George Graham

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

About the author


I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for