21 December 2017

Mobbed Up

Esquire magazine will run a feature article in their February 2018 issue (already available online here) about the "Never Trumpers," those Republicans who still refuse to support the President. In the piece, the writer reveals how The Wall Street Journal last year killed two pieces about Trump's many connections to organized crime because the paper was starting to veer toward supporting the eventual nominee.

The piece includes no further detail about what exactly the Journal piece might have revealed. Perhaps some hacker will someday soon crack their servers and publish the piece.

Other media, however, has published articles detailing Trump's tangled connections with organized crime. In light of the Esquire tease, I thought I'd focus on some other notable media reporting on Trump and the mob.

In March 2016, the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact verified that then-presidential candidate Ted Cruz's remarks about Trump and the mob were true (link here). That article in turn links to a number of other published pieces linking Trump and organized crime.

In May 2016, Politico published a detailed piece (link here) with the title "Just What Were Donald Trump's Ties to the Mob?" That article was published by a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and lawyer and details at length the man threads connecting Trump with organized crime.

More recently, The Guardian published a well documented article (link here) with the title "Trump's bid for Sydney casino 30 years ago rejected due to 'mafia connections’" -- not much subtlety there.

What does this all mean for us today? Trump has so many scandals swirling around him that mob connection stories now are are not likely to bring him down.

What could happen, however, is if Special Counsel Robert Mueller eventually pursues any of these avenues as part of his criminal investigation into Trump and associates. There's no deadline for Mueller to wrap up his investigation and all signs indicate it will run through the end of 2018, at least.

So for now, we'll just have to wait and see. Stay tuned.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous03:59

    Que nuevas sorpresas nos traerá el 2018'?.Amigo venezolano,Cucuta


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