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BOMBSHELL: Trump asked Deutsche Bank to overstate his wealth to NFL in failed attempt to buy Buffalo Bills

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When President Donald Trump placed a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills franchise in 2014, he did so with the help of longtime lender Deutsche Bank.

As part of the process for buying the Bills, Trump had to convince the NFL that he had the financial clout to handle making what was estimated to have been at least a $1 billion purchase.

To do this, the New York Times reports, Trump and former “fixer” Michael Cohen convinced Deutsche Bank to vastly overstate in wealth in financial statements given to the league.

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“Mr. Trump asked [Deutsche Bank U.S. private banking division chief Rosemary Vrablic] if the bank would be willing to make a loan and handed over bare-bones financial statements that estimated his net worth at $8.7 billion,” the Times reports. “Mr. Cohen testified to Congress last month that the documents exaggerated Mr. Trump’s wealth. Deutsche Bank executives had reached a similar conclusion. They nonetheless agreed to vouch for Mr. Trump’s bid, according to an executive involved.”

Trump’s failed attempt to purchase the Bills has since come under scrutiny from the New York Attorney General’s Office, which is reportedly investigating whether Trump’s actions constituted financial fraud.


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Lindsey Graham abruptly cancels planned press conference in wake of John Bolton bombshell

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) abruptly canceled a planned press conference that had been scheduled for Monday morning after a bombshell report claimed that former national security adviser John Bolton is backing up a key allegation in the impeachment case against President Donald Trump.

Graham was originally set to talk at 11:30 a.m. on Monday alongside several of his fellow Republican senators, but Politico's Jake Sherman reveals that press event has now been shut down.

The graham presser has been canceled. https://t.co/sRwLzQMqri

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GOP ex-congressman calls on Justice Roberts to override Republican effort to block witnesses

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In a column for the New York Times, former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, former Rep. Mickey Edwards (R-OK) and Georgetown law professor Joshua A. Geltzer urged Supreme Court Justice John Roberts to intercede and demand Senate Republicans allow witnesses in light of the latest John Bolton bombshell.

Following a New Times report that stated "President Trump directly tied the withholding of almost $400 million in American security aid to investigations that he sought from Ukrainian officials, according to an unpublished manuscript of a book that John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, wrote about his time in the White House," the three took to the Times editorial page to implore Roberts to step in.

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Senate GOP will be accessories to obstruction if they shoot down a move by Justice Roberts to call witnesses: Ex-prosecutor

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On Monday, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner said that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) must motion for Chief Justice John Roberts to call witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial — and that if Senate Republicans vote down this decision, they will be "accessories" to obstruction of justice.

Schiff must make a motion to CJ Roberts for witnesses. As I’ve been saying all along, if Roberts grants the motion for witnesses (he will) & the Rs vote to overrule him (they might) that will (de facto) be obstruction of justice & accessory after the fact. https://t.co/yQfUTga7gd

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