NEWARK--Five months after reaching a confidential settlement with comedian Tracy Morgan over the 2014 crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that seriously injured the "Saturday Night Live" star, Wal-Mart is claiming some of its insurers are balking at paying. In a federal court filing in New Jersey, Wal-Mart said the insurers "in bad faith refused to…
On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Matthew Calamari, a former bodyguard to Donald Trump and chief operating officer of the Trump Organization, is under investigation by Manhattan prosecutors as part of their probe into whether the benefits offered by the business amount to illegal tax evasion.
"Prosecutors' interest in Mr. Calamari, once Mr. Trump's bodyguard, indicates that their probe into the Trump Organization's alleged practice of providing some employees with cars and apartments extends beyond Allen Weisselberg, the company's chief financial officer, and his family," reported Rebecca Ballhaus and Corinne Ramey. "Receiving benefits — such as free apartments, subsidized rent or car leases — from an employer, and not paying taxes on such benefits, can be a crime, although experts said prosecutors rarely bring cases on such perks alone."
The report noted that neither Calamari nor Weisselberg have currently been accused of a crime. However, sources say that Trump is keeping a close eye on Weisselberg for any signs that he could flip on the family for a deal.
Calamari is a colorful figure; according to an anecdote from a 1993 book, he told Trump that he would be willing to kill for his boss.
"Prosecutors in recent weeks advised Mr. Calamari and his son, Matthew Calamari Jr., that they should hire their own lawyer, people familiar with the matter said," said the report. "The elder Mr. Calamari, who works as the Trump Organization's chief operating officer, and his son, the company's corporate director of security, had previously been represented by a lawyer who was also representing other Trump Organization employees, one of the people said. Such a recommendation is often a sign that prosecutors' interest in a subject is intensifying, but doesn't mean the Calamaris will be charged with wrongdoing."
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Fox News is smearing FBI because far-right fears Feds are closing in on insurrection leaders: ex-official
Former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi says he thinks the debunked conspiracy theory Fox News personality Tucker Carlson has been pushing — that it was the FBI who attacked the Capitol and not Trump supporters seeking to overturn the election — is because conservatives fear the bureau is closing in on those who incited the attack.
Before Carlson pushed his conspiracy theory about the FBI, he pushed Trump's "Big Lie" about election fraud.
"I want to ask you about the idea of [Matthew Dowd's] that [Trump] was a clear and present danger and ask you if he still is," MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace said. "Because this is a story not just because this crazy ladies squatting in a mansion talking to Icelandic reporters furthered them, but because the disgraced ex-president grabbed them and sent them to his Justice Department and asked the Justice Department to act on them."
"You're absolutely right," Figliuzzi replied. "Let's be clear here, we're not talking about conspiracies that just spontaneously sprung up from the population as they do — urban legends that need to get swatted down or that take on a life of their own — we're looking at conspiracy as a deliberate strategy,."
"Deception as a strategy," he explained. "And you could argue that the former president now out of office has absolutely no guardrails and zero accountability and can engage in this even more often."
Figliuzzi explained the latest Fox News conspiracy theory that the FBI was behind the insurrection as because the bureau is closing in on the leadership of the attack.
"I think that they are frightened out of their minds that the FBI is actually looking at the root causes of this. And we have some confirmation of that because NBC News obtained one of the FBI interview transcripts of one of the January 6 defendants," he said. "And low and behold, what is one of the questions they asked him? 'Do you know anybody in Congress or congressional staffers? "If that is becoming a standardized question under certain circumstances, they have every right to be worried and that's why we'll see them continue to plant this cockamamy theory that the FBI did it."
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While the Trump Organization is dodging problems with the Manhattan District Attorney, they're fighting back against the city of New York for what they say was an illegal termination of their contract, reported ABC News.
Former President Donald Trump's company managed several things for the city including the two skating rinks, the Central Park Carousel and the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point. After the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, New York City wanted nothing to do with anything Trump-related.
"The City has no right to terminate our contract," the Trump Organization said. "Mayor [Bill] de Blasio's actions are purely politically motivated, have no legal merit, and are yet another example of the mayor's efforts to advance his own partisan agenda and interfere with free enterprise."
Presumably, if it was politically motivated, de Blasio would have terminated the contract prior to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
"The President incited a rebellion against the United States government that killed five people and threatened to derail the constitutional transfer of power," de Blasio said in Jan. "The City of New York will not be associated with those unforgivable acts in any shape, way or form, and we are immediately taking steps to terminate all Trump Organization contracts."
Trump makes about $17 million annually for the contracts and the golf course contract isn't set to expire until 2032. the others expired earlier this year. The city government explained that it followed its contract termination process included in the documents.
The cash-only ice rink is one of the contracts being investigated by the Manhattan district attorney's office.
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