Tag Archives: mafia

Pope Calls On “Dear Brothers” In Mafia To Repent

Euronews reports: Pope Francis appealed to Sicily’s Mafia on Saturday to abandon a life of crime and violence, saying the island needed “men and women of love, not men and women ‘of honor,’” using the term mobsters apply to themselves. Francis, in the Sicilian capital, said organized crime members – many of whom go to church and worship openly – …

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NBC News Retracts Report That Cohen Was Wiretapped

Talking Points Memo reports: NBC News corrected its bombshell report on the wiretapping of Michael Cohen Thursday, saying that President Trump’s longtime personal attorney’s phone calls were monitored, rather than listened to, by federal investigators. Tom Winter, one of the authors of the report, said on MSNBC Thursday that the original report claiming that Cohen’s phones had been tapped “in …

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Trump Org Loses Name Battle With Condo Owners

The New York Times reports: Over the opposition of lawyers for a company owned by President Donald J. Trump, State Supreme Court Judge Eileen Bransten ruled Thursday that a condominium on the Upper West Side could remove the bronze letters spelling out his name from its 46-story building. The ruling opens the door for the 377 condo owners at 200 …

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REPORT: Cohen Bragged He’s In The Russian Mob

Business Insider reports: Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s embattled personal lawyer, once bragged that he was part of the Russian mob, The Wall Street Journal reported. Cohen is currently in the midst of a legal firestorm as the FBI investigates him for possible wire fraud, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations in connection to his work for Trump. Cohen is …

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Cohen’s Lawyers Are Also On Trump Campaign Payroll

Talking Points Memo reports: The law firm representing Michael Cohen — which this week fought in court to shield communications between Cohen and President Trump from government investigators — has received payments from President Trump’s re-election campaign. The payments to the law firm by Trump’s campaign could ultimately complicate any efforts by Robert Mueller’s team to win Cohen’s cooperation in …

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REVEALED: Cohen’s Family Loaned $20M To Taxi Mogul Named In Warrant For FBI’s Raid On Cohen’s Office

The Chicago Sun-Times reports: The ties between President Donald Trump’s embattled personal lawyer Michael D. Cohen and Chicago’s taxicab industry go deeper than previously known. Over the past eight months, Cohen’s father-in-law has given at least $20 million in loans to Yasya Shtayner, records examined by the Chicago Sun-Times show. Her family owns Chicago Medallion Management Corp., which manages 368 …

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Comey Compares Trump To A Mob Boss [VIDEO]

Axios reports: A source present at the taping says James Comey’s interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, airing Sunday at 10 p.m. as a “20/20” special, is “going to shock the president and his team.” In an ABC promo, Stephanopoulos says Comey compared Trump to a mob boss. According to the source, the Comey interview left people in the room stunned …

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REVEALED: Steve Bannon Group Tried To Link Trump To Mobsters During Early Stages Of 2016 GOP Primaries

CNN reports: Before Donald Trump and Steve Bannon were enemies, they were allies. And not long before that, Bannon was part of an effort to sink Trump’s presidential hopes — even if Trump didn’t know it. A conservative watchdog group led by Bannon tried to discredit Trump in the early stages of the 2016 Republican presidential primary by shopping a …

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PANAMA: Trump Building Tied To Russian Mafia

The Hill reports: Investors and customers of the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City carried deep ties to organized crime and drug trafficking, according to an NBC News and Reuters joint investigation. A Brazillian real estate salesman who partnered with the Trumps to attract condo buyers for the tower told NBC that the Trumps and others …

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Bloomberg Report Links Trump To Russian Mobster

In a piece that was teased last night by Rachel Maddow, this morning Bloomberg published a report detailing the Trump family’s dealings with a “shadowy” real estate development firm linked to a notorious Russian mobster. An excerpt: One of Bayrock’s principals was a career criminal named Felix Sater who had ties to Russian and American organized crime groups. Before linking …

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REPORT: Man Seen Cheering Next To Trump On New Year’s Was Alleged Mobster Joey “No Socks” Cinque

The New York Daily News reports: President-elect Donald Trump rang in the new year together with Joseph “Joey No Socks” Cinque — a convicted felon with ties to notorious Gambino crime family boss John Gotti, a recently released video has revealed. Cinque can be seen in a video obtained by the Palm Beach Daily News, cheering loudly as a tuxedo-clad …

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Video Shows Trump With Mobster He Denied Knowing

Yahoo News reports: A newly uncovered video appears to contradict Donald Trump’s claim that he never knew a high-stakes gambler who was banned from New Jersey casinos for alleged ties to organized crime. The reputed mob figure, Robert LiButti, can be seen standing alongside Trump in the front row of a 1988 “WrestleMania” match in Atlantic City, N.J. LiButti wasn’t …

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Hillary Ad Hits Trump On Ties To Russian Mob [VIDEO]

The ad below plays in part on the news reported today by USA Today: Hillary Clinton’s campaign is seizing on new reports about Donald Trump’s business ties to Russia, saying they may explain positions he’s taken friendly to Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Thursday, ABC News reported that prospective U.S. sanctions against Russia could be in direct conflict with Trump’s …

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NEW YORK CITY: Russian Mobster Donates Max To Trump After “Confidential” Visit To Trump Tower

Whoa. Politico reports: A Russian-born, mafia-linked businessman whose ties to both Donald Trump and loyalists of Russian President Vladimir Putin have sparked scrutiny, visited Trump Tower last month for undisclosed business, he told POLITICO. The businessman, Felix Sater, also donated the maximum allowable contribution to Trump’s presidential campaign, according to the campaign’s most recent FEC filing. Sater, whose firm co-developed …

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Ted Cruz: Donald Trump Has Mafia Ties [VIDEO]

It’s a very busy morning on the Sunday news shows. Via the Washington Post: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is leaving nothing to chance as he tries to take down GOP presidential rival Donald Trump. On Sunday, in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week,” he suggested that Trump’s unreleased tax returns could show “business dealings with the mafia.” …

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TRAILER: Black Mass

TIME recaps: Johnny Depp is famous for taking on roles that require some serious transformations, but decades into his career, it’s still a shock to see him as Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger in the trailer for Black Mass. The actor is nearly unrecognizable in the somewhat unconventional trailer, which mostly consists of one derailed dinner party scene to convey …

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Pope Francis Excommunicates The Mafia

Via the Guardian: Pope Francis has issued the strongest condemnation of organised crime groups by a pontiff in two decades, accusing them of practising “the adoration of evil” and saying that mafiosi were excommunicated. It was the first time a pope had used the word excommunication – a total cutoff from the church – in direct reference to members of …

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The Smoking Gun: Al Sharpton Was A 1980s Mob Informant For The FBI

The Smoking Gun yesterday claimed it has conclusively proven that decades-old rumors about Al Sharpton having been a mob informant for the FBI are true. TSG’s account of Sharpton’s secret life as “CI-7” is based on hundreds of pages of confidential FBI affidavits, documents released by the bureau in response to Freedom of Information Act requests, court records, and extensive …

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Mobster Kingpin Of NYC Gay Bars Dies

The mafia kingpin who ran dozens of NYC gay bars in the years before and after Stonewall has died at the age of 92. Matthew “Matty The Horse” Ianniello, the one-time acting boss of the Genovese crime family who was involved in the gay bar industry in New York City from the 1950s through at least the mid-1980s has died …

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Wanna Be A Gotti Juror?

The NYC district attorneys’ office is having a hard time finding New Yorkers willing to serve on the jury for the murder trial of notorious mobster John Gotti, Jr. That’s a shocker. The Dapper Don is long dead and three of his brothers are in jail forever – but the name “Gotti” still inspires fear. That’s the long and short …

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