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Trump's Troubles

Discussion in 'Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by G8trGr8t, Feb 13, 2021.

  1. enviroGator

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    Barely a step above the National Enquirer now days.
     
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  2. higator85

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    A nice thought to start the week…..

    Let's take stock of TLG's life:

    1. Goes to trial on the 15th on felony criminal charges with two more trials to follow,
    2. Currently on the hook for $450M + $93M (and growing) fines that he's appealing,
    3. Watching a fortune from Truth Social wither away while he's forbidden to sell for another 5+ months,
    4. Seeing his poll numbers drop as he continues to be an unhinged asshole, and
    5. Still shits in a diaper.
    6. (Related to 5) hasn’t had sex with Melania in years…
    7. Others?
     
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  3. sierragator

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    Yet they adore him anyway
     
  4. HeyItsMe

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  5. enviroGator

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  6. enviroGator

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    Having recently read a bit more about this I've decided to stop calling him anything other than Diaper Don.
     
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  7. G8trGr8t

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    Yes, the Russians helped finance DJT. This is one,I'm sure more info about others will come out soon enough

    what happens if they dump $40M worth of shares on the maket

    Leverage, what leverage??

    Investigation into Russian-American Businessman's Loans to Trump Media Reveals Complex International Connections (msn.com)

    The situation began to unfold when Trump Media, entangled in a delayed merger process with Digital World Acquisition Corp, faced a dire financial predicament. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had launched an investigation into the merger, and Trump Media was burning through cash while awaiting approval to go public. Amidst this, Trump Media received emergency loans, including from the ES Family Trust. Records indicate that the trust operated as a shell company for Postolnikov, co-owner of Paxum Bank.

    Paxum Bank, registered in Dominica and known for its financial services to the adult entertainment industry, lacks a U.S. banking license, which disallows it from offering loans stateside. To circumvent this, Postolnikov appears to have used ES Family Trust as a conduit for lending money to Trump Media, which in turn allowed Trump Media to receive $2 million on December 23, 2021, and an additional $6 million on February 17, 2022, in the form of convertible promissory notes. These loans were not without their peculiarities, including the fact that the notes were reportedly never signed.

    The loans proved to be a significant investment for ES Family Trust, with an estimated stake in Trump Media valued between $20 million and $40 million. This came despite a decline in the company’s share price following a poor earnings report. Documents also revealed that Postolnikov personally benefited from several transactions labeled “Partial Loan Return,” although some of these were subsequently reversed.

    Further scrutiny reveals that Postolnikov is the nephew of Aleksandr Smirnov, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and although he has not been charged with a crime, his involvement with ES Family Trust and the loans to Trump Media are under investigation for potential money laundering. The investigation appears to have expanded after whistleblower Will Wilkerson’s legal team brought the ES Family Trust loans to the attention of the US attorney’s office in the southern district of New York. The sweeping inquiry involves the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security’s El Dorado taskforce, which specializes in money laundering, and its Illicit Proceeds and Foreign Corruption group, focused on corrupt foreign officials using U.S. entities to launder funds. Complicating matters is Michael Shvartsman, an associate of Postolnikov, who has been charged with money laundering in connection with insider trading of Digital World shares.
     
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  8. G8trGr8t

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    forgot the plausible deniability. Guess that is why those loans were never signed..

    who funds a multimillion dollar loan where the paperwork is completed with signatures, witnesses, etc?

    The implications of these findings are considerable. While Trump and Trump Media have not been accused of any wrongdoing, and there is no indication they knew about the nature of the loans beyond their opaqueness, the allegations bring a renewed spotlight on Trump’s financial dealings, particularly those with Russian connections. With Trump Media’s future hinging on the merger with Digital World Acquisition Corp, which is supposed to bring in capital and a stock market listing, the investigation’s outcome could have far-reaching consequences for the former president’s financial and political ambitions.
     
  9. enviroGator

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    You can not turn over a stone and not find a Russia connection to Diaper Don. It would be funny if it weren't so scary.
     
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  10. philnotfil

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    It would be funnier if the GOP weren't so intent on making him the next president. They really have no one else they feel like would do a better job of representing them than a conman who is compromised by Russian investment? How surreal this all has been.
     
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  11. PacificBlueGator

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    He's so adept at creating chaos there's never a straight story and nailing down one lie springs into another. Fox and right wing news organizations refuse to challenge him, leaving half the country believing anything he says, while Republicans who call out his BS lose support. The perfect storm for corrupt authoritarianism.
     
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  12. mikemcd810

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    Good point. Then when you continue to peel back the layers of lies the refrain from the other side is "are we still talking about this?" .Meanwhile Trump has said/done a dozen other crazy things to push the initial thing out of people's minds.
     
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  13. G8trGr8t

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    seems that Trump doesn't understand that he can't make false and misleading statements about the value of truth social

    Trump Media stock plummets as expert warns of possible securities fraud: reports (msn.com)

    Trump went online on Thursday to talk up the strength of Truth Social's stock, which could be a legal problem for him, a financial expert told Newsweek.

    "A false statement of 'material' information is securities fraud," Michael Klausner, Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, told Newsweek. The professor warned it could be a case of "pumping."

    Klausner warned this could be seen as illegal by the Securities and Exchange Commission if it's not true, and Trump could be investigated for a so-called "pump and dump" scheme, where someone deliberately hypes a stock to manipulate its price and time their own cashout.
     
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  14. tampagtr

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    Four legal developments/observations.

    First, and most significantly, the NY App Ct has denied Trump's attempt to delay that trial. Not surprising. It was meritless. One related point I did not know is that DT's solid ethical attorney - Susan Necheles, isn't signing the crazy filings like this one. Will be curious to see what her role will be allowed to be:





    Second, the DC Circuit has rejected one legal challenge to conviction for J6 criminals - that the interior of the Capitol was a "public forum". Common sense.



    The Fischer case remains before the USSC, though they seemingly narrowed review that would make it less likely they will eviscerate the statute as the insurrectionists hope. They seem more inclined to run out the clock than rule substantively in the insurrectionists' favior, but who knows. Here is Marcy explaining the legal issue:

    SCOTUS Takes Up January 6 Obstruction Challenge - But with Unknown Scope - emptywheel




    It’s possible, though, that SCOTUS will also review a more contentious issue: the definition of “corrupt purpose” in the statute. Fischer addresses that deeper in the petition. While some courts have limited Section 1512(c)(2)’s scope by a particular definition of the critical mens rea element—“corruptly”—they have not defined it uniformly. See Miller, 605 F. Supp. 3d at 70 n.3. And the D.C. Circuit’s lead opinion declined to define it all, even while stating that “corrupt intent” limited Section 1512(c)(2)’s reach. Compare Pet. App. 17a-18a with Pet. App. 20a. The lead opinion nonetheless acknowledged three potential definitions:

    1. Corruptly means conduct that is “wrongful, immoral, depraved, or evil.” Pet. App. at 18a (quoting Arthur Anderson LLP, 544 U.S. at 705, discussing 18 U.S.C. § 1512(b)).

    2. Undertaken with a “corrupt purpose or through independently corrupt means, or both.” Pet. App. 18a-19a (quoting United States v. Sandlin, 575 F. Supp. 3d 16, 30 (D.D.C. 2021) (citing United States v. North, 910 F.2d 843, 942-43 (D.C. Cir. 1990) (Silberman, J., concurring and dissenting in part)).

    3. Conduct that involves “voluntarily and intentionally [acting] to bring about either an unlawful result or a lawful result by some unlawful method, with a hope or expectation of either financial gain or other benefit to oneself or a benefit of another person.” Pet. App. 19a (quoting Aguilar, 515 U.S. at 616-17) (Scalia, J., concurring).
     
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    This is so blatant. If he isn’t elected president he is going to be reemed by the SEC. Stock pump and dumping is not going to end well for diaper Don.
     
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  18. higator85

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    Mediate isn’t biased, they have conservative opinion pieces and it’s run by Dan Abrahams but they do report on things people say and MAGA ilk and their leader think (and fortunately for us) say terrible things non stop.
     
  19. chemgator

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    Trump has one hope of getting elected: RFK, Jr. Apparently, RFK hates Biden more than he wants to win the election (or support what's best for the country), and he is remaining in the election to try to see Biden defeated. Not really the best of motivations, especially when in helping Biden getting defeated, he is helping a dangerously unqualified con-man get elected president.

    RFK Jr. Adviser Makes Shocking Admission about Campaign’s True Goal

     
  20. chemgator

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    You too can help pick Donald Trump's running mate. Just send as much money as you possibly can to "Trump Needs Money" and include your suggestion for a Vice-President pick. Please include $49.95 for postage and handling, and $99.95 for processing fees. This is a once-in-a-lifetime offer, so act now!

    So, how stupid do you have to be to vote for a candidate who isn't smart enough to pick their own V.P., and so corrupt that he can't help but turn the selection process into grifting for cash? Time for the Diaper Don to accept the title of Crooked Donald, taking it back from Hillary.

    Trump asks supporters to help pick his running mate. He really just wants their money.