maxine the asshole again

House Demagogs Ask Deutsche Bank If Trump Accounts Have Russia Ties
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, May 24 2017

In the aftermath of prior media reports that in the past Deutsche Bank provided hundreds of millions in loans to Trump, today Demagog congress critturs looking for a smoking gun asked Germany’s largest bank to hand over its findings on “two politically charged matters,” demand details whether Trump accounts have Russia ties, and if Deutsche Bank loans to Trump were backed by Russia. From the letter:

We write seeking information relating to two internal reviews reportedly conducted by Deutsche Bank: one regarding its 2011 Russian mirror trading scandal and the other regarding its review of the personal accounts of Trump and his family members held at the Bank. What is troubling is that the Bank to our knowledge has thus far refused to disclose or publicly comment on the results of either of its internal reviews. As a result, there is no transparency regarding who participated in, or benefited from, the Russian mirror trading scheme that allowed $10b to flow out of Russia. Likewise, Congress remains in the dark on whether loans Deutsche Bank made to Trump were guaranteed by the Russian Government, or were in any way connected to Russia. It is critical that you provide this Committee with the information necessary to assess the scope, findings and conclusions of your internal reviews.

Along with the internal review of the Russian stock-trading scheme, Demagogs are seeking any internal correspondence and communications related to loans extended to Trump and his immediate family members. The bank has made more than $300m in loans to Trump for the Doral golf resort in Florida, a Faschingstein hotel and a Chicago tower.

Deutsche Bank’s pattern of involvement in money laundering schemes with primarily Russian participation, its unconventional relationship with the President, and its repeated violations of Pindosi banking laws over the past several years, all raise serious questions about whether the Bank’s reported reviews of the mirror trading scheme and Trump’s financial ties to Russia were sufficiently robust.

The letter, which asks Deutsche Bank to respond by Jun 2, also asks whether the bank’s loans to Trump, made years before the NY developer ran for president, “were guaranteed by the Russian government, or were in any way connected to Russia.” It was not clear just how Russia would  “guarantee” a loan that is by definition secured (as a recourse loan at that) by an asset, although the confusion is understandable, as the initiative is being spreadheaded by Maxine Waters, who together with four other Demagogs on the House Financial Services Committee, has asked the Frankfurt-based lender for the various documents. Other details: the congress critturs asked whether the bank’s loans to Trump, made years before the New York developer ran for president, “were guaranteed by the Russian government, or were in any way connected to Russia.” A copy of the letter sent to the bank was reviewed by Bloomberg News. That said, it is unlikely that either Trump or DB will lose much sleep over this initial disclosure request: as the minority party, Demagogs don’t have the power to force Deutsche Bank to make any disclosures. Furthermore, it’s not clear whether Rep Jeb Hensarling of Texas, the chairman of the committee, shares his colleagues’ interest in the matter. If past is prologue, the answer is most likely note: Bloomberg reminds us that the same group of Demagogs demanded in March that Hensarling hold a hearing to explore the bank’s conduct in the Russian mirror-trading scandal, as part of an effort to ensure that the DoJ investigation wasn’t influenced by the lender’s relationship with Trump. No hearing has been scheduled. That said, Democrats may have a good reason to peek inside DB’s book, citing the bank’s previous compliance failures, “which have resulted in more than $6 billion in fines and penalties to U.S. regulators since 2015.”  Previously, Bloomberg has reported that the bank’s loans to Trump were structured as “recourse” loans, which, in the case of default, would allow the bank to go after Trump’s own assets. The full letter is here.

Hocus Pocus leaders want to know why Mad Maxine was cut off
Jazmine Ulloa, LA Times, May 22 2017

The head of the California Demagog Party African American Caucus said Monday he was working with state party boxtops to determine who was responsible for cutting off the sound to Mad Maxine’s microphone as she spoke to the group at the party’s convention on Saturday. Caucus Chairman Darren Parker said:

This incident has been unusual and disrespectful. This is a very unusual situation, and we are collectively trying to figure out a path forward to address what happened and make sure these things do not happen in the future. The caucus meeting ran late. When an event has run over its time slot in the past, the caucus has been billed for the extra expenses. We initially believed the man to be a convention staff or city employee. But after working with a Sacramento City Council member over the weekend, we determined the audio was provided by an outside firm hired by the state Demagog Party. The audio company has not been identified, an investigation into what happened is ongoing. We are working directly with statewide officers to make sure that these outside contractors are properly instructed on how to act and how to treat our guests.

Waters, a LA Demagog whose acerbic comments on Pres Trump have brought her national attention in her 14th term, was in the middle of a rousing speech against Trump on Saturday night when she was approached by a man who appeared to work for the convention center. “Hey, leave her alone,” audience members shouted as he interrupted to speak to her privately, prompting Parker to show the man away. “That’s all right, that’s OK, they try to shut me up all the time,” Waters quipped to loud cheers as she continued to speak. But the sound from her microphone was cut off shortly thereafter, sending the room of about 300 people into confusion. That didn’t stop Waters. As a few voices shouted in anger, she got down from the podium, telling the audience they could still have a conversation. She finished her speech from the floor, as the crowd chanted “Impeach 45.” A manager for the Sacramento Convention Center told me on Monday that the contractors who pulled the plug on the event were not center employees.

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