NEW: Two separate New York fraud investigations into President Trump and his businesses, one criminal and one civil, have expanded to include tax write-offs on millions of dollars in consulting fees, some of which appear to have gone to Ivanka Trump.
nytimes.com/2020/11/19/nyr…
The investigation has been stalled since last fall, after the president filed a lawsuit to block a subpoena for his tax returns and other financial records. The legal fight is before the United States Supreme Court for a second time, with a ruling expected soon.
Prosecutors have suggested in court filings that their investigation has expanded far beyond the hush money and is focused on a number of potential financial crimes, including insurance and bank-related fraud, tax evasion and grand larceny.
The other probe, a civil investigation that could result in criminal referrals or request for criminal prosecutions, is focused in part on forgiven debt on Trump Tower Chicago for $100 million that was never declared as income. The financing has long been subject to speculation.

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20 Nov
NPR: Biden considering Merrick Garland, Sally Yates, Deval Patrick, Doug Jones for Attorney General.
All are incredibly qualified. Garland comes with the bonus of stepping away from a lifetime appointment to do the job, signaling real commitment to restoring DOJ. But he creates a vacancy on the DC Circuit too, and if Dems lose Georgia seats that would be a headache.
Yates is a great nominee: sharp as a tack, familiar with intricacies of Russia investigations, native Georgian and UGA grad. But Republicans may give her a hard time on Flynn and other Russia issues, and Biden may want to avoid hearings dominated by those questions.
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20 Nov
We cannot let repetition become fact. The Russia investigation was no Hoax. Ask Paul Manafort, convicted of numerous Russia-related financial crimes and later convicted of lying to Mueller despite agreeing to cooperate.

Perhaps ask why he gave sensitive polling data to the GRU.
Or perhaps ask Michael Cohen, who stood up and pleaded guilty to numerous campaign and financial crimes and later pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about Donald Trump’s financial dealings with Russia.
Or perhaps ask Michael Flynn, who most of all has tried to rewrite history on his own plea deal. He failed to declare the $500,000 lobbying job he got from Turkey while working on the Trump campaign. He lied about promising sanctions relief to Russia. He pleaded guilty.
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20 Nov
Was going to study for law school finals but instead have put on a Christmas movie about a broke puppeteer who returns to her hometown for Christmas.
And then my sister asked me what the protagonist looked like and I snapped a quick picture and didn’t realize she HAS A FINGER PUPPET ON.
Update: she dreams in puppets.
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18 Nov
The more pressure comes from politicians and political commentators to indict Trump and associates, less likely it happens for fear it looks like a result of political pressure.

Everybody cool off. IMO an independent DOJ, maybe even a special counsel, will indict if appropriate.
I say this as the founder of a group—@TAAP2020—that spent weeks documenting Trump Administration misconduct ripe for possible indictment.

Yelling on Twitter because articles say Biden is “wary of investigating Trump” plays right into the hands of making these things political.
Frankly, Biden and his Administration need to get into office first.

Only then will the Biden DOJ understand certain facts we don’t currently know that could make unethical conduct rise to the level of criminal conduct—especially with respect to obstruction charges.
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18 Nov
Frankly I think a lot of people are underestimating the clusterf*ck that Michigan could become. At the end of the day it is unlikely to matter because Biden will win NV, PA, WI, GA and AZ that will be enough to put him over the top. But here’s why MI is a big problem.
People saying “calm down” claim the Secretary of State can just certify instead of this panel—but that’s not true. In her statement tonight, she *asked* the State Canvass Board (which looks just like the Wayne County Board) to *ask* her to do the certification for them.
They can decline to ask her. There are two R’s and two D’s, just like this Wayne County panel. And one of them has said already that he would vote to deadlock if he felt there was evidence of fraud.
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18 Nov
Respect @jonfavs but don’t share his optimism that “Michigan courts” will simply stop the coup going on in Wayne County.

1. MI Supreme Court is majority Republican

2. This is about DELAY. If lawsuits cause MI to miss deadlines, it helps Trump’s plan to send this to Congress.
I’m not saying they will go along with this either. Hopefully they maintain the integrity of our democracy and affirm a Biden victory 6 times larger than Trump’s. But it isn’t a foregone conclusion and people should stop acting like it. These folks are ready to throw it all away.
I don’t like alarmists. Michigan Secretary of State has put out statement asking State Board of canvassers to request her office complete the count for Wayne County. But that Board is also 2-2 partisan split. We cannot ignore this.

And Jon isn’t, but it is quite serious.
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