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NY DA Dropped Criminal Indictments Against Ivanka, Trump Jr. After $25K Campaign Donation

Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr
Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

If your last name is Trump, every one in New York understands one thing – you don’t go to jail – if you are willing to pony up.

In 2012 Trump children Ivanka and Trump Jr., were facing an indictment by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for lying to prospective buyers of condo units in the Trump SoHo, a 46-story luxury condominium-hotel in Lower Manhattan that buyers were staying away from.

But despite every effort and influence exerted by Trump kids’ defense teams to make the case go away, it just wouldn’t. The District Attorney’s office had a solid case and refused to drop it – the evidence included email messages from Trumps confirming that they were aware that they were lying and using overly inflated numbers to lure potential buyers.

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“In one e-mail, according to four people who have seen it, the Trumps discussed how to coordinate false information they had given to prospective buyers. In another, according to a person who read the e-mails, they worried that a reporter might be on to them,” the New Yorker reported Wednesday.

“In yet another, Donald, Jr., spoke reassuringly to a broker who was concerned about the false statements, saying that nobody would ever find out, because only people on the e-mail chain or in the Trump Organization knew about the deception, according to a person who saw the e-mail.”

“There was “no doubt” that the Trump children “approved, knew of, agreed to, and intentionally inflated the numbers to make more sales,” one person who saw the e-mails told the New Yorker magazine. “They knew it was wrong.”

Then Donald Trump Sr. – now President Donald Trump – became frustrated that the case against his children wasn’t going away so he deployed his lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, on the case.

Kasowitz came up with a really smart idea – donate to the reelection campaign of the DA investigating the Trump children and the case goes away. And it worked.

Kasowitz donated $25,000 to Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, Jr., reelection campaign, making Kasowitz one of Vance’s largest donors. Kasowitz bypassed the lower-level prosecutors and went directly to Vance to ask that the investigation into the activities of the Trump children be dropped.

The case was dropped promptly.

Kasowitz later crowed that “the case was “really dangerous,” one person said, and that it was “amazing I got them off.” (Kasowitz denied making such a statement.),” reports New Yorker.

Kasowitz said he’s “never made a contribution to anyone’s campaign, including Cy Vance’s, as a ‘quid-pro-quo’ for anything.”

Months after the investigation was dropped by the District Attorney, Kasowitz threw Vance a fundraiser and personally donated almost $32,000, according to the New Yorker. He hosted another fundraiser the following year and raised an additional $18,000.

“There was “no doubt” that the Trump children “approved, knew of, agreed to, and intentionally inflated the numbers to make more sales,” one person who saw the e-mails told the New Yorker magazine. “They knew it was wrong.”

“This was a two-year investigation that never produced sufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution,“ Joan Vollero, Vance’s director of communications, told Huffington Post in a statement. “During the investigation, the luxury apartment purchasers reversed course and took the position that the sellers had not committed any crime against them. No outside attorney influenced any decision in this matter.”

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Manhattan DA Vance later defended his decision to drop the case after the campaign donation. “I did not at the time believe beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime had been committed. I had to make a call and I made the call, and I think I made the right call.”

Kasowitz “had no influence, and his contributions had no influence whatsoever on my decision-making in the case,” Vance told the New Yorker. He said he now plans to return the donations.

Read the complete article on New Yorker magazine’s website.



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