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Recent Revelations Expose Law & Order Hypocrisy

Ever since the GOP convention in July, Donald Trump has made enforcing the rule of law a mainstay of his campaign. The claim is that his opposition to legalizing undocumented immigrants stems from concerns regarding moral hazard rather than bigoted opinions regarding non-whites. Presumably, a man with so much concern for the law would make following the law a major part of his life. Regrettably, this is not the case with Mr. Trump.

Writing for the Washington Post, David Fahrenthold explores the unlawful activities of the Trump foundation. Despite not having a license to solicit donations in New York, the foundation appears to have done so anyway. Most recently, the foundation established a website soliciting donations from Americans as part of Trump's fundraiser in support of US veterans that he elected to conduct in lieu of participating in a Republican Party debate. Of course, this comes after David Fahrenthold earlier work documenting the many instances in which Donald Trump utilized foundation funds for his own personal gain including the settlement of lawsuits, buying advertisements for his hotels and the purchase of multiple portraits of himself. This is known as "self-dealing" and it is absolutely prohibited by law. The lawbreaking is made even more salient by the fact that Donald Trump has not made any significant contributions to his own foundation in the past decade. Using other people's money, given to Trump for charitable purposes, in order to enrich himself is absolutely repugnant.

Even worse, is the story reported in Newsweek. Documents indicate that Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, Inc reimbursed Seven Arrows Investment Company to a tune of $68551.88 for a business trip to Cuba the latter conducted on behalf of the former. Of course, from 1963 until a couple of years ago, US law prohibited any unauthorized visitation or financial expenditure in the Caribbean nation. However, the embargo put in place to keep America safe after the Cuban missile crisis did not deter Donald Trump from exploring the possibility of collaborating with a European firm in order to open a resort in Cuba. It is of no consequence that the business opportunity was not pursued any further. Any second spent in Cuba and any cent spent there was absolutely illegal according to the laws in place at the time.

Obviously, the hypocrisy extends beyond Trump's current embrace of "Law and Order" and also goes back to his 2000 bid for the Reform Party presidential nomination. Less than a year after breaking the law, Trump stood in front of a Cuban-American crowd and emphatically denounced peers who advocated opening up commerce with Cuba. Not only did Trump hypocritically condemn advocates for loosening the embargo, he also lied about his own business, telling the crowd that he had always refuses to do businesses in Cuba as long as it remains unfree. Trump is clearly not only the most corrupt person to seek the Presidency, but the biggest liar as well.

Posted by Warren Porter at September 30, 2016 10:08 AM
Comments
Comment #407882

Warren, good job, thanks for bringing this issue up.

It helps me to understand why repubs/conservatives are so up in arms over the Clinton Foundation. It seems they may be projecting what Trump has done unto Hillary as if she suffers the same lack of ethics Trump seems to have.

When one compares the size and scope of the two foundations it becomes clear to me that Clinton has done much more for people around the world than Trump. When one compares the management of the Trump charity to the Clinton charity it becomes obvious whose management skill are superior.

Perhaps our conservative friends will take some time to compare the two foundations and see who is the crook and who isn’t. Perhaps they will let go of silly strawman arguments about how many people the candidates have employed and focus more on how well each of the two candidates have fared in running their foundations. Perhaps they will no longer spew hatred about Hillary living off the taxpayer. Perhaps when faced with the mismanagement of the Trump Foundation they will get over their CEO uber alles attitude that they think qualifies one for running a country.

Posted by: j2t2 at September 30, 2016 11:46 AM
Comment #407886

Perhaps j2t2 should do his/her own research and share with all of us.

Warren’s undercover work on Trump, if true, is insignificant compared to the Clinton Crime Foundation.

Posted by: Royal Flush at September 30, 2016 3:42 PM
Comment #407887

Great article for those interested in freedom. I find many similarities between our institutions of higher learning and the public square in the attempt to stifle speech.

“As president of the University of California system, I write to show how far we have moved from freedom of speech on campuses to freedom from speech. If it hurts, if it’s controversial, if it articulates an extreme point of view, then speech has become the new bête noire of the academy. Speakers are disinvited, faculty are vilified, and administrators like me are constantly asked to intervene.”

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/10/01/time-free-speech-campus-again/v5jDCzjuv710Mc92AhaAqL/story.html

Posted by: Royal Flush at September 30, 2016 4:39 PM
Comment #407893
Less than a year after breaking the law, Trump stood in front of a Cuban-American crowd and emphatically denounced peers who advocated opening up commerce with Cuba. Not only did Trump hypocritically condemn advocates for loosening the embargo, he also lied about his own business, telling the crowd that he had always refuses to do businesses in Cuba as long as it remains unfree. Trump is clearly not only the most corrupt person to seek the Presidency, but the biggest liar as well. Posted by Warren Porter at September 30, 2016 10:08 AM

One of his flying monkeys got caught confirming the Cuba story. I think it was Kellyanne Conway. She’ll probably join Lewandowski and Manifort in exiting the campaign. Lewandowski functions as a mole for Drumpf at CNN. He’s still being paid “severance” by Drumpf, as well as CNN.

Posted by: oraoghaile at September 30, 2016 6:57 PM
Comment #407900

You say Kellyanne Conway confirmed the Cuba story.

.. got caught confirming the Cuba story. I think it was Kellyanne Conway.
..

oraoghaile, I don’t give a damn what you think.

Warren Porter,

From your first link:

If New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) finds that Trump’s foundation raised money in violation of the law, he could order the charity to stop raising money immediately.

Isn’t it strange how all of the quotes the left uses include words like if, may, could, and on and on. No proof, just mud.

From your second link:


In a settlement, Palm Beach agreed to waive those fines — if Trump’s club made a $100,000 donation to a specific charity for veterans.

Did you even comprehend what this sentence says? It’s validating what Trump has been saying throughout his entire campaign!

It starts off by saying “settlement”, then the “if”.

Whoever was conducting this “settlement” was expecting a bribe! And Trump, working within the law, made the deal. Did you use any effort to see who made this “settlement” with Donald Trump? Have you done any research on the people who made this “settlement”?

C’mon, Warren Porter. Don’t go for cheap shots. You’re better than that.


Posted by: Weary Willie at September 30, 2016 9:52 PM
Comment #407901

From your first link, Warren Porter:

, any charity that solicits more than $25,000 a year from the public must obtain a special kind of registration beforehand.

What is this special kind of registration, Warren Porter?

Could it be a $100,000 bribe? Is that what this special kind of registration is, Warren Porter?

Posted by: Weary Willie at September 30, 2016 10:09 PM
Comment #407906

The Newsweek Cover:
The Castro Connection:
How Trump’s Company Violated The US Embargo Against Cuba.

Posted by: oraoghaile at September 30, 2016 10:58 PM
Comment #407908

Registration requires one to fill out a bunch of boilerplate paperwork. No bribe or anything of the kind is involved.

Posted by: Warren Porter at September 30, 2016 11:05 PM
Comment #407910

From the link you provided:

from the town of Palm Beach, Fla.

NY is not FL.

Please explain the specifics involved with the “settlement”, Warren Porter.

Posted by: Weary Willie at September 30, 2016 11:23 PM
Comment #407911
Isn’t it strange how all of the quotes the left uses include words like if, may, could, and on and on. No proof, just mud.

If the antecedent is true, then so is the rest of the conditional statement. Is there any reason to believe the Trump Foundation didn’t solicit $25,000? To be accurate, Fahrenthold grants the small possibility that is the case, but to claim that the Trump foundation didn’t solicit that much money would make any sane voter incredulous.

Did you even comprehend what this sentence says? It’s validating what Trump has been saying throughout his entire campaign!

It starts off by saying “settlement”, then the “if”.

Whoever was conducting this “settlement” was expecting a bribe! And Trump, working within the law, made the deal. Did you use any effort to see who made this “settlement” with Donald Trump? Have you done any research on the people who made this “settlement”?

This is not relevant to the issue I raised. Regardless of wWhether it was a settlement or a bribe, it was unlawful for Trump Foundation funds to be used.

Posted by: Warren Porter at September 30, 2016 11:27 PM
Comment #407912
Under the laws in New York, where the Donald J. Trump Foundation is based, any charity that solicits more than $25,000 a year from the public must obtain a special kind of registration beforehand. Charities as large as Trump’s must also submit to a rigorous annual audit that asks — among other things — whether the charity spent any money for the personal benefit of its officers.

I don’t see anything about Palm Beach, Florida here. You are conflating two entirely different issues.

Posted by: Warren Porter at September 30, 2016 11:30 PM
Comment #407914

The issues are two entirely different issues that the Democratics have concocted on their own!

How many times have I seen the Democratic party manufacture issues that deflect from or obscure real problems? Many times, Warren Porter. This is just another manufactured issue we will all expend our energy on.

It will disappear because what Trump did is standard operating procedure where government is concerned.

Remember how state legislatures, being controlled by corrupt entities, proposed the 17th amendment to our constitution? The 17th amendment didn’t work, did it?

Trump is bringing it all to light, making it obvious, and the people respect that.

That’s why he’ll be the next president of the U.S.

Posted by: Weary Willie at September 30, 2016 11:56 PM
Comment #407917
Perhaps j2t2 should do his/her own research and share with all of us.

Well the Clinton Foundation is a 4 star rated charity Royal. Are you suggesting some global conspiracy among those that rate charities or just babbling crap?

https://www.clintonfoundation.org/press-releases/statement-clinton-foundation-president-donna-e-shalala-four-star-rating-charity

Can Trump say the same? Or is the Trump Foundation the Trump Crime Foundation?

Warren’s undercover work on Trump, if true, is insignificant compared to the Clinton Crime Foundation.

Royal seeing as you asked other to do some research I would ask of you the same,do your research and then make the whiny a** “if true” statement.Prove Warren wrong or apologize.

While you are at it justify your foolish claim that the 4 star Clinton Foundation is a crime foundation. Put up or shut up Royal.

Posted by: j2t2 at October 1, 2016 1:35 AM
Comment #407921

j2t2, people who keep saying the opposite of the truth can’t be persuaded. They’re opposed to the truth. When you write the truth, all they say is “I’m against that”. Only the lies they tell matter, and who says they even believe any of that stuff. They probably just come here to play, and make this site into a mess not worth reading.

Posted by: oraoghaile at October 1, 2016 9:14 AM
Comment #407922

The Clinton Foundation may not be as clean and pure as wind driven snow, but at least there are no allegations of self-dealing with them. From as far as I can tell, the Clinton obeyed the law and registered with the NYS Attorney General, but I’ll happily entertain evidence that suggests otherwise if you provide it. Likewise, all accusations of quid pro quo involving the Clinton Foundation have not panned out. Nonetheless, the focus of this article is on Donald Trump because he is the only one running a campaign prefaced upon a restoration of Law & Order, which means we hold him to a higher standard when it comes to following the law.

Posted by: Warren Porter at October 1, 2016 11:05 AM
Comment #407924

Warped, We see how the MSM treats the Clinton’s, they do no wrong. But if Trump or any other Repub. farts wrong then the MSM is all over it making it look like a national disaster.

Posted by: Rich KAPitan at October 1, 2016 11:32 AM
Comment #407925
We see how the MSM treats the Clinton’s, they do no wrong

Obviously not, given how Clinton has been pilloried time after time about her email server and foundation.

Posted by: Warren Porter at October 1, 2016 11:57 AM
Comment #407928

j2t2 challenged me on the (Clinton Family Crime Foundation) by writing…”Royal seeing as you asked other to do some research I would ask of you the same,do your research and then make the whiny a** “if true” statement.Prove Warren wrong or apologize.”

j2t2 provided a link to the nonprofit watchdog “Charity Navigator” to prove how wonderful the Foundation actually is. So sad for j2t2…he didn’t dig very far.

What is obvious to even the casual reader is that The Crime Family running the Foundation cleaned up its act in time for Hillary to run for president.

“As we reported before, the nonprofit watchdog Charity Navigator removed the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation from its list of charities because of its “atypical business model.”

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/clinton-scandals-is-the-familys-charitable-foundation-a-fraud/

Here’s a quote from https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.history&orgid=16680

“Prior to 9/1/2016, Charity Navigator issued Advisories under the name CN Watchlist and Donor Advisory. For more information on the CN Advisory system click here. This charity The Clinton Foundation appeared on the CN Watchlist.”

OK…here’s a quote from Charity Navigator explaining what they mean by (CN Advisory) and (Donor Advisory).

“We are excited to announce the launch of a new platform called the CN Advisory System. It is designed to help alert the public to charities that may have engaged in unethical or illegal actions and thus furthers our mission of helping donors make informed giving decisions.

“the Donor Advisory – as a way to help inform and protect donors from charity scams.”

“In accordance with our policy for removing charities from the CN Watchlist, Charity Navigator removed the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation from the Watchlist in December 2015 because the charity provided publicly accessible information regarding their amended tax Forms for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. This information, along with the public memorandum submitted addressing the other issues raised in the Watchlist entry, meets our requirements for removal.

Charity Navigator placed the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation on the CN Watchlist because we became aware of the following information:

On February 19, 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported that as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton “was one of the most aggressive global cheerleaders for American companies, pushing governments to sign deals and change policies to the advantage of corporate giants such as General Electric Co., Exxon MobilCorp., Microsoft Corp. and Boeing Co.” The article goes on to state that “at the same time, those companies were among the many that gave to the Clinton family’s global foundation set up by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.” The article says that “at least 60 companies that lobbied the State Department during her tenure donated a total of more than $26 million to the Clinton Foundation, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of public and foundation disclosures.”

Posted by: Royal Flush at October 1, 2016 2:30 PM
Comment #407931
What is obvious to even the casual reader is that The Crime Family running the Foundation cleaned up its act in time for Hillary to run for president.

Huh? Charity Navigator says they withheld a rating for a few months because they were missing a few tax forms. Now they have the forms and have finished the rating and the Clinton Foundation earned top marks.

If you want to allege a coverup, you need actually provide evidence that this is what happened instead of making cavalier accusations that are anything but obvious, even to a sophisticated reader.

To avoid beating around the bush, I will state that we already know that the Clinton Foundation has accepted donations from a wide array of less than angelic people including those who represent interests hostile to the United States. However, we have no evidence to suggest that any quid pro quo ever took place. There are no examples of changes to policy or decision making that seem to have been impacted by those donations. Sure, some of the people who donated may have been granted opportunities to meet and speak with certain people, but this slightly questionable behavior is child’s play (and perfectly legal) when contrasted with the criminal activities allegedly conducted by the Trump foundation.

Posted by: Warren Porter at October 1, 2016 3:06 PM
Comment #407933

Mr. Porter and his Leftie Pals smell no foul smoke emanating from the Clinton Crime Family Foundation. It may walk, talk, and look like a “duck” but we can’t yet indict these criminals due to the protection being given by this administration and its corrupt agencies (FBI, DOJ).

I am reminded of the criminal Al Capone who was publicly known to be a murderer, racketeer, and bootlegger. He never could be prosecuted for those crimes and instead was finally imprisoned for tax evasion.

The FBI had ample proof of Hillary’s malfeasance while Sec of State to bring charges but didn’t for political reasons. The entire Left-wing batshit bunch of libbies may howl otherwise, however, it is still true.

Posted by: Royal Flush at October 1, 2016 3:30 PM
Comment #407934

“Charity Navigator says they withheld a rating for a few months because they were missing a few tax forms.”

LOL…amended tax Forms for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. This information, along with the public memorandum submitted addressing the other issues raised in the Watchlist entry, meets our requirements for removal.

Posted by: Royal Flush at October 1, 2016 3:32 PM
Comment #407935

How many tax forms has the Trump Foundation shared?

Posted by: Warren Porter at October 1, 2016 3:37 PM
Comment #407938

Let’s stick with the Clinton Family Crime Foundation Warren. Or are you purposefully changing the subject to avoid having to defend criminals?

Posted by: Royal Flush at October 1, 2016 4:05 PM
Comment #407939

“The FBI had ample proof of Hillary’s malfeasance while Sec of State to bring charges but didn’t for political reasons.”

In other words, it is all a conspiracy, and everyone is in on it. In addition to the head of the FBI, 12 or more analysts and investigators- you know, the ones who unanimously agreed there were no grounds to indict- all of them were in on it too.

I see.

And the ” Clinton Family Crime Foundation” must be guilty of something, which will be determined when someone finds something illegal. It has not happened already because there is a…

Wait for it…

A conspiracy!

Posted by: phx8 at October 1, 2016 4:15 PM
Comment #407940

Uh, the topic of the my original essay was the Trump foundation. It doesn’t mention the Clinton Foundation at all.

Posted by: Warren Porter at October 1, 2016 4:15 PM
Comment #407943

All I can add to this is that the guilty scream the loudest, and liars figure but figures never lie. Trump screams so loud and lies so much that he has convinced a voting public he’s a demigod. Pathetic that people are so easily led by the nose.

Posted by: Victor R. Romano at October 1, 2016 5:53 PM
Comment #407951
Trump screams so loud and lies so much that he has convinced a voting public he’s a demigod. Pathetic that people are so easily led by the nose. Posted by: Victor R. Romano at October 1, 2016 5:53 PM

Drumpf is a delusional insomniac who should be under the care of a psychiatrist. His foundation was clearly set up to defraud people and the US Government. He should end up in prison, but since he’s rich, he’ll end up paying fines for the kind of fraud that should be severly punished. The same goes for Stumpf of Wells Fargo. Instead, he’s firing all the people who were “just following orders” to defraud.

Posted by: oraoghaile at October 1, 2016 9:16 PM
Comment #407953
Let’s stick with the Clinton Family Crime Foundation Warren. Or are you purposefully changing the subject to avoid having to defend criminals? Posted by: Royal Flush at October 1, 2016 4:05 PM

Wow Royal are you off your meds or what? The Post is about Trump. It was you that told us “Warren’s undercover work on Trump, if true, is insignificant compared to the Clinton Crime Foundation.”. Of course you have nothing to back up your myths misinformation half truths and outright lies…. so…..You,IMHO, “purposefully changing the subject to avoid having to defend criminals” and now try to blame the lefties!!!

Have some integrity man you have nothing but braying from conservative propagandist as proof of your conspiracy. Smoke and mirrors Royal, no fire just mirrors.

For a real Family Crime Foundation read this.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/09/30/eric-trump-charity-spent-880k-at-family-owned-golf-resorts.html

Posted by: j2t2 at October 1, 2016 10:43 PM
Comment #407970

New York Times:
“Donald J. Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a tax deduction so substantial it could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years, records obtained by The New York Times show.
The 1995 tax records, never before disclosed, reveal the extraordinary tax benefits that Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, derived from the financial wreckage he left behind in the early 1990s through mismanagement of three Atlantic City casinos, his ill-fated foray into the airline business and his ill-timed purchase of the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.”

Posted by: oraoghaile at October 2, 2016 8:49 AM
Comment #408000

oraoghaile,

Your comments got stuck in the spam filter because they contain the word “Cas!no”. I prefer to keep this thread focused on the criminal actions of the Trump foundation, so I have elected not to publish them here. Please discuss Trump’s leaked tax return in the other article.

Posted by: Warren Porter at October 2, 2016 3:54 PM
Comment #408012

Quit reading here, j2t2.

“There’s nothing necessarily wrong with contracting with businesses you own,” said Philip Hackney, an associate professor of law at Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and a former employee in the IRS’s Exempt Organizations unit.
Posted by: Weary Willie at October 2, 2016 4:20 PM
Comment #408060
From your first link:
If New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) finds that Trump’s foundation raised money in violation of the law, he could order the charity to stop raising money immediately.

Isn’t it strange how all of the quotes the left uses include words like if, may, could, and on and on. No proof, just mud.

Indeed, it is strange.

Posted by: Warren Porter at October 3, 2016 2:31 PM
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