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"andrea bernstein" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"You ordered to pay a fine but most lawyers don't let it get to this So early in a case for among other reasons because they don't want to antagonize Antagonize a judge before an actual case has been filed So this is really unusual So it's unusual in general for contempt or like this to happen It's unusual for Donald Trump in the particular so how did it come to this So this is the long running investigation into whether the Trump organization lied to tax authorities and to lenders about the value of its properties And one of the things that came up in court yesterday is that Donald Trump has turned over no documents to the state attorney general Zero in response to a subpoena from last year And that the attorney general only has ten documents of his that they got from his business Trump's lawyers said the documents text messages post its notes do not exist But a judge told her that her filing saying that was quote willfully inadequate Just real quick Andrea there was a second ruling yesterday involving the real estate brokerage What can you tell us there This was so interesting The brokerage is cushman and Wakefield a major firm and an assistant attorney general Stephen court yesterday and said two appraisers who worked for cushman had quote made misstatements at the Trump organization's behest Translation they had allegedly FUD fudged property values of the Trump organization could underpay taxes or lie to its lenders Judge said that cushman had to turn over documents meaning there's more evidence to come in this investigation NPR's Andrea Bernstein in New York thank you Andrea Thank you Atlanta is taking steps to memorialize the victims of convict leasing That's forced penal labor often under brutal conditions akin to slavery As Molly Samuel of member station W ABE reports the city is buying a property worth thousands worked and many died Local activists have been fighting for years to protect the former site of the chattahoochee brick company Instead of allowing industrial development on it Right now there's not much there a few scattered piles.
The Trump Organization Is Back in Court to Fight Tax Fraud Charges in New York
"Trump's longtime business partner. Alan weisselberg is back in court. Today he served as the trump corporation's chief financial officer and he is accused of fifteen year scheme to defraud taxpayers journalist. Andrea bernstein is covering the case for npr news. and she's online good morning joining. I guess you'd better remind us because there have been so many investigations of trump. Which of the various investigations is this. So this is the criminal indictment. That was unsealed back in july. And what's significant about this case is that despite thousands of civil lawsuits for donald trump or his business and to impeachment trials for the former president. This is the first time. The trump corporation has been charged with a crime. The same goes for alan weisselberg that she financial officer who's worked with the trump family for nearly half a century which is the entire span of donald trump's business career.
"andrea bernstein" Discussed on NPR News Now
"The time for getting back together is now live from npr news. I'm jack speer former president. Donald trump's company has been charged with a fifteen year scheme to defraud taxpayers and his chief financial officer faces phony. Grand larceny charges. Andrea bernstein was at the criminal court house in new york for the hearing. Slightly stooped wearing a white can ninety five math his hands bound in handcuffs. Alan wessel entered a manhattan courtroom thursday afternoon. Weisselberg who has worked for the trump's since nineteen seventy-three faces fifteen felony charges for cheating taxpayers of hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes the alleged schemes ranged from lying about his place of residence to paying for his grandchildren's expensive private school tuition with company funds. Weisselberg pleaded not guilty surrendered his passport and was released without bail. Trump's company also pleaded not guilty the. Da says investigation of the trump family. Business is ongoing for npr news. I'm andrea bernstein. In new york supreme court today gutted most of what remains of the landmark voting rights act first enacted in nineteen sixty five and renewed five times by large bipartisan. Majorities thereafter. Vote was six to three as npr's nina totenberg reports. The six justice conservative majority reinstated to arizona. Laws that had been struck down by a lower court under the voting rights act because the laws disadvantaged minority voters but justice samuel alito writing for the majority said that unequal impact on minority voters was relatively minor just because voting may be inconvenient for some he added doesn't mean that access is unequal. In an angry dissent justice elena kagan blasted majority for quote once again rewriting. The voting rights act a law that she noted was designed to bring about the end of discrimination in voting nina totenberg. Npr news washington. The corona virus pandemic has complicated efforts to crack down on human trafficking. That's one of the findings in this year. State department report on the subject more from npr's michelle kellerman. Many governments have had to divert resources to fight the pandemic trafficking victims have had trouble getting help and according to secretary of state antony blinken traffickers took advantage of the crisis people who were pushed into dire economic circumstances.
"andrea bernstein" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Loans in the early days and really helped get it off the ground. So that is the irony here that the Trump Company, the Trump Organization, and all its affiliated companies succeeded because of we, the taxpayers and Donald Trump's father, Fred Trump. And now Donald Trump. And one of the things that the Times pointed to. Also, his Children appear to be doing everything they can to not pay anything back to the well of taxpayers. That sort of made them what they are. And the idea at the time was that this is good for everybody. It's good for their private. Developers and the private business. People would also good for the country to have these people succeed. So there was a sense of everybody marching together in the same direction that has really, really afraid and particularly under this president. And you know, it's something that is assertive both the general direction that the country's been moving in to have very wealthy people pay fewer and fewer taxes, But it's something that the Trump family has almost stands alone. In the way that they have avoided paying taxes. And this is something that the Times documented in one year it was of Trump, who claimed the biggest losses in the biggest deduction, So it's an actual, not just a figurative superlative. Andrew Bernstein. Thank you so much for joining me walking us through this. Thank you so much Any great talking to you? It's always Andrea Bernstein is co host of the Trump podcast from WNYC and Propublica. She's also the author of American Oligarchs. The Kushner's the Trumps on the Marriage of Money and Power..
Trump attorney fights to block disclosure of tax returns, but judges appear skeptical
"Faced a trio of skeptical judges in their continuing attempt to keep the president's tax returns out of the hands of the Manhattan district Attorney W. N. Ice's Andrea Bernstein, co host of the Trump Ink podcast. Reports decide Vance has been trying to examine Trump's tax returns for evidence of fraud for over a year now. President Trump's private attorneys keep suing and losing the U. S. Supreme Court Will Trump is not immune from criminal investigation, while in office trumps attorneys air, claiming the D A subpoena is overly broad and in bad faith. They lost that Case, two in Manhattan federal court. In a hearing Friday, panel of Appeals court justices called Trump's lawyer's arguments contrived. Ah problem. And far fetched. The judge's indicate they hope to rule quickly. Support for
"andrea bernstein" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Eric Trump regale the nation Of his father's business acumen. Last night, he was dodging a subpoena from the state. A G What's up with Trump ink This time? Andrea Bernstein has some answers after news headlines. Bye from NPR News. I'm Jack Spear. The Trump Administration has stirred concern and confusion by rewriting the guidelines for Corona virus testing. Yours, Richard Harris reports. Public health experts fear they are intended to reduce testing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, quietly updated its Web page Monday with new testing guidelines. The old guideline, said anyone who had significant exposure to someone with Corona virus should get tested. The new guidelines leave that decision to people's doctors and state and local public health officials. Public health officials have been alarmed by the change, fearing it will reduce testing. But an administration official says the intent was to give more power to state and local health officials so they can make more strategic decisions about who should get tested. Admiral Brett Giroir said he expected the number of tests to rise not fall. Richard Harris. NPR NEWS, A black conservative running for Congress in Utah, is set to speak at the Republican National Convention tonight. Burgess always is in a race that could test the GOP's ability to recapture the suburban districts that gave Democrats control of the House. Jones was a former NFL player in Fox News commentator handily won the Republican primary. The 69, year old political newcomer and supporter of President Trump is trying to reclaim the suburban Salt Lake City seat once held by Mia Love, another black conservative who lost in 2018 Toe, a moderate Democrat. Final.
"andrea bernstein" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Were making $300 you're not going to get $600 this time, and that's fair people. People understand that Current supplement under the carriage. Zach expires July 30 1st this is NPR news. And you're listening to W. N. Y C in New York. I'm Jamie Floyd. Ah federal judge is ordering that President Trump's former personal attorney be released from prison. As W niceties, Andrea Bernstein reports. The judge says the government retaliated against Michael Cohen over his plans to write a book W. Andrea Bernstein has more Michael Cohen had been sentenced to prison for his role in making illegal hush money payments to a porn actress who said she had an affair with Trump but was released to home confinement because of Corona virus. Earlier this month, Cohen was asked to sign a form by probation authorities banning him from writing a book or speaking publicly. When Cohen protested, he was sent back to prison. He sued, saying it was to prevent him from releasing his book. Before the election. Judge Alvin Hellerstein agreed. Think he'd never seen anything like it in 21 years? Eight pools will open across New York City starting tomorrow Friday. The locations include Sunset Park in Brooklyn, Wagner houses in Manhattan, Tottenville in Staten Island Liberty in Queens. Emma Longley Park in Brooklyn. Mayor De Blasio says his staff will make sure pool goers take the proper precautions. We still have to be really careful about crowding. Really careful about people being into close contact smart about distance lines, limited number of people in locker rooms, social distancing when not in the pool face coverings. Also, presumably when not in the pool officials expect a total of 15 pools will be open around the city by August 1st and New York City's transit authority is painting a bleak picture as it seeks ways to plug a gaping budget hole caused by covert 19 empty, officials said at Wednesday's board meeting that even if the federal government pledges billions more Nathan's summer The agency will still face a deficit of more than $5 billion next year. Farren Toll increases wage freezes and cuts to personnel and services are all on.
"andrea bernstein" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"And as as Justice Roberts points out, there's not a lot of precedent here, so they're making law as theirs. They go, Andrew. Yeah. I mean, I I think that, you know, I agree. I mean, I think the question is, What is your definition of a victory here for Congress and this Congress runs out in what is this July, so six months or six more months for them to do this before they would have to start the whole process again with a new Congress and Uh, I mean, it's possible that that would happen and I I was in the courtroom in the Trump the Deutsche Bank case, which was in New York in the southern district. And the judge was pretty unequivocal and pretty clear that he thought that Congress should be able to go ahead with this investigation, as matter fact, he read his decision from the bench immediately after aural arguments and expression of his belief that Congress should be able to investigate. And, in essence, the Supreme Court. Agreed Congress should be able to investigate. The president. So that means that going forward for future presidents for a future Congresses. You can't have a situation where there is congressional oversight, since it could have gone in another direction. That's a sort of victory for the idea of oversight. And that's really important right now in this era because we have a president who absolutely rejects any kind of oversight, any kinds of checks and balances. He fires his inspector generals, he resists subpoenas. He doesn't cooperate with investigations and This court said Well, If you put a fence around it, the president a president does have to submit to forms of oversight. An investigation. All right, We have to take a break. We'll continue with Andrea Bernstein and Jamie Floyd in a minute listeners we could take one or two questions on Lee. Clarifying questions about the Supreme Court ruling on Trump's tax returns this morning things that you want them to clarify for you if you have anything we have not that much time, but we could take one or two phone calls with your questions. 646435 70 to 86 46435 70 to 80 more after this, Even a pandemic can't stop Great Theatre in New York..
"Andrea Bernstein she is the Co Co host of the podcast trump inc.. And she's got a new book out. It's called American oligarchs the Kushner's trump's and the marriage of money and power. It's it's about The trump's in the KUSHNER's in marriage money power take is what this book will not make you feel better about the world crate crate. As my experience reading it did not. I did not feel more optimistic. Afterwards is I do think though it is a large segment of the last year's media psycho. We haven't actually had anyone on. Who's just sort of gone? Full trump in their reporting getting except Maggie Haberman. Of course. Yeah well I mean the thing. Is She actually hasn't gone. Full trump in her reporting she has been reporting about political corruption corruption and business in New York. For years and years she was at the observer for a very long time and now is at WNYC and that's kind of been her beat so like her beat became on this corner national story in this sort of and then you'll hear about in the interview but basically I think right after the election she felt felt like I know this world that now is everyone's world and I have some Responsibility get in there and one thing I will say about the book which is also true. The podcast is I feel like Despite everyone in the world being on this story it feels sort of random a lot of the time time and the book really grounds what is happening and how Donald Trump became president in like decades and decades of family history the and New York history and tristate history and it was the first time that it felt like cohesive to me. Well you've answered in my questions. If you're looking to answer other people's questions maybe start a queue in a newsletter with mail chimp. They make it easy to start any Dang Kinda in a newsletter. You want You won't even have to start paying until a certain number of people subscribed so dip a toe dip that. Tell Jim now. Here's Max with Andrea Bernstein. Hi Andrea Hi so great to be here. Thank you for coming to do the PODCAST. Can I say that it's the thing that the trump team has most wanted to do was to talk with you. Well I will say that That's great and a little intimidating but There's one piece of that which is not surprising. which is that so I like emails a fairmount from people who think that they would be good guests on the podcasts Taylor like I you know who I think should be on the show is meek and I got a different one from your co host? Who remained said I think she'd have Andrea on the show? But it wasn't just like hey I think should have Andrea on. It's pretty interesting stuff. She doing he had a like a real like Tower Bernstein like the nine pillars. He didn't send that to me exactly would then I followed him and was definitely. We should do this and I was like. What do you think I should ask? And then he seventy nine pillars and it's rare that someone both nominates a colleague of theirs to come on the show and has such a like a a clear way of thinking about you've never met Elliott out of the blue. I just emailed me out of the blue and then put together this thing and I think it might help us talk talk about the book a little bit. The first pillar Bernstein is Everyone wants to help you. CEOS public information officers other journalists rival outlets people on the street. Anyone could be a source. That just don't know it yet. Your job is to let them know. Yeah anybody can be a source and it is. I mean one of the interesting things about reporting on the trump's in the Kushner says they seem so distant far off there in the White House but here in in this area the New York metropolitan area. Almost everybody knows one of the families and has had a personal experience with them so in many cases this is all I had to do was tell people. I'm writing a book and people said. Oh well I happen to know so and so and maybe so and so can help you so many people were afraid to talk to me so I wouldn't say that everybody wanted to help but it's true anybody could help. That was one of the questions I had reading the book which was this is among if not the hardest beat in the world. Lots of people are covering these folks. Lots of people are trying to figure out how Donald Trump's business works and I'm interested in how you get the main figures in this story to engage gauge with you when dozens of reporters are asking these questions. And then how you find the people who no one has talked to yet and then the third part of that question I guess is is like how do you find something new when everyone's trying to find the same thing so I mean one of the things that gave me pause was not an obvious thing because is one of the ways that I have covered. Corruption is by happily looking in the dark corners where nobody else is looking when we WNYC Z.. And when I started covering the bridge gate scandal with Chris Christie I had covered transportation so when they said that they had realigned the lanes to have a traffic study. I was like that is definitely definitely not a traffic study so I knew immediately. I knew immediately that there was politics and I had covered the port quarter therapy and I knew how to extract information from them so I cry. Let's go back. Yeah how do you extract information from the Port Authority so so one of the big ways you extract information from the poor thrice by showing up so you go to the meetings and you ask the questions but also I serve. They don't like to respond to freedom of information requests but the thing about the port authority is a state agency which is controlled by two governors. So in in any situation where there is a tension. Somebody is going to want to help you. Because they think it's going to thwart their other side so that is one of the ways that there were people who were unhappy with the way the other side was doing things that they would be willing to talk but then at the end of the deaths of everybody wants to talk especially when you're an honest broker occur and they understand that you're going to be fair about things so persistence is another thing. Just sorta hanging in there until people realize you're not going away and it's better to talk to you. visit potentially naive leave question but how important how big a part of that process is being able to suss out people's motivations that way and play to them. Well I think that you know in All journalism you're always looking for where's the oversight whereas the tension. Where's the places where people might disagree? So it's one of the reasons sway former employees organizations tend to be really great sources and there's a lot of people that really know how to work-linked Dan rea well and can find out everybody that used to work at a company and I. I don't do this so much but I mean like if I work with or they'll just call a list of people you get a bunch of names in the just call call so looking at those sources of tension is one way to extract information but anyway just to get back to your main question about some six everybody. Nobody else was covering it so it wasn't my natural inclination but also I did feel like I had a long view on this world and and also because I've been covering corruption in New York and New Jersey politics and also national politics. I had covered six presidential campaign so I just felt like I knew to all the elements of this particular world so I thought okay. Even though a lot of people are looking at it I need to look at it because I have a perspective on it. That is is not precisely the same as anybody else's so that was one reason why I thought I should do it. Even though it's a sandbox at everybody is playing in but one of the things that I really discovered as I went along is that most people don't read things multiple Arabi things very quickly so you can find out so many things by reading up to the end.
"andrea bernstein" Discussed on KQED Radio
"If you're just joining us my guest is Andrea Bernstein she is the author of the new book American oligarchs the questioners the trumps and the marriage of money and power and she also does a podcast about trump money and power it's called trump ink in as an incorporated I've heard that you know you hear like a trump's family as German but occasionally you hear something about Sweden so you can you explain that he explained that in your book I want you to explain where Sweden figures into the trump family roots or or does not figure into it as the case may there are a lot of outright falsehoods in the trump family biography and in what trump says about himself and what his father said about himself Fred trump father came from Germany and his mother came from Germany and actually spoke German at home and he during the war was building in Virginia federally subsidized housing and he didn't want people to know of his German route so he said he was Swedish and this became a theme constantly that Fred trump and then later Donald Trump said their roots were Swedish and they said it constantly the most interesting time they said it was out Fred trumps funeral the New York Post reported Fred trump was from Sweden so that lye traveled with him until the end of his life and in many of the early profiles of Donald Trump for example New York times they kept saying his ancestors are Swedish and was repeated over and over again but Donald trump's grandfather and grandmother were definitely from Germany did Donald ever say that he has heritage was Swedish constantly all the time he told reporters that he told people in New York people really thought he was from Sweden or the his ancestors were from Sweden but they were not in any way so I'm curious and I don't know if you can answer this do you think that Donald Trump believed that his grandfather was from Sweden and I no no I it was clear where his grandparents were from but it became a family math because it was better business to be Swedish than it was to be German during the war and Donald Trump seems to have attached to the glamour of Swedish he refers in his own book on several occasions to Swedish models so it's something that he seems to view as aspiration was a good place to be from you might remember when he made his comments about all countries giving us immigrants he said why can't we get people from Norway so he seems to have a fixation on Scandinavia's being a desirable place to be from so I don't know we're spending a little bit of time talking about trump you know lying or being deceptive about his family roots and it sounds like well I why was that that's not such a big deal or or is it like if you're lying about your whole family and then your later lying about things political and in business what does that say well there is a rule line with the trump family business that goes back to Fred trump which is and maybe even back to Friedrich trump which is they can say what ever they want to anybody so long as it helps the business so Fred trump would over value his business when he wanted to get a bank loan and undervalue it when he had to pay taxes the trump family still does that in our podcast trumping we recently uncovered that that has happened at trump tower and at several other buildings in New York where there where the numbers do not line up the don't seem to have a problem with telling mistruths along as they see it as in service of the family business and I think something that's really really important to understand with president trump because there are a lot of people who spend a lot of time fact checking the president and I am grateful for the people at the Toronto Star and at the washing posed who really track the trump lies but one of the things from the very beginning of his presidency and even before was he understands that he is not telling the truth and it's a way of displaying power it's a way of saying I know that it is raining outside and I'm gonna say it's not raining that actually happened on his inaugural day it's he is doing it as a way to say I can control the truth and it's important to not go too far down the rabbit hole of kind of correcting him because that is something that is drawn from his business he controls the fax he controls the truth and he uses it to accrue power so we've been talking about trump's grandfather and father trump gets into the business at a very early age and takes the business in a slightly different direction tell us a story about how trump established his own credentials it kind of separate from his father Fred trump's business model was very much building in the outer boroughs of New York City modest apartments that were for the middle class that he kept building and building and building and extracting money from and building more and he never thought Manhattan was worth it he thought Manhattan was too risky but Donald Trump always wanted to be in Manhattan and while he was in his twenties he noticed that Penn central was going bankrupt and he began to put his eyes on some pieces of Penn central land so Donald Trump decides he wants to buy some parcels of Penn central on one of them the Penn central owns is the old Commodore hotel which is next to Grand Central Terminal and hotels falling apart and Donald Trump has no experience as a real estate developer so he goes to the person who is selling the property on behalf of in central man named Ned Eichler when he says I want to do this and then I was kind of suspicious because here's this young blond guy in his twenties with no track record of developing a Manhattan and he says well we'll have to see the mayor and trump without missing a beat says when you want to see him and he says tomorrow entrances okay I'll send my limo at one thirty and we'll meet the mayor to at two o'clock there is mayor Abe beam and Fred trump and other associates in city hall and mayor beam puts his arm around Fred trump and Donald Trump and says anything they want they get and this is because a beam came from the political club that Donald and Fred trump had poured so much into and he was able to use that political connection to get the sale for Penn central to get the sale from Penn central and to renovate the Commodore hotel and that is what made Donald Trump a Manhattan real estate developer was being able to sell his carefully cultivated political connection to the mayor of New York City my guess is Andrew Bernstein author of the new book American oligarchs the questioners the trumps and the marriage of money and power after we take a short break we'll talk about the Kushner family and how they came to the U. S. and build a real estate business and a fortune and marine car again will review the new collection of gene Stafford's three novels published.
"andrea bernstein" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"This is fresh air I'm Terry gross my guest Andrea Bernstein is the author of the new book American oligarchs the questioners the trumps and the marriage of money and power she describes it as the story of two dynasties that have both benefited from and fueled a system of widening inequality and greater influence of money in politics a tale of specific choices there's and the country's about taxation regulation corruption and campaign finance laws that brought us to where we are today Bernstein also co host the podcast trump ink as in trump incorporated which investigates who's profiting from the trump administration and at what cost it's a co production of public radio station W. NYC in New York and pro publica she's covered politics money power and influence for the past twenty five years Andrew Bernstein welcome back to fresh air the trump administration has been very anti immigration especially if the immigrants are muscle or Mexican one of his campaign promises was build the wall Jared Kushner is now responsible for overseeing the construction of the border wall so let's talk about their immigrant roots and have their immigrant families got to America and built a fortune here so let's start with trump so his grandfather is a prince Friedrich Friedrich trump arrived in New York in eighteen eighty five this is only months after the statue of liberty arrived why did he leave Germany so he left Germany because of inheritance laws he was not the oldest son and he was only going to be able to inherit a small plot of land and also Germany was at war and he didn't want to enter the PT one into the army so he came to America and got work immediately as a barber he lived in New York City and decided he wanted to make more money so he went west to stops in Seattle first opens a restaurant there but he made his money in the Yukon which is far north on the eastern border of Alaska it's part of Canada why did he go to the Yukon so while he was living in Seattle there was a boat load of gold that arrived in Seattle in it because this frenzy it caused three extra editions of The Seattle newspaper there was that sense that anybody could make their riches digging for gold during the gold rush era it was the gold rushers actually sort of the end of the gold rush and so people streamed northward and it was an incredibly arduous passage to this territory in the sort of was really Alaska then or I guess northwest Canada and there was this dream of people going there and and they had to carry a thousand pounds of goods with them to make sure that they would make the trip so is a really hard trip and they had to eat horse meat along the way and they were driving the ski does but when they got there they were looking for gold now Friedrich trump was not doing that he was in the hospitality business he ran a series of restaurants notice the arctic restaurant and they sold all kinds of food and liquor and also and also the evidence suggests sex that they were actually places where the men doing the mining could find female company and that was in part one of the trump businesses that was what that was one of the earliest from businesses and the interesting thing about Friedrich trump is that he always made his money by situating his business is where other people were doing something else so when he was in Washington state he also was in the hospitality business also making money by being well situated next to the depot where workers were coming in and out same thing in Alaska he always situated his restaurants and places where he would get a heavy foot traffic so location location location was the way he made his business but it was also a sort of an insurance policy because the other people were losing money from the gold rush not very many people made money from the gold rush but Friedrich trump managed to escape the gold rush with a lot of money and bring it back east which is how they started the trump family real estate business so it goes from the Yukon to New York he goes right he goes back from the Yukon to New York and I often think what an incredibly slow and dirty train journey that must have been in those days with the coal dust blowing back issue up but he made that journey on more than one occasion he goes back to New York and he has this nest egg of money in and what is really interesting is when he arrives in the United States it's the Gilded Age and it is a situation of income inequality similar to our own there are very very very rich people there are very poor people and the gap is widening bucked the interesting thing about this era is that in America at that time there was still so much land and so much immigration that people could change their social class and that's what Friedrich trump was able to do so he brings his money to New York and gets into the real estate business what it again to realistic well I was it it was another situation of looking at what was happening with the local infrastructure and he decided to set up business in queens New York which at that time did not have a direct route from Manhattan if you want to come by land you had to come you had to come over the Brooklyn Bridge and then upward into queens or there were ferry boats thought they were building a bridge at that time and right before that is when he started to buy land and of course government infrastructure projects always because real estate and it's one of the constant themes that you see with the trump family the Kushner family that these big government funded infrastructure projects create the customer base for their business so that's what happened that is how the trump real estate business began to be successful in those early days so Friedrichsfelde Donald trump's grandfather dies in nineteen eighteen a victim of the influenza epidemic and then his son gets into real estate how old was Frederick which Donald trump's father how old was he when his father Friedrich died so Frederick or Fred so it's just up here and say we'll call trump's grandfather Friedrich McCall trump's father Fred Fred trump is help he is known in New York City and of course there's a lot of people here who still remember Fred trump but at the time his father died he was still a teenager and his mother was very business minded and she said of a business called E. at key trump and son and they started to build houses that sort of one by one so they would build a house and sell it and take the money and build another house he also at one point got into the grocery business and he was doing this for awhile and then of course along comes the Great Depression and it's a terrible time for real estate in New York and everywhere people are losing money all over the place because of foreclosures so Fred trump goes into the grocery business and he might have stayed there but he figured something out what do you figure out he figured out how to work political connections to get course assignments that would enable him to make money so in the mid nineteen thirties he goes into a Brooklyn court room with very little real estate experience just what I talked about buying building houses and selling them one by one until he actually got out of the business because of the depression and he goes and he says I've been in real estate for ten years and makes an argument for why he should get an assignment from the judge to at to take over a piece of a bankrupt company but he realizes along the way that to get the judges attention the judges are controlled by the Brooklyn political machine and to get the judges attention he needs to become close to the Brooklyn political machine and this is what he does and it is a life long practice for Fred trump and then later for Donald Trump that they cultivate their connections with the Brooklyn political machine which at that time was almost exclusively controlled by the Democratic Party so Fred trump becomes one of the largest donors to the Democratic Party he becomes very very close to a democratic political club called the Madison club and the way these clubs worked at the time was that they would get people out to the polls and they would serve offered jobs to the people that were loyal and they controlled everything they control the local politicians the judges and the district attorney's and that was one way that Fred trump learned early on to wield his political power so they would always be government favor for his business in whatever way he needed so you're suggesting that the trump family became up political donors and democratic donor is not because of a political views that they held the but because those are the people in power and they were trying to buy into the power they realize that it was a necessity for their business and Fred trump really got too big breaks that launched the trump real estate empire one was in the Brooklyn court room where he got the assignment for a piece of the company being distributed in bankruptcy court and the second was because he made friends with the local federal housing administrator also through political connections and this local housing administrator through him lots and lots and lots of federal money and in fact at one point he was called before the Senate banking committee and required to answer for how much business he'd been given what a huge percentage of business he'd been given end of the numbers that were underlying his loan applications and the senators were very suspicious and they said to him you are valuing things highly when you want money from us and valuing them lowly when you want to avoid taxes this is a life long business pattern for Fred trump and later Donald Trump we still see it but even though the Senate banking committee investigated Fred trump for this they said wrapped him on the wrist and sent him on his way and there were no consequences and we know now that he kept doing exactly that so we can see from the roots of the trump family business that the trump family business profited greatly from government help they could not have been what they are without the help of the taxpayers in a whole variety of ways through infrastructure programs through tax abatement programs which allowed them to avoid paying taxes in certain instances and they also benefited by what the New York Times called out right fraud they just simply didn't pay the taxes they were supposed to so they were in this position of getting help from the government and getting help from government programs at the same time actively trying not to pay money back to the taxpayers what do we take a break right here and then we'll talk some more if you're just joining us my guess is Andrew Bernstein her new book is called American oligarchs the questioners the trumps and the marriage of money and power she also co hosts the podcast trump ink that's ink as an incorporated we'll be right back after this break this is fresh AIR child care can be a major hurdle to running for office when men run for office know what questions and if their parent but if your mom and you're running for office at any level.
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"People controlling government over democratic processes you are approaching an oligarchy and that is where we are now in America I mean when I'm reading your book I'm thinking how hopeful this Andrea feel about the future of democracy and you do at the very end make a reference back to ray Kushner remember she start Christmas grandmother who survived the Holocaust and you talk about how she wanted to retell the story of the Holocaust because she she believer member in the past in short against repeating the evils of the past why did that resonate for you in writing this book about these two families I thought a lot about offering hope and I didn't want to say I feel falsely hopeful but I do think that I would not do what I do if I didn't have some fundamental sense of hope that telling the story would create a record that would in some ways be prophylactic against further bad consequences and that's what you're Kushner's grandmother ray said also so she said she was telling the story because she wanted people to watch who came up on top of their government and she had seen the horrible consequences and I thought a lot about that message that she had said you need to document what's happening you need to tell the story and I became truly believe that telling the story is an act of help thank you so much for your reporting Andrea thank you all so it's great to talk to you Andrea Bernstein's new book is called American oligarchs the questioners the trumps and the marriage of money and power all things considered is a production of.
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"A new book looks at the many untruths on which the trump administration has been built it's called American oligarchs the questioners the trumps and the marriage of money and power author injure Bernstein spoke with our co host Elsa Chang Andrea Bernstein looks of the generations of the questioner and trump families how they build their real estate businesses in New Jersey and New York the fabrications it took to stay on top and hello all of that affects the U. S. presidency Bernstein roots Jared Kushner's family story in how his grandmother ray questioner and members of her family survived the Holocaust the family business was what kept them alive during the early part of the war Jared Kushner's grandmother was saved because the **** came in they said is anybody here for a year they needed families to make hats and coats for the German army and their press towards Moscow so the Kushner's were spared they lived in a ghetto during the war they were essentially in slave they had very little to eat they had to work for the **** war machine and over the course of World War two successive groups of Jews were taken and killed by the **** and by the summer of nineteen forty three they realized that it was only a matter of time before they were killed too so they developed a plan to escape to the forest because they knew that there was a band of Jewish partisans in the forest right and that if they could get to the forest they could survive ray Kushner met Jared Kushner's grandfather Joseph before the war but the ended up meeting again when they were fleeing Poland the two married in Budapest and eventually made their way together to the United States the characters arrive in America with two dollars in their pocket and Jared Kushner's grandfather was a carpenter and he immediately went to work and this was a time in America where the federal government was helping home builders in a variety of ways so there were new loans new mortgage structures for the federal government to help people buy homes there was the federal highway act which helps people get to all those new homes and they were of course all these returning G. eyes that needed those home so it was a great time to be in real estate and for the good for family we note from ray's testimony and from the records that were left about Joe and their children Charlie and Mary both of whom had real estate businesses that for them being successful builders was a way of saying to the **** we have one though with Charlie Kushner that's Jarrett's father and he ended up using the real estate business as a way to gain political access right which is one of the things that got him into trouble with the law and Johnson to prison right what happened was is the Kushner family had to break rules to get to the United States they had to cross international borders illegally they had to fudge family relationships in order to immigrate and breaking rules and not going by what the authorities wanted them to do became a family point of pride it became a way to survive it became a way to survive but what happened with Charlie's businesses that he began to break the law he began to make donations that he wasn't allowed to make and he began paying for things out of his family business that were ultimately turned out to be tax evasion Charlie Kushner is eventually called to account for his violations of tax and campaign finance law and please guilty right and goes to prison for a year and his son Jared famously sticks with him all the way through all the way through now when you look at the way that the Kushner family ran it's real estate business before Charlie crushers prison sentence how would you compare the way that family operated and the way the troops operated in their own real estate business well in New York and New Jersey real estate is a famously shady business and people who own real estate and who develop real estate understand that they need political favor that that is part of the capital that they're building up both the Kushner family and the trump family were part of the system but they both pushed it far beyond the limits Charlie Kushner was convicted and sent to jail for the way he ran his real estate business Fred trump Donald trump's father was questioned by US Senate investigators he was investigated by a New York state commission investigation Donald Trump was investigated several times by law enforcement in New York for his deals but they never faced any consequences and each time they didn't face consequences they continued to press the limits they continued to cross lines they continued to manipulate money and people in a way that would further their family business interests I mean ultimately you are interested in the parallels in the intersections between these two family stories the trump from the questioners because they're both in the executive branch now and the case that you make throughout your book is that with the trumps they don't see much difference between the national interest and the family's interests is that why you're describing what we're seeing now as an oligarchy that's right there are two things you need for an oligarchy you need to be able to control government officials and you need to be able to control law enforcement and in New York private real estate developers have figured out how to do that particularly well and the trump family even more so than most families Donald Trump when he became a real estate developer worked particularly aggressive to develop his government ties when he was running for president he talked about this openly he said I contribute to people and when I call them they give to me he understood a transactional relationship with government the government was there to help along private businesses and to help his family's business interests when you have will the people controlling government over democratic processes you are approaching an oligarchy and that is where we are now in America I mean when I'm reading your book I'm thinking how hopeful this Andrea feel about the future of democracy and you do at the very and make a reference back to ray Kushner remember she starred Christmas grandmother who survived the Holocaust and you talk about how she wanted to retell the story of the Holocaust because she she believer member in the past in short against repeating the evils of the past why did that resonate for you in writing this book about these two families I thought a lot about offering hope and I didn't want to say I feel falsely hopeful but I do think that I would not do what I do if I didn't have some fundamental sense of hope that telling the story would create a record that would in some ways be prophylactic against further bad consequences and that's what you're Kushner's grandmother ray said also so she said she was telling the story because she wanted people to watch who came up on top of their government and she had seen the horrible consequences and I thought a lot about that message that she had said you need to document what's happening you need to tell the story and I became the truly believe that telling the story is an act of help thank you so much for your reporting Andrea thank you all so it's great to talk to you Andrea Bernstein's new book is called American oligarchs the questioners.
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"National coverage this time it's just us we'll have Andrea Bernstein from trump ink N. A. P. White House correspondent Jonathan let me here and we'll take your calls and this will be your chance to react out loud or ask a question about the confusing parts in there are many confusing parts but don't call yet will tell you when because first in just a minute we'll hear from a local member of Congress who is one of the questioners today it Sean Patrick Maloney Democrat from the Hudson Valley who's on the house intelligence committee and here's what he did today Maloney had this very interesting exchange with the witnesses which will play for you now in it will hear president trump's current ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor described a very unusual encounter that he had with national security adviser John Bolton in Ukraine one month after the trumps the Lansky phone call and while military aid to Ukraine was still being held up to get them to investigate the bidens and twenty sixteen this two minute clip begins with a question to Taylor from congressman Maloney one month later on August twenty eighth you find yourself in Ukraine which is the national security adviser Mr bold right Sir and you convey to him your concerns you've testified to this previously about the withholding of military assistance what does he say to you he says that he shares my concern and he advises me to express that in a in a very special way to the secretary of state now he's the national security adviser works directly with the president but he tells you that you should bring it up with the secretary of state Sir have you ever sent a cable like that how many times in your career forty fifty years have you set a cable directly to the secretary of state once this time Sir in fifty years rival covered better don't send cables but just so the national security adviser who could tell the to the present himself and he shares your concern says you the investor serving Ukraine should cable to secretary state directly and you do so don't you the server what the cable say Sir it's close like it will without going to classified information I'm going to close the it it says security assistance of so what we've been talking about today security assistance to Ukraine at this particular time as in brings a is very important Ukraine I also make the point that we also talked about here today Ukraine is important for our national security and we should support it so not not not to provide that would be folly did you get an answer to your cable not directly those are you know what happened to it sector can started again do you know what I would do it tells me that I was on vacation I was on vacation when his cable came in but my understanding is it made it to its recipient intended recipient secretary compound we know secretary pump it was on the call a month early on July twenty fifth it's not like he's in the dark about any of this what do you do with it I honestly can't say for sure what happened with the cable once the message was brought in at the highest level that was secretary can't there at the end saying he doesn't know what his boss secretary of state Pompeii did with the cable that Taylor sent him John Bolton's request with us now is congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Democrat from the Hudson Valley district that includes Poughkeepsie beacon Newburgh Middletown and down into parts of Westchester congressman thanks so much for some time on a very consequential day welcome back to WNYC my pleasure let me ask you first about that exchange why did John Bolton in his very lofty capacity as national security adviser S. a lowly acting ambassador to Ukraine to send the secretary of state a cable rather than just talking to Pompeii of himself well that's a very good question of course he could raise this issue directly with the president and you know investor tailor made clear that that John Bolton said he cared about details concerns that it was crazy to be withholding the military assistance from Ukraine and instead he he he pushes him off towards the secretary of state and the and the as you heard the the investors say one time eighteen fifty years of public service has he said the cable of that kind and of course Pompeii week nor is in town so you have some combination of passing the Buck or ignoring important information from a seasoned diplomat like a **** Taylor there's there's there's really no good explanation except that except probably the president was hell bent on this course of conduct and people like pulled the Palmdale we're trying to sidestep it was being frozen out because the president figured he didn't support the policy but they Taylor then told you he never got a direct answer to his plea to support Ukraine for the sake of our national security as he said said no direct answer do you know if you got some indirect answer hi it really is best money was that he didn't receive an answer and he doesn't know what happened to his cable it's one of the things would like to follow up on and I want to stress I don't know but but it is part of it a pattern of a very suspicious and a disappointing conduct by the secretary of state who after all was on the July twenty fifth call and and of course neglected to mention that for days and days after even when this whole scandal broke he was on president trump's call with the Ukrainians the famous call and now we learn that he's getting a very unusual cable from is a **** Ukraine's sounding the alarm about this and he ignores it congressman for people who didn't see or hear today can you describe or elaborate in your own words on the case that ambassador Taylor was making for this military aid to Ukraine being important to our national security not just you cranes because I think many Americans see this political football that the eight had become as being just a good deed for threatened foreign country yeah thank you for asking me that because I know that some of the people I represent wonder why this is important it we don't assume that people understand all the ins and outs of this so let me just quickly explain how you know Ukraine is on the front lines with the Russians they have in the active shooting war right now with Russian forces in the eastern part of the country and the Russians invaded and occupied the area of Ukraine notice Crimea in twenty fourteen you create right now is the difference between containing the Russians or allowing the Russians to rebuild an empire that moves into the heart of Europe and so that what happens in Ukraine has enormous consequences for the freedom and security of our all of our allies in Europe and of course the whole trans Atlantic alliance which has kept the peace for seventy years since the second World War and then beyond all that beetle investor Taylor did a and and and and secretary can't today did a eloquent job of explaining that this is a young country with a tremendous future and and and and natural strategic partner for the United States and they depend on us eat and they are right now losing soldiers every day they've lost fourteen thousand Ukrainian citizens on Ukrainian territory two Russian forces they are on the frontline of freedom in the United States has learned at this difficult lesson in the past that if we don't stand with our allies at the moment they're threatened by a nation like Russia that is on the March we will regret it and and of course to fail to do so so the president can accomplish some shabby personal political objectives get an advantage or even to to spread the smear about a political opponent here at home makes it all the worse so how close is this to your case for impeachment in a nutshell as of now the president trump violated his oath of office by twisting US foreign policy to serve his own personal advantage in a way that ran contrary to the national security of the United States yeah I don't agree I've exhibit disagree with the word of that but I would put it slightly differently which is to say I just want people to ask themselves if if if you're listening in you're undecided about this ask yourself whether it can be okay for an American president any American president to go around the world using the power of his office in American taxpayer dollars to get for leaders to drum up investigations against American political opponents I mean just imagine if Barack Obama was pressuring the leader of India started investigation of Mitt Romney a few years ago what these Republicans would have said that he was withholding U. S. military assistance to further that objective they would be crystal clear that that is not just an impeachable offense but but something no American president can ever be permitted to do because because it's so damaging to our democracy so as the president has something that we must take a stand against I just can't think of anything more serious when you think about what it would mean and if the Republican defense is you know so what yeah he did it but so what which I predict he was where they'll end up I just want to say so what is where our democracy goes to die it cannot be okay for this kind of conduct by a president of the United States and that's why it's so important that the independent branch of government the founders gave us the Congress take a stand let me go even further down that road congressman because I've been wondering looking at your witness list for this week and next how narrowly focused the death Kratz articles of impeachment might be on this one incident with Ukraine as opposed to making a larger case that comes close to treason that the president keeps tilting US foreign policy policy to give aid and comfort to what Vladimir Putin wants a weaker western alliance so he can take more land in Europe which the whole western world thanks put all our security at risk and this is just one example of it yes I mean I I think you're getting it's a very important issues that will form the heart of potential articles of impeachment I I I don't want to pre judge what will happen when we submit a report to the Judiciary Committee but if you're asking me I think if you look at the Nixon articles of impeachment you have a pretty good guide around the high level issues of abuse of office destruction of Congress and and and the like and here the abuse of office is what we've discussed you know using the presidency to to try to smear political opponent with foreign assistance that just can't be okay it cannot be okay for an American president to engage in that conduct the our democracy cannot survive that type of conduct by any American president from either political party one of the main areas of push back from the Republicans today was that the aid was not with child and the investigate or it was restored anyway after a short time and the investigations into the bidens in the twenty sixteen conspiracy theory were never launched so since everyone back down from this spring even if it was corrupt to get that far the ransom was never delivered and neither was the punishment so it's a thin basis for the political death penalty if you will impeachment and removal how would you respond to that.
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"During the campaign Giuliani was one of trump's most loyal circuits after the access Hollywood tape was released Giuliani did interviews on five Sunday morning shows the fact is that man at times talk like that not all men but men do you talk like that was wrong after trump one guiliani continued to travel around the world to do speeches and make business contacts frequently flying to Ukraine in the former Soviet Union Giuliani signed up as trump's unpaid private attorney in the mother pro he became more and more vocally supportive of trump defending him vehemently when mother said he could not exonerate the president of obstruction of justice. now Giuliani has gone further than claiming the mother probe was a witch hunt Giuliani repeatedly met with Ukrainians to try and convince them to intervene in a way that could help trumps next campaign in twenty twenty. early on he spoke about his actions recently on CNN yes it was the allegations the related my client which tangentially involved Joe Biden in the was lower complaint delivered to Congress this week the intelligence official wrote about this foreign interference the president's personal lawyer the whistleblower wrote Mister Rudolph guiliani is a central figure in this effort. for NPR news I'm Andrea Bernstein in New York Andrea Bernstein is co host of the trump incorporated podcast which is a co production of ProPublica and member station W. N. Y. C. their episode on Rudolph guiliani Ukraine drops on Wednesday..
Judge Blocks Subpoena of Trump'a Tax Returns... for One Day
"Trump won't have to turn over his tax returns to the Manhattan district attorney at least not today from member station W. N. Y. C. Andrea Bernstein has more a federal judge has temporarily state a wide ranging subpoena into trump's business records from the years prior to his presidency the judge says he's giving the US justice department a week to weigh in in the meantime he's directing lawyers for trump and the Manhattan D. A. to work out a schedule to turn over documents both sides indicated they didn't want to do that comes lawyers claim the president can't be prosecuted under any circumstances well the DA argued that trump has no legal basis to block their grand jury investigation if they get further delay the DA's attorney said they win for NPR news I'm Andrea Bernstein in New York
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"And seeing almost greenish yellow, hue. This guy I'd never looked like that before to me, and I was wondering if you could speak to that phenomenon and says, like, oh, prominent characteristic when a tornado's arriving in the sky, thanks for your call, Michael. Absolutely. That's that's a, that's a great observation on your part. And in fact, if you if you ever watched the movie twister, there's a line in the movie in which someone says she's going green, and so, basically, what happens in the in the storm that causes it to go. Green is actually hail and ice crystals in the thunderstorm becomes so large has the sunlight comes through the cloud from top. And you, you get all the refraction of, of that sunlight. It's the green wave link that actually starts to make it all the way through. And so the clouds begin to take on green color in a green tent to it. And so whenever you see a big thunderstorm starting to turn green. That is a great visual sign that there's very large hail inside that thunderstorm. Thank you so much for your call, Michael. And to everyone who called we have to leave it there for today. I'm Andrea Bernstein in for Brian Lehrer. My guest has been Dr Patrick Marsh warning coordination meteorologist at the national weather service's storm prediction center in Norman. Oklahoma, thank you so much for coming on. Thanks for having me, and hopefully I can come back. Sometime up next Jamie Floyd legal analyst, and host of WNYC's, all things considered joins us to break down Muller's statement from yesterday and to give us her legal analysis. We'll be back in a minute..
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"It's asked the mayor your calls and questions for Bill to Blasios. Plus Andrea Bernstein, explores President Trump's relationship with his longtime lender Deutsche Bank, that's coming up this morning at ten on WNYC. Well, it's seven forty three time to check in with John Schaefer for today's gig alert, Missy PU. AM. Send descend with. Singer. Emily, Michelle was born in Haiti and has been based here in New York from many years. She's a Red Cross ambassador, and many of her lyrics deal with social issues, especially those affecting women and children for music, reflects both her Caribbean roots and the cosmopolitan sounds of her doctor holding town. She sings in krill English and French and has a knack for combining. The effortless sounding rhythms of Haitian compass. With acoustic pop this song is called Missy Lavi. That's Missy lobby by Emlyn Michelle, the Heysham singer and songwriter plays tomorrow night at symphony space. For more info, go to new sounds dot org. The. Weatherwise. It looks like a beautiful.
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"Named as a terrorist organization. So there is concern in the Pentagon that the administration wants a fight with Iran NPR's Tom Bowman reporting. Another round of severe weather is expected to hit parts of the nation's midsection today. Frank Morris of member station Casey, you are reports at least three people were killed yesterday after dozens of tornadoes swept across parts of Oklahoma. Illinois and Missouri, one pusher plaid straight into Jefferson. City, missouri. Ripping off roofs crumbling steel tossing trees and power lines into houses, another massive narrowly missed Joplin Missouri slamming tiny Carl junction, and killing at least three people in nearby. Golden city. Bill bunting forecaster at the national weather service says persistent weather patterns have spawned. Well over a hundred tornadoes in recent days, and it's not moving the threat today. Friday, Saturday, Sunday looks about the same continued risks for large hail damaging winds. And unfortunately tornadoes, not mention torrential rain and catastrophic flooding across wide swath of the central US for NPR news. I'm Frank Morris in Kansas City. The Trump administration is announcing an additional sixteen billion dollars in federal aids to farmers hit hardest by the escalating trade dispute with China. President Trump is expected to make an official announcement at the White House later today. Stocks are trading sharply lower. On Wall Street at this hour, the Dow was down four hundred. Twenty six points. This is NPR. And I'm Jamie Floyd for WNYC for the second time in a week, judge has ruled that President Trump's financial records must be turned over to congress WNYC's. Andrea Bernstein was at the federal courthouse in New York to hear that ruling on the records maintained by Deutsche Bank and Capital One. The Trump lawyers got up and they said, this is an invasion of privacy. This is congress acting like law enforcement congress has no right to do this. The.
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"WNYC's. Andrea Bernstein was in the courtroom. A judge has just ruled pretty resounding -ly that Congress's entitled to the documents that it has requested from Deutsche Bank the judge in the US district court in Manhattan says the Bank has to turn over a decade worth of financial records. Congress says those documents will help it investigate money laundering fraud and foreign influence in elections. Trump's lawyers say an appeal is a good bet. The mayor was in queens yesterday talk about his presidential campaign, although that's mayor, Pete Buddha. Judge from south bend, Indiana WNYC's bridge. Bergen reports speaking into Blasios, backyard Buddha. Judge would not come directly on his fellow mayors presidential bid, which included nicknaming. The president conned on. He did say Democrats need to be disciplined engaging with Trump, only to correct facts and yet, not let it distracting from the core of what we're trying to do which is not about him. It's about Newt. And if we're talking about him, we're not talking about who did you do audience of several hundred to LaGuardia community college more than any event during the Blasios first campaign trip last week? Key lawmaker in Albany says he has not decided whether to support a Bill that would exempt children from going to school unvaccinated for religious reasons. Critics blame the high number of religious exemptions on the measles, outbreaks in Brooklyn and Rockland county, but the chairman of the assembly health committee, Richard Gottfried, says, he's concerned about religious freedoms. I certainly understand the supreme court doesn't require religious exemption, but I think it's still has important value. The Bill would require all children to be vaccinated before attending school. Unless they have a physician certified medical condition. The New York Yankees are teaming up with the historic stonewall end offer scholarships for five high school seniors representatives from the department of education and stonewall selected students. The Yankees are footing the Bill. Ashley pharaohs from Staten Island. She says it was striking to be at the conic gay bar with support from family, friends and a world renowned team..
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"Fatalities are reported. There are reports of people trapped into Bree police Lieutenant David Williams, says, there's widespread damage the brief from rooftop into the streets of rooted trees, we've had damage to vehicles roofs of businesses. There are several businesses on our south side, that, are we trying to how much damage to the buildings. But at this point, it's too early to say how large scale of damage it would be that tornado hit shortly before midnight, local time, the acting, head of the FAA says there's no timetable to approve a software fix for Boeing seven thirty seven max eight aircraft. The crashes of Maxine, it's the opium and Indonesia, killed all three hundred forty six people aboard the aircraft NPR's David Schaper says. Aviation safety? Authorities from around the world or meeting today near Dallas to examine the issue acting FAA administrator Daniel L, we'll told reporters the head of the meeting the safety review of Boeing software fix for the seven thirty seven max will take as long as it takes to get it, right. At if takes a year to give us confidence so be it. Well acknowledges public confidence of the plane may be shaken but he denies, there's any tension between the FAA and its foreign aviation safety counterparts. This is NPR news from Washington. This is WNYC in New York could morning. I'm Richard Hake for the second time in a week. A judge has ruled that President Trump's financial records must be turned over to congress WNYC's Andrea Bernstein was in Manhattan, federal court to hear the verdict on the records maintained by Deutsche Bank in Capital, One, the Trump layers got up, and they said, this is an invasion of privacy. This is congress acting like law enforcement congress has no right to do. This the house argued we have a clear right to do this, and then after that happened. The judge said, we're gonna take a ten minute recess, and he went point by.
It's Been an Interesting Year for Deutsche Bank
"The head of Japan Christian seven did an interview with the Houston business editor at the German newspaper did site. The two were speaking at a reception at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. You wanted to become a journalist of all profuse Heusen, the newspaper, man, asking the banker if you were a journalist, how would you report on Deutsche Bank today? So in a nutshell what you, right? The Deutsches CEO is taken aback. He fumbles for a moment. I would say Deutsche Bank is the most significant self-help story, the financial industry. That's how the detailed editor doesn't really want to talk about self help sometimes with Dutch makes the case that just it seems to get better. There is another problem like in, in November when things really looked up and then all of a sudden stated Tony's came in search dodger Bank headquarters under the suspicion that Dutch was involved in in Monday, laundering activities. What was your first thought? In a nutshell. A few months earlier, the German police had raided the bank's Frankfurt headquarters. No. Of course at that point in time. It's it's disappointing not disappointing. You know, personally for me, but being subject to investigations and regulatory actions has become the new normal for Bank in recent years. The Bank has been fine billions of dollars for lax controls on everything from laundering Russian money to violating sanctions against Iran, Libya. And Sudan, somehow you life is tainted by pest how with the constant uncertainty that something is light pop up. You know, I think that makes live really interesting, right? I mean. That's life has become very interesting for deutchebanks. In a recent portfolio congress reveal that has been asking for detailed records of frump family business interactions with Deutsche Bank in the file in congress said straight out, it's investigating the relationship for possible money laundering, illicit financial deals fraud and foreign influence in the two thousand sixteen elections. By its own admission. Deutsche Bank has a history of serious compliance. Deficiencies when it comes to global money laundering in the very recent past. Now comes a new revelation from the New York Times deutchebanks own anti money laundering experts flagged multiple suspicious transactions, they were as recent as twenty sixteen and twenty seventeen and involved Trump's business and the one formerly run by his son in law, Jared Kushner among the transactions one, we're money had moved from Kushner companies to Russian individuals. The times wrote that deutchebanks money laundering experts were so concerned they wanted to report these transactions to the US treasury, but supervisors refused to do so. Carrie McCue, deutchebanks spokeswoman said in a statement alert dispositions by investigators undergo a higher level review by qualified staff. Transaction monitoring castle wide net and not all alerts will result in esscalation. She added we take responsibility for compliance very seriously. And that the Bank has increased our anti financial crime, staff and enhanced its controls in recent years. A spokesperson for the Trump organization emailed, the statement, this story is absolute nonsense. We have no knowledge of any flagged transactions with Deutsche Bank. In fact, we have no operating accounts with Deutsche Bank, we sent questions to the Kushner companies, the White House Trump's private banker and lawyers for the Trump's in Jared Kushner, the White House did not have comment. The others didn't respond. Meanwhile, the investigations pile up those Pena's were sent a multiple financial institutions including Georgia Bank, the house, intelligence and financial services committees are hoping to get information on loans. The German Bank gave a to the Trump and Trump organization and vicious presidential harassment. This is all these people do ever Trump earlier today and FOX and friends calling it harassment is the Trump family and the organization, sue deutchebanks and Capital, One two blocks of Pena's. So we've issued subpoenas into your Bank, and we are collecting a lot of the documents that we had requested. And we are reviewing I can only tell you that the investigation came about as the result of the testimony, Michael going. Hello, and welcome to Trump Inc podcast from WNYC, and propublica that digs deep into the secrets of the Trump family business. I'm Andrea Bernstein today on the show Trump and his family's relationship with Georgia Bank, a Bank with a history of problems. They were laundering money for wealthy Russians and people connected to Putin in the Kremlin in a variety of ways for almost the exact time period that they were doing business with Donald Trump. This is David enrich, the finance editor of the New York Times, and all of that money through DOJ Bank was being channeled through the same exact legal entity in the US that was handling the Donald Trump relationship in the us. And so there are a lot of coincidences here. There's a lot of smoke. I have not found any fire, but unfortunately, I do not possess subpoena power. We're going to walk you through all that smoke. Trump Inc, is an open investigation. So we're just going to say wait now. We're still not sure what this all adds up to. What we do know Trump right now about three hundred and fifty million dollars to your Bank more than he does any other financial institution. And so much is happening regarding the Bank so fast. But we decided to lay out what we've learned by digging into Trump's financial deals with the Bank and why his recent loans, raise so many questions questions raised by congress. The new York Attorney General and the bank's own employees. Let's get to know Deutsche Bank it likes to think of itself as a cousin of other global institutions like J, P Morgan Chase or Citi group, but Deutsches recent history, sets it apart from its competitors after the global financial crisis in two thousand eight Deutsche Bank, like all banks was under financial pressure. At the same time, there was more and more wealth, building in Russia and Russians wanted to get it out of the country. Maybe they earned it illegally. Maybe they were just scared that, if they kept their money in Russia, Vladimir Putin would have it seized banks are supposed to run checks to make sure they're not helping criminals move dirty money, and New York state regulators found deutscher didn't do that between two thousand eleven and two thousand fifteen the Bank improperly and covertly helped usher, ten billion dollars out of Russia and into London and New York and it got caught. We spoke to the woman. Man who did the catching my name is Maria Vullo? And I was the superintendent of financial services from early two thousand sixteen through February one of two thousand nineteen, she oversaw banking, and insurance in New York state, just after Trump was inaugurated Vullo signed a consent order with, which a Bank in it Deutsche acknowledged it had allowed bad actors to achieve improper ends. This consent order addresses the man had serious compliance. Deficiencies that spanned deutchebanks global empire. These flaws allowed a corrupt group of Bank traders offshore entities to improperly and covertly transfer more than ten billion dollars out of Russia by conscripting Deutsche Bank operations in Moscow London and New York to their improper purpose. Deutsche Bank paid over six hundred million dollars in penalties in New York, and in the UK and said it would address its deficiencies. Here's how the corrupts game worked it began in Moscow with an order by a shell company to buy a specific amount of stock, but the buyer, one asked for a particular company stock just the amount. They wanted to spend investigators found some prettiest Pacific emails like this one I have a billion ruble today. Misspelled, by the way ruble. But will you be able to find a security for this size? So then what would happen the same day, which a Bank made up Murchison in Moscow, it would make a sale in London of the same amount of stock the trades. Mirrored each other for that reason, they're called mirror trades, ten billion dollars were moved in this way rubles to pound two dollars, possibly dirty money going in clean money coming out. If you're a Bank, you're supposed to have systems in place to prevent trades like this, because it makes it easy for criminals to wash their money through the. Mancial system. So, yes, there was a supervisor on the Moscow desk, which appeared to have been paid a bribe or some other undisclosed compensation to facilitate the schemes employees complained. They were pushed off. No one did anything even when another bag asked which Bank is something going on here. Deutsche Bank responded, essentially, no, no problems here. Instead, they should have elevated the concerns. Yes, and should have raised a red flag again, and we're looking at issues, like know your customer, looking at who these counterparties are, and who's behind the counterparties, if one was going to actually do the proper KYC process, KYC know your customer, this is key underpinning of the financial system away to keep the money launderers terrorists, and other crooks out, or somebody comes to the Bank, who is this person Deutsche Bank, did not have a central? Is know your customer system and its Moscow office Deutsche Bank, had one person as head of compliance, head of legal and anti money laundering, all at the same time, and you certainly need more than one person who is doing three jobs to actually have an effective compliance system. I mean staffing for compliance is essential. And this was woefully inadequate. New York regulators were not able to track them the actual people behind the ten billion dollars in suspicious transactions. And so a very big question remains. What was the reason behind the because money was exchanged, why we still don't know. There's no evidence, these mirror trade deals, involve Trump were telling you about them because in the words of New York regulators, serious compliance deficiencies at the Bank spanned deutchebanks global empire during the same period. Donald Trump was borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars. And because congress is taking a closer look, according to a legal brief fits investigating. Whether Deutsche Bank is doing enough to stop schemes like mirror trading. The brief says this is important in determining the volume of illicit funds that may have flowed through the Bank and whether any touched the accounts, held there by Mr. Trump his family or business.
NY AG says Trump caused his foundation charity to break the law
"General Barbara Underwood is continuing to press her lawsuit against the Trump foundation. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein co host of our trumping podcast has more in a lawsuit filed this summer attorney general Underwood charge Trump and his children had used the Trump foundation to illegally bolster both his twenty sixteen campaign and his businesses bottom line. The Trump's argue the case should be thrown out. They say it's biased and moot. Because they were gonna shut down the foundation anyway, but the AG argues. Nope. The president Ivanka Don jR, and Eric who were all on the board
Trump taxes: New York authorities examine president's tax affairs
"The state and city level in New York. In addition to that, we know that prosecutors in the southern district have been following up on the things that Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to last summer which had to do with tax fraud as well or the president's former lawyer. Yeah. Correct. And then in addition to that, the new York Attorney General is looking at the Trump foundation in one of the things that we've already learned from her investigation is that the walls between the foundation and the Trump organization where thin to nonexistent. So it's possible that there might be more to learn there. Now, a top of all of that. There's the House Democrats who've said they want to see the president's current tax returns. If they take control over the house, they could demand to see them. So a lot swirling here. But I mean when we reported on on the president's tax practices in the past. I mean, we will people have said, look there's this. There's there's tax avoidance in a legal way. And then there's illegal tax evasion. And that it's often murky what's actually happening. So I mean is it possible that there might be no legal fallout here for the president? It is possible that there might be no legal fallout. And of course, he and his lawyers are maintaining that he's done nothing wrong. And that this was all looked at in some cases, decades ago and cleared. There are a number of things that are extremely puzzling. And one of the situations that the New York Times pointed out was a company called all county. Building and maintenance, which was basically a company that did nothing other than Mark up prices of things like boilers and air conditioners and stoves for Trump apartments, and then give the markup to Donald Trump and his siblings with no apparent tax consequences. There was also something that the Trump seemed to have done frequently and we know from our reporting on Trump Inc. The podcast that they're still doing today, which is when it is in their interest to puff up a value of a property. They'll say, oh, this is the biggest the best they do. So it sounds like the president. Right. But they're in disputes with tax authorities around the country right now, for example, claiming some of their golf courses are are really worth very little in an effort to get lower taxes. So some of the techniques described in the article, we know are continuing through through today. All right. So a lot of threads a lot of investigations to follow here. But one question is whether those tax. Returns ever actually be made public. And what happens is election could say a lot about that. Andrea Bernstein is the co host of Trump Inc. The podcast. Thanks so much. Andrew. Thank you. So since President Trump nominated judge Brad Kavanagh to the supreme court back in July, advocacy, groups have spent a whole lot of money nearly ten million dollars on these warring TV ads for and against him. Now the attacks and this spending are fiercer than ever here's NPR's Peter Overby, the sharpest attacks so far may come from the American Civil Liberties union which opposes Cavanaugh. The ACLU rolled out the ad this week with a million dollar by enforce states.
Israel to reopen Gaza crossing after week of calm on border
"In about nine minutes it's the Brian Lehrer show today here about a new book on vice, president Pence that details his conservative Protestant faith his political ambitions and how he squares the two plus Brooklyn congressman Hakim Jeffries that's coming up this morning at ten o'clock and then, at noon, today on midday former White House staffer Ryan Hansen who was an opioid user for ten years and is
Four cities sue Trump over Obamacare 'sabotage', claiming it violates constitution
"Immigrants plus Zimbabwe announces the results of its historic. But controversial presidential election voting was Monday and has been followed by a government crackdown on demonstrations. Those stories just ahead right after news, headlines. Live from NPR news in Washington I'm Jack Speer for. Cities are suing the Trump administration. Alleging federal officials are deliberately, sabotaging, the, Affordable Care. Act and bureau's Alison kodjak reports the cities are asking, a judge to block some rules and executive orders let's say of hurt ACA, markets the four cities are Baltimore Chicago Cincinnati and Columbus they accuse the president and health and Human Services Secretary Alex as our. Of failing to faithfully. Execute the law as demanded in article two of the constitution and the city say their residents have been, harmed by the alleged sabotage. Because insurance has gotten more expensive leaving fewer people covered the complaint includes sixty pages of statements. By the president and actions by his administration that. The city say undermine the ACA or ObamaCare the lawsuit quotes Trump about twenty times saying he. Might let Bama care either implode or, explode The administration declined to. Comment Alison, kodjak NPR, news President Trump, is thanking North, Korean leader, Kim Jong own for a quote. Nice letter and says he looks forward to seeing Kim soon. The White House says no, date has been set for another summit. As NPR's. Michele Kelemen explains White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirms that President Trump. Received a letter and wrote back. To Kim reaffirming the US, goal, of, a nuclear-free. Korean peninsula he did receive a letter I believe he, received it on August first the is not a second meeting that is currently, locked in or finalized certainly open to that discussion but there isn't a meeting planned secretary of state Mike Pompeo Macy his North, Korean counterpart in Singapore. Where they're attending a regional conference this week officials say Pompeo will also be making the case to countries, in the region to continue. Enforcing sanctions on North Korea Michelle Kellerman NPR news the State Department national security adviser John Bolton In is handling. The Trump administration efforts to. Direct, what, he called, a vast government wide effort to protect, American elections after Russian attempts to, interfere in two thousand, sixteen Bolton at a press briefing today. Joining other top members, of the intelligence community defend actions to limit the ability. Of foreign governments interfere in, the US. Political process without going into specifics we do not wish to make the efforts of our adversaries any easier through injudicious public disclosures. Nonetheless we have offered to. Do before and continue to offer briefings. To, members of congress insecure facilities Walter another top Trump officials appear to reject, recent denials of election interference. From Russian President Vladimir Putin device maker apple has. Hit a major milestone the company behind iphones ipads and Macs becoming the first publicly traded company ever, to be valued at more than a trillion dollars being viewed as a stunning turnaround for the company that at. One point, in nineteen, ninety seven was, on the brink, of bankruptcy You're listening to. NPR this is WNYC in New York I'm David I the trial of Paul Manafort, for tax evasion and Bank fraud is underway with prosecutors emphasizing the former Trump campaign managers connections to wealthy New York lawyers argue Manafort hid income from, the IRS by wiring money directly to high end vendors WNYC's Andrea Bernstein was in the courtroom. Yesterday, she says at first the judge was unimpressed but he became more engaged in Manhattan, high-end soup. Purveyor Maximilian Katzman began testifying the judge pointing out Manafort is not on trial for having. Expensive case but the. Prosecution showed that Manafort had paid, a tour by wire, transfer from banks in Cyprus and max Katzman was quite clear even though he has only extremely wealthy clients he said he had no other clients who paid. Only by international wire transfer so that made an impression the trial continued today Retired tennis player James Blake says he wasn't told that a police officer who tackled him in a case of, mistaken identity is facing new charges stemming from that two thousand fifteen incident. Officer James Fresca Tori was previously. Docked five. Vacation, days for slamming Blake to the ground outside a hotel in two thousand fifteen Frasca Tori appeared for a second NYPD disciplinary trial this week after. He was accused of meddling in the investigation in a statement Blake said Prescott Tori should. Have been fired the city has not yet. Responded to a request, for comment about two, hundred and fifty students from across the. City are in an arts bootcamp this summer the two week. Program helps eighth graders prepare for auditions that are. Part of the admissions process at dozens of high schools Paris Briggs says she wants to try, out for the dance program at LaGuardia high school.
Ivanka Trump fashion brand shutting down
"Live from, NPR news in Washington. I'm Shay Stevens President Trump's pick. For the, next avenue of Georgia has won a Republican runoff election secretary of state Brian Kemp says, he's grateful for the support always believed it could be done and we made it happen tonight we're not done yet can't meet Lieutenant governor Casey Keiko who had the backing of Georgia's outgoing governor. Nathan, deal who cannot seek reelection because of term limits can't, full-face Democrats Stacey Abrams in November Abrahams seeks to become the nation's first black woman governor President Trump is set to me, with the European, Commission president Jean-Claude Yonker Wednesday amid, concerns about his trade. Policies Trump says he'll propose that the US, and European nations drop all tariffs barriers and subsidies on, Tuesday the president tweeted that trade partners must either negotiate a fair deal or pay tariffs the US and its European. Allies are at odds over US tariffs on. Imported steel and threats to include off Automobile production. As well President Trump's daughter is is shutting down her fashion brand WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has details Ivanka Trump's been licensing her. Name lines of clothing shoes and handbags targeted to young women for almost ten years like her father, Ivanka Trump did. Not divest from her brand prompting a series of ethical questions during the transition, her company sent out a release. About a bracelets you. More going sixty minutes. Interview with her father just last week she promoted the hiring of American workers while her own products are made abroad at first, her father's campaign seemed, to give her brand of boost in sales jumped during two thousand sixteen but after he took office retailers including, Nordstrom Hudson's bay stop. Selling her products her companies president. Informed eighteen, New York based employees it would be shutting down Trump said in a statement her quote, focus for the foreseeable future will be in Washington for NPR news I'm Andrea Bernstein in New York Greece's prime minister has declared three days of national mourning for the victims of the country's worst Wildfires in over a decade from Rathenow Joanna kakissis reports that the death toll has risen to at least seventy four planes fly low. Over the village of Mati east of Athens dropping water Yanni sought finance walks. Through his burned, out home near the village he'd heard about the. Fires while away on vacation and rushed home a friend was staying. In his house if European as soon as my friends saw the flames she. Grabbed her. Dogs and ran out or if I know says adding a good thing because look what happened, residents of this seaside village have been evacuated, to nearby hotels hundreds of homes. Have burned, to the ground the road is lined. With Sudi hulks of scorched cars rescue workers are searching, homes and, cars for victims who may have gotten trapped in the fire for. NPR news I'm Joanna kakissis in ruffina. Greece on Wall Street stocks closed mixed lower on the NASDAQ you're listening to NPR news Mandatory evacuation orders are. In effect at Yosemite national park is fire crews tried to contain growing forest fire a park spokesman says at least a thousand campground and hotel reservations will be cancelled Scott get him insist, the valley. The heart, of the visitor experience at the park will be closed. Beginning at noon on Wednesday the so-called Ferguson fire has burned nearly. Thirty eight thousand acres and is twenty. Six percent, contain pop singer Demi Lovato has been hospitalized, for an apparent overdose in Los Angeles, NPR's Justin Richmond says, that the twenty five year old singer has had. A history of substance abuse it's not clear what Demi Lovato. Took but her aunt posted on Facebook that. The singer is awake and responsive Levada had problems with. Drugs since she was seventeen here she's on YouTube talking about her struggles I used a bunch of coke and. I popped a few zanex bars Demi Levato venture became, clean and, celebrated five years sober. Earlier this year but in June she released a song. Called sober Involve the lyrics include. The line I'm. Not so burning Justin Richmond NPR news an Ecuadorian immigrant attain while. Delivering pizza is. Now out of jail Pablo via Vincennes CEO was taken into, custody at an army installation in. Brooklyn and then detained in New Jersey the thirty five year old husband and father of. US citizens was facing deportation last month another judge now says the of incensio must be allowed to remain in the US. To pursue his application for legal residency I'm..
Michael Avenatti: Trump's lawyer recorded conversations with clients
"And this is wnyc in new york i'm jamie floyd a small plane has crashed in a wooded area in central long island suffolk county police say the aircraft crashed in millville shortly before two o'clock this afternoon a photo from the scene shows that thick black smoke and raging orange flames authorities say it appears there was at least one person on the plane and that person's condition is unknown we will bring you more details as they become available the attorney for stormy daniels is claiming there are revealing audiotapes about her among the millions of items seized from trump attorney michael cohen last month wnyc's andrea bernstein has more in court michael lebanonese said he'd been called by a member of the press who asked about an audiotape between his clients former attorney and michael cohen avenue agents say what was on the tape but accused cones lawyers of leaking and hinted there might have been some untoward collusion between daniels former lawyer cohen when they negotiated the hundred and thirty thousand dollar how should agreement about president trump but coen's lawyers said no way the audiotapes if any are kept under lock and key meantime judge kimba woods patients with avenue was wearing thin she told him he had to choose between his quote publicity tour and having status in her courtroom and new york's newly confirmed attorney general hells her first public event earlier today when she met with members of the media acting ag barbara underwood says the offices marching full steam ahead under her leadership following the resignation of former attorney general eric schneiderman earlier this month in the immediate aftermath of hearing the news everyone was stunned but we very quickly started looking forward schneiderman stepped down on may eighth hours after news broke that he allegedly abused multiple women underwood says she will serve out the remainder of the current term and she says she does not plan to run for election to the post in the fall this afternoon still sunny tonight a twenty percent chance of showers currently seventy seven degrees in central park at four zero six support for npr comes from wells fargo established eighteen fifty two and reestablish two thousand eighteen with a recommitment to customers working off.