UPDATED: August 2020
Eric Schneiderman was surveilling Trump Tower using New York State powers, with a New York State warrant. Because Donald Trump had been suspected of financial fraud with the Trump organization for years, Schneiderman had run surveillance for years. Even before he became the President, Donald Trump was a big star, and Enterprise Corruption cases are some of New York’s most serious. Equally, the corruption -financial corruption – involved Russians – as Claude Taylor and I reported, the resulting Federal indictment was for the Trump organization and Donald Trump over Felix Sater and the Bayrock deal.
The nation became obsessed with the FBI and its FISA warrants and the bar needed to obtain them. As New York State’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman was investigating simple financial fraud by a guy long known to be a con-man, and when he started, the Presidency was just a twinkle in Corey Lewandowski’s eye as he caddied Donald’s clubs for him on the fourteenth green. Getting a warrant to intercept the phone calls of Russian mobsters in Trump Tower – listening to Felix Sater, or Roger Stone, or Paul Manafort – would have been neither difficult nor controversial.
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Narrator: It was not, in fact, President Obama
The current furore over Deutsche Bank and Donald Trump’s tax returns is understandable, but Letitia James doesn’t need them to make her case. She is sitting on months, probably years, of entirely lawfully obtained state evidence – recordings of Trump and his cronies, talking in Trump Tower – evidence that is entirely beyond Bill Barr’s grasping, federal reach.
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FISA is not the only fruit.
Sources with links to New York State justice and law enforcement report that Eric Schneiderman, the Attorney General of New York State, had Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump, under legal direct surveillance for some time at state level on an Enterprise Corruption case against Russian mobsters.
‘People are only looking at FISA. They forgot state law,’ one source said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matters discussed.
The way in which Attorney General Schneiderman’s state case became a Federal indictment was reported exclusively by me at Patribotics. RICO and Enterprise Corruption cases are typically principally on financial and other crimes such as money laundering, corruption and so forth. However, in this case, there were also national security implications, which is why Mr. Schneiderman dismissed his case at state level in order that his evidence should form the basis of a federal case. As a state Attorney General, Schneiderman did not need a judge’s permission to do this.
The existence of the sealed indictment against Donald Trump was reported by Claude Taylor and me exclusively for Patribotics.
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