Ex-CFO says Trump kids raised pay after learning of scheme
They gave him a raise, according to testimony Friday at the Trump Organization's tax fraud trial. Other executives accused of scheming to avoid taxes on company perks also kept their jobs and pay, Weisselberg said. Weisselberg said the company benefited from his scheme because it did not have to pay him as much in salary. Trump wrote that the case had “fallen apart” after Weisselberg testified Thursday that neither Trump nor Trump’s family were involved in his tax avoidance scheme. “Did a longtime executive pay tax on the use of a company car, or a company apartment, or payments (not even taken by us as a tax deduction!)wftv.com
Ex-CFO says Trump kids raised pay after learning of scheme
The Trump Organization’s former chief financial officer has testified that Eric Trump hiked his pay by $200,000 after an internal audit spurred by Trump’s 2016 election found that he had been scheming to dodge taxes on lavish corporate perks.
Ex-CFO says Trump kids raised pay after learning of scheme
How did Donald Trump’s oldest sons — entrusted to run his real estate empire when he became president — react when they learned that a top executive was scheming to dodge taxes on lavish corporate perks? Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s former chief financial officer, testified that Eric Trump raised his pay by $200,000 after an internal audit spurred by Trump’s 2016 election found that he had been reducing his salary and bonuses by the cost of the perks. The raises boosted Weisselberg’s annual pay to $1.14 million, extra cash he said he used to pick up the tab for things Trump and the company had previously been paying: rent on a Manhattan apartment, Mercedes-Benz cars for him and his wife, his grandchildren's private school tuition, and more.news.yahoo.com
Trump strikes new overseas deal and raises old ethics issue
Donald Trump’s company is licensing its name to a golf resort in Oman in the first of what it hopes will be several overseas deals, raising conflicts-of-interest issues as the former president prepares for a possible third run for the White House.
Correction: Trump Hotel-Foreign Government Spending story
In a story published November 14, 2022, about foreign government spending at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, The Associated Press erroneously reported Saudi Arabia spent at least $164,929 at the hotel in 2017 and 2018, the same time it was trying to win over U.S. support after its invasion and blockade of Qatar.
Pro-Trump Tour Flies Off The Rails Over ‘Demonic Satellites’ and ‘Deep State’ McDonald’s
Emily Elconin/GettyThe far-right “ReAwaken America” gathering in Manheim, Pennsylvania, this weekend wasn’t your typical pro-Trump rally.It was a whole different level of crazy.The QAnon-peppered programming frequently flew off the rails Saturday, as speakers took severe issue with everything from McDonald’s being part of the “deep state” to “demonic satellites” controlling the voting system in the United States.The day’s activities kicked off with a prayer asking for Trump’s eyes to be opened snews.yahoo.com
House panel: Trump's bills to Secret Service 'exorbitant'
The Secret Service was charged room rates of more than $800 per night at least 11 times when agents stayed at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, the Trump hotel in Washington, D.C., and other properties, the Democratic-led House Oversight Committee said. The “exorbitant” rates point to a possible “taxpayer-funded windfall for former President Trump’s struggling businesses,” wrote N.Y. Rep. Carolyn Maloney in a letter Monday to the Secret Service requesting more information. The Trump Organization denied that the Secret Service charges were a problem and said it provided rooms and other services at cost, at big discounts or for free. “The Trump Family is likely the first family in American history to have not profited off of the United States government," said Eric Trump in a statement. That resulted in a Secret Service room charge of $1,185 per night, more than five times the government-approved per diem rate, the committee said, though the agency is allowed to make exceptions.wftv.com
Trump charged Secret Service ‘exorbitant’ rates at his hotels, records show
New records obtained by Congress found President Donald Trump was charging Secret Service much higher than government rates for stays at his properties, as much as $1200 a night, for agents who were protecting him. Eric Trump had previously said the Trump Organization gave the Secret Service the rooms for free or "at cost."washingtonpost.com
Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump wanted large stakes in their father's media company even though they were barely involved, co-founder says: 'They were coming in and asking for a handout'
Will Wilkerson's notes from Trump Media showed one person had said Donald Jr. "needs a bedtime story and some love," the Washington Post reported.news.yahoo.com
Michael Cohen says New York investigation will 'ultimately terminate' the Trump Organization: 'This is going to put an end to the entire company'
Cohen said one or two of Trump's adult children might have to "fall on the sword" for him as a result of a New York probe into the Trump Organization.news.yahoo.com
Republicans, Once Outraged by Mar-a-Lago Search, Become Quieter as Details Emerge
In the minutes and hours after the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s residence in Florida this month, his supporters did not hesitate to denounce what they saw as a blatant abuse of power and outrageous politicization of the Justice Department. But with the release of a redacted affidavit detailing the justification for the search, the former president’s allies were largely silent, a potentially telling reaction with ramifications for his political future. “I would just caution folnews.yahoo.com
What does 'plead the Fifth' mean? Will Donald Trump do it?
Pleading the Fifth Explainer FILE - Former President Donald Trump prepares to provide commentary for a boxing event on Sept. 11, 2021, in Hollywood, Fla. Donald Trump and two of his children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka Trump are due, in the coming days, to face questioning under oath in New York's civil investigation into their business practices. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File) (Rebecca Blackwell)NEW YORK — (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is due Wednesday to face questioning under oath in New York's civil investigation into his business practices. The ex-president's lawyer has indicated that he will advise Trump to stay mum and invoke the Fifth Amendment's protection against self-incrimination. The Fifth Amendment also underpins the famous Miranda warning about the right to remain silent and have an attorney on hand while being questioned in police custody. Eric Trump invoked the Fifth Amendment more than 500 times during his 2020 deposition, according to a court filing.wftv.com
Funeral held for Ivana Trump; ex-president pays tribute
Ivana Trump, the 1980s style icon and businesswoman who helped Donald Trump build the empire that put him on a road toward the White House, lived a “beautiful life,” the former president recalled as loved ones paid final respects to her Wednesday. The ex-president joined all his children, an array of other relatives and friends at a Manhattan church for Ivana Trump's funeral Mass. “A very sad day, but at the same time a celebration of a wonderful and beautiful life,” he wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social, before he, former first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron headed to St. Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church, located just a few blocks from Ivana Trump's home near Central Park.news.yahoo.com
Filmmaker who gave footage to Jan. 6 committee: Trump is 'dangerous,' living in 'cloud cuckoo land'
A British documentary filmmaker who recently testified behind closed doors to the House Jan. 6 select committee said that former president Donald Trump is living in “cloud cuckoo land,” and is incapable of ever acknowledging that his claims about voter fraud are “delusional.”news.yahoo.com
Eric Trump thought inciting violence was 'fair game' because he believed false claims that the 2020 election was 'stolen,' according to filmmaker subpoenaed by January 6 committee
Filmmaker Alex Holder told The Independent that members of the Trump family were unconcerned that their post-election rhetoric might incite violence.news.yahoo.com
Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien to testify before Jan. 6 hearing on election falsehoods
The Jan. 6 committee’s series of public hearings will resume Monday morning with a number of in-person witnesses who are expected to shed new light on former President Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the results of the election, including Bill Stepien, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager.news.yahoo.com
New York AG asks appeals court to enforce Trump subpoena
New York’s attorney general is asking a state appeals court to uphold a lower court ruling requiring former President Donald Trump to answer questions under oath after a civil investigation into his business practices uncovered evidence that he may have misstated the value of assets like golf courses and skyscrapers on financial statements for more than a decade.
Investigators find gaps in White House phone records from Jan. 6: report
Investigators from the House select committee probing the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol have found gaps in the White House phone records on the day of the insurrection, reports The New York Times.Investigators were unable to find the logs of calls by former President Trump during hours on that day when they know he was sometimes on the phone.There is no evidence that official logs were changed or deleted, the Times reports, and Trump often...news.yahoo.com
Trump Organization used 'email migrations' as an excuse to delay testimony from an executive in charge of conflict-of-interest rules, NY AG says
The Trump Organization failed to produce email records from a top executive for more than a year, according to the New York Attorney General's office.news.yahoo.com
Claimed value of sleepy NY estate could come to haunt Trump
The Seven Springs, a property owned by former U.S. President Donald Trump, is covered in snow, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Meyer's daughter, the late Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, was married at Seven Springs in 1940. The amount was based on a professional appraisal that valued the full Seven Springs property at $56.5 million as of Dec. 1, 2015. AdCohen testified that Trump had financial statements saying Seven Springs was worth $291 million as of 2012. Along with the mansion, Seven Springs has a Tudor-style home once owned by ketchup magnate H.J.
Revenue at Trump hotels, resorts hit hard by pandemic
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)NEW YORK – Donald Trump is returning to a family business ravaged by pandemic shutdowns and restrictions, with revenue plunging more than 40 percent at his Doral golf property, his Washington hotel and both his Scottish resorts. “The golf business has never been stronger. The disclosure report filed each year with federal ethics officials shows only revenue figures, not profits, but the hit to Trump's business appeared widespread. The National Doral Golf Club outside of Miami, his biggest money maker among the family's golf properties, took in $44.2 million in revenue, a drop of $33 million from 2019. Revenue at the family's golf club in Aberdeen also dropped by roughly the same proportion.
Trump returns to a business empire ravaged by pandemic
“The golf business has never been stronger. Revenue at the family's golf club in Aberdeen dropped by roughly the same proportion. The financial blow from former clients and business partners cutting ties to Trump is unclear, but it could be sizable. Revenue at that course, the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, fell 20% last year to $6.4 million. Eric Trump dismissed the backlash, saying parts of the business that get less attention, such as its commercial buildings, are thriving.
Records: Trump allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot
It said that if any former employees or independent contractors for the campaign took part, “they did not do so at the direction of the Trump campaign.”At least one was working for the Trump campaign this month. The AP’s review found at least three of the Trump campaign aides named on the permit rushed to obscure their connections to the demonstration. Between mid-March and mid-November, Donald J. Trump for President Inc. paid Wren $20,000 a month, according to Federal Election Commission records. Maggie Mulvaney, a niece of former top Trump aide Mick Mulvaney, is listed on the permit attachment as the “VIP Lead.” She worked as director of finance operations for the Trump campaign, according to her LinkedIn profile. Trump’s presidential campaign paid Event Strategies $1.3 million in 2020 for “audio visual services,” according to the campaign finance records.
Trump business backlash part of 'cancel culture,' son says
FILE - In this Tuesday, March 15, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at his primary election night event at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla. At right is his son Eric Trump. “The president incited a rebellion against the United States government, a clearly unconstitutional act,” Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Eric Trump seemed unruffled but combative as he spoke by phone from his office in Trump Tower. “You have a man who would get followed to the ends of the Earth by a hundred million Americans,” Eric Trump said. Learn from Donald Trump,” Eric Trump said before urging them to “march on the Capitol."
As end approaches, Trump gets doses of flattery, finality
Barr offered his resignation last Monday after weeks of tension with Trump brought about an early exit from his post. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)NEW YORK – President Donald Trump’s administration is ending how it began, with over-the-top declarations of praise for the chief executive. Attorney General William Barr offered his resignation last Monday after weeks of tension with Trump brought about an early exit from his post. In the six weeks since his defeat by Biden, Trump has been increasingly disengaged from his job. But with Trump largely in hiding, it fell to Pence to make a public show of meeting with those distributing the vaccine.
Dangerously viral: How Trump, supporters spread false claims
Prominent Republicans, including Eric Trump, one of the president's sons, amplified the falsehoods on social media. Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday the Justice Department has not identified voter fraud that would change the presidential election. By then, however, many of those fringe websites and Trump associates were busy peddling new claims of voter fraud online. “There’s so much repetition of this narrative that there’s voter fraud,” Fazio said. “The amount of (voter fraud) he’s talking about is not going to make a difference anyway.”
Trump's grievances feed menacing undertow after the election
Local and state election officials are being hounded into hiding. Neutral public servants, Democrats and a growing number of Republicans who won’t do what Trump wants are being caught in a menacing postelection undertow stirred by Trump’s grievances about the election he lost. Tough beans, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said of the state officials who are fearing for their safety. Have you no shame?”Said Sterling, the Republican Georgia election official: “Someone’s going to get hurt. Members of Trump’s administration have affirmed the legitimacy of the election, though at least one, Krebs, got fired for it.
Criminal probe, legal fights await Trump after White House
FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington. The president's legal entanglements are likely to intensify when leaves the White House in January 2021 and loses immunity from prosecution. The probe led by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is one of several legal entanglements likely to intensify when Trump loses power — and immunity from prosecution — upon leaving the White House. Trump faces two New York state inquiries into whether he misled tax authorities, banks or business partners. Carroll says Trump raped her in the mid-1990s in a New York department store.
False claims of voting fraud, pushed by Trump, thrive online
Trump and his supporters are pointing to those debunked claims on social media as reason to not accept that Democrat Joe Biden won the election. “These will probably persist for years or even decades unfortunately,” Kate Starbird, a University of Washington professor and online misinformation expert, said of the false claims about the U.S. election process. “This was a stolen election,” Trump tweeted on Sunday, the day after Biden became president-elect. In recent days, prominent Republicans and Trump allies have peddled social media claims that hundreds or thousands of dead people voted in key battleground states like Pennsylvania or Michigan. The social media platforms have tried to rein in the false claims.
False claims of Wisconsin voter fraud rely on wrong numbers
The image Eric Trump shared in his post claimed that there was a huge, inexplicable increase in voter turnout in Wisconsin this year. The image showed voter turnout percentages during presidential elections over the last 20 years in Wisconsin, with voter turnout hitting 89.25% this year. The Wisconsin Elections Commission calculates voter turnout based on the entire voting-age population, not just registered voters. But as of 7 p.m. on Sunday, the Wisconsin Elections Commission reported 3,684,726 registered voters. The Wisconsin Elections Commission received “a lot of calls” about the false rumors, said the state's top elections official Meagan Wolfe.
Altered photo shows Ice Cube, 50 Cent in 'Trump 2020' hats
An altered photo of rappers Ice Cube and 50 Cent in hats that appear to show support for President Donald Trump circulated widely on social media Tuesday, fueled in part by a tweet by Eric Trump. He removed the tweet with a photo of the two rappers in hats saying “Trump 2020” after being called out by Ice Cube on Twitter. Ice Cube’s hat says “Big3,” a reference to a 3-on-3 basketball league he co-founded, and 50 Cent wears one with the New York Yankees logo. Ice Cube shared the original photo on his Twitter account on July 6 to send a birthday message to 50 Cent. In a recent interview with CNN, he said both the Trump campaign and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign reached out to him about his contract.
Eric Trump slated to talk with NY investigators via video
NEW YORK – President Donald Trump’s son Eric is scheduled to speak via video on Monday with New York state investigators probing his family’s business practices, according to court papers filed Friday. Eric Trump has given no indication he will seek to delay the interview in light of his father's and stepmother's coronavirus diagnosis, which was announced early Friday, or for any other reasons. A message seeking comment was left with Eric Trump's lawyer. Eric Trump’s lawyers had sought to delay his interview with investigators until after the Nov. 3 presidential election, arguing that his “extreme travel schedule” on the campaign trail warranted a delay. President Trump's reelection campaign has canceled upcoming events that were to have featured Trump family members.
Judge: Eric Trump must testify in NY probe before election
NEW YORK – Eric Trump must testify in a New York investigation into the family’s businesses before the November presidential election, a judge ruled Wednesday, rejecting lawyers’ claims that Trump's “extreme travel schedule” on the campaign trail warranted a delay. Eric Trump, the company's executive vice president of development and acquisitions, was first served with the subpoena in May. Eric Trump switched lawyers in mid-July, Futerfas said, contributing to the need for a delay. Eric Trump did not participate in Wednesday's hearing, which was held via Skype. Investigators have yet to determine whether any law was broken, James’ office has said.
Lawyers: Trump son won't testify in NY probe before election
Eric Trump, the son of President Donald Trump, speaks at a campaign rally for his father, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Saco, Maine. The lawyers argued Eric Trump’s “extreme travel schedule” related to his father’s reelection campaign prevented him from testifying sooner in state Attorney General Letitia James’ civil probe. James sought court intervention after Eric Trump's lawyers abruptly canceled an interview with investigators that had been planned for late July. Eric Trump, the third of Trump’s five children, visited a Trump campaign field office in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Thursday and attended an event titled "Fighting for Maine Lobster with Eric Trump." Eric Trump’s lawyers have proposed four dates for him to testify, the earliest being Nov. 19, which they contend is just 30 days after others are scheduled to be deposed in the investigation.
GOP convention takeaways: What coronavirus? Fear motivates
President Donald Trump speaks from the South Lawn of the White House on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON President Donald Trump refused to allow the coronavirus to deny him the crowd he craved for the Republican National Convention. He used the White House as a stage in the way none of his predecessors had, and spoke of the deadly coronavirus pandemic as though his handling of it was an unqualified success. Carsons comments come as the Trump convention has focused on amplifying his law and order message against violence and protests. Greene posted a photo of herself on the South Lawn on Thursday evening hours ahead of of Trumps remarks.
Conventions highlight aggressive fact-check efforts
Both Maddow and CNN's Daniel Dale aired lightning-round fact-checks following President Donald Trump's acceptance speech on Thursday night. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)NEW YORK Rachel Maddow ended her fact-check mission with a lightning round after President Donald Trump's nomination acceptance speech 12 corrections in about a minute. You can't win.Some of the efforts also stretch the definition of fact-checking, like when MSNBC interviewed Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan after a convention speech where South Dakota Gov. There he goes, lying again, anchor Sean Hannity said in cutting off a speech by former President Bill Clinton. Maddow's anchor colleague, Joy Reid, said as the convention's third night was coming to a close that she saw why it was necessary.
WHAT TO WATCH: Melania, Pompeo and Trump at GOP convention
What to watch at the convention Tuesday:TRUMPTrump appeared frequently during the first day of his partys convention. THE FIRST LADYFirst lady Melania Trump is set to give the marquee address from the Rose Garden. Her speech at the 2016 GOP convention, the night she introduced herself to voters, was well-received but was later found to have included lines that were very close to what former first lady Michelle Obama said in her 2008 speech at the Democratic convention. Two of the presidents children, Eric Trump and Tiffany Trump, are scheduled, along with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Iowa Gov. BIDENUnlike Trump, who planned events to counter the Democratic convention, the Biden campaign has not scheduled their candidate to make appearances during the GOP gathering.
NY AG probes if President Trump inflated assets for loans
The filing also named Eric Trump and Seven Springs, a New York estate owned by the Trump family. The attorney generals office is investigating whether the Trump Organization and the president improperly inflated the value of assets to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits. Investigators are looking into whether the Trump Organization and its agents improperly inflated the value of the Seven Springs north of the city. Emails seeking comment were sent to lawyers for the Trump Organization and Eric Trump. James' office issued subpoenas to the Trump Organization and to Seven Springs LLC in December 2019, seeking financial documents, the filing said.
Sanders, rising Democrats call for Midwest to unite to win
Sanders and the others spoke to activists from five Midwestern states during a virtual meeting coinciding with the third day of the Democratic National Convention. Democrats from South Dakota and North Dakota also participated on the call, which attracted around 250 viewers at any given time. Hes hiding from Wisconsin, Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Andrew Hitt said of Biden on Tuesday. Cory Booker, of New Jersey, and Michael Bennett, of Colorado, along with the state Democratic Party chairs from Michigan and Minnesota. Tlaib, who was elected to Congress in 2018 representing parts of Detroit, said the Midwest would deliver the White House for Biden.
Trump gives credence to false, racist Harris conspiracy
President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Thursday gave credence to a false and racist conspiracy theory about Kamala Harris eligibility to be vice president, fueling an online misinformation campaign that parallels the one he used to power his rise into politics. Harris has been a top target of misinformation since launching her own bid for the White House last year. That is certainly a slight, said Amanda Harrington, vice president of Times Up, which works to stop workplace harassment. Obama, who beat McCain in the 2008 race for the White House, was even a co-sponsor of the McCain resolution.
Revenue at biggest Trump properties held steady last year
FILE - This March 11, 2019 file photo, shows the north entrance of the Trump International in Washington. Trump's D.C. hotel and his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, both took in slightly less revenue in 2019 for the third year in a row. Revenue at the president's golf club near Miami and at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club inched up. One of the biggest revenue generators among Trumps properties last year, the Trump National Doral Golf Club near Miami, took in $77.2 million, up from $76 million in 2018, its third year of climbing. At least $3.9 million of that came from revenues Ivanka Trump reported under her investment stake in Trump's hotel in Washington, which the Trump Organization has dangled for a possible sale.
Facing electoral headwinds, Trump brings back 2016 team
NEW YORK As anyone who has ever heard him speak knows, President Donald Trump loves to relive 2016. Our latest staff additions are making Team Trump even stronger and solidify Brads leadership.In the last week, the Trump campaign hired Jason Miller, communications director in 2016, to focus on strategy and coordinate between the campaign and the White House. And some of Trumps 2016 team never left: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the presidents daughter and son-in-law, are senior advisers. Kellyanne Conway, the presidents final 2016 campaign manager, remains a senior White House counselor. That includes Bannon, who remains supportive of Trump after a messy exit from the White House, and Keith Schiller, Trumps longtime security man.