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Please commence PRIMAL SCREAMING!!!!!

Why? Because we live in a hellish nightmare where a guy who ran a scam charity became King Lunatic of America after successfully convincing the country that the Clinton Foundation was a self-dealing cash grab.

Keep that in your mind while we take a looksee at the lawsuit filed today by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood against the president, DJ, Eric, and Vanky. It's a doozy!


That's nice! We've talked a lot about the Trump family's bullshit charity on this here mommyblog -- the illegal donation to Florida AG Pam Bondi's election campaign, the use of charitable funds to buy a portrait of Trump, the illegal use of Foundation money to settle lawsuits against Trump and his clubs, etc.

"Settlement of Flag issue in Palm Beach", initialed by DT

But let's save time, pixels and screams by concentrating on the fact that the Donald J. Trump Foundation (DTF, snerk) illegally coopted $2.8 million of donated funds for the use of the Trump campaign. Set that Wayback Machine for January of 2016, when Candidate Trump decided to skip the GOP debates in Iowa and instead hold a "fundraiser" for veterans. In Iowa. A week before the Iowa Caucuses.

Brad Parscale, Trump's digital media director, huddled up with then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Hope Hicks, and the two guys from the Trump Organization who cut checks for the DTF. The Trump braintrust came up with One Weird Trick to convert a January 26 campaign event into a charitable fundraiser for veterans: they added "DonaldTrumpForVets.com" to their signage! And the money came rolling in!

Image in NY complaint, from ABC

Donald Trump donated his usual ZERO DOLLARS -- he hasn't chipped in to the Foundation since 2008. But other people donated $5.6 million, roughly half of which was earmarked for specific charities. The remaining $2.8 million went to the DTF, which promptly put that money to work, doling it out as comically large cardboard checks at campaign rallies.

Did Donald Trump claim he'd contributed the money himself? Do you even have to ask?


Now, DTF's board of directors was legally obligated to make distribution decisions. But Vanky, Deej, and The Other One were busy convincing coal miners that their "billionaire" father was somehow "a voice for the forgotten man." Luckily, Corey Lewandowski was there to step into the breach.

The lawsuit cites numerous emails and the meta-data on disbursement requests to prove that that the Campaign used donated DTF funds as a publicity tool to promote Donald Trump as he stood on stage and slagged the Clinton Foundation.

And that's how you convert $2.8 million of charitable donations for veterans into an in-kind contribution to a presidential campaign.

Are you screaming yet? We are!

HOW THE HELL ISN'T THIS WHOLE PACK OF CROOKS IN JAIL?

Sad to say, AG Underwood will not being locking up the Trump Crime Family any time soon. New York seeks to dissolve the Foundation, bar the Trump kids from being on the board of any New York charity for a year, and keep The Orange One out of charities for a decade.



Naturally, the president responded with his usual gravitas.


Yes, when the IRS audits your foundation, you should definitely assert the defense that your books don't balance. We're sure they'll be totally receptive!

LOCK THEM UP. LOCK ALL OF THEM UP.

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If it's a day, the New York Times is fucking shit up, but today, it fucked up BIGLY.

Fresh-faced access journalists Adam Goldman and Michael Schmidt have just published what we can only describe as a drive-by shooting against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which reads as some bullshit planted by the White House to give Donald Trump the pretext for his Saturday Night Massacre, if he wants it. (He does.)

Maybe the White House is tired of talking about the flailing nomination of Judge Maybe Rapey and how Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen are cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, and the New York Times was more than happy to help!

Or maybe it was planted by former deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, who was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions just hours before his pension was set to kick in, and may have a serious axe to grind with DoJ officials and leaked a copy of his own memos. (His lawyer says that's not true, but he would say that, wouldn't he?)

Or maybe it's both, somehow! Or one of many other things!

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It's not every day Golf Digest gets noticed as a source of hard-hitting investigative journalism, at least outside of reviews of titanium carbon fiber nanotech infinite improbability drivers or some such. But Wednesday, some journamalisming that started with a Golf Digest story about a guy who drew fantastic imaginary golf courses concluded with that guy, Valentino Dixon, walking out of Attica prison, 27 years after he'd been sentenced for 39 years to life. Not bad, Golf Digest. We give you a GOLF CLAP. And a Pulitzer if we had one, which, sadly, we don't.

As Golf Digest says, the twists and turns of the case are a bit complex (they're unraveled in more detail in this New York Times story), but it basically comes down to a local prosecutor who was determined to railroad Dixon for the 1991 murder of a 17-year-old, Torriano Jackson, in Buffalo, New York. The conviction involved

shoddy police work, zero physical evidence linking Dixon, conflicting testimony of unreliable witnesses, the videotaped confession to the crime by another man, a public defender who didn't call a witness at trial, and perjury charges against those who said Dixon didn't do it.

Dixon had a prior conviction for selling cocaine, and he made a convenient target for Erie County prosecutor Chris Belling, who was weirdly determined to ignore even statements from the actual killer, LaMarr Scott, who pleaded guilty to the killing shortly before Dixon's release this week.

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