By All Means Let’s Focus on E-Mails
With the exception of MSNBC, the Television media’s obsession with Hillary Clinton’s EMails, and failure to expose Trump’s many scandals, demonstrates the most flagrant self-serving media malpractice ever seen in a democratic country with a “Free Press”. Granted the unending supply of options can exhaust the media’s ability to cover it all, but you would think they could each muster a specialty and get to it.
►The Many Scandals of Donald Trump
“The breadth of Trump’s controversies is truly huge, ranging from allegations of mafia ties to unscrupulous business dealings, and from racial discrimination to alleged marital rape. They stretch over more than four decades, from the mid-1970s to the present day. To catalogue the full sweep of allegations would require thousands of words and lump together the trivial with the truly scandalous. Including business deals that have simply failed, without any hint of impropriety, would require thousands more. This is a snapshot of some of the most interesting and largest of those scandals.” — David A. Graham
►Just What Were Donald Trump’s Ties to the Mob?
“The facts above come from court records, interviews and other documents in my own files and those generously made available by Barrett, who was the first journalist to take a serious investigative look at Trump. Our files show Trump connected in various deals to many other mobsters and wise guys. There was, for example, Felix Sater, a senior Trump advisor and son of a reputed Russian mobster, whom Trump kept on long after he was convicted in a mob-connected stock swindle. Libutti accused Trump of making an improper $250,000 payment to him, which would have cost Trump his license. The DGE dismissed Libutti as unreliable and took Trump at his word when he denied the allegations. (Libutti was a major figure in my 1992 book Temples of Chance.) What Trump has to say about the reasons for his long, close and wide-ranging dealings with organized crime figures, with the role of mobsters in cheating Trump Tower workers, his dealings with Felix Sater and Trump’s seeming leniency for Weichselbaum, are questions that voters deserve full answers about before casting their ballots.” — David Cay Johnston
►How The Trump Organization’s Foreign Business Ties Could Upend U.S. National Security
“Throughout this campaign, the Trump Organization, which pumps potentially hundreds of millions of dollars into the Trump family’s bank accounts each year, has been largely ignored. As a private enterprise, its businesses, partners and investors are hidden from public view, even though they are the very people who could be enriched by — or will further enrich — Trump and his family if he wins the presidency.” — Kurt Eichenwald
►A Call for Transparency
“Letter to Donald Trump from more than 50 former national security officials, including many from the George W. Bush Administration, urging Trump to disclose details of his overseas businesses.” — Alex Seitz-Wald
►Donald Trump’s Companies Destroyed Emails In Defiance Of Court Orders
“Donald Trump has a long, troubling history of destroying and hiding important documents in lawsuits, but he thinks Hillary Clinton’s the one who should be going to jail. Over the course of decades, Donald Trump’s companies have systematically destroyed or hidden thousands of emails, digital records and paper documents demanded in official proceedings, often in defiance of court orders.” — Kurt Eichenwald
►The FBI Wants to Make America Great Again
“The cherry on this banana-republic split is a tweet published Monday from a long-dormant Twitter account called @FBIRecordsVault. It disclosed that new records of the bureau’s probe into Bill Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich had been released because of a Freedom of Information Act request.” — Eli Lake
►As Trump Ally, Rudy Giuliani Boasts of Ties to F.B.I.
“You’ll see.” Appearing to enjoy his own coy reply, Mr. Giuliani resumed chuckling: “Ha-ha-ha.” “When will this happen?” Ms. Earhardt asked. “We got a couple of surprises left,” Mr. Giuliani said, smiling. This enigmatic reply roused the show’s third host, Steve Doocy. “October surprises?” he asked. Mr. Giuliani expanded a bit. “Well,” he said, “I call them early surprises in the way we’re going to campaign to get our message out, maybe in a little bit of a different way. You’ll see. And I think it’ll be enormously effective. And I do think that all of these revelations about Hillary Clinton finally are beginning to have an impact.” Three days later, James B. Comey, the director of the F.B.I., said agents were reviewing emails “that appear to be pertinent” to a closed investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s use of a personal email server while secretary of state.” — Jim Dwyer
►Meet Donald Trump’s Top FBI Fanboy
“Along with Giuliani’s other connections to New York FBI agents, his former law firm, then called Bracewell Giuliani, has long been general counsel to the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA), which represents 13,000 former and current agents. Kallstrom, who served as a Marine before becoming an agent, didn’t mention that a charity he’d founded decades ago and that’s now called the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, was the single biggest beneficiary of Trump’s promise to raise millions for veterans when he boycotted the Iowa primary debate. A foundation official said that Trump’s million-dollar donation this May, atop $100,000 that he’d given in March, were the biggest individual grants it had ever received. The Trump Foundation had contributed another $230,000 in prior years.” — Wayne Barrett