REPORT: Ivanka And Junior Were Nearly Indicted On Felony Fraud Charges Until Donation By Trump Lawyer

Pro Publica and the New Yorker jointly report that in 2012, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. were about to be indicted on felony fraud charges related to real estate claims until a Trump attorney made a campaign donation to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, a Democrat and the son of the late Cyrus Vance Sr., who served as Secretary of State for Jimmy Carter.

An excerpt:

In 2010, when the Major Economic Crimes Bureau of the D.A.’s office opened an investigation of the siblings, the Trump Organization had hired several top New York criminal defense lawyers to represent Donald Jr. and Ivanka. These attorneys had met with prosecutors in the bureau several times.

They conceded that their clients had made exaggerated claims, but argued that the overstatements didn’t amount to criminal misconduct. Still, the case dragged on. In a meeting with the defense team, Donald Trump, Sr., expressed frustration that the investigation had not been closed. Soon after, his longtime personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz entered the case.

Kasowitz, who by then had been the elder Donald Trump’s attorney for a decade, is primarily a civil litigator with little experience in criminal matters. But in 2012, Kasowitz donated $25,000 to the reelection campaign of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., making Kasowitz one of Vance’s largest donors. Kasowitz decided to bypass the lower level prosecutors and went directly to Vance to ask that the investigation be dropped.

Vance has denied that the donation affected his decision to drop the case and says that he returned the 2012 donation and will now return a second donation of $50,000. You really should read the entire article.

  • bkmn
    • NMNative

      Never has, never will. My folks were about as poor as they come and they each had more class then the entire trump family. And my dad was an alcoholic redneck! Still, way classier than trump.

      • DavidAZ

        Hell, Honey Boo Boo and her family have more class. And that includes her farting older sister.

    • matrem
    • bambinoitaliano

      The family has no understanding of what class is. They assume the money they accumulated will magically transform them into some well educated well cultured, well bred social elite. It’s comical to see a bunch of turds keep brushing themselves with gold paint.

      • Jay Silversmith

        I heard they iron their paper money to make it look new.

    • Pip

      This family has had money for decades. And yet they still act so new money. I guess you just can’t money the trash out of people.

    • MichaelJ

      Yes, money can’t buy you class. But it can buy you a lot of other things, such as not suffer any consequences for acting above and beyond the law.

  • b-b-but Jr’s emails!

    I am sure there are more emails.

    • Duh-David

      If this kind of dirt is leaking out, just imagine what Mueller is keeping to himself.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Frankly, i think Mueller is overwhelmed with all the dots he and his team are trying to connect. He need to focus on the bigger crimes and probably will forego some of the lesser ones that could side track the investigation.

  • PickyPecker

    Heads-up, JOE: Headline correction for you – you need to add a ‘BE’ after ‘…About To…’

    • Rambie

      Daddy will take care of the “be” with donations

      • PickyPecker

        I see Joe already corrected and used ‘nearly indicted…’

        • Rambie

          OMG Joe has been bought by Trump.


    • grada3784

      Bees have been dying off.

  • Ken M

    The money didn’t affect me, but here, take some more so you forget.

  • Bad Tom

    Money + politics = corruption.

  • Chucktech

    Just because you’re a Democrat doesn’t mean you’re not a slime ball.

    • Xuuths

      Don’t know why you feel compelled to write against something that no one is arguing for.

      • Steven B

        Because the judge is a Democrat.

  • lymis

    But it’s the Clinton family that’s evil.


    • CanuckDon

      Cowards are great at pointing fingers at others.

    • joe ho

      Unfortunately the GOP is far better at messaging than the Democrats.

      Almost anyone is better at messaging than the Democrats.

      • Todd20036

        Democrats assume that Americans have a modicum of intelligence. Tell the truth, back it up with facts and logic, and there you go.
        Unfortunately, too many Americans are idiots for that method to work.

        • joe ho

          Democrats ignore social science research that shows that decision making takes place on an emotional level. Only later do people look for reasons to justify those decisions.

          It’s astounding that the DNC is so clueless that it doesn’t adapt its strategies. But then it abandoned Howard Dean’s 50 state strategy in favor of concentrating on DC. And look at the mess we have now. 75% of state goverments in GOP control.

          The GOP is better at politics. Hands down.

          • Lizard

            “Democrats ignore social science research that shows that decision making takes place on an emotional level.”

            Actually, new evidence shows that only conservatives tend to make decisions that way. When researchers performed brain scans on conservatives and liberals, conservatives responded to hot-button issues with their amygdala while liberals responded to the same issues with their insula. Literally, lizard brain versus logical thought.


          • CJAS

            Agreed. But, the point still stands that better political messaging includes emotional content.

          • PeedeResistance

            “Emotional” meaning racist, sexist, homophobic dogwhistles.

          • CJAS

            No. Not at all. For, example the NJ DC had ads featuring small business owners that Trump had failed to pay, or threatened to ruin unless they settled for less than contract terms, and otherwise defrauded.

          • PeedeResistance

            No. Not at all. You fail utterly to understand the basic gutter nature of dRUMPf’s ads, dRUMPf’s appeal, and the Rethugs’ ugly, ongoing campaign to convince poor people that they must vote yet again for their oppressors because otherwise melanin and vaginas!!! A few–or even many– intelligent ads about dRUMPf’s lawbreaking are nothing compared to atavistic hate propaganda. Read the rest of the responses; several of them observe that Democrats will never be able to sink to the level of Rethug depravity, as suggested in a scientific study about parts of the brain, and that depravity is what wins the votes of deplorables in amurrikkka. Hillary Clinton had truckloads of facts, plans, and potential policies which should have been ’emotionally’ thrilling to anyone but Rethug billionaires, given that they were designed to help poor and middle-class people both economically and socially and that hers was the most progressive platform adopted by a Presidential candidate to date…but facts and figures just aren’t sexy and ’emotional’ the way hate is, now are they? Your post ignores the obvious fact that ’emotional’ in this country now means lizard-brain.

          • CJAS

            I provided you with an example of emotional content, not law breaking. Ads, Interview style, with distraught (white) small business men he cheated, threatened and intimidated.

            I predicted the ascension of Trump before the GOP primaries began precisely because I know exactly how fundamentally, incurably, white supremacist this culture is. I didn’t need evidence from Neuroscience. Degrees in History, Political Science and Law are sufficient on that point.

          • PeedeResistance

            Would you like to have a pissing contest with degrees? I have a greater number than you (four). You ignored my valid points while providing me only with an example of your own axegrinding, and you are one of the most unpleasantly, unwarrantedly supercilious JMG commenters I have ever encountered. Do learn, by the way, that subjects such as neuroscience (your disdain of which only further confirms my view of your ignorance), history, poli sci, and law are not proper nouns nor are they capitalized–and, as a bonus, try comprehending that higher education and numbers of degrees possessed does not equal intellectual adequacy, much less superiority. 🙂 Bye now!

          • CJAS

            You might want to question your reading comprehension skills. My first comment was prefaced by “agreed”, which should have prevented this entire discussion. Second, I expressed no “disdain” for Neuroscience. I simply stated that I already understood well enough the motives to the American electorate through other studies. Third, I’m not sure what you’re referring to by “axegrinding” (not actually a word)–likely the mere mention of race–but I ignored “your valid points” because they I no argument with them. I simply suggested that there is a need for emotional content in political messaging (which, ironically, is a point the Neuroscience supports) and you misinterpreted that–somehow. Last, it is preferred that particular course of study be capitalized.

          • PeedeResistance

            Your ‘reading comprehension skills’ clearly fail to encompass recognition of basic words. ‘Axegrinding’ is, of course, a word, and the hyphen is optional; here is Merriam-Webster, but the word appears in several other dictionaries:





            Definition of ax-grinding:

            working for an ulterior purpose or toward a selfish end

            Secondly (it’s called an adverb; your usage was yet again incorrect), your dismissive reference to neuroscience certainly connoted and expressed disdain.

            There was no ‘misinterpretation’ on my part; you are embarrassingly wrong about the meaning and use of the word ’emotional,’ I called you on your obvious misuse of the word, and you became–and still are!–combative.

            You are mistaken, yet again, about nouns and their capitalization: ‘neuroscience,’ like all the other nouns you misused, is correctly capitalized only in phrases such as ‘Journal of Neuroscience,’ ‘Association for Neuroscience,’ etc, which refer to organizations involving the science, or at the beginning of encyclopedia entries as is the case with all such nouns. You seem to confuse English with German.

            Lastly, since your ‘reading comprehension skills’ sadly do not even extend to recognition of the simple colloquial phrase ‘buh-bye,’ you are blocked.

          • CJAS

            It’s a phrase, not a word. Again, reading comprehension. Oh, and “pissing contest”? Your degrees do you credit?

          • Corina Jamison

            CJAS, it’s best just to ignore this vicious troll. He starts fake accounts and lately has “obie dobie” uprvoting himself every post. He is a vicious liar.

          • joe ho

            That study only deals with the liberal/conservative difference in risk taking.

            It doesn’t override the massive research on decision making in general, which takes place on the emotional level–regardless of political affiliation–followed by post hoc search for rational justifications. (Haidt et al.)

            It is well established, though, that conservatives do have higher levels of fear, anxiety and aggression (and larger amygdalas). That doesn’t negate the fact that liberals are emotional decision makers, too. They’re just not as dominated by fear and aggression.

          • trog

            Good to know! 💡

          • JCF

            But is “logical thought” going to get Dem voters to the polls (the ones who stayed home in 2016)? I honestly don’t know.

          • WitlessProtection

            The GOP is better at dirty politics. Hands down. FIFY

      • Christine Hostetter

        You are a typical republican. When you cannot inject an intelligent comment into a conversation on the subject at hand, you always have to bring up the Clintons or Obamas. You’re an illiterate ass.

    • Christine Hostetter

      You are a typical republican asshole. When you cannot inject an intelligent comment into a conversation on the subject at hand, you always have to bring up the Clintons or Obamas. You’re an illiterate ass.

  • crewman

    The Trump Family seems more and more like a criminal enterprise; a mafia-lite family, with normal-looking businesses. But scratch a bit and you find fraud, illegal deals, corruption, bribery, money laundering, and run-of-the-mill treason. Maybe that last one’s not so “lite”.

    If you know a person by the company he keeps, Trump seems surrounded by greedy, slimy criminals, willing to sell out their country for a personal profit.

    • lymis


    • PickyPecker
      • trog

        SO CUTE! I want that kitty!!!!

    • Duh-David

      His name was RICO
      He wore a diamond

      He was escorted to his chair, he saw Lola dancing there

      And when she finished, he called her over

      But Rico went a bit too far …

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        Yeah RICO wanted Lola to piss on him

    • canoebum

      I believe the expression you’re looking for is Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization. We actually have laws on the books that apply here.

      • boatboy_srq

        To the Teahad RICO is a convenient acronym because only Brown Peeps ate that kind of criminal.


  • Robincho

    Liar, liar, Vance on fire…

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Think of the baggage Trump KNEW about and chose to run anyhow.

  • Rex

    This family thinks that because of their name and wealth they are above the law. Their attention seeking father has now put them all in the spotlight and I hope their wealth and name doesn’t keep justice from being served.

    • bkmn

      Their reputation precedes them – most lawyers don’t want clients that a) won’t pay their bills, b) knowingly commit perjury, c) opens them up to being included in criminal investigations.

    • boatboy_srq

      Their name and PRESUMED wealth. How heavily are they leveraged? There’s more debt there than net worth.

      • prixator

        I’ve never believed that Trump is a billionaire. Real billionaires don’t seek the spotlight.

  • Phil2u

    Well, now that should be interesting reading. What a tangled web they weave!

  • Salton

    Cyrus Vance, the Secretary of State to Jimmy Carter died in 2002. Here it is Cyrus Vance Jr, his son.

  • Daveed_WOW

    Bribery is a crime, right?

    • Steven B

      Yes. Both offering and accepting a bribe are illegal. But charges would need to be brought and you’d have to have proof of intent. Right now it’s just circumstantial.

      • William

        Vance will cite a “lack of evidence” as the reason the case was dropped.

        • Steven B

          For sure.
          That said, the NY Atty General is NO friend of the Trumps. He’s the one responsible for the Trump Univ conviction and he’s actively cooperating with Mueller’s investigation. So who knows what a formal investigation will turn up?

    • bambinoitaliano

      Depending on the swamp you live in.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    The entire family is nothing but crime X slime.

    • another_steve

      Been saying this from the get-go:

      What we’re observing is a massive criminal enterprise operating out of the White House.

      • bzrd

        Orange Mafia

  • Dot Beech

    Okay, New Yorkers. It’s time to end the career of Cyrus Vance, Jr.

    You can do it. You have to do it.

  • William

    It is surprising how cheap it is to buy off politicians. Trump bought off Greg Abbott for $35,000.

    • Hmm there’s a joke in here somewhere… Pam Bondi, Trump, $25k, America gets fucked.

      • netxtown

        As is typical with rethugs, Abbott got $35k…whilest Ms Bondi only got $25k for the same service…..

        • William

          Equal pay is for Socialists!

      • netxtown


        How is that a limp dick is worth 10k more than a xunt?

        (Hang on…I gotta go find a punch line…..

      • -M-

        Bondi is pimping Americans out to her sponsors.

        edited: to correct spelling of the thieving bimbo’s name.

    • -M-

      Yes. Thousands for the bribes. Millions in return for the sponsors. Billions in the direct and indirect financial costs to the public.

  • JT

    That isn’t the Cyrus Vance who was Carter’s Secretary of State. That’s his son, Cyrus Vance, Jr.

  • If we’re going to elect judges and prosecutors in this country, then they shouldn’t be allowed to take a fucking cent from anyone to run a campaign.

    • boatboy_srq

      The only thing stopping public funding of campaigns is the Teahadi belief that that translates to Moar Munny For Those People®.

  • safari

    How’s Kamala Harris these days?

  • The_Wretched

    Dropping the donation doesn’t suddenly make it alright.

    • Jerry Kott

      It is their game and we are sitting in the cheap seats. That is what goes on inside the Castle Walls.

  • Steven B

    The $64,000 question is ‘will anything come of this?’
    Well we know that the NY State Atty General is no friend of the Trumps. So maybe?
    Any thoughts?


    And Tillerson didn’t call Trump a moron. He called him fucking moron.

    • safari

      It’s one of my first phrases each morning when I check the news.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Oh…..the liar in chief is not going to like that one bit. Lets retweet this to make him madder.

    • Gustav2

      Ruhl also brought up how Tillerson is a REAL Boy Scout and the comment came after the Jamboree speech Trump made.

      “Rex Tillerson, secretary of state, Distinguished Eagle Scout and past BSA national president, visited the 2017 National Jamboree on Friday for a statue unveiling in his honor.”

    • Gerry Fisher

      More precision in the description is better. 🙂

  • safari

    I seem to remember Donald openly bragging about buying off people during the election.

    • another_steve

      You can’t be a successful real estate developer in NYC without possessing that talent, safari.

      Everything that Trump knows he learned from his father, Fred. Fred makes his son Donald seem nice in comparison, when you read up on daddy.

      • jerry

        And Roy Cohn…

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    I bet the Rightwingers are having a hard time spinning this one. If they attack the corrupt Democrat for letting the Trumplings off the hook they are admitting the Trumplings are corrupt.

  • BeaverTales

    The NY plutocracy corruption chain crosses party lines.

  • Puckfair52

    “….until a Trump attorney made a campaign donation to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, a Democrat who served as Secretary of State for Jimmy Carter. ”

    That Cyrus Vance died years ago this is the son

    • JoeMyGod

      Yes, I left out a clause in my initial draft. Corrected.

  • Lizard

    One of the few things keeping me going is the hope of seeing the whole family in jail one day.

  • JoeMyGod

    BTW – Cyrus Vance is unopposed for reelection next month.

    • Lizard


  • JoeMyGod

    It’s worth noting that this story aside, Vance has been very progressive on the issues important to us here on JMG.

    • Paula

      Its funny how money can persuade people to change their minds.

  • Talisman

    Steve better start training now as a corrections officer…

  • WitlessProtection

    Returning the donation, that is like a shoplifter offering to put the merch back on the shelf if they will just let her go.

    • TuuxKabin


  • Lawerence Collins

    Where’s the disdain for the democratic attorney general that got them off?!? Lock them all up. At least until we can figure out what’s going on!!!

    • SoCalGal20

      DISTRICT ATTORNEY. And there’s a lot of disdain.

  • Jay Silversmith

    The plaintiffs were forced to take 90 cents on the dollar for their down payments on those condos and forced to sign an agreement not to discuss their losses. It’s the same scam his larvae pulled in the Florida and Mexico condo scams. The only one that made money was the tRump family.

  • Silver Badger

    Nepotism. Legal in New York?

  • 5moreminutes*imtired


  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    But of course!

    I’d say I’m shocked, surprised, bowled over, but let’s be honest, when you’re rich, white and daddy’s got the nukes, it’s easy to get away with stuff.

  • grada3784

    Adam Schiff and Jack McCoy are rolling in their graves.

    Arthur Branch is applauding that Vance got away with it.

  • Scribble Writer 🌹 ☭

    dems can be just as corrupt & greedy as republicans — they serve the capitalist class, not the working class

  • ted-

    They all deserve a public nude caning in a town square.

  • JCF

    To paraphrase Burke: “All that is necessary for the triumph of Rethuglican evil is for Dems to be BOUGHT OFF.”

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    And District Attorney Cyrus Vance accepted the donation and met with the donor.

    And all for only $25,000 which is chump change for those people.

    I don’t even care how Vance does – or does not – tip. Sad!