Just days after Donald Trump fired prominent U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in what may have been an attempt at preventing Bharara from investigating his own financial corruption in his hometown of New York, it turns out the move may have backfired on him. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Attorney General of the State of New York just hired one of Bharara’s top sidekicks with the specific intent of continuing to investigate Trump’s financial corruption in the state.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was instrumental in exposing the fraudulent nature of Trump University and the Trump Foundation, both of which became major financial scandals for Donald Trump. Trump’s phony online university was forced to pay out $25 million to its victims, while Trump’s phony (and unregistered) charitable foundation is now in the process of being forcibly shut down. And now that Trump’s self-interested firing of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has apparently freed up one of Bharara’s top prosecutors, Howard Master, it turns out Schneiderman has promptly hired Master. But it’s not merely a symbolic stab at Trump, because Master will be specifically targeting Trump’s ongoing financial crimes.
Because Donald Trump still technically lives at Trump Tower in New York and he’s registered the bulk of his businesses in the state, it means that Trump’s largely fraudulent financial empire remains under the jurisdiction of the New York Attorney General’s office – which can continue investigating and prosecuting him even though he now holds the title of president. Trump can’t be jailed for it, but he can be financially destroyed over it. The Wall Street Journal has the details of the hiring. There is still no official word on what Preet Bharara himself plans to do next, but Howard Master’s hiring may have just provided a big hint. Contribute to Palmer Report
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report