On Tuesday, October 2, The New York Times published a bombshell report claiming that President Donald Trump, who has long touted his reputation as a self-made billionaire and brilliant businessman, allegedly received hundreds of millions of dollars from his father Fred Trump through a series of shell companies meant to help the Trumps dodge taxes.
I’m not afraid to say it. The evidence shows that @realDonaldTrump, the President of the United States is a draft dodger, tax dodger, law dodger, truth dodger, and Constitution dodger. He is a longtime con artist. https://t.co/c8QnjRpU9i
— Jennifer Taub (@jentaub) October 5, 2018
This story should not be forgotten in the midst of Kavanaugh. #TrumpCrimeFamily
— Susan Danzen (@LovemanythingsL) October 5, 2018
In a separate article, the Times laid out exactly how they tracked Trump’s finances to write their story. One of the biggest twists of their investigation, however, centered around a strange company called All County Building Supply & Maintenance. What was it? Who owned it? Why was it making donations to the president’s sister Maryanne Trump, a judge?
Reporters were stumped until one of them tried the same thing any of us would: Googling the problem.
A central finding of the story began to emerge in April 2017, when Ms. Craig had been Google searching an arcane term the group was interested in — “mortgage receivable,” which the Trumps used to describe the mortgages from the children to Fred — paired with the last name “Trump.” She found the disclosure form that the president’s sister Maryanne, a federal judge, had filed related to her Senate confirmation hearing. Unlike the many she filed during her years on the bench, this one was not redacted. In that document, Ms. Craig noticed a $1 million contribution from an obscure family-owned company: All County Building Supply & Maintenance.
While the jobs report was bigly sad, remember we here at All County Building Supply & Maintenance company are looking for qualified 2 year olds willing to make over $300,000 a year tax free!
— BILLY (@BILLYROCKS) October 5, 2018
The company set off some huge alarm bells with Ms. Craig:
“‘What the heck?’” Ms. Craig remembered thinking. “That was the first inkling we had that, hey, there’s something to do with this company that we need to figure out.”
— Brady Lee Hardin (@bradyhardin) October 2, 2018
It turns out the company was a company created by the Trumps, and owned by the Trump children specifically. To pass money to his children tax-free, Fred Trump would hire “All County Building Supply & Maintenance” to do repairs on his buildings, and pay an inflated rate. Then, the Trump children would pay their workers the standard rate, pocketing the difference. Fred Trump then used the repairs to “justify raising rents,” making him more money.
All County’s ostensible purpose was to be the purchasing agent for Fred Trump’s buildings, buying everything from boilers to cleaning supplies. It did no such thing, records and interviews show. https://t.co/szw2KbTT40 pic.twitter.com/bAbjYEpcZb
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 3, 2018
Americans are understandably outraged… though few are surprised that Trump’s wealth has such corrupt origins.
— Ace Newland (@ARNewland) October 4, 2018
If the Democrats pry into Trump’s (alleged) tax fraud, what is to stop them from prying into other people’s tax fraud? Where will it end? Is no dodgy tax shelter safe anymore? What is America coming to? https://t.co/eibha82NV8
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) October 4, 2018
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) October 4, 2018
In normal times and with a sane political landscape, the Times report on Trump family taxes would be dominating the news 1/ https://t.co/XJBXKSJ8ql
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) October 4, 2018
The Times report revealed many ways Fred Trump avoided “estate and gift taxes,” but the All County scoop is perhaps the most obvious and shocking revelations, all thanks to a Google search! It turns out there’s no better investigator than the internet’s most powerful search engine, and Twitter couldn’t be more grateful!
My takeaway on the Fred/Donald Trump tax fraud/ real eatate deep dive-
Do you realize how BAD you have to be at business to inherit that portfolio in NEW YORK CITY many years ago and NOT be worth $10bn today?
It is almost impossible
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) October 3, 2018
I’m astonished that the media isn’t paying more attention to the Trump tax fraud story in the NYTimes. It blows to smithereens the myth of Trump as a successful businessman. It describes high crimes and misdemeanors — more than grounds for impeachment and prison.
— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) October 3, 2018
I’m old enough to remember yesterday when the New York Times ran a story about Trump’s massive decades long tax fraud that would’ve taken down any other president in our history, and nobody really blinked.
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) October 4, 2018
Do you know how high the bar is for the NYT to directly accuse someone, let alone a sitting president, of tax fraud, which is a federal crime? It’s very, very high. And here we are: https://t.co/WyDfI56LIo
— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) October 2, 2018
These media reports represent serious and credible allegations of potentially illegal tax fraud, based on extensive documentation. It’s critical that IRS fully investigate these allegations and prosecute any violations to the fullest extent of the law.
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) October 3, 2018
Watch your back, Mr. President…Google is working for the other side!