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Donald J. Trump (aka Don the Con, aka Don the Snake, aka Two face Donnie, aka The Don) is a con man who with the help of Putin and Russia was able to steal the 2016 election.

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Donald J. Trump’s next book should be called “The Art of the Con” because Trump has been running a long con on the America people. Trump was referring to himself when he told the snake story. Trump is a serial liar and a con man that will say or do anything to protect himself or to make money. Trump University was a con job that defrauded its students by using misleading marketing practices and engaging in aggressive sales tactics. Trump had to pay $25 million to settle the case. The Trump Foundation and its directors have been accused of self-dealing and committing various ethical and legal violations. Trump’s Taj Mahal Casino Resort was fined $10 Million for money laundering and for willful and repeated violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). Trump has lied about his wealth since his early days as a developer in New York. When he needs loan, he exaggerates his assets to secure the loan, when comes time to pay his taxes he low-balls the same assets so he does not pay all taxes due. Trump lied to the American people when he said he was worth 10 billion dollars he has never been worth that much. Trump wants or maybe he needs people to believe he is a wealthy. That may explain why he inflates his wealth from day to day sometimes daily. Did he lie about his wealth and do all those guest spots on radio, TV and in movies to get you to like him so he could pick your pockets later? If people think you are wealthy, they do not think you will pick their pockets. Was it a long con all along if so that would make Donald J. Trump the greatest con man in history?

By Justin Doom, James Hill and Benjamin Siegel
The president's former attorney says Trump knew Stone was talking to Assange. Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, intends to tell the House Oversight Committee today that President Donald Trump is "a racist," "a conman" and "a cheat." Cohen, according to a copy of his intended remarks obtained by ABC News, also plans to divulge that Trump, as a candidate, knew Roger Stone was talking with Julian Assange about WikiLeaks' revealing of emails from the Democratic National Committee. The comments obtained by ABC News and media outlets including The New York Times could very well change during today's testimony. "I am ashamed of my own failings, and I publicly accepted responsibility for them by pleading guilty in the Southern District of New York," Cohen writes in his intended remarks. "I am ashamed of my weakness and misplaced loyalty -- of the things I did for Mr. Trump in an effort to protect and promote him. "I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump's illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience. I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is. He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat." According to the copy of Cohen's prepared remarks, he'll be presenting evidence including: a copy of a check Trump allegedly wrote, after taking office, to reimburse Cohen for hush-money paid to an adult-film star; copies of letters written by Cohen threatening Trump's high school, colleges and the College Board not to release his grades or SAT scores; and copies of financial statements from 2011 to 2013. "Questions have been raised about whether I know of direct evidence that Mr. Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia. I do not. I want to be clear," Cohen's prepared remarks state. "But, I have my suspicions." Cohen's statement also include an apology to lawmakers. "I want to apologize to each of you and to Congress as a whole," the intended remarks state. "The last time I appeared before Congress, I came to protect Mr. Trump. Today, I'm here to tell the truth about Mr. Trump. I lied to Congress about when Mr. Trump stopped negotiating the Moscow Tower project in Russia. I stated that we stopped negotiating in January 2016. That was false -- our negotiations continued for months later during the campaign." Cohen's statement goes on to say, "Mr. Trump did not directly tell me to lie to Congress. That's not how he operates. In conversations we had during the campaign, at the same time I was actively negotiating in Russia for him, he would look me in the eye and tell me there's no business in Russia and then go out and lie to the American people by saying the same thing. In his way, he was telling me to lie."

For more than 30 years, Donald Trump has been almost continuously in  the public eye, portraying himself as the epitome of business success  and shrewd dealmaking. He took a business founded by his father to build  modest middle-class housing in the outer boroughs of New York City and  transformed it into a high-profile operation focused on glitzy luxury  condominiums, hotels, casinos and golf courses around the world.  Operating through the Trump Organization, his family holding company,  Trump also capitalized on the name recognition gained through years of  reality-television appearances in a wide range of licensing deals. Trump's decision to enter the race for the Republican presidential  nomination in 2015 brought a great deal of new attention to his wide  range of business activities and the controversies associated with many  of them. Those controversies -- involving issues such as alleged racial  discrimination, lobbying violations, investor and consumer deception,  tax abatements, workplace safety violations, union avoidance and  environmental harm -- are summarized below. Trump's upset victory in the election has made this track record all  the more relevant as the relationship between his business activities  and his political role has come under greater scrutiny.

The Donald J. Trump Foundation will close and give away all its remaining funds in response to a lawsuit filed by the New York attorney general’s office, which had accused the Trump family of using the charity for self-dealing and political gain, the office announced on Tuesday. The attorney general, Barbara Underwood, accused the foundation of “a shocking pattern of illegality” that was “willful and repeated” and included unlawfully coordinating with Mr. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. “This amounted to the Trump Foundation functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests,” Ms. Underwood said. The closure of the foundation is a milestone in the investigation. But the broader lawsuit, which also seeks millions in restitution and penalties and a bar on President Trump and his three oldest children from serving on the boards of other New York charities, is proceeding.

If you think it’s a “wild coincidence” that Robert Mueller has charged  thirteen Russians in absentia and is now shining a spotlight on  potential money laundering by the NRA and questionable family loans in  connection with the Trump-Russia probe, here’s a leftover nugget from  Trump’s Taj Mahal to consider. While dredging the swamp looking for creatures from the black lagoon,  Robert Mueller has been able to follow a trail of slimy footprints that  Trump Inc and his sloppy swamp creatures left behind. On June 16, 2015  Trump announced his official bid for the Presidency.

Many people believe that higher education is a de facto scam. Trump University, Donald Trump’s real-estate institution, was a de jure one. First thing first, Trump University was never a university. When the “school” was established in 2005, the New York State Education Department warned that it was in violation of state law for operating without a NYSED license. Trump ignored the warnings. (The institution is now called, ahem, “Trump Entrepreneur Initiative.”) Cue lawsuits. Trump University is currently the defendant in three lawsuits — two class-action lawsuits filed in California, and one filed in New York by then-attorney general Eric Schneiderman, who told CNN’s New Day in 2013: “We started looking at Trump University and discovered that it was a classic bait-and-switch scheme. It was a scam, starting with the fact that it was not a university.” Trump U “students” say the same. In his affidavit, Richard Hewson reported that he and his wife “concluded that we had paid over $20,000 for nothing, based on our belief in Donald Trump and the promises made at the [organization’s] free seminar and three-day workshop.” But “the whole thing was a scam.” In fact, $20,000 is only a mid-range loss. The lead plaintiff in one of the California suits, yoga instructor Tarla Makaeff, says she was “scammed” out of $60,000 over the course of her time in Trump U.
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