Categories for New York

27,128. 8/1/2019

LEGAL/NEW YORK/TRUMP BUSINESS/WOMEN: “The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office sent subpoenas to the Trump Organization and American Media Inc. on Thursday as part of an investigation into the hush money paid to two women who alleged affairs with President Donald Trump. The subpoena to the Trump Organization is seeking communications between the company and representatives for Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, the women who alleged they had affairs with Trump more than a decade ago, according to a person familiar with the matter. AMI also received a subpoena, according to a second person. Prosecutors are looking into whether the Trump Organization filed any false business records in how it accounted for the reimbursement of the payments to Michael Cohen, a source familiar with the matter told CNN. Marc L. Mukasey, attorney for the Trump Organization, said on Thursday, ‘This is a political hit job. It’s just harassment of the President, his family and his business, using subpoenas and leaks as weapons. We will respond as appropriate.’ AMI did not comment on its subpoena from the Manhattan DA’s office.”

Kara Scannell, “Manhattan DA subpoenas Trump Organization and AMI in Stormy Daniels hush money investigation,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, August 1, 2019 10:19 pm

27,114. 8/1/2019

LEGAL/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “A federal judge in Washington presiding over a case involving President Donald Trump’s state tax returns said today that he will hear a bid to move the case to New York. District Court Judge Carl Nichols said he agreed to a proposal by New York state to allow it to challenge his court’s jurisdiction over the issue. In exchange, the judge barred the state from turning over the president’s state tax filings to congressional Democrats, should they ask for them under a newly enacted New York law, while the case is pending. The state must also alert Nichols if Democrats request the tax documents while the case is being argued, the judge ordered. He set a hearing on the issue for Aug. 29. The decision was not unexpected, since Nichols said Wednesday he was leaning toward the idea. It comes in a case in which Trump is seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) from taking advantage of the New York law.”

Brian Faler, “Judge agrees to hear bid to move Trump state tax return case to New York,” Politico, August 1, 2019 5:13 pm

27,100. 8/1/2019

LEGAL/NEW YORK/TRUMP BUSINESS/WOMEN: “State prosecutors in Manhattan subpoenaed President Trump’s family business on Thursday [8-1-19], reviving an investigation into the company’s role in hush-money payments made during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to people briefed on the matter. The subpoena, issued by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, demanded the Trump Organization provide documents related to money that had been used to buy the silence of Stormy Daniels, a pornographic film actress who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump. The inquiry from the district attorney’s office, which is in early stages, is examining whether any senior executives at the company filed false business records about the hush money, which would be a state crime, the people said…The investigation will focus on a $130,000 payment Michael D. Cohen, the president’s lawyer and fixer at the time, gave Ms. Daniels. Mr. Cohen also helped arrange for a tabloid media company to pay the Playboy model Karen McDougal, a second woman who said she had had an affair with the president.”

Ben Protess and William K. Rashbaum, “Manhattan D.A. Subpoenas Trump Organization Over Stormy Daniels Hush Money,” The New York Times online, August 1, 2019

27,008. 7/29/2019

CELEBS/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Both were enduring characters in New York, their names in headlines, their faces on television. Both began their lives outside Manhattan — one was born in Brownsville, Brooklyn, the other in Jamaica, Queens — and both worked their way toward its irresistibly sizzling spotlight. Both were flamboyant attention-getters who found fame on television, Donald J. Trump as a reality-show host, the Rev. Al Sharpton as a cable news commentator. From time to time, they crossed paths, drawing energy from each other even as foes, as Mr. Trump made claims that Mr. Sharpton challenged — about five black and Latino teenagers who were charged with raping a white jogger in Central Park in the 1980s, and about whether Barack Obama was born in the United States. But sometimes they were friends in the way that public figures in New York can be.”

James Barron and Jeffery C. Mays, “How Trump and Sharpton Became the Ultimate New York Frenemies,” The New York Times online, July 29, 2019

26,931. 7/26/2019

DEMS/ELECTION/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Few people, especially politicians, can stand to be insulted. But when it comes to barbs fired by President Trump, Mayor Bill de Blasio cannot seem to get enough of them. Treated as an afterthought among 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, Mr. de Blasio has embraced every affront from the president as an opportunity not just to fire back, but also to present himself as a capable antidote to Mr. Trump. The latest example came this week, after the president cited viral videos that showed police officers getting water dumped on their heads, and suggested that the mayor was to blame for creating a lawless environment in New York City. The president, Mr. de Blasio quickly replied on Thursday, ‘knows nothing about New York City at this point.’ Later that night, in an interview with BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith, Mr. de Blasio challenged Mr. Trump to a debate…Before he was an official candidate for president, Mr. de Blasio told voters in Iowa that Democrats would not win back the White House by focusing on Mr. Trump. He criticized Hillary Clinton, his former boss and Democratic nominee for president, for pursuing such a strategy.”

Jeffery C. Mays, “Trump Attacks. De Blasio Strikes Back, and Hopes Voters Notice.,” The New York Times online, July 26, 2019

26,924. 7/25/2019

DEMS/LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “A federal judge decided Thursday [7-25-19] that a different judge should handle President Donald Trump’s suit to prevent House Democrats from obtaining his New York state tax returns, delaying a decision on the president’s request for a restraining order against the Democrats. Judge Trevor McFadden, a Trump appointee, rejected a bid by Trump lawyer William Consovoy to have McFadden hear both that case and a separate lawsuit by Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal seeking the president’s federal returns. At a hearing Thursday, Consovoy argued the cases are so similar that McFadden ought to handle both. But McFadden disagreed, noting one involved federal tax law and the other state law. What’s more, McFadden said, Democrats are plaintiffs in one case and defendants in the other, and that could have ramifications for their legal strategies in the cases…While the New York case will be reassigned to another judge, McFadden will still handle Neal’s lawsuit for Trump’s federal filings. Lawyers for Neal said they did not have an opinion on whether McFadden ought to take both cases.”

Brian Faler, “Trump’s suit to block Democrats from getting his New York tax returns will be handed off to another judge,” Politico, July 25, 2019 6:15 pm

26,916. 7/25/2019

NEW YORK/POLICE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “…What took place was completely unacceptable, and will not be tolerated. Bill de Blasio should act immediately!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 25, 2019 1:03 pm

26,915. 7/25/2019

NEW YORK/POLICE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “We love our Law Enforcement Officers all around this great Country. What took place in NYC with water being tossed on NYPD officers was a total disgrace. It is time for @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio to STAND UP for those who protect our lives and serve us all so well…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 25, 2019 1:03 pm

26,882. 7/24/2019

LEGAL/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “President Donald Trump’s attorneys asked a federal judge Wednesday [7-24-19] to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent the House’s top tax writer from asking New York officials to turn over the president’s state tax returns. Trump filed suit in the District of Columbia on Tuesday to keep House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) from taking advantage of a New York law that would give him access to the state returns upon request. New York officials are also named in the suit. But Trump’s attorneys said Wednesday they fear Neal could ask for the returns before the case proceeds…It’s another volley in the tug-of-war between Trump and Democrats who are bent on getting ahold of his tax returns, which he has refused to release voluntarily. Neal has asked a federal court to order the administration to give him six years’ worth of Trump’s returns under a federal law that allows the chairs of Congress’s tax committees to obtain anyone’s confidential tax information.”

Toby Echert, “Trump wants restraining order to keep his New York tax returns away from Democrats,” Politico, July 24, 2019 5:23 pm

26,843. 7/23/2019

DEMS/LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP TAXES: “President Trump sued New York State officials and the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday [7-23-19] to try to block congressional Democrats from using a recently enacted New York law to obtain his state tax returns. The lawsuit, filed by the president’s private lawyers in federal court in Washington, opens a new front in Mr. Trump’s fight to keep his tax returns secret. His administration has already rejected subpoenas from the Ways and Means Committee for his federal tax information, prompting the House to file a lawsuit of its own in recent weeks seeking enforcement. Now Mr. Trump is moving to close a side door opened by Democratic lawmakers in his home state by asking a judge to declare that the Ways and Means Committee ‘lacks a legitimate legislative purpose’ to request his state tax returns. The suit also seeks to nullify the New York law outright before Congress decides whether to use it.”

Nicholas Fandos and Jesse McKinley, “Trump Sues New York and Congress to Shield His State Tax Returns,” The New York Times online, July 23, 2019

26,724. 7/19/2019

FEDERAL RESERVE/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I like New York Fed President John Williams first statement much better than his second. His first statement is 100% correct in that the Fed ‘raised’ far too fast & too early. Also must stop with the crazy quantitative tightening. We are in a World competition, & winning big,…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 19, 2019 8:38 am

26,658. 7/17/2019

CAMPAIGN FINANCE/INVESTIGATIONS/MICHAEL COHEN/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge in Manhattan disclosed on Wednesday [7-17-19] that prosecutors have concluded their investigation into campaign finance violations involving President Trump and ordered that they publicly release some of their files, a new twist in a case that had threatened to upend the Trump presidency. The judge’s order did not answer one of the lingering questions of the investigation: whether prosecutors in the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan still plan to file additional charges in connection with the case. The investigation, which centered on hush money payments arranged during the 2016 presidential campaign to two women who said they had affairs with Mr. Trump, already resulted in the conviction of the president’s former fixer, Michael D. Cohen. Mr. Cohen, who is now serving a three-year prison sentence, has said he helped arrange the hush money at the direction of Mr. Trump, an accusation that the federal prosecutors in Manhattan ultimately repeated in court papers.”

Ben Protess, William K. Rashbaum and Benjamin Weiser, “Investigation Into Trump Campaign Finance Violations Is Over, Judge Says,” The New York Times online, July 17, 2019

26,204. 7/2/2019

DEMS/LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “For two consecutive days, President Trump turned his Twitter fury against two of the highest elected officials in his home state: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the attorney general, Letitia James, both Democrats. It was not immediately clear what prompted Mr. Trump to lash out; his tweets on Monday [7-1-19] focused on his treatment by Ms. James’s office. Without mentioning Ms. James by name, the president said she was ‘harassing all of my New York businesses in search of anything at all they can find to make me look as bad as possible.’ Mr. Trump continued his tirade on Tuesday [7-2-19], suggesting that New York’s tax rate was driving away residents ‘like never before.’ The outburst prompted a return of fire from Mr. Cuomo on Tuesday, who issued a statement entitled, ‘President Trump’s Day 2 Twitter Tantrum,’ saying Mr. Trump was in ‘la la land.’”

Jesse McKinley and Vivian Wang, “Trump vs. N.Y.: Fact-Checking His Claims of ‘Harassment’ by the State,” The New York Times online, July 2, 2019

26,192. 7/2/2019

NEW YORK/TAXES/TEXAS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “…Texas will defend them & indemnify them against political harassment by New York State and Governor Cuomo. So many people are leaving New York for Texas and Florida that it is totally under siege. First New York taxes you too high, then they sue you, just to complete the job”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 2, 2019 6:21 am

26,191. 7/2/2019

NEW YORK/NRA/TEXAS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “People are fleeing New York like never before. If they own a business, they are twice as likely to flee. And if they are a victim of harassment by the A.G. of the state, like what they are doing to our great NRA, which I think will move quickly to Texas, where they are loved…..”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 2, 2019 6:21 am

26,178. 7/1/2019

LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/TRUMP BUSINESS: “President Donald Trump on Monday [7-1-19] accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of deploying Attorney General Tish James as a ‘bludgeoning tool’ in a politically motivated legal campaign against Trump-branded businesses in the state…James was elected New York’s top law enforcement official in November 2018 after former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a frequent antagonist of the Trump administration, resigned in May 2018 amid allegations of physical abuse by several women. The Trump Foundation was forced to shut down in December 2018 and divvy up its remaining funds to various nonprofit groups under an agreement with acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood, who was appointed to carry out the remainder of Schneiderman’s term. The dissolution of the president’s personal charity followed an investigation Schneiderman first launched in September 2016 and a subsequent lawsuit brought by the attorney general’s office in June 2018, alleging that Trump and his children improperly benefited personally and politically from the organization.”

Quint Forgey, “Trump accuses New York of harassing his businesses,” Politico, July 1, 2019 1:34 pm

26,168. 7/1/2019

DEMS/LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It is very hard and expensive to live in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo uses his Attorney General as a bludgeoning tool for his own purposes. They sue on everything, always in search of a crime. I even got sued on a Foundation which took Zero rent & expenses & gave away…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 1, 2019 11:10 am

26,167. 7/1/2019

NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….New York businesses in search of anything at all they can find to make me look as bad as possible. So, on top of ridiculously high taxes, my children and companies are spending a fortune on lawyers. No wonder people and businesses are fleeing New York in record numbers!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 1, 2019 11:10 am

25,768. 6/15/2019

NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @DanScavino: As the worst Mayor in the history of New York City manages his bucket list in Iowa — he also remains steady at ZERO PERCENT…”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 15, 2019 6:49 am

25,587. 6/10/2019

FIRST RESPONDERS/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I have been briefed on the helicopter crash in New York City. Phenomenal job by our GREAT First Responders who are currently on the scene. THANK YOU for all you do 24/7/365! The Trump Administration stands ready should you need anything at all.” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 10, 2019 1:52 pm

25,246. 5/23/2019

CONGRESS/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “The New York Legislature passed a bill yesterday that could let members of Congress do something few have: look at President Trump’s tax returns, legally. The bill may lead to further insight into the vast and complex network of Mr. Trump’s business activities, which he has vigorously tried to conceal for decades. After Times reporters obtained printouts from Mr. Trump’s I.R.S. tax transcripts for the years 1985 through 1994, they reported that he had lost $1 billion in just 10 years. The printouts were sent by a person who had legal access to them. Mr. Trump and some of his supporters say the interest in his taxes is a political witch hunt meant to derail his White House agenda. How did the hunt for Mr. Trump’s tax returns end up in Albany? The hunt is in New York because Mr. Trump, who was born in Queens, lived here for years. Until Mr. Trump moved into the White House, he lived and worked in Manhattan. That meant he filed taxes in New York, and that the information is in the hands of state officials. Democrats, who have long occupied the governor’s office, recently took full control of the Legislature, giving them the power to write a bill to release tax returns under certain circumstances.”

Azi Paybarah, “How New York Cleared a Path for Congress to Get Trump’s Tax Returns,” The new York Times online, May 23, 2019

25,139. 5/21/2019

LEGISLATION/NEW YORK/PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The New York State Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday [5-21-19] that would allow state prosecutors to pursue charges against any individual granted a presidential pardon for similar federal crimes, closing a loophole that lawmakers said could be exploited by President Trump in a bid to indemnify former associates. The bill, which has already passed the State Senate and has the support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, would exempt the state’s so-called double jeopardy law from cases involving presidential pardons, something supporters say is necessary to stave off a possible abuse of Mr. Trump’s pardon power. On Wednesday, the Legislature — controlled by Democrats — is expected to pass a separate bill that would allow three congressional committees to seek Mr. Trump’s state tax returns; that bill also has the support of Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat in his third term. The legislative efforts may prove a viable way to circumvent the White House’s stonewalling of attempts by the House of Representatives to investigate behavior of the Republican president and his subordinates. On Tuesday, Donald F. McGahn II, the former White House counsel, ignored a House subpoena to testify on attempts to obstruct the investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election.”

Jesse McKinley, “Albany Closes a Loophole for Trump Pardons. Next Up: His Taxes.,” The New York Times online, May 21, 2019

25,038. 5/16/2019

DEMS/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: [email protected] is the worst Mayor in the history of New York City – he won’t last long! https://t.co/NyYntsX573

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 16, 2019 5:11 pm

25,025. 5/16/2019

DEMS/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Dems are getting another beauty to join their group. Bill de Blasio of NYC, considered the worst mayor in the U.S., will supposedly be making an announcement for president today. He is a JOKE, but if you like high taxes & crime, he’s your man. NYC HATES HIM!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 16, 2019 7:33 am

 

24,426. 4/29/2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL/NEW YORK/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Gov. Andrew Cuomo struck back at President Donald Trump on Monday [4-29-19] in an escalating war of words over the New York attorney general’s recently launched investigation of the National Rifle Association. In a pair of morning tweets, Trump said the NRA was ‘under siege by Cuomo and the New York State A.G.’ and accused them of abusing their legal authority to target the group…In response, Cuomo released a statement saying ‘the only thing illegal is the gun lobby’s insurance scheme,’ and noting the incidence in mass gun violence over the past several years…Attorney General Tish James’ office announced on Friday [4-26-19] that it was investigating the NRA over allegations of self-dealing that potentially threaten the organization’s nonprofit status. James often spoke of taking legal action against the Trump administration during her campaign last year.”

Nick Niedzwiadek, “Andrew Cuomo hits back at Trump over probe of NRA,” Politico, April 29, 2019 8:17 pm