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Bombshell lawsuit depicts Trump family as ‘a racketeering enterprise that defrauded thousands of people’: NYT

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A massive 160-page complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan this week alleges that the entire Trump family has for years engaged in fraud intended to rip off unsophisticated investors.

The New York Times reports that the complaint “alleges that Mr. Trump and his family received secret payments from three business entities in exchange for promoting them as legitimate opportunities, when in reality they were get-rich-quick schemes that harmed investors, many of whom were unsophisticated and struggling financially.”

Additionally, reports the Times, the complaint depicts the Trump Organization as “a racketeering enterprise that defrauded thousands of people.”

At the center of the lawsuit are three separate business entities: ACN, a telecommunications firm that gave Trump money in exchange for endorsing its products; the Trump Network, which was responsible for the ill-fated Trump Vitamins nutritional regimen; and the Trump Institute, a Trump University-like entity that the lawsuit claims offered “extravagantly priced multiday training seminars” that purportedly gave attendees access to Trump’s “secrets” to selling real estate.

Attorneys Roberta Kaplan and Andrew Celli Jr., who are representing plaintiffs in the lawsuit, tell the New York Times that their case “connects the dots at the Trump Organization and involves systematic fraud that spanned more than a decade, involved multiple Trump businesses and caused tremendous harm to thousands of hardworking Americans.”

Among other things, the suit alleges that a hospice worker identified as “Jane Doe” was tricked into investing in ACN in 2014 after watching Trump personally endorse the company in a promotional video. The complaint alleges that Doe spent thousands of dollars to attend ACN seminars in multiple cities across the United States — and only earned $38 from all the training she’d received in selling its products.

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New documents reveal how a young Trump bullied the press for years as he hid his actual wealth

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On Friday, journalist Jonathan Greenberg published a stunning exposé of how Donald Trump, in his younger years, managed to maintain his brand of success and fortune — and keep attracting investors to his projects — even in the face of devastating business losses and incompetence.

The short answer: he threatened, intimidated, and bullied reporters out of telling the truth about his business empire.

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Mitch McConnell takes checks from voting machine lobbyists — even as he blocks election security bills

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In 2016, Russian hackers targeted voting systems in 21 states and, according to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, breached systems in Illinois and two counties in Florida, gaining access to information on millions of registered voters. In his report, Mueller described the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 elections as “sweeping and systematic.”

This article was written by Donald Shaw and reprinted from Sludge, which produces investigative journalism on lobbying and money in politics.

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Trump fires back at reports on his lousy polling with accusation of ‘the Greatest Presidential Harassment of all time’

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President Donald Trump started off his Saturday morning Twitter harangue by disregarding reports that his own internal 2020 polling shows him losing badly in key battleground states by saying things are great and that he is the subject of  "the Greatest Presidential Harassment of all time."

According to Trump's tweet: "Despite the Greatest Presidential Harassment of all time by people that are very dishonest and want to destroy our Country, we are doing great in the Polls, even better than in 2016, and will be packed at the Tuesday Announcement Rally in Orlando, Florida. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!"

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