Federal Agents Just Raided A Law Firm That Worked For Trump

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The president’s day just got a lot worse, and no one saw it coming right after Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen took a plea deal in Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The president was already freaking out about that, so this latest breaking news will surely send him over the edge.

Federal agents just raided a law firm that did the Trump Organizations taxes for 12 years. According to reports:

“Federal agents showed up unannounced at the City Hall office of Finance Committee Chairman Ed Burke, kicked everyone out and papered over the windows Thursday morning. The nature of their visit was not known, but Ald. Burke (14th) has dodged dozens of federal investigations over five decades in Chicago politics.”

“Federal agents also showed up to Burke’s ward office and papered over the windows there. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment. Calls to the FBI office in Chicago and the IRS criminal investigations division were not immediately returned. A reporter knocked on the City Hall office door Thursday morning; the man who answered, who was not a member of Burke’s office staff, had no comment.”

Ed’s brother, Dan Burke had this to say about the trouble his brother is in:

“It’s shocking. I don’t know what to think. I don’t have a clue. Any time there is this type of thing, where they come in and paper your windows, certainly that’s a concern. But I know my brother. For his entire life and career he’s been abiding by the law.”

“This is my last day in the General Assembly. I’m sitting in my office. I can’t even go and enjoy the resolution honoring my 28 years in the General Assembly, because the reporters are down there swarming.”

The Chicago Sun Times reports that, “Dan Burke is leaving the legislature after losing to a little-known candidate backed by Jesus “Chuy” Garcia; that campaign was dominated by Ed Burke’s property-tax reduction work for the tower along the Chicago River bearing the name of Donald Trump.”

The report continues:

“Ed Burke, a Democrat, also has been targeted for defeat by Garcia because of his property-tax appeal work for Trump. Garcia, recently elected to Congress, is a former alderman and departing member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. He has said Burke’s work for Trump was disrespectful to Burke’s Hispanic constituents, who are now a majority in his ward.”

Garcia had this to say early this year:

“The fact that he has been Trump’s lawyer on reducing his property taxes and has been part of the property tax system in Chicago that has affected working people more than anybody else in a regressive manner are issues that have to be taken into account.”

“It was highly offensive to the community. Anyone who isn’t representing the community’s interests should be worried.”

The report states that:

“Burke’s firm, Klafter & Burke, repeatedly has sought to reduce the property taxes that Trump Tower and other commercial properties have to pay — a lucrative business that’s also enriched Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, D-Chicago.”

“Burke also has managed to overcome his own political extremism during the Council Wars power struggle that thwarted then-Mayor Harold Washington’s every move to the point where an entire generation of Chicagoans doesn’t even remember the old Ed Burke.”