A top Chicago banker was arrested this morning on charges in made loans to Paul Manafort in return for a high-ranking position in the Trump administration.
The Associated Press reports:
Stephen M. Calk, 54, was scheduled to appear in Manhattan federal court in the afternoon. Authorities said Calk committed the crime while serving as CEO of The Federal Savings Bank based in Chicago. Manafort lobbied Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to consider Calk for Secretary of the Army, according to emails from the weeks leading up to the 2016 election shown to jurors at Manafort’s tax evasion and bank fraud trial last year.
Prosecutors said that while Manafort’s loans were pending approval, Calk gave Manafort a ranked list of government positions he wanted, starting with Secretary of the Treasury, followed by Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Defense, as well as 19 ambassadorships similarly ranked and starting with the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy.
The New York Times reports:
Mr. Calk and the rest of his bank’s credit committee conditionally approved the first loan to Mr. Manafort in the summer of 2016, during the presidential campaign. Days later, Mr. Manafort appointed Mr. Calk to an economic advisory committee affiliated with the campaign.
Later in 2016, after Mr. Trump won the election, Mr. Manafort recommended to the presidential transition team that Mr. Calk be considered for an administration position, the indictment said. At the time, Mr. Manafort’s first loan had been issued and a second loan was pending approval by the bank.
Mr. Calk was ultimately given the opportunity to be formally interviewed for the position of under secretary of the Army at the transition team’s offices in New York, though he was not hired, the indictment said.
Just in: Bank CEO Stephen M. Calk Charged With Corruptly Soliciting A Presidential Administration Position In Exchange For Approving $16 Million In Loans (for Paul Manafort) https://t.co/F4cBZWRruY
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