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Politics 10 Things in Politics: The Trump Org. figures on prosecutors' radars

13:16  15 june  2021
13:16  15 june  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

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  'His presence is dominating': How state and local Republican parties are turning ever more toward Trump From false election fraud claims to threats to secede, state and local Republican parties are compounding Donald Trump's grip on the national party.From espousing his discredited election conspiracy theories to threatening to secede, state and local officials are increasingly leaving aside community issues to reflect Trump's ongoing hold of the national GOP.

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  • The 4 Trump Organization figures who could guide prosecutors through the company's finances
  • Jamie Dimon says JPMorgan is sitting on $500 billion in cash in anticipation of higher inflation
  • The 5 most popular places to move to all have good weather, lower taxes, and conservative politics

One thing to watch for: FBI Director Chris Wray is set to testify before House lawmakers about the deadly Capitol riot.

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Donald Trump et al. standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Donald Trump during an event for NBC's © Daniel J. Barry/WireImage/Getty Images Donald Trump during an event for NBC's "The Apprentice" at Trump Tower in New York City. Daniel J. Barry/WireImage/Getty Images

1. ALL OF TRUMP'S MEN: A key figure in former President Donald Trump's inner circle is said to have tried for years to shield the financial secrets of the president's business. The Trump Organization's CFO, Allen Weisselberg, took measures as far back as 2018 to keep documents out of the hands of prosecutors, Jennifer Weisselberg, his former daughter-in-law, told Insider.

New audio of 2019 phone call reveals how Giuliani pressured Ukraine to investigate debunked Biden conspiracies

  New audio of 2019 phone call reveals how Giuliani pressured Ukraine to investigate debunked Biden conspiracies Never-before-heard audio, obtained exclusively by CNN, shows how former President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Rudy Giuliani relentlessly pressured and coaxed the Ukrainian government in 2019 to investigate baseless conspiracies about then-candidate Joe Biden. © Rey Del Rio/Getty Images Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani waits to testify before the Michigan House Oversight Committee on December 2, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. The audio is of a July 2019 phone call between Giuliani, US diplomat Kurt Volker, and Andriy Yermak, a senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

  • The details: Weisselberg made an unusual housing arrangement for his daughter-in-law as she divorced his son Barry. The deal allowed Allen Weisselberg to act as a guarantor on an Upper West Side apartment without showing any proof of income. "It's because he didn't want to share financials during the SDNY investigation," Jennifer Weisselberg said of an earlier investigation. "He doesn't want them out there."

Allen Weisselberg is far from the only official who knows the Trump Organization's business: A trio of longtime aides handled the company's financial strategies along with Weisselberg. One of them has already reportedly been hauled in front of the special grand jury as the Manhattan District Attorney's Office investigates the Trump Organization.

Rudy Giuliani's pressure on Ukraine on behalf of former President Trump revealed in call recording on CNN

  Rudy Giuliani's pressure on Ukraine on behalf of former President Trump revealed in call recording on CNN Pressure on Ukraine by the former president's personal lawyer to investigate Joe Biden for Donald Trump is revealed in call recording obtained by CNN.During the call with U.S. diplomat Kurt Volker and Andriy Yermak, a senior adviser to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, Giuliani can be heard urging an investigation of Biden, who unseated Trump in the 2020 election.

  • Weisselberg's second-in-command has already testified, per ABC News: But Jeff McConney, the Trump Organization's controller, is viewed as perhaps being unwilling to cooperate given his longtime ties to Trump and his company. McConney's son Justin is credited with teaching Trump how to use Twitter.

Our explainer on how the grand-jury process will work.

2. McConnell pegs the chances of an infrastructure deal at "maybe 50-50": Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told the conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that both sides still wanted a deal. McConnell also reiterated repurposing pandemic relief aid to help pay for the proposal, an idea the White House previously rejected. Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would not compromise on having robust climate measures in a final bill.

  • Could this be it?: Republicans are saying that if a deal comes to fruition, it may be the only infrastructure legislation to pass, Politico reports. Democrats have mused about strong-arming through any proposals left out of a deal, but the GOP doubts they will have the unanimous support among Democrats necessary for such a move.
a man standing in front of a building: Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images © SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

3. AOC among more than 100 lawmakers demanding raises for Hill staffers: More than 100 House Democrats, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Adam Schiff of California, are demanding a raise for their workforce. Their advocacy comes two weeks after Insider's reported on the struggles of Capitol Hill staffers working long hours for paltry pay. Despite months of urging and debate, however, no decision has been made on how to increase staff salaries.

The 4 Trump Organization figures who could guide prosecutors through the company's byzantine finances

  The 4 Trump Organization figures who could guide prosecutors through the company's byzantine finances Prosecutors are interested in the process for evaluating Trump Organization properties, and they've already brought one person with that knowledge before a special grand jury.Earlier in June, ABC News reported that Jeff McConney, the company's controller, testified for grand jurors. McConney is one of several Trump Organization employees among the most knowledgeable about the company's finances. According to the Daily Beast and a 2007 interview with Trump in Worth magazine, he's one of four people - in addition to Trump - who've had a hand in determining how the company's assets are valued.

  • ICYMI, here is our original report: 32 years old and making $31,000: Capitol Hill staffers vent about unlivable pay and how they survive in one of the nation's most expensive cities

4. NATO turns up the heat on China: NATO leaders agreed to a more confrontational posture toward Beijing during their summit, a landmark shift for the alliance that comes as President Joe Biden pushed allies to join his fight against the world's autocracies, The Washington Post reports. While leaders signed off on Biden's push, disagreements remain as many of America's allies have economic ties to China - not to mention that NATO has historically focused on Russia.

  • Biden tore into the GOP: He portrayed the Republican Party's leadership as "fractured," its size as "vastly diminished," and its overall direction as largely beholden to Trump in response to a question about how world leaders viewed the US after the Capitol riot. Biden's comments call into question the traditional deference to avoiding domestic political criticism while abroad, a norm that Trump often ignored and one that has faced questions about its modern usefulness after other violations.

5. Jamie Dimon says JPMorgan anticipates inflation will last longer than expected: He says the investment bank is sitting on $500 billion in cash in anticipation of higher inflation. Dimon suggested the risk of higher, more persistent inflation was growing.

Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg worried about prosecutors getting his financial documents in 2018, ex-daughter-in-law says

  Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg worried about prosecutors getting his financial documents in 2018, ex-daughter-in-law says Jennifer Weisselberg says the executive struck an unusual rental agreement for her at a time when federal prosecutors were investigating Michael Cohen.In a series of interviews with Insider, Jennifer Weisselberg described in detail how the Trump Organization's chief financial officer, who is reportedly a target in the Manhattan District Attorney's investigation into the company, made an unusual housing arrangement for her as she divorced his son, Barry. The arrangement allowed Allen Weisselberg to act as a guarantor on an Upper West Side apartment without showing any proof of income, she said.

6. Attorney General Merrick Garland vows to strengthen policies for obtaining lawmakers' communications: Garland said the Justice Department would tighten its policies on obtaining information from members of Congress and reporters amid a growing outcry over the Trump administration's efforts. Garland also met with top media executives whose reporters were targeted by secret subpoenas and not told until recently that their data had been obtained. More on the meeting here.

7. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she now knows more about the Holocaust: Greene apologized for her recent comments comparing vaccine documentation and mask mandates to the Holocaust after touring the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. But she also refused to directly recant a previous statement comparing Democrats to Hitler's National Socialist party. "It didn't sound like it was from the heart," Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, told CNN of Greene's comments.

  • From the reporter Ben Jacobs:
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8. McConnell strongly hinted that he would block a Biden Supreme Court pick in 2024: He said it's "highly unlikely" he would fill a seat on the high court if Republicans retook the Senate and a vacancy occurred again during an election year. Democrats still fume over his virtually unprecedented decision to not even hold a confirmation hearing for President Barack Obama's nominee in 2016, having argued that the American people should decide whom should be appointed. McConnell told Hewitt that leaving the seat open was "the single most consequential thing I've done in my time as majority leader of the Senate."

The Manhattan DA reportedly hasn't flipped the would-be star witness in its Trump investigation. Allen Weisselberg may be holding out for the best deal possible.

  The Manhattan DA reportedly hasn't flipped the would-be star witness in its Trump investigation. Allen Weisselberg may be holding out for the best deal possible. The DA's office "may be insisting that Weisselberg agree to serve time - and that may well be something that Weisselberg is unprepared to do," a former federal prosecutor told Insider.For two years, the district attorney's office has been investigating whether the Trump Organization broke state laws by misrepresenting its financial information for tax, loan, and insurance benefits. Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the company and the Trump family's personal bookkeeper, is also reportedly under criminal investigation as part of the effort.

Ketanji Brown Jackson wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. US District Court for the District of Columbia © US District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. US District Court for the District of Columbia

Biden Supreme Court contender was confirmed to a lower court: The Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace Garland on the influential federal appeals court in Washington, per The Post.

9. The 5 most popular places to move to all have good weather, lower taxes, and conservative politics: The Villages, Florida; St. George, Utah; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Austin, Texas; and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, are the US metropolitan areas that gained the most residents in 2020. Insider asked locals why the spots, from a retiree Disney World to a booming tech hub, were so enticing.

10. "This burrito is tiny": Chipotle customers are airing some grievances on Twitter - and demanding answers - about what one person called "the smallest burrito ever."

Nationwide, some brands are shrinking products and raising prices to deal with rising costs. And while Chipotle said it was not experiencing shortages or supply-chain problems, the company did just raise menu prices by about 4% - making menu items about 30 to 40 cents more than a few months ago. See the burritos that have struck a nerve with Chipotle consumers.

Today's trivia question: Who coined the phrase "We must stop politics at the water's edge," in a push for bipartisan US foreign policy? Email your guess and a suggested question to me at bgriffiths@insider.com.

  • Yesterday's answer: The "Man in Black" himself Johnny Cash spoke with House lawmakers on June 14, 1977, about the bicentennial of the US flag.
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Pressure mounts on Trump Organization CFO to cooperate against Donald Trump .
The Trump Organization's chief financial officer is staring down a decision: whether to cooperate with prosecutors against former President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization or potentially face criminal tax-related charges. © JB MILLER/TRUMP ORGANIZATION/andrew harrer/getty images The Manhattan district attorney's office and New York attorney general's tax investigation into Allen Weisselberg, involving a corporate apartment, cars and school tuition for his grandchildren, is at an advanced stage, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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