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    Source: Wall Street Journal

    U.S. Attorney Subpoenas Kushner Cos. Over Investment-For-Visa Program

    Records sought from development firm owned by family of White House adviser Jared Kushner

    Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to President Trump and his son-in-law, makes a statement at the White House after being interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee last month. Photo: YURI GRIPAS/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES







    Kushner Cos., the New York property development business owned by the family of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, has been subpoenaed by New York federal prosecutors regarding its use of an investment-for-immigration program, according to people familiar with the matter.

    The subpoena concerns at least one Jersey City, N.J., development financed in part by a federal visa program known as EB-5: twin, 66-floor commercial-and-residential towers called One Journal Square, said a person familiar with the subpoena.


    A spokesman for the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office, which issued the subpoena, declined to comment. The Kushner Cos. general counsel, Emily Wolf, said in a statement that “Kushner Companies utilized the program, fully complied with its rules and regulations and did nothing improper. We are cooperating with legal requests for information.”


    The subpoena, received by the company in May, was a document request that included a demand for emails, according to a person familiar with it.
    It isn’t clear what potential violations are being probed by the U.S. attorney.



    In early May, the company drew attention for a marketing campaign in Beijing and Shanghai that solicited Chinese investors for One Journal Square, saying that up to 300 individuals who put $500,000 each into the project could be eligible for green cards under the EB-5 program, according to marketing materials reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.


    The EB-5 program, which offers green cards to aspiring immigrants who invest at least $500,000 in certain U.S. businesses that have been determined to create at least 10 jobs per investor, has been at the center of debate in Washington. Critics say the program is being used to boost wealthier areas of the country instead of aiding poorer ones as intended.


    A green card permits a foreign national to live and work in the U.S. indefinitely. The majority of EB-5 visas go to wealthy Chinese individuals.
    Kushner Cos. used the EB-5 program for another Jersey City property known as Trump Bay Street. It is unclear whether the scope of the subpoena concerned that project as well.


    The marketing push in China, held for potential investors at hotels, was led by Mr. Kushner’s sister Nicole Meyer, a principal at Kushner Cos., and included a video clip and photo of President Donald Trump, the Journal reported in May. Ms. Meyer also mentioned Mr. Kushner during her pitch, according to the New York Times.

    The site of the One Journal Square luxury apartment project in Jersey City, N.J., in May. Kushner Cos. promoted the project to Chinese individuals by saying they could obtain a green card for a $500,000 investment. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images




    After public criticism, the company said that “Ms. Meyer wanted to make clear that her brother had stepped away from the company in January and has nothing to do with this project.”

    It added: “Kushner Companies apologizes if that mention of her brother was in any way interpreted as an attempt to lure investors. That was not Ms. Meyer’s intention.” The company subsequently canceled its additional appearances in China at presentations for the project.
    Mr. Kushner, who is married to Mr. Trump’s daughter Ivanka, had been running the Kushner business before last year’s election. Mr. Kushner subsequently resigned from the business and sold his personal stake in some projects and assets to family members and others.


    Mr. Kushner, however, retains a stake in Trump Bay Street, according to his latest personal financial disclosure form, filed in July, which lists assets in that property worth between $1 million and $5 million. He also disclosed receiving between $15,000 and $50,000 in rent or royalties from that property.
    For One Journal Square, Mr. Kushner reported receiving between $1 million and $5 million in capital gains.
    Facts About the EB-5 Program

    • Created by Congress in 1990
    • Requires investment of $1 million, or $500,000 in high-unemployment areas
    • Project must create at least 10 full-time jobs
    • 8,156 of 9,764 such visas issued in fiscal 2015 went to mainland Chinese investors
    • SEC issued alert in 2013 warning foreign investors of EB-5 scams



    Mr. Kushner’s personal attorney said in a statement Wednesday that he had recused himself from “matters concerning the EB-5 programs.”
    The EB-5 program is particularly popular with high-end developers in New York, who recruit heavily in China.
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee, asked the Department of Homeland Security and the Securities and Exchange Commission in May to investigate Qiaowai Group and the U.S. Immigration Fund, companies involved in marketing the Kushner One Journal Square project.
    In a letter dated May 24, Mr. Grassley said he was concerned about the companies allegedly telling investors they could guarantee both visas and that the investments would be successful, and worried about potential violations of federal law and securities regulations.


    A representative for Qiaowai Group couldn’t be reached for comment. spokesman for the U.S. immigration fund declined to comment.
    The U.S. government limits EB-5 visas to 10,000 each year. Lawmakers and others have raised questions about whether the visas are appropriately obtained in some instances, and the SEC and Justice Department have brought several cases in recent years alleging fraud by those who raised funds through the program.

    —Rebecca Ballhaus contributed to this article.

    Source: CBS News


    Investigators want phone records related to Trump Jr. Russia meeting

    Congressional investigators are interested in obtaining phone records pertaining to Donald Trump Jr.'s June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer, CBS News has confirmed.

    CBS News' Jeff Pegues reports that a congressional source says there is "high interest" in obtaining cell phone records and phone records in general around the meeting, which Trump Jr. had agreed to because he had been led to believe that the lawyer had damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
    And there is also interest in the email accounts of all of those involved in the meeting. In addition to Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort also attended the gathering. A congressional source says "we want all relevant documents" connected to the people in the meeting. Investigators would want to know all that was discussed between the parties, before, during and after the meeting.


    Interest in that meeting has increased, a day after the White House confirmed that the President played a role in crafting the initial misleading statement about the meeting. For weeks Mr. Trump's personal lawyer and the White House denied that the president had anything to do with the statement which was attributed to Donald Trump Jr. There was also no effort apparent effort to correct the record.

    On Capitol Hill, a once-outspoken Republican defender of Mr. Trump is sounding more like a critic.
    When he was asked to respond to the new revelations about the president's role in producing the statement and about the Trump Tower meeting itself, Idaho Senator James Risch said, "I guarantee you there were phone calls in addition to those emails, and I want to hear all of it before I answer the question you put to me."


    Risch serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee which has an ongoing investigation mirroring the probe underway by the House Intelligence Committee.



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    From FB:

    The former head of the Scottish government Alex Salmond tore into President Trump's comments opposing Scottish independence, declaring him an "utter nincompoop" and that "the Grand Canyon is a minor crevice compared to the vast chasm of ignorance of that man."
    That last remark is brilliant.
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    Dan FroomkinVerified account @froomkin 10m10 minutes agoMore



    Here he is telling Australia’s Turnbull that he preferred his call with Putin. “Putin was a pleasant call.. This is crazy."





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    Filmmaker has four years of unedited Scaramucci footage

    We certainly haven’t seen the last of Anthony Scaramucci.

    Filmmaker Andrew Muscato must have been looking into a crystal ball four years ago when he asked Scaramucci if he could follow him around with a camera, simply because he thought the Wall Streeter was a unique New York character.

    “The Mooch” said yes, and gave Muscato full access to him. The result is dozens of hours of footage, which Muscato is now editing as fast as he can. Talk about a “wow” finish.

    “I’m lucky to have captured, for the past four years, one of the most fascinating people that I’ve ever known,” he said.

    Muscato left NYU film school to move to Japan and shoot “The Zen of Bobby V” after the Mets fired manager Bobby Valentine and a Japanese team called the Chiba Lotte Marines hired him. Valentine ended up leading the Marines to win Japan’s 2005 World Series pennant after a 31-year drought.

    Scaramucci hopes for similar redemption. “I am now going to go dark,” he told reporter Vicky Ward. “Then I will re-emerge . . . as me.”

    Filmmaker has four years of unedited Scaramucci footage | Page Six
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    Sarah Suckabee is a man, baby. Yeah.

    I am going to come and burn the fucking house down... but you will blow me first."

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    Trump lost New Hampshire to Hillary Clinton.


    Trump to Peña Nieto: "I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den."
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    I saw a description of Sara Huckabeast as 'Marie Osmond after a five-month doughnut binge,' and now I can't get the image out of my head.
    Too funny. My pet name for her is "Ugly Marie Osmond". Her and those Wilma Flintstone pearls.
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    I would ask how he could possibly be more of an embarrassment but I know that he'll show us.

    It's quite past the point of being unbelievable, I am only confused as to why nobody is doing anything about it.

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    I read a post awhile ago that said that Trump will remain in power because the public is becoming immune to his nonsense. We know that he's not fit for office, but we're stuck with him. There's only so much outrage that a person can stand before you just turn it off. It feels like there is only a small portion of people that are paying attention to what he's doing. We're the crazy people because we care what is being done to our country.

    Here's a great site that is keeping track of Russian driven bot activity on Twitter and what hashtags they're using to push fake news.


    http://dashboard.securingdemocracy.org/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShimmeringGlow View Post
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    Here he is telling Australia’s Turnbull that he preferred his call with Putin. “Putin was a pleasant call.. This is crazy."





    I'm sorry, I'm being dense today. Initial calls -- meaning back in January? Or when was this? Whenever it is, he's more worried about himself than the country, that's for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tulip View Post
    I'm sorry, I'm being dense today. Initial calls -- meaning back in January? Or when was this? Whenever it is, he's more worried about himself than the country, that's for sure.

    The transcripts are from January, but they're just leaking. The WH refuses to release full transcripts of his calls. I wonder why.....

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    Source: The Washington Post


    Why the leaked presidential transcripts are so frightening

    The Post has obtained transcripts of President Trump’s January phone conversations with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. (The Washington Post)


    The Post’s latest bombshell has dropped:
    The Post has obtained transcripts of Trump’s talks with Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
    Produced by White House staff, the documents provide an unfiltered glimpse of Trump’s approach to the diplomatic aspect of his job, subjecting even a close neighbor and long-standing ally to streams of threats and invective as ifaimed at U.S. adversaries.
    Among the most disturbing exchanges were a series of petulant remarks concerning — what else? — refugees:
    The Jan. 28 call with Turnbull became particularly acrimonious. “I have had it,” Trump erupted after the two argued about an agreement on refugees. “I have been making these calls all day, and this is the most unpleasant call all day.”
    Before ending the call, Trump noted that at least one of his conversations that day had gone far more smoothly. “Putin was a pleasant call,” Trump said, referring to Russian President Vladi*mir Putin. “This is ridiculous.” … “This is going to kill me,” he said to Turnbull. “I am the world’s greatest person that does not want to let people into the country. And now I am agreeing to take 2,000 people.”

    With the president of Mexico, Trump again made it all about him:




    “On the wall, you and I both have a political problem,” Trump said. “My people stand up and say, ‘Mexico will pay for the wall,’ and your people probably say something in a similar but slightly different language.”
    Trump seemed to acknowledge that his threats to make Mexico pay had left him cornered politically. “I have to have Mexico pay for the wall — I have to,” he said. “I have been talking about it for a two-year period.” …
    Peña Nieto resisted, saying that Trump’s repeated threats had placed “a very big mark on our back, Mr. President.” He warned that “my position has been and will continue to be very firm, saying that Mexico cannot pay for the wall.”
    Trump objected: “But you cannot say that to the press. The press is going to go with that, and I cannot live with that.”
    There are several deeply troubling aspects of all this.


    First, it is shocking to see presidential conversations released in this way. Some in the executive branch, as Anthony Scaramucci aptly put it, are intent on protecting the country from Trump. This is a good thing, by the way. White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly has obviously failed to plug the flood leaks, and one wonders whether a leak this egregious is meant to signal that the White House will remain dysfunctional. (Trump should understand that anything and everything in his administration that could be compromising will come out sooner or later.) Although leaking transcripts of presidential conversations is potentially very harmful in the long run, I would argue in this case that it is justified.


    And that brings us to the next point: Trump is frighteningly obsessed with himself and his image to such an extent that he cannot fulfill the role of commander in chief. He cannot frame logical arguments based on public policy, and therefore comes across as, well, a fool to foreign leaders. His desire to maintain his own image suggests he’d be more than willing to make the country’s interests subordinate to his own need for personal affirmations. Dealing with foreign allies is bad enough, but one can only imagine what he has said to adversaries.


    This, in turn, raises a third critical issue: Trump’s narcissism leaves him open to flattery and threats (to reveal embarrassing material, for example). That’s the worry in the Russia investigation — namely, that Vladimir Putin has “something” on Trump, which compels Trump to act in ways inimical to U.S. interests. Trump’s interests are paramount, so a cagey adversary can easily manipulate him.

    President Trump speaks on the phone with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)



    As you can see, there is no magical cure for this, no Svengali who can be brought in to stop Trump from being Trump. One cannot be impeached and removed for being an embarrassment to the United States or an egomaniac temperamentally unfit for the job (that was the argument for not electing him). Unless he really goes off the deep end, invoking the 25th Amendment is not a realistic option.


    That leaves members of Congress and his administration with a few options. They can try to box him off from dangerous actions (as Congress now contemplates doing in a statute to protect special counsel Robert S. Mueller III from being fired) and ignore tweets, although that is an incomplete solution. Alternatively, Congress can rely on the special counsel’s findings and its own investigation, finding justification in the Russia scandal to impeach and remove him. Finally, Congress can force Trump to make a choice, or looked upon differently, give him an out to leave the presidency. Enforce the Constitution’s emoluments clause (he can receive no foreign monies); affix anti-nepotism rules in statute (depriving him of his relatives’ hand-holding, at least in an official capacity); through statute require complete divestiture of senior officials’ business holdings; or pass a law forcing him and all future presidents to disclose their tax returns. Because we know Trump puts himself, his ego and his interests ahead of everything and will do almost anything to avoid looking bad, he might just decide to take his ball and go home.

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    We need the Putin transcript.

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    Now we know why there are 2 bipartisan bills in Congress to protect Mueller from Trump and why Trump was unhinged in his tweeting late last week.

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    Special Counsel Mueller Impanels Washington Grand Jury in Russia Probe

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