Bill Barr on bringing Trump’s adult children to justice : No, not ‘the children’!

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Barr said he “wasn’t even sure” James had a strong case against Trump, but took particular issue with her naming “the kids” in the suit — as in the adult children, who all served as a frame. vice presidents of the Trump Organization.

“What finally persuades me that this is a political blockbuster work is that she goes too far when she tries to drag children into this,” barr said. “This is his personal financial statement, prepared by the CFO, accounting firms were involved. … The children will not know the details of this, nor are they expected to do their own due diligence reasonable and have it independently reviewed.

Not the childrenBarr exclaimed, clutching his pearls!

In fact, if Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric didn’t do their due diligence on Trump’s financial statements, they should have. The Trump Org and its leaders – including “the children” – have repeatedly used Trump’s declaration of personal wealth as collateral for numerous loans they have obtained over many, many years.

“With the help of his children and senior executives at the Trump Organization, Donald Trump falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system,” James said in a statement. statement after filing the complaint.

Ivanka, for example, served as Executive Vice President for Development and Acquisitions of the Trump Organization until early January 2017. As the complaint notes:

Among other duties, she negotiated the lease with the government and a loan related to the Old Post Office property. Mrs. Trump also brokered loans on Trump Organization properties in Doral and Chicago. For each of these transactions with Deutsche Bank, Mrs. Trump was aware that the transactions included a personal guarantee from Mr. Trump that required him to provide annual financial statements and certifications.

But the abuse of power claim by Barr, one of Trump’s top henchmen during his tenure, is particularly storied given that he has repeatedly intervened in court cases and investigations involving Trump and his allies or enemies. Who will never forget how he took a knee in the Mueller investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference, which documented multiple instances in which Trump engaged in obstruction?

Barr’s dismantling of the Mueller probe may be his most significant devious act, but it’s by no means without good company. Geoffrey Berman, a former U.S. attorney who served under Barr, was personally aware of Barr’s relentless political interference while Trump was in office.

“It seems hypocritical to me that Bill Barr would accuse another prosecutor of undue political interference in justice, when it was Bill Barr, as attorney general under Donald Trump, who did the president’s political bidding and helped to undermine the rule of law,” Berman told CNN. Wednesday.

In his recently published book, Holding the Line: Inside the Office of the Nation’s Preeminent US Attorney and His Battle with Trump’s Justice DepartmentBerman has documented several instances in which Barr interfered with investigations in the Southern District of New York, alternately targeting Trump’s enemies and aiding his friends.

So when Barr talks about “political duties” and abuse of power, he knows the subject very well. In fact, books have been written about it.


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