The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

On Monday, ABC News reported that prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York are in touch with President Donald Trump’s inauguration committee and are seeking to compel information about the committee’s fundraising:

The contact from the Southern District, which came from its public corruption section, is the latest activity focusing on Trump’s political fundraising both before and immediately after his 2016 election. Lawyers for the inauguration committee were contacted midday Monday and asked if they could accept a subpoena for documents from federal prosecutors, according to sources familiar.

Trump’s inaugural committee has been under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors since at least December, according to the Wall Street Journal. Reports suggest that the probe, still in its early stages, is focused on whether funds were misspent and whether any of the private individuals from which the committee accepted donations were seeking to buy influence with the incoming administration.

A recent ProPublica report suggested that money from the inaugural committee paid the Trump Organization for rooms, meals, and event space at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., for a suspiciously high price. It said that the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump helped negotiate the deal, leading to concerns that the funds raised for the inauguration might have been illegally diverted into the Trump family business.

Last year, attorneys with the Southern District secured a guilty plea from Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen on seven counts of bank fraud, tax evasion, and campaign finance violations. They have also granted immunity to the Trump’s family accountant and Trump Organization CFO Alan Weisselberg, although the extent of his cooperation is not yet known.

 

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Stephen Colbert Returns To Mocking His Favorite Target

Ever since the Republican party was hijacked by a clownish, failed businessman and reality tv host turned fascist dictator, many on the left have pined for the simpler days of George W. Bush. Putting aside his obvious failure of a lifetime in launching a brutal, unnecessary, and costly war in Iraq, the not-so-bright former president would probably be considered a leftist by today's deranged Republican party of rabble-rousing misfits. Stephen Colbert, like many of us comedians at the time, took great pleasure in jostling George Bush over his failures in Iraq.

Although he has since dropped his more arcane Colbert Report far-right character after taking over hosting duties at the Late Show, Colbert is as political as ever. Having been said, Colbert mocked George W Bush, who gave a speech in Dallas on Wednesday for an event called “Elections – A More Perfect Union”, which focused on how elections work.

Keep reading... Show less

Sen. Ted Cruz

A group of lawyers has submitted a 15-page ethics complaint to the State Bar of Texas demanding an investigation of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his “leading role” in the far-reaching Republican effort to keep former President Trump in power despite his reelection loss.

The complaint — filed by the 65 Project, an organization of lawyers seeking to hold attorneys accountable for lending a hand in pro-Trump efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 elections — called for an examination of Cruz’s conduct in the weeks before Election Day in 2020 and on January 6, 2021, the day of the Capitol insurrection.

Keep reading... Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}