In a statement, Alan Garten, the general counsel for the Trump Organization, said, “this is just the latest fishing expedition in an ongoing attempt to harass the company,” adding, “Everything was done in strict compliance with applicable law and under the advice of counsel and tax experts. All applicable taxes were paid and no party received any undue benefit.”
While the latest investigation seems to have provoked the most ire in the first daughter, who’s probably stressed about all the packing she needs to do before shipping out of Washington, it’s not the first time she and her siblings have had their dealings probed by the New York attorney general’s office. Last year, as part of a settlement in a case that had led to the closing of President Trump’s sham charity, Ivanka and her brothers, who were board members of the organization, were ordered to receive “mandatory training” on the “duties of officers and directors of charities so that they cannot allow the illegal activity they oversaw at the Trump Foundation to take place again.” As a reminder, that illegal activity involved basically using the charity as a slush fund for Donald Trump’s personal, business, and political interests, which included spending $20,000 of the foundation’s money on a six-foot-tall oil painting of the real estate developer.
In related news, earlier this month the Times reported that Trump “expects to face intensifying scrutiny from prosecutors” after he leaves the White House and is “concerned not only about existing investigations in New York, but the potential for new federal probes as well, according to people who have spoken with him.” While Trump has apparently asked numerous times if he can pardon himself, such a move—which might not even be possible, short of faking sick and making Mike Pence president so he can do the honors—would obviously not protect him from state crimes, meaning there’s a nonzero chance Ivanka might be visiting him in prison.
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Americans are now being asked to fund Biden’s transition because Trump can’t admit he lost
Earlier this month we were introduced to a little known government employee, Emily Murphy. Murphy, you see, is the administrator of the General Services Administration, and the only reason we know about her is because she is currently refusing to sign a letter releasing millions of dollars and vital resources to Joe Biden’s transition team, because she, like many a spineless Republican, doesn’t want to burst the bubble Donald Trump has blown around himself wherein he might actually get a second term. And because Murphy is going along with this absurd situation, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are literally being forced to ask people to fund their transition, the one that, in normal times, would have been handled by our taxpayer dollars:
Meanwhile, Murphy would like people to know that she’s really stressed about this whole thing, according to The Washington Post:
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