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David Cay Johnston's new book "The Big Cheat" brings together the financial scandals of former President Donald Trump and his family, drawing a link between everything the family ultimately grifted.
In one section of the book, Johnston compares Ivanka Trump's financial disclosure statements, which awkwardly reveals just how much money the Trump family lost from its properties during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
The first thing to note is that both Jared Kushner and Ivanka were given "voluntarily," and not "under penalty of perjury, as the law requires." Her father tried to do the same thing, where he simply refused to sign the disclosures under penalty of perjury but it didn't work. Trump had to be forthcoming about his finances. Johnston explained it was the reason that so much of Trump's "wealth he had crowed about as a candidate" suddenly disappeared" once he was president.
But for his eldest daughter, the disclosures showed the hefty profits from the Trump Organization's Washington, D.C. hotel, which was recently sold off. Ivanka owned "a slice" of the hotel, and worked extensively on The Spa by Ivanka Trump™.
"In the first three years of his presidency, the hotel made her $13 million," Johnston cited her disclosures from the ethics reports. "In 2020, when the pandemic hit travel and entertainment businesses hard, she still earned $1.5 million."
But it was her admitted value in the 2020 report that revealed the shocking loss.
"She had valued her share of the hotel at between $5 million and $25 million," he said, citing the 2017 disclosure. "But in her 2020 report, she dropped the value to $100,000 to $250,000."
That's not merely a loss, it's a financial disaster.
Read more of the financial facts about Trump and the family's business dealings in "The Big Cheat."
Donald Trump may have exposed hundreds of people to the deadly coronavirus if his former chief of staff is correct that he concealed a positive test result, CNN said Wednesday.
"Former President Trump is now responding to a new report that raises serious questions about the timing of his coronavirus diagnosis," CNN's Jim Sciutto reported. "His former chief of staff has said in a new book that Trump tested positive days before the White House at the time, the administration revealed that fact to the public."
"And now CNN has learned there were whispers in the White House about Trump's positive test before his first debate with now-President Biden," CNN's Erica Hill said.
CNN's Gabby Orr recounted all of the events Trump was known to have participated after the time he reportedly tested positive.
"If you add all of those events together that the president -- then-President Donald Trump — attended between that positive test and the presidential debate, it is potentially hundreds of people that he knowingly put at risk after receiving a positive test for COVID-19," Orr reported.
"You know, you think you can't be shocked anymore and then sometimes you are," Hill said.
"Put other people at risk," Sciutto noted. "Put other people at risk."
QAnon believers rush to defend Trump after Jeffrey Epstein's pilot testifies that he flew on the notorious pedophile's plane
Adherents to the QAnon conspiracy theory cult are defending former President Donald Trump after a pilot testified at Ghislaine Maxwell's trial that Trump flew on the private plane of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, Newsweek reports.
Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr., who was Epstein's pilot for almost 30 years, testified that Trump, Bill Clinton, and other famous names flew on the plane between 1991 and 2019. There still is no evidence that the prominent figures, including Trump, played a role in any of Epstein's crimes.
Still, some QAnon followers weren't discouraged by Trump's close proximity to a notorious pedophile. Telegram user Qtah, who has more than 128,430 followers, wrote on Tuesday: "If you're paying attention to the media, right now they are attempting to turn the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell into the trial of President Trump. These moves always backfire on them," according to Newsweek.
Another user with over 7,400 followers wrote: "So, the pilot in the Ghislaine Maxwell case has fingered Trump as being a passenger on Epstein's Lolita Express."
"'Trump lied and is guilty', leftist Twitter is gleefully exclaiming. They jump the shark. Again. I challenge you to find anywhere where Trump directly denies flying with Epstein. Instead? We can find a quote from Trump irritated at Epstein who is going to fly on the Trump plane," Telegram user BrunoBarks wrote. "All this does is to get more leftists' eyes on the trial and they will soon see who is really guilty. Remember that in any sting operation, one must needs get close to the target scum bag being set up."
Other comments on various posts show QAnon followers doubting Visoski's testimony.
Read more at Newsweek.