Trump Admin caught stealing from healthcare fund for firefighters who responded to 9/11


Maisel, Todd, NY Daily News

The Trump administration has secretly siphoned nearly $4 million away from a program that tracks and treats FDNY firefighters and medics suffering from 9/11 related illnesses, the Daily News has learned.

The Treasury Department mysteriously started withholding parts of payments — nearly four years ago — meant to cover medical services for firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics treated by the FDNY World Trade Center Health Program, documents obtained by The News reveal.

The payments were authorized and made by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which oversees the program. But instead of sending the funds to the city, the Treasury started keeping some of the money.

Now that the theft is public, the inevitable textbook of lies and excuses are starting to roll out. Some of them are truly fantastic fiction of the worst kind. None of them are believable. Even Trump’s persistent incompetence hardly begins to cover this.

NY Attorney General Moves For Fraud Investigation into NRA

The attorney general of New York took action Thursday to dissolve the National Rifle Association following an 18-month investigation that found evidence the powerful gun rights group is “fraught with fraud and abuse.”

Attorney General Letitia James claims…she found financial misconduct in the millions of dollars and that it contributed to a loss of more than $64 million over a three-year period.

The suit alleges that top NRA executives misused charitable funds for personal gain, awarded contracts to friends and family members, and provided contracts to former employees to ensure loyalty.

The NRA said in a statement that the legal action was political, calling it blah, blah, blah.

They used all the predictable rightwing and conservative boilerplate. As will their attorneys. More good money thrown after bad; hard-earned buck$ mostly earned by members. Though no doubt there is a surplus of corporate gifties in the kitty.

I’ve had many friends who have been members of the NRA over the years. Me, too, more than once. They used to have the best education program on gun handling and safety in the country. Dunno if that still exists in useful form, anymore.

But, corruption begets little or no benefit to members or any target demographic. As mis-leadership moved further and further to the Right, the treasury moved more often into the pockets and lifestyle of the rich and famous executives of the organization. I presume one of the options before the court as this action nears an end will be throwing the crooks out; reforming activities to something more closely resembling a historic model. Who knows?

The execs made the NRA a political organization. Now, the process of sorting out the good from the bad will be as political as anything else can be in the GOUSA.

Fake President ordered to repay $2 Billion he stole from his fake charity


Carolyn Kaster/AP

❝ A New York state court has ordered President Trump to personally pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit over the misuse of funds from the now-defunct Trump Foundation to further his political ambitions…

❝ The award is a part of the settlement in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit against Mr. Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump. The lawsuit, filed in June 2018, claimed the foundation’s directors skirted New York’s charity laws, allowing the president to use foundation funds for his personal, business and political interests, including coordinating with his 2016 bid for the White House. The Trump Foundation announced it was shutting down last year, amid allegations that the money was used for Mr. Trump’s personal benefit…

❝ The court order comes after another big loss for Mr. Trump, after a federal appeals court in New York ruled Monday that the president’s tax returns can be turned over to state criminal investigators.

Throw the crook in jail. Throw away the key!

Trump Foundation gets to dissolve and giveaway leftover$ to legit charities


Fake president must give up favorite personal piggy bank

❝ President Donald Trump’s charitable foundation reached a deal Tuesday to go out of business, even as Trump continues to fight allegations he misused its assets to resolve business disputes and boost his run for the White House.

New York’s attorney general and lawyers for the Trump Foundation agreed on a court-supervised process for shutting down the charity and distributing about $1.7 million in remaining funds to other nonprofit groups…

This leaves his presidentship campaign, transition, inauguration and real estate empire continuing under investigation.

❝ NY State AG Barbara Underwood cited “a shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation — including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more.”

The foundation operated as “little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests,” she said.

Who says Republicans don’t understand perpetual motion? As long as it involves pocketing other peoples’ money – they never stop.

Trump – and the American people – get to see a possible preview of Mueller’s indictment

❝ For a…prophetic vision of the future, you should read the complaint against Trump, his children and his foundation by New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood…

Why prophetic? Because it’s likely a preface to the report or complaint that special counsel Robert Mueller will bring. The alleged crimes described by Underwood are not similar to those being investigated by Mueller. But the behavior is.

❝ U.S. history simply doesn’t offer a lot of reference points for a major-party political candidate who so casually subverts the law and sells out the nation’s highest values. How many Richard Nixons are there?

To believe the accusations that Trump colluded with Russia, laundered vast amounts of money and/or put American foreign policy on the auction block in return for the enrichment of his family requires an awkward leap of faith. You have to believe this leader is both profoundly corrupt — far more so than Nixon — and staggeringly sloppy — again more so than Nixon.

Of course.