New York Attorney General expected to bring RICO indictments in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman busted Donald Trump’s fraudulent Trump University. He busted Trump’s phony charity. And he recently busted Trump’s favorite lender, Deutsche Bank, for Russian money laundering. But now, according to a source that’s proven to be consistently reliable, The New York AG is expected to bring RICO indictments in the Trump-Russia scandal.

Yesterday, two other reliable sources asserted that New York AG Schneiderman is looking to bring down the “entire three ring circus” and that FBI Director James Comey may begin making major arrests as soon as next week (link). That led to the question of just how Schneiderman and Comey are working together on this. Claude Taylor, a former member of Bill Clinton’s White House who has inside sources when it comes to the Trump-Russia investigation, chimed in to explain it thusly: “First round is from Comey’s investigation. But NY AG is hard at it with a separate follow on investigation-expect RICO indictments” (link). And that makes for a whole new ballgame.

RICO laws focus specifically on racketeering, which goes above and beyond the political scope of the Trump-Russia scandal. Even if the FBI is focused on the Donald Trump campaign’s illegal Russian election collusion, it appears the State of New York is focused on the organized crime aspect. This provides context for the arrest two weeks ago of ten low level alleged mafia henchmen, whose crime family has ties to convicted Russian mafia figure Felix Sater, who in turn has financial ties to Donald Trump (link).

These kinds of goons are typically busted for the sake of getting them to flip on bigger fish. And so even as the FBI continues to pursue Donald Trump’s campaign advisers for their improper ties to Russia, it appears Trump’s home state of New York is moving in on him by going after his mafia associations. Contribute to Palmer Report

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  1. Claudia Groh on April 14, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Boy they better make it stick!
    And they better get every family member as they too are involved! As well as anyone else!
    So can all assets be frozen and seized! Sure hope so,
    As we all know Trump caused a ton of damages just by cons and lies, worse then Bernie Madoff!
    Horrible let family and ethics!

    • GORDON STRICKLAND on April 15, 2017 at 10:14 am

      They all have affluenza! The only cure is to eat the rich!

  2. onewiseburdman on April 14, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Its time to impeach him – Pence, Bannon, Kushner, Devos, Sessions, Tillerson, all of them plus it looks like multiple congressman and senators. You do very good work thank you. The line of presidential session is going to be interesting. No where in the constitution does it say that we the people may not demand a new election. This shit salad tastes as bad as it smells.

    • Michael Brown on April 15, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      And since the State looking at reports of more Georgia vote machines ‘flipping’ votes we need a reelection.

    • Adam on May 3, 2017 at 11:42 pm

      Well, if there was going to be a new election it would have to be court-ordered, but I’m not sure that this would be an impetus for that.

    • Bernel Bayliss on May 14, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Vice President Mike Pence.
      Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
      President pro tempore of the Senate Orrin Hatch.
      Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
      Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin.
      Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
      I’m guessing we might end of with Hatch. Pence is going down for Russia, and Ryan could go down for campaign finance, accepting $ from Russia.

  3. Roberta in MN on April 15, 2017 at 4:43 am

    God, we can only hope, before he sends off another damned bomb. trump is a menace to the world and the USA.

  4. Lily on April 15, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Another possible explanation: Trump knows NYC Is now hostile territory. There would almost certainly be large numbers of protesters in the streets around the tower. As we know, his main concern is his image.

  5. Dina on April 15, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Thank you for bringing forth this lifting news in your report.

  6. EmmaLib on April 15, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been doing an excellent job as state attorney. Now he needs to get Mr. Bharara under his wing, and take TRUMP’s most Disorganized crime family ever down. Trump is now connected to both the mafia here in the tri-state area, but also the infamous Russian Mob. And this man, this man we are supposed to call him Mr. President. That will never happen with me.

  7. Tammy Bowles on April 15, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Praying so hard that we can still save our country. I’m a Liberal and I love the USA!

  8. Richard Anderson on April 16, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Sadly this does not mean that his political opposition is any less venomness. In fact, he became President because of their perfidious betrayal of our constitutional system.

  9. Wayne Brundrett on April 16, 2017 at 12:37 am

    I’ll believe it when I see it happen. Have had my hopes up for too long now.

  10. Michael Unger on April 16, 2017 at 7:04 am

    The big problem is the Rep. Congress will never take sction against Trump. He will get away with everything.

  11. Tpgavin on April 17, 2017 at 4:36 am

    I wonder how State Courts would fare in the separation of powers world in which the Presidency lives.

  12. Sonja on April 17, 2017 at 7:55 am

    He’s such a con man! Why can’t the Republicans see through his thin skin? He’s tearing this country apart and he doesn’t care! I am more upset about the Planned Parenthood defunding…How dare these fat old white men think they know what is best for women! This “pussy-grabbing” president is the biggest joke on earth! I hope they take him out in handcuffs! He’s a TRAITOR!

  13. Marcus on May 8, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Trump thinks he is going to hide behind presidential privilege and he will walk. He is forgetting about Nixon & Agnew! Then his kids are not covered and he cannot extend any coverage for Felonies.

    • Claudia on May 9, 2017 at 10:12 am

      But he can pardon them.
      It’s time to bring up new qualifications to run as POTUS and vice POTUS!
      It’s also time to stop everyone senators , Congress, etc to stop making money off us. They get a pay check
      To work, not to be bought. Put ethic back into the house!

  14. Rick on May 11, 2017 at 11:34 am

    There is a four headed traitorous snake in power. Trump, Pence, McConnell, and Ryan. Cutting off the head of one is tough. Cutting off the heads of four requires a plan!

  15. WTF on May 14, 2017 at 3:17 am

    RICO is a federal law. A state prosecutor in my understanding does not have the authority to file charges under federal law.

    • Bill Palmer on May 16, 2017 at 1:43 am

      New York State also has a state-level RICO statute.

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