On Wednesday, Matt Kirschenheiter was charged by the O.C. D.A.'s Office with domestic violence and false imprisonment
Mantis: Trump tweeted, “As the President of the United States, I have an absolute right, perhaps even a duty, to investigate, or have investigated, CORRUPTION, and that would include asking, or suggesting, other Countries to help us out!” Well since he has a duty let’s investigate: Eric, Don Jr., Ivanka, and Jared! Eric and Don Jr. have sold more than $100 million of the family’s real estate since the January 2017 inauguration — including a $3.2 million deal in the Dominican Republic last year that is “the clearest violation of their father’s pledge to do no new foreign deals while in office.” Foreign money has also poured into the Trump International Hotel, located just blocks from the White House, which the president’s most recent financial disclosure indicated made him $41 million last year alone. New York Times detailed in August, a $1.7 billion Trump Organization project in Indonesia received a $500 billion infusion from a state-owned Chinese construction company. And it’s not just Eric and Don Jr.; Ivanka Trump, despite working in the White House, continues to do business in China as well. And last year, Ivanka’s husband, White House official Jared Kushner, received a massive cash infusion from Qatar. Sorry for the long post, but I just scratched the surface! The real estate company owned by President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has bagged more than $400 million deal with Chinese company Anbang Insurance Group. The prominent Chinese firm will invest in the Kushners’ marquee Manhattan office tower at 666 Fifth Avenue. News of the deal comes after a report that Trump will host Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, next month. In December 2018, there were reports of Saudi Arabia using Trump businesses to indirectly funnel funds to Trump that is a breach of the Emoluments Clause! Now onto China, the country—not known for its friendliness to American brands claiming intellectual property rights—has granted Ivanka Trump 34 trademarks since her father took office. At least three were approved the same day she dined, in her capacity as a presidential aide, with Chinese president Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in March 2017. Another batch of trademarks were granted in the days before and after President Trump publicly announced he would take steps to keep Chinese cellphone manufacturer ZTE afloat. Were these trademarks approved on their merits or as part of an effort to influence Trump administration policy? That’s the pesky thing about conflicts of interest—it’s difficult to know whether business arrangements are legitimate or an attempt at influence peddling. Hi Now Trump’s efforts to muddy a political rival with corruption allegations has backfired, landing the president in the middle of a growing impeachment scandal. But the strategy—if this ham-handed effort at political dirt digging could be called that—also seems likely to lead to uncomfortable questions about the Trump clan’s own business dealings.