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. pic.twitter.com/4qJBwzoKF4— 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.
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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.