NEW YORK — The Trump Organization’s longtime tax accountant told a Manhattan jury Tuesday that had he fully understood how the company paid its executives, he would’ve had a heart attack. Donald Bender, a partner at Mazars USA LLP, was the first witness to testify for the defense at the Manhattan district attorney’s tax fraud trial against the Trump Organization. The former president has blamed Bender for not catching the malfeasance. Jurors have heard how the company’s convicted Chief Financial Officer, Allen Weisselberg, 75, and other full-time executives received millions in yearly bonuses,...
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On his podcast on Friday, Stone explained he was ditching Stolichnaya after a label announced the company supported Ukraine after it was invaded by Russia.
"That means the people who make Stolichnaya vodka support child sex trafficking, money laundering ... and the arming of actual Nazis on the ground in Ukraine," Stone alleged.
"As for Stolichnaya, I will never drink another sip of their swill," he vowed. "And therefore, I'm going all-American, Titos, made in Austin, Texas, is my new brand."
One day later, Titos was no longer Stone's new brand.
"I decided to switch to American-made Tito's until I learned that they sponsored a drag queen show. Now I have no choice but to use Russian Standard Vodka in my extra dry Martinis," Stone announced.
In 2017, Stone identified as a "trysexual. I've tried everything."
In 2008, Stone took Jeffrey Toobin was taken to the Miami Velvet swinger's club while he was researching a New Yorker profile headlined, "The Dirty Trickster."
"Stone served as a senior consultant to Bob Dole’s 1996 campaign for President, but that assignment ended in a characteristic conflagration. The National Enquirer, in a story headlined 'Top Dole Aide Caught in Group-Sex Ring,' reported that the Stones had apparently run personal ads in a [Florida] magazine called Local Swing Fever and on a Web site that had been set up with Nydia’s credit card. 'Hot, insatiable lady and her handsome body builder husband, experienced swingers, seek similar couples or exceptional muscular . . . single men,' the ad on the Web site stated. The ads sought athletes and military men, while discouraging overweight candidates, and included photographs of the Stones," Toobin reported. "At the time, Stone claimed that he had been set up by a 'very sick individual,' but he was forced to resign from Dole’s campaign. Stone acknowledged to me that the ads were authentic."
The Interstate Milk Freedom Act is expected to receive a new push once Republicans regain control of Congress in January.
Sponsored by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), the bill "prohibits federal regulation of the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk or milk products packaged for direct human consumption under specified circumstances."
Massie has been pushing the issue on Twitter.
"I’ve been drinking raw milk almost every day for the past year. I can say it’s been great for my health!" Massie tweeted on Wednesday.
"When I introduced the bipartisan Interstate Milk Freedom Act a decade ago, I was motivated to protect freedom, and didn’t have an opinion on whether raw milk was beneficial," he explained. "Before trying raw milk, I had given up on trying to drink any pasteurized store bought milk that wasn’t “lactose free.” Not only does my body tolerate raw milk, it has been great for my gut health, allowing me to eat other foods that my body would otherwise reject."
On Friday, he linked raw milk to the anti-vaxx movement.
"The FDA that banned the transport of raw milk, a wholesome food that’s been consumed by human beings for thousands of years, is the same FDA that authorized myocarditis-inducing mRNA injections with no long-term data and zero liability for the manufacturers," he wrote. "Follow the money."
In response to his post, @CaringGuy1957 wrote, "Wow someone cashed the milk lobby's check."
"Yes, someone did," Massie replied. "Big milk opposes legal raw milk."
To which @CaringGuy1957 replied, "Oh you misunderstood, the raw milk lobby's check. You know, you."
It was also on Twitter, in 2020, when Massie explained his motivation for the legislation.
"Fun fact: Ron Paul and I served together in Congress for 6 weeks... long enough to pass the torch on bills such as Audit the Fed, Hemp, repealing social security tax on seniors, and Raw Milk freedom," he wrote.
In 2018, Massie used the hashtag "big milk" when describing the "lactose lobby" as intolerant.
"The lactose lobby is so intolerant!" he also wrote in 2014.
On Wednesday, Massie said methamphetamine can be "easier to get" than raw milk, but he managed to get his hands on some raw milk yogurt for breakfast on Friday.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, "raw milk — and products made from it—can make you and your loved ones sick. Raw milk has not undergone a process called pasteurization that kills disease-causing germs. Pasteurized milk is a safe and healthy food. When milk pasteurization began in the early 1900s, deaths and diarrheal illnesses in young children declined dramatically."
The FDA says, "raw milk can carry dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria, Campylobacter, and others that cause foodborne illness, often called “food poisoning.”
These bacteria can seriously injure the health of anyone who drinks raw milk or eats products made from raw milk. However, the bacteria in raw milk can be especially dangerous to people with weakened immune systems (such as transplant patients and individuals with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and diabetes), children, older adults, and pregnant women."
On Saturday evening, Donald Trump issued a fourth statement on his meeting with white nationalist Nick Fuentes and once again refused to denounce his racism and anti-Semitism.
Trump posted to his Truth Social account, "so I help a seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black, Ye (Kanye West), who has been decimated in his business and virtually everything else, and who has always been good to me, by allowing his request for a meeting at Mar-a-Lago, alone, so that I can give him very much needed 'advice.'”
"He shows up with 3 people, two of which I didn’t know, the other a political person who I haven’t seen in years. I told him don’t run for office, a total waste of time, can’t win. Fake News went crazy," Trump wrote.
Trump's dinner has already become an issue in the 2024 presidential campaign and could play a role in determining the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. Trump's ambassador to Israel condemned him dining with "human scum."
Trump has received harsh headlines.
"Trump criticized for dining with far-right activist Nick Fuentes and rapper Ye," headlined The Washington Post.
"Trump’s Latest Dinner Guest: Nick Fuentes, White Supremacist," was The New York Times headline.
"Trump world reels after white nationalist dinner," headlined Politico playbook.
"Trump's former US ambassador to Israel blasts meeting with Ye, Nick Fuentes: 'You are better than this,'" Fox News headlined.
NBC News headlined, "‘F---ing nightmare’: Trump team does damage control after he dines with Ye and white supremacist Nick Fuentes"