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Trump Calls The Bidens An ‘Organized Crime Family’—But Here Are His Run-Ins With The Law

Topline While President Donald Trump Friday referred to the family of his presidential opponent Joe Biden as “corrupt,” a “criminal enterprise,” a “crime family” and an “organized crime family”—even though Biden has never faced any charges suggesting any of that is true—Trump has personally been accused of  a wide variety of wrongdoing by prosecutors and…

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While President Donald Trump Friday referred to the family of his presidential opponent Joe Biden as “corrupt,” a “criminal enterprise,” a “crime family” and an “organized crime family”—even though Biden has never faced any charges suggesting any of that is true—Trump has personally been accused of  a wide variety of wrongdoing by prosecutors and accusers through the years:

Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Ocala, Florida

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during his campaign event at the Ocala International Airport on … [+] October 16, 2020 in Ocala, Florida. President Trump continues to campaign against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with 18 days until Election Day. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Key Facts

In 1973, the United States Justice Department filed a suit against Trump, his father, and Trump Management, with the government contending that Trump Management refused to rent to particular individuals “because of race and color,” which ended when the Trumps entered into a consent decree to settle the litigation in 1975. 

In 1991, a federal judge found that Trump, a group of his associates and a union official, were guilty of having “conspired to avoid paying pension and welfare-fund contributions” by hiring nonunion Polish immigrants to demolish a building on East 57th Street to make way for Trump Tower.

In 2013, New York’s attorney general filed a suit that alleged Trump defrauded more than 5,000 people of $40 million through Trump University and the following year a judge ruled that Trump was personally liable for operating a for-profit investment school without the required license.

At least 20 women have accused Trump of various forms of sexual assault or unwanted advances dating back to the 1970s, although Trump, who was caught on video boasting, “Grab them by the pussy… I just start kissing them… I don’t even wait,” has denied all of the allegations.

What To Watch For:

The president is under investigation by the New York State Attorney General’s office following his former attorney, Michael Cohen, testifying before Congress that “Trump’s annual financial statements inflated the values of Trump’s assets to obtain favorable terms for loans and insurance coverage, while also deflating the value of other assets to reduce real estate taxes.” Trump’s son Eric Trump was questioned under oath earlier this month as part of New York’s investigation into the Trump Organization.

Big Number:

$750,000: In 1998, Trump agreed to pay a $750,000 civil penalty to settle an antitrust lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission, which alleged that two previous 1986 stock purchases by Trump violated the notification procedures required by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

Key Background:

Ten Trump associates have either been charged or convicted of various crimes during the four years the president has been in office. Paul Manafort, a former Trump campaign chairman, was found guilty in a jury trial of tax fraud and bank fraud related to his work as a political consultant in Ukraine and sentenced to 7.5 years in prison. Cohen pled guilty to eight criminal counts, including orchestrating ‘hush money’ payments to women who had claimed they had sexual encounters with Trump. Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, pled guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his communications with a Russian ambassador. George Papadopoulos, a former campaign adviser, was sentenced to prison in 2017 after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about his interactions with Russian officials. Steve Bannon, an advisor and chief strategist, has been charged with defrauding Trump supporters. Political advisor Roger Stone was convicted of lying under oath to lawmakers. Corey Lewandowski, a former campaign manager, was arrested on misdemeanor battery charges in 2016 for grabbing the arm of a reporter. Brad Parscale, another former campaign manager, was arrested last month after his wife told police officers she feared her husband would kill himself and that Parscale had struck her in the past. Rick Gates, a former campaign deputy chairman, pled guilty in 2018 to lying to federal investigators and conspiracy against the U.S. 

Tangent:

The Chinese government has granted a total of 41 trademarks to companies linked to Ivanka Trump—and the trademarks she applied for after her father became president reportedly got approved roughly 40% faster than those she requested before her father’s victory in the 2016 election. “Can you imagine if my kids did what this guy Hunter has done,” Trump said at a campaign rally Friday night in Florida. “Ivanka! Oh my beautiful, my wonderful Ivanka. She’s a good kid. Can you imagine? And you know she’s much smarter, much sharper. She could if she wanted to, oh, could she could do well.” 

Crucial Quote: 

“Ivanka receives preliminary approval for these new Chinese trademarks while her father continues to wage a trade war with China. Since she has retained her foreign trademarks, the public will continue to have to ask whether President Trump has made foreign policy decisions in the interest of his and his family’s businesses,” wrote government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. 

Further Reading:

Ivanka’s Trademark Requests Were Fast-Tracked In China After Trump Was Elected (Forbes) 

‘Lock Up The Bidens’: Trump Picks Target For Final Stretch – His Opponent’s Family (Forbes) 

Lawsuit Alleges Trump Defrauded ‘Students’ In Seminars Meant To Teach Investing Wisdom (Forbes)

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