Shades of Al Capone?


As I follow the intricate web of evidence emerging in the Mueller probe, echoes of the case that finally put Al Capone (photo) behind bars reverberate in my mind.

No, I don’t really think Trump is a latter-day Scarface. He isn’t that deadly. But I feel in my bones that the president of the USA has Mob ties.

And it seems to me that Mueller and his investigators are splashing about in the shallows when they could be casting their nets in much deeper water.

Al Capone was eventually nailed for tax evasion. The authorities couldn’t pin anything more sinister on the infamous Mafia don.

So what will they eventually pin on Trump?

Probably “violations of federal campaign finance laws.” Or “obstruction of justice.” Possibly “conspiracy to commit election crimes.”

Don’t you think Trump might be guilty of worse than that?

His family’s underworld connections supposedly go way, way back. His grandfather is said to have owned a “shady” hotel during the Klondike gold rush, and his dad’s business partner was reportedly a front for a Mafia family.

His accountants, lawyers and business partners include quite a few with Mob histories.

And he, himself, is known for dealing with the Mob – both domestic and international.

I know, I know, that’s all just “guilt by association.” It wouldn’t be admissible in a court of law.

But he once paid millions to settle a charge of laundering Mafia money.

Is that enough to prove Trump is a mobster? Of course not.

Obviously, I can’t pin anything sinister on Trump. But I don’t have Mueller’s resources, do I?

Of course it would be worth all the hootin’ and hollerin’ if Mueller comes up with enough to impeach Trump. But I can’t get rid of the suspicion that it would be just the tip of a very big iceberg.

Trump’s mob ties

His money laundering fine

Rumors about his grandfather

The Capone connection

Capone’s case

9 thoughts on “Shades of Al Capone?

  1. I hope Mueller chips away at all of his cronies, his son in law, his friends, his business associates and his political supporters and leaves him all alone with no echo cabal of sycophants. Then when he is out of office, lock him up on bank fraud and fine him the total value of all of his assets.
    With not jail. Just let him lose all of his ill gotten gains under RICO and he has to live off of his Social Security.

  2. “I hope Mueller chips away at all of his cronies…”

    I wonder how long it took to craft prose of such eloquence. Could it have been two minutes ?

  3. “The Two Minutes Hate, from George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, is a daily period in which Party members of the society of Oceania must watch a film depicting the Party’s enemies (notably Emmanuel Goldstein and his followers) and express their hatred for them for exactly two minutes.”

  4. So you criticize the form but have no comment on the substance of what I wrote, so goody for me.

  5. Stooping to an ad hominem attack on Grace, LogicFish? And with sarcasm, too? I’d thought better of you. Shouldn’t we be focusing on the issues under discussion?
    Also, don’t you think it’s rather unrealistic to demand eloquence in comments on a blog?
    In any event, your criticism is misguided. Her metaphor may sound unusual but it is quite sound. Mueller is targeting Trump’s allies, one by one, for prosecution. And I think it’s fair to call that “chipping away.”

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