D.C. attorney general: Trump Jr.’s deposition ‘raised further questions’ about inaugural payments

In January of 2020, Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine filed a civil complaint against the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee (Trumps) and the two entities—the Trump Organization, which owns the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., and the Loews Hotel chain, which owned The Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. in 2017. At issue were the exorbitant rates the Inaugural Committee paid to the hotel for private parties and rooms and spaces that were not even used. Racine pointed to evidence that people within the Inaugural Committee knew the prices were overboard and questioned them at the time. In December, Ivanka Trump had to sit for at least five hours to answer questions. Like a good grifter Trump, she claimed it was all a political witch hunt.

At around the same time Ivanka was being deposed, her older brother Junior was getting phone calls from Racine asking him about a purported $49,358.92 that the Trump Organization was contracted to pay to the hotel connected to the inauguration. It turns out that not only didn’t the Trump Organization pay that money back to itself (in essence)—the nonprofit, donor-funded Presidential Inauguration Committee ended up cutting that check back to the Trumps’ hotel interests. In fact, Trump Jr. may have been the person who forwarded that check on to the Inaugural Committee. Weeeeeeeiiiiird, huh?

Well, it turns out that while many of us were watching the awful sequel impeachment trial of Donald Trump during the week of Feb. 9, Donald Trump, Jr. was having his own deposition with Racine’s office. CNN reports that the Washington, D.C. Attorney General’s office says this new deposition "raised further questions about the nature" of that very same invoice—the one that was forwarded by the Trump Organization to the Trump Inaugural Committee to pay Trump’s hotel.

Will Trump Jr. be able to explain why the Trump Organization’s hotel bill was paid by the Trump Inaugural Committee? Let’s just guess that any excuse given by someone related to Donald Trump at this point is likely going to be less than satisfactory. But that’s not all of Junior and the Trump family’s problems. On Wednesday, the Daily Beast reported that investigators from the Manhattan district attorney’s office have begun focusing more intensely on the Donald’s eldest, least remarkable son, Donald Trump Jr., as well as on Trump’s old buddy and longstanding CFO of the Trump Organization Allen Weisselberg.

Weisselberg has been interviewed by all kinds of law enforcement agencies over the last few years, and was even offered immunity when cooperating in the FBI’s investigation into former Trump attorney Michael Cohen. According to the Daily Beast, the Manhattan investigation—not to be confused with the Washington, D.C. investigation—has “broadened the range of investigation into the Trump family’s assets, and have recruited some extra manpower.” 

The New York investigation comes out of the Donald’s tax filings and Weisselberg has already been deposed at least once by Manhattan prosecutors during the investigation. More recently, sources say that Donald Trump’s properties and the nature of the loans he’s taken out against some of his properties have been examined by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which is led by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. These investigations are different from the one being conducted by New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office, which is also investigating some of Trump’s sketchy property development loans.

Sources close to Trump say that the New York investigations—as well as all of the numerous other investigations into Trump and his family’s affairs, while on his mind—are being dismissed by the family as a political witch hunt. But maybe there’s a reason why Weisselberg was on everybody’s list of people Donald Trump may try to preemptively pardon before leaving office? Maybe all of these people have secret break-in-case-of-emergency” pardons, as some have speculated? Maybe Trump’s attempt to load up the Supreme Court with ultra-right-wing, underqualified judges hasn’t worked as well as he had hoped in protecting his criminal behavior.

Maybe Trump’s No. 1 motivation for positioning himself to run again in 2024 is the hope that he can once and for all legalize his and his family’s apparent criminal enterprise.

A day after mocking self-distancing, Trump-supporting ‘evangelical’ leader closes Liberty University

Nothing says Christian hypocrisy like evangelical figurehead Jerry Falwell Jr. His Liberty University has a large online student body but is also home to around 15,000 students on the Lynchburg, Virginia, campus. On Friday, Falwell Jr. was talking to Fox & Friends, where he downplayed the severity of the coronavirus and the need to close Liberty’s campus. His appearance on the show included Falwell’s speculation that all of the “hype” around the coronavirus was some kind of Democratic Party plot against Trump. Well, life comes at you fast, and Falwell is now closing the campus, according to HuffPo:

“We originally believed it was safest to return our students following their spring break instead of having them return following greater exposure opportunities from leaving them in different parts of the country for longer periods. But, the Governor’s recent decision to limit certain gatherings has left us no practical choice because we have so many classes of more than 100 students.” 

Falwell didn’t feel this way over the weekend, when he wasn’t acting very Christ-like toward his online detractors.

Well, not exactly, Jerry. Falwell Jr.’s appearance on Fox & Friends was something to watch, including his explanation of how landowners should have more rights than others, and his allegation that the coronavirus alerts being sent out by everyone except Fox News and Donald Trump were a lot of bunk, saying: “It’s just strange to me how people are over-reacting. The H1N1 virus of 2009 killed 17,000 people. it was the flu, also I think. And there was not the same hype. You just didn’t see it on the news 24/7. It makes you wonder if there’s a political reason for that. It’s a, you know, impeachment didn’t work, and the Mueller report didn’t work, and Article 25 didn’t work, so maybe now this is their next attempt to get Trump.” He then spouted a theory that North Korea got “together with China” and created this as a conspiracy to … destroy their own economy?

Well, conspiracy or not, hoax or not, it seems like even Falwell Jr. serves to lose a little of the very money that has been driving the unforgivable Trump and Republican response to this global emergency.

Trump Jr. gets ‘triggered’ twice: First by Sen. Romney’s vote, then by Twitter

It’s difficult to be considered the mediocre Trump progeny, but Donald Trump Jr. has earned that distinction. His latest venture in the public sphere was penning the tome Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us. Or as some people rebranded it a few months ago, Daddy, Please Love Me: How Everything I Do Is to Earn My Father’s Love. The contents of the book includes all of the whining, self-aggrandizing stories of persecution that one has come to expect from wealthy conservatives in our country. Triggered, like all things Trump, is a projection of how Junior feels deep inside. So far, the only person who has been “triggered” by Triggered is Junior.

With the news that Republican Sen. Mitt Romney was breaking with his fellow Republicans and voting the evidence and his conscience to find Donald Trump guilty of the articles of impeachment, Junior went to his Twitter account to attack, tweeting: “Mitt Romney is forever bitter that he will never be POTUS. He was too weak to beat the Democrats then so he’s joining them now. He’s now officially a member of the resistance & should be expelled from the @GOP.”

Very quickly, Twitter came back at Junior to remind him that his father is a guilty, corrupt, historical blight on humanity.

Jr right now pic.twitter.com/dqqfTGyavE

— kevin (@KevINthe406) February 5, 2020

If you�re last name is Trump, you are expelled from the party if: � you put country over party � you do not ignore facts � you do not ignore the truth � you are guided by what is right & not by what is right for trump Integrity & honor have no home in the party of trump. pic.twitter.com/uEQeKatiK8

— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) February 5, 2020

It's not a political party anymore. It's a cult. And all cults end badly.

— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) February 5, 2020

And because you have to.

You sound triggered

— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) February 5, 2020


— Jack Polakoff (@JackPolakoff) February 5, 2020

There’s also the harsh reminder that Trump doesn’t care about anyone not named Donald Trump.

And you should be expelled from your ivory tower, junior. What's good for your grifting family, is NOT good for America. pic.twitter.com/DtRUXWetcL

— Jennie GETOVRITâÂ�¤ðÂ�Â�Â�ðÂ�Â�Â� (@GetovritJennie) February 5, 2020

Someone sounds upset... pic.twitter.com/ARoUiq9z1H

— TrumpsTaxes (@TrumpsTaxes) February 5, 2020

Here’s a nice liberal, down-the-middle reference.


— ChidiÃ�®ï¸Â� (@ChidiNwatu) February 5, 2020

This isn’t the first or the last time that Junior will be ratioed on Twitter because of his bizarre insistence on projecting his own families’ foibles and moral bankruptcies on the public.

Did something about this also trigger you? pic.twitter.com/vGLG48lZxx

— jess fedigan (@jj_fedigan) February 5, 2020

And finally:

Not surprised you don't recognize integrity.

— On the farm (@EllaG1894) February 5, 2020