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 […]
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What Will Mueller Find?

As the Mueller investigation grinds on, snippets of information are showing up in the media, and they hint at a frightening conclusion. I don’t think many of us still doubt that Russian thugs played a major role in Trump’s election, or that Trump’s allies collaborated with them. And any average law student could make a […]
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Strange Bedfellows Indeed

  One of the most curious aspects of American society is the relationship between law enforcement and organized crime. From time to time, troubling stories emerge that indicate an undercurrent connecting prosecutors and the criminals they prosecute. I’ve read, for example, that a prosecutor who wrought havoc among mob families was suspected of being a member of […]
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Like a Gangster Movie

  This Trump presidency seems more and more like an old gangster movie. When the president’s personal lawyer invokes the Fifth Amendment  to avoid answering questions in a lawsuit involving a porn star, you have to wonder what’s coming next. You remember that mobsters were always “taking the Fifth” in those old gangster movies, don’t you? The […]
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Who Lurks in the Shadows?

  The days when organized crime figures robbed banks and gunned down one another are long gone. Now, that kind of thing is left to lone strays, street gangs and the like. Today’s organized criminals are more likely to be involved in white-collar heists. They manipulate stock futures and cook the books of multibillion-dollar corporations for example. […]
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Trump Could be in Danger

The conservative propaganda machine is touting the notion that “the radical left” is plotting to assassinate Trump. But I think the president has more to fear from organized crime than from political activists. I can’t see how American and Russian mobsters can let the Muller investigation continue. The special counsel is sure to dig up […]
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Digging up the Dirt

  When the president and vice president of the United States have to hire lawyers to shield them from prosecution,… When the vast majority in Congress, however poor before they got elected, are millionaires… When lobbyists and influence peddlers, foreign and domestic, write the nation’s laws… I have to wonder what Robert Mueller might find when he […]
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Time to Prepare for 2020

  If you’ve missed my blogs this past week and wondered where I was, I was in the hospital. Bleeding ulcer. If you’ve been there, you know. If you haven’t, trust me, you don’t want to know. Messy. Scary. Altogether not nice. And look what you-all did while I was incapacitated! It’s a sad situation […]
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Trump and the Mob. Again.

    I keep seeing the sinister shadow of organized crime behind Donald Trump’s candidacy. So many of his surrogates have links to the mob. And his business associates include mob-linked oligarchs in Russia and the Ukraine. And, of course, there’s his validated association with mobsters in his New York real estate developments and his casino deals. […]
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Trump’s Dark and Dank Past

  Finally, mainstream media outlets may be ready to give Donald Trump’s shady past the attention it deserves. Salon.com reproduced a Politico story this morning spotlighting his long and close connection to the Mafia. And I heard the story mentioned on MSNBC last night. This could be just the beginning. Trump’s dirty laundry could be in for a lot of […]
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