Thursday, November 29, 2018

Mueller's On a Roll. Federal Agents Raid Office of Trump's Tax Lawyer

He may be in Argentina but this will have Trump seething.

Federal agents have reportedly raided the Chicago City Hall office of a lawyer who previously did tax work for President Trump
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that federal agents removed everyone from the office of Chicago Finance Committee Chairman Ed Burke on Thursday morning, covering the floor-to-ceiling windows with brown paper.

Source says feds showed up this am, asked everyone to leave and put brown paper on the doors.— Fran Spielman (@fspielman) November 29, 2018 
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment when contacted by the Sun-Times. A man who answered the door of the office when a reporter knocked also declined to comment.
Oh, look. Computers and boxes of files.

Burke worked for Trump for more than a decade doing property tax work. 
Burke’s law firm of Klafter & Burke has worked with Trump’s companies repeatedly to reduce the property tax that Trump Tower and his other properties in Chicago have had to pay, according to the Sun-Times
Over his 12 years working for Trump, Burke was allegedly able to cut the property taxes on the downtown tower by more than $14 million. 
Burke stopped working for Trump this summer, citing “irreconcilable differences” in letters filed with the Illinois State Property Tax Appeal Board.

If Mueller is on a witch hunt, Ed Burke's files may show where to find Trump's broom.

Latest updates from Chicago Sun-TimesChicago Tribune coverage here.

Burke says there's nothing for the feds to find in his files. He crossed all the t's and dotted all the i's.  My take? I don't think the feds are out to find improprieties on Burke's part. I suspect Team Mueller's investigators have turned up issues that need information that's only in Burke's files. If they're looking into apparent money-laundering sales of Trump properties to sketchy east Europeans they need to get behind the numbered companies that were regularly used to find the identity of the principals. That sort of detail might well be in Burke's files.


Anonymous said...

Trump's refusal to reveal his tax returns was always a huge red flag. Now we've got Trump's NY accountant, Allen Weisselberg, cooperating with Mueller. Ed Burke, I assume, will soon follow. Trump's (and Putin's) offshore money flows feature prominently in the Panama Papers. NY state is investigating Trump for tax fraud. And the House Dems will soon have the power to subpoena whatever's left.

I'd love to see Trump and his crime family go to jail for tax fraud like Capone. Sadly, with the utter corruption of US political institutions, I doubt the Bonespur Buttplug will ever be looking forward to conjugal visits from Ivanka.


The Mound of Sound said...

It does seem to be unraveling for Trump. Real estate files are treasure troves of information - people, dates, title transfers, who did what when sort of stuff. In fraud work they're a great starting place to expand your net of participants, most insignificant, as far as possible. My tactic was to find the periphery, work the people on the fringes. They will give you information that, as you progress back to the core players, the next group should be able to volunteer. It's when you run into witnesses who claim not to know something that's in their experience or lead you astray that you know you're getting to the vein. It's usually helpful at this point, time and money permitting, to identify at least one more key witness on the periphery and repeat the process again. Very often these people will lead you inadvertently into the heart of the fraud, even though they're completely blameless themselves.

I've heard pundits dismiss this as a purely local (Chicago) investigation that somehow has nothing to do with Mueller. Those people forget that Mueller has been hiving off aspects of his investigation to regional offices all along, notably the federal attorney for the southern district of New York. Dispatching work to the Chicago office would be entirely in keeping for Mueller.

Trailblazer said...

Exposing Trump will expose others of both political parties.
I cannot see Trump going down as he will take too many others with him.
The rot runs way too deep!


The Mound of Sound said...

Ours to wait and see, Trailblazer. However this evolves I doubt we'll be bored.