did the President know?
It seems there is no dispute that Flynn had conversations with Moscow’s ambassador to the US before the inauguration regarding sanctions against Russia. Such a move could be a breach of the law. But the greatest concern should be the attempts of the Trump administration to target not the wrongdoing of Flynn, but the people who leaked the story. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, said “Instead of investigating General Flynn’s lies and his troubling ties with Russia, he (Trump) chose to target those who brought them to light. Congress should be doing independent oversight of the Executive Branch and protecting whistleblowers, not running interference while the White House conceals their abuses and misleads the American people for weeks.”
Trump knew of the breach of national security by Flynn weeks ago,and failed to take any action. The Justice Department warned the White House last month that Flynn had not been truthful about the calls with the Russian envoy and could be susceptible to Russian blackmail.
The Senate Confirmation Hearings for Rex Tillerson, are happening now! Go to the link if you are interested. In addition to concerns about Tillerson’s connections to Vladimir Putin and Russia “Hello” has brought to our attention a new article about Tillerson’s tenure as President of the Boy Scouts. Tillerson served as President of the Boy Scouts from 2010-2012. During that time Tillerson had access to thousands of files of documented Sexual violence against children. Those cases wer enever reported to the police.
While Tillerson was President there was a suit filed in Oregon demanding that the scouts release 1900 files of sexual abuse. The Oregon Supreme Court issued its ruling after Tillerson stepped down as President, but he must have been aware of the content of the files while President.
During Tillerson’s tenure, one particular case was working its way through the Oregon court system, culminating in an October 2012 ruling in the Oregon Supreme Court—four months after Tillerson stepped down as president—that ruled the BSA had to release 1,900 files to the public.
The attitude of Tillerson while serving as President of the Boy Scouts is frightening! He was willing to cover-up outrageous behavior, knowing that the cover-up would likely result in additional cases of abuse. He was supposed to be looking out for the boys in the Boy Scouts instead of the leaders. Yet he acted to protect the leadership of the scouts,instead of the thousands of boys. As Secretary of State, the citizens of America would be the people he should be protecting, but the liklihood is that it would be Trump that he would actually be protecting.
President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming chief of staff admitted that Russia was behind last year’s hacking and leaking of internal emails from top officials at the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace, Reince Priebus acknowledged that Trump “accepts the fact that this particular case was entities in Russia,” but argued that the DNC should be criticized for not taking cyber security more seriously.
“I think he accepts the findings, Chris,” Priebus said of Trump. “But here’s the thing that everyone needs to understand. When this whole thing started, it started from the Russians 50 years ago. In other words, this is something that’s been going on in our elections for many, many years. The Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians — it happens, every election period.”
Trump and Priebus have evidently resolved their differences. Reince Priebus previously was reported to be “furious” with Trump. Priebus was previously livid with Trump over his remarks toward the parents of the soldier, a Muslim U.S. Army captain killed in the Iraq war. Priebus was also reported to have been livid over Trump’s refusal to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain.
Priebus was reported to “ feel like a fool,” as a result of ever trusting Trump.
Priebus feelt “burned” by Trump’s string of self-inflicted wounds and his refusal to observe basic decorum by giving Ryan his support. Now that Trump is President-elect, it seems that Priebus is willing to defend anything Trump says or does. How could any American defend the hacking of information to impact an election by a foreign government by saying that the opposing party had known about hacking in the past and failed to try harder to stop it. It’s like saying that when Russia launches a nuclear weapon, it’s not ideal but Obama knew they had nuclear weapons and didn’t go to war with Russia to force them to relinquish their nuclear arsenal. An attack on the American election system is never O.K. The day we stop fighting to put an end to Russian interference with our elections is the day that we turn over control of our country to Russia….Oh wait, we already did that!