On Tuesday, the New York Attorney General’s office announced that it had secured an agreement to disband President Donald Trump’s personal charity as part of a lawsuit into the organization’s many alleged misdeeds.
Fox News host Shep Smith dedicated two segments to the charity scam, which infamously included paying $10,000 for a portrait of Trump.
Former prosecutor Bob Bianchi said that the news about Trump’s charity folding under the weight of state-level prosecution was possibly more consequential than the day’s developments related to former Trump aide Michael Flynn.
“The attorney general is very specific,” Smith said.
“The attorney general was basically saying that these were willful violations, that they were being used for the campaign and personal reasons, which clearly is a violation of the charitable organization law,” Bianchi said. “The language was written in a civil context because that’s what this is right now, but you can translate that into a criminal context—that says ‘fraud,’ ‘tax evasion,’ and ‘lying about charitable contributions.'”
Bianchi said that he thinks this case might catch up with Trump faster than the Mueller investigation because it’s New York state.
“I’ve been yelling and screaming for over a year about state crimes—that’s the thing everybody keeps missing,” he said. “The state crime issues are beyond the pardon power of the president and the state crime issues are not subjected to this DOJ memo, to whatever extent it means you cannot indict a sitting president.”
Bianchi went on to explain why he believes Mueller may also have sealed indictments against Trump.
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Conservative suggests Trump’s racist rhetoric will incite worse than ‘send her back’ chants: ‘One shudders to wonder’:
In a column for the Washington Post, conservative Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Kathleen Parker said the refusal by Republican lawmakers and the evangelical community to condemn Donald Trump's racist rhetoric is paving the way for something far worse than mere "send her back" chants.
Under a headline that bluntly states, "Those who don’t condemn Trump’s racism are complicit in his bigotry," Parker gets right to her opinion of the president, writing, "Going out on a limb here: President Trump is a racist. And a sexist. And a xenophobic nationalist. Among other things. Not to name call or anything."
BUSTED: Leaked drug exec emails showed them encouraging opioid abuse to the point people would eat them ‘like Doritos’
On Friday, the Washington Post published excerpts from a damning series of emails released in a landmark case in Cleveland around the irresponsibility of drug manufacturers and suppliers in contributing to the opioid crisis.
In one email exchange, Victor Borelli, an account manager for pharmaceuticals corporation Mallinckrodt, told KeySource Medical vice president Steve Cochrane that 1,200 bottles of 30mg Oxycodone tablets had been shipped, to which Cochrane replied, "Keep 'em comin'! Flyin' out of there. It's like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are..." and Borelli responded, "Just like Doritos keep eating. We'll make more."
Here’s the ugly racist history behind tipping — and how it still persists today
On Saturday, writing for Politico, minister and civil rights activist Rev. Dr. William Barber applauded House Democrats' plans to not only raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, but eliminate the much lower "tipped wage" of $2.13 an hour and require tipped workers to also be paid at least the minimum.
This is important, wrote Barber, because the roots of businesses forcing their workers to rely on tips for a proper wage is deeply rooted in America's history of racial tension.