Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Two bombshell stories hit Trump campaign

Forget Hillary's pneumonia.  Forget her calling half of Trump's rally supporters "deplorable."  Forget Trump's going on Dr. Oz's tv medical show Thursday to have Dr. Oz discuss the recent physical exam that Trump claims he had last week by some unnamed doctor.  Dr. Oz will only have the doctor's report -- or at least whatever edited portion of the report Trump chooses to reveal.   Forget all that, because two news stories broke last night that may affect the course of the campaign.   Or maybe not.    But here's the breaking news.

1.  The Attorney General of New York State, Eric Schneiderman, said that his office has opened an investigation into the Trump Foundation, as to whether it had followed the rules of New York State for charitable organizations.     This follows the investigative reporting by the Washington Post that Donald Trump uses other people's donations to the foundation to make contributions that he then passes off as his own personal charity.  In fact, he has not put any of his own money into the foundation since 2008.   And the reporter has been unable to identify any of his own money Trump has given to charity other than one $10,000 gift.    All that, of course, is not what the AG is investigating;  because public bragging that isn't true is not a crime.   What they are investigating is more likely to be that some of the money from the foundation has been for things other than charity -- like $25,000 to the Florida Attorney General, who then chose not to pursue a suit against Trump University.   The NY AG's office already has an investigation into Trump University ongoing.

2.  Newsweek magazine has an expose article about Trump's business coming out tomorrow that it says will change the course of the campaign.   MSNBC's Rachel Maddow's producers obtained what was reported to be a copy of the gist of the story, which includes this about the Trump Organization, which it describes as:
   ". . . an enterprise with deep ties to global financiers, foreign politicians and even criminals, although there is no evidence that the Trump Organization has engaged in illegal activities. . . .  [If Trump becomes president]  almost every foreign policy decision he makes will raise serious conflicts of interest and ethical quagmires.    [He would be] the most conflicted president in American history, one whose business interests will constantly jeopardize the security of the United States."

If this turns out to be substantiated, it could really be what leads to Trump dropping out of the race.   If he does, remember that I predicted months ago that there was a 50/50 chance that he would not be on the ballot in November.

Stay tuned.


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