When you know that eventually you’re going to be accused of a crime, you usually seek out legal consultation. If nothing else, you’ll at least shop around. If it’s a pressing matter, you may even go ahead and retain representation. It’s not really a mind-blowing idea. It just makes sense.
So, it most certainly makes sense that Daddy Donald would have been shopping around for legal representation for Don Jr. shortly BEFORE the bombshell release of email correspondence indicating Don Jr. had met with a Russian lawyer in an attempt to dig some dirt up on his father’s 2016 presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton.
The Daily Beast reported:
‘A new filing with the Federal Election Commission shows that President Trump’s reelection campaign paid $50,000 to the law offices of Alan Futerfas on June 26. On July 11, the New York Times revealed the contents of a June 2016 email exchange in which Trump Jr., through an associate, solicited damaging information about 2016 election rival Hillary Clinton.’
Indeed, CNN reported on July 12 that Trump Jr. had retained Futerfas as his lawyer. When asked about the email chain, Futerfas commented:
‘The meeting lasted about 20-30 minutes, and nothing came of it. His father knew nothing about it. The bottom line is that Don Jr. did nothing wrong. I have been representing people in investigatory matters for almost 30 years, and I see nothing here.’
With the Trump reelection campaign being the one who sent a cool $50,000 to Futerfas’ office, it should be noted he has no experience with political matters. His specialty is white-collar crime. In fact, he represented clients related to the “Gambino, Genovese, and Colombo crime families.” CNN also reported he previously represented the Russian man who created Gozi, which was malware created in a “planned attack” on U.S. banks.
The Daily Beast’s description of the payment on the FEC filing as “sticking out” seemed to be an understatement.
Also, several other payments to law firms were found in the FEC filing papers.. In fact, The Daily Beast found that 15 percent of over $4.3 million was funneled to legal firms from April through June. That’s over $600,000.
However, what appears to be most odd is the fact that a payment was made directly to the Trump Corporation for legal consultation.
The payment is reported as a payment of almost $90,000 to Trump Corporation for “legal consulting.” There are, of course, several payments (at least 20 actually) to Trump International Hotel for “lodging.” However, what constitutes the need for Trump Corp. to provide legal consultation?
One thing that the payments represent is just how deep in the weeds and muck the Trump administration, campaign, and family are.
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