Felix Sater

Key Figure in Trump-Russia Saga Dodges Legal Bullet

Reading Time: 3 minutes One of President Donald Trump’s associates had some good news yesterday. Felix Sater, the subject of a recent in-depth piece by WhoWhatWhy, had a tax fraud claim against him tossed out of court.Following a brief oral argument, Manhattan state court judge Justice Charles E. Ramos dismissed the $70-million tax fraud claim against Sater.Sater is in Read More

Donald Trump, Taxes

Curious Coincidences in IRS Trump Audit

Reading Time: 2 minutes Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns has long been a subject of conjecture. To that, we’d like to add a related mystery: Why did the IRS begin auditing Donald Trump in 2002? Why that year in particular? Donald Trump’s finances were always complicated and fertile ground for the IRS, yet, it only began Read More

Michael Cohen, Trump Tower_Entrance

Spotlight on Michael Cohen — Trump’s Mysterious Lawyer with Deep Ukraine Ties

Reading Time: 26 minutes In this in-depth story, we took a close look at a key Trump-Russia figure who recently generated headlines: the president’s “bulldog” ex-in-house lawyer, Michael Cohen. With his own surprising ties to the former Soviet Union, Cohen may turn out to be a crucial missing link for investigators. He has now been subpoenaed to testify before the Senate Committee probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Michael Cohen, Trump Tower_Entrance

Spotlight on Michael Cohen — Trump’s Mysterious Lawyer with Ukraine Ties

Reading Time: 25 minutes In this in-depth story, we take a close look at a key Trump-Russia figure who just this week generated headlines: the president’s “bulldog” ex in-house lawyer, Michael Cohen. With his own surprising ties to the former Soviet Union, Cohen may turn out to be a crucial missing link for investigators.

Unite the Right

GOP Quickly Running Out of Time to Dump Trump

Reading Time: 3 minutes One headline today read, “Republicans in Despair After Trump’s Disastrous Week.”It brought to mind heated conversations I had years ago with Republican aides on The Hill, folks I have known from when I reported on such things back in the 80s and 90s.Those conversations were sparked by the first signs of trouble: the Tea Party Read More

Unite the Right, Charlottesville

Media Slow to Expose Trump Contribution to Fake News

Reading Time: 2 minutes The media went hard after President Donald Trump about his moral stance (or lack thereof) on Charlottesville. But they missed a chance to take him to task for disseminating his own “fake news.”After receiving broad, near-universal criticism for equating deadly violence perpetrated by white nationalists in Charlottesville, VA, with the response of counter-protesters, Trump decided Read More