The shady behavior by Donald Trump never seems to end. Further proving that Trump will do anything to keep himself and his family from suffering the consequences of their unethical behavior, new evidence has emerged to prove that Trump intervened to save his kids from going to jail.
New York prosecutors were preparing a criminal case against Trump’s son in law, Jared Kushner, and his daughter Ivanka – until the District Attorney’s office was prevented from going further by a major Trump donor. The case against Ivanka and Jared was for misleading possible buyers of Trump’s SoHo hotel and condo, and there was evidence in emails that the two had been using fake, inflated numbers to convince buyers that the condos were being bought quickly, which was a lie.
ProPublica reported that Trump’s attorney, Marc Kasowitz, made that case disappear despite all the evidence of the Trumps discussing how to present the dishonest info to the buyers. There is even another email in which Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., promised a concerned broker that no one would find out about the fake numbers. A source who saw the emails said that there was “no doubt” that Trump’s kids “knew it was wrong” and “approved, knew of, agreed to, and intentionally inflated the numbers to make more sales.”
The investigation into Don Jr. and Ivanka’s handling of the Soho hotel was opened in 2010, forcing Trump to hire top attorneys. When this investigation dragged on for years, that was when Trump got frustrated and got Kasowitz involved. Here’s the thing – Kasowitz was also the largest donor to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s reelection campaign.
And it gets even more weird. After making that donation, Kasowitz met with Vance and Adam Kaufmann, the men in charge of the investigation division. Vance claims that he returned the donation, but after that meeting Vance dropped the case against Ivanka and Don Jr. even though no new information had been added to the case. Vance said that Kasowitz “had no influence and his contributions had no influence whatsoever on my decision-making in the case.”
However, a few months after Vance dropped the case, Kasowitz gave him over $50,000 – and it was only after ProPublica asked about the donations that Vance said he’d be giving the money back. Kasowitz is of course swearing that the money wasn’t connected to the case in any way. He said:
“I donated to Cy Vance’s campaign because I was and remain extremely impressed by him as a person of impeccable integrity, as a brilliant lawyer and as a public servant with creative ideas and tremendous ability. I have never made a contribution to anyone’s campaign, including Cy Vance’s, as a ‘quid-pro-quo’ for anything.”
However, this looks a little peculiar to everyone else. Paul Grand, who works with the law firm that ran the Trump SoHo defense team, weighed in and said:
“Dropping the case was reasonable. The manner in which it was accomplished is curious.”
“If you and I were district attorney and you knew that a subject of an investigation was represented by two or three well-thought-of lawyers in town, and all of a sudden someone who was a contributor to your campaign showed up on your doorstep, and the regular lawyers are nowhere to be seen, you’d think about how you’d want to proceed.”
If this isn’t shady, we don’t know what is.
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