A federal law enforcement reporter pointed out one of the under-reported threads in the bombshell New York Times report about Donald Trump seeking out a loan from Deutsche Bank in 2016 — for which he was rejected.
Daily Beast reporter Betsy Woodruff explained Monday that “it takes a lot for Deutsche Bank not to do business with somebody.”
“This is a bank that’s been fined hundreds of millions of dollars for not doing more to stop Russians from laundering massive sums of money through its bank,” Woodruff noted.
But one of the underlying threads beneath the numerous stories about Trump and Deutsche Bank, the reporter noted, is that the German institution sold financial products to the Mercers, a “multi-billionaire conservative mega-donor family that played a key role in getting Trump elected.”
“A Senate committee confirmed or assessed that the Mercers used this money to dodge paying more than $6 billion in taxes,” Woodruff added. “That’s larger than the GDP of some countries. They used these products in part to do that.”
The MSNBC political contributor pointed out that the Mercers have, since fall 2017, “been in negotiations with the IRS about how to potentially settle that tax debt.”
“Those negotiations are done entirely in secret,” Woodruff said. “Obviously, tax issues are supposed to be confidential — but this is something where Trump’s political appointees in the IRS have access to very sensitive talks about billions of dollars on the table for some of his most powerful donors and Deutsche Bank is right at the center.”
Host Nicolle Wallace asked the reporter if special counsel Robert Mueller has access to the same IRS information and Woodruff said that although she has not gotten confirmation that he does, “he would be able to through traditional law enforcement means” to obtain it.
How climate change reduced the flow of the Colorado River
The massive Colorado River, which provides water for seven US states, has seen its flow reduced by 20 percent over the course of a century -- and more than half of that loss is due to climate change, according to new research published Thursday.
Two scientists at the US Geological Survey developed a mathematical model of the water movements -- snowfall, rainfall, run-off, evaporation -- in the upper Colorado River basin for the period from 1913 to 2017.
To do so, they used historical temperature and precipitation data, along with satellite readings of radiation, in order to understand how climate change had affected those water movements.
‘Possibly the craziest and scariest thing he has done’: Conservative blasts Trump for DNI Richard Grenell
Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot blasted President Donald Trump's new appointee Richard Grenell to take over as acting director of national intelligence.
Previously, Trump was furious at his acting DNI when he learned that Democrats were given an intelligence briefing. The source speaking to the Post said that Trump gave Maguire a “dressing down” that left the former acting DNI “despondent.”
FBI investigating Erik Prince for arms trafficking after attempt to modify crop dusters into attack aircraft: report
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly investigating prominent Donald Trump supporter Erik Prince for violating arms trafficking laws.
"Prince, an heir to a billion-dollar fortune who is widely viewed as a shadow adviser to the president, is under federal investigation for his 2015 attempt to modify two American-made crop-dusting planes into attack aircraft — a violation of arms trafficking regulations," The Intercept reported Thursday, citing "two people familiar with the investigation."