A recent real estate swindle case sheds light on how the Trump family children operate.
A deep-pocketed donor helped Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., avoid being indicted by New York persecutors in 2012, according to a dramatic new report from ProPublica.
The duo had been under investigation for two years and were accused of falsifying sales information in order to move units in a floundering new luxury hotel-condo building the family had opened in New York City. With a grand jury about to hear the case, and with prosecutors looking at emails among the Trump family members that proved they had lied to prospective buyers, a Trump confidant moved in to help make the case go away.
It seems the more we learn about Trump’s children, the more we learn that they don’t feel like they have to follow the law. Instead, rampant greed and corruption follows them at each step.
Indeed, the ProPublica revelation comes one day after USA Today reported that Ivanka and Jared Kusher seem to be trying to hide the use of their personal email accounts since becoming special advisors to Donald Trump.
“President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump re-routed their personal email accounts to computers run by the Trump Organization as public scrutiny intensified over their use of private emails to conduct White House business, internet registration records show,” the paper reported.
Back in April, one ethics expert warned Ivanka and Jared were on the “path to criminal prosecution” if they used their White House roles to enrich themselves. And that appears to be exactly what they’ve tried to do this year.
“The nepotism in the Trump administration would seem familiar in foreign countries with high rates of corruption, according to U.S. diplomats who have served in them,” the Huffington Post noted this year.
As CNN reported Tuesday, the Department of Justice for years has argued that family members not be allowed into senior administration positions. But the Trump team set that aside. And they did it for people with seem unable to adhere to ethical guidelines.
As for the narrowly averted indictment, back in 2010, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office was building a criminal case against the family members for misleading possible buyers of Trump’s SoHo hotel and condo, which was languishing on the market. The case revolved around emails which confirmed they had used inflated sales numbers about the building, claiming condos in question were selling well, thereby hoping buyers would be anxious to invest.
Additionally, Donald Trump Jr. in an email reassured a broker who expressed concern about the bogus numbers, insisting nobody would ever find out about them.
There was “no doubt” the Trump children “approved, knew of, agreed to, and intentionally inflated the numbers to make more sales,” according to one person who saw the emails.
Prosecutors “believed that Ivanka and Donald Jr., might have violated the Martin Act, a New York statute that bans any false statement in conjunction with the sale of a security or real estate,” ProPublica reported.
After the case dragged on for two years, Trump’s personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, became involved with the case in 2012. At the same time, Kasowitz made a $25,000 donation to the re-election campaign of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. (It was returned.)
Koasowitz soon had a sit-down meeting with New York prosecutors. Three months later Vance overruled his own prosecutors and ordered the case be dropped. Within weeks, Kasowitz offered to hold a fundraiser for the Manhattan District Attorney, and helped raise more than $50,000.
Today, as White House-related legal woes mount for Ivanka, Jared, and Trump Jr., will Kasowitz be able to save them?