A federal judge on Wednesday rejected President Trump’s request to block his longtime lender, Deutsche Bank, from complying with congressional subpoenas.
Judge Edgardo Ramos of United States District Court in Manhattan issued his ruling after hearing arguments from lawyers for Mr. Trump and his family, as well as two Democratic-controlled congressional committees. “I will not enjoin enforcement of the subpoenas,” Mr. Ramos said, and added that he thought it was unlikely Mr. Trump and his family would win in a trial.
The ruling was the second setback this week for Mr. Trump’s efforts to prevent the release of his financial records, a central issue in his fight against Democrats who won control of the House of Representatives last year. The decision came the same day the New York legislature passed a bill that would allow Congress to obtain Mr. Trump’s state tax returns from the state…
The judge’s ruling brings Deutsche Bank a step closer to handing over a trove of detailed, confidential information about Mr. Trump, his family and his business empire. But if Mr. Trump appeals the decision, Deutsche Bank is likely to hold off on delivering the files to Congress until the litigation is resolved.
The point of “Voting Blue” this election is so that you CAN
vote 3rd party later. We’re so far to the extremes right now, we need to
course correct the ship before it completely sinks. Voting 3rd party
(or not voting at all) only gives ammo to the extremist right who are
unified and dedicated to hate. And you can bet your ASS they’ll make
sure you’ll NEVER get the chance to vote 3rd party ever again.
1. Trump threatened his high school so his SAT scores wouldn’t be released.
“When I say ‘con man,’ I’m talking about a man who declares himself brilliant but directed me to threaten his high school, his colleges, and the College Board to never release his grades or SAT scores.”
“The irony wasn’t lost on me at the time that Mr. Trump in 2011 had strongly criticized President Obama for not releasing his grades…”
3. Apparently Trump didn’t think he’d win the primary *or* the presidential election.
“He never expected to win the primary. He never expected to win the general election. The campaign—for him—was always a marketing opportunity.”
4. He ran to build his brand, not to run the country.
“Donald Trump is a man who ran for office to make his brand great, not to make our country great. He had no desire or intention to lead this nation—only to market himself and to build his wealth and power. Mr. Trump would often say this campaign was going to be the ‘greatest infomercial in political history…’”
14. Trump pressured Cohen into lying to Congress about ongoing business negotiations in Russia during the presidential campaign, and Trump lied to the American people about it.
“Mr. Trump did not directly tell me to lie to Congress. That’s not how he operates. In conversations we had during the campaign, at the same time I was actively negotiating in Russia for him, he would look me in the eye and tell me there’s no business in Russia and then go out and lie to the American people by saying the same thing. In his way, he was telling me to lie.”
15. Trump was actively involved in the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations.
“To be clear: Mr. Trump knew of and directed the Trump Moscow negotiations throughout the campaign and lied about it. He lied about it because he never expected to win the election. He also lied about it because he stood to make hundreds of millions of dollars on the Moscow real estate project.”
16. Trump used a fake bidder during a charity auction so he could obtain a portrait of himself and use it for financial gain.
“Mr. Trump directed me to find a straw bidder to purchase a portrait of him that was being auctioned at an Art Hamptons Event. The objective was to ensure that his portrait, which was going to be auctioned last, would go for the highest price of any portrait that afternoon. The portrait was purchased by the fake bidder for $60,000. Mr. Trump directed the Trump Foundation, which is supposed to be a charitable organization, to repay the fake bidder, despite keeping the art for himself.”