The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell 3/23/2024 | 🅽🅱🅲 BREAKING NEWS Today March 23, 2024

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22 Mar 202445:33

Summary

TLDRThe transcript discusses the financial troubles of former President Donald Trump as he faces a $464 million civil fraud judgment. Trump's inability to secure funds or assets to satisfy the judgment is highlighted, as well as his history of claiming wealth he does not possess. The transcript also touches on the upcoming criminal trial against Trump in New York and the potential for further financial liabilities from other lawsuits related to the January 6th Capitol attack. The use of campaign funds to pay for legal fees and the tax implications of such payments are questioned, with experts debating the legality and potential consequences.

Takeaways

  • 🏛️ Donald Trump faces a $464 million civil fraud judgment and has not provided a solution to prevent his assets from being attached by New York's attorney general, Leticia James.
  • 🔄 Trump's merger with Digital World Acquisition Corporation cannot change his financial capacity to satisfy the judgment.
  • 💰 Trump claims to have significant cash reserves but has been unable to post a bond with the court for the judgment.
  • 🤥 Contradicting his claims, Trump's social media posts suggest he does not have hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • 🏦 The court gave Trump 30 days to resolve the financial issue, but he has not been able to do so.
  • 📈 Trump's financial reality is closing in, and he continues to make false claims about his wealth and intentions for his political campaign.
  • 🚨 Trump's lawyers have admitted the difficulty in coming up with $500 million in cash, calling it a 'practical impossibility'.
  • 🏛️ The Manhattan courtroom is set to expose the foundational lie of Trump's image as a wealthy politician.
  • 💼 Trump's previous claims of self-funding his campaigns were false, as he loaned money to his own campaign and then paid himself back.
  • 🔎 The judge in the case has expanded the role of a former federal prosecutor to monitor any efforts to secure bonds and examine representations made by the Trump organization.

Q & A

  • What is the main financial issue that Donald Trump is facing?

    -Donald Trump is facing a $464 million civil fraud judgment and has not been able to come up with a solution to prevent New York's attorney general, Letitia James, from attaching his assets to guarantee the payment.

  • What is the significance of the merger between Trump's social media company and the Digital World Acquisition Corporation?

    -The merger is significant as it was hoped to help Trump's financial situation; however, it cannot change his financial capacities on the deadline for satisfying the judgment against him.

  • Why hasn't Donald Trump been able to post a bond with the court for the judgment?

    -Donald Trump has not been able to post a bond because he does not have $464 million, and he has not been able to get anyone to lend him the money needed to post the bond.

  • What did Donald Trump claim about his financial status in his social media posts?

    -Donald Trump claimed that the judgment against him was unconstitutional and unfair, and that he has almost $500 million in cash, which he intended to use in his campaign for president. However, these claims are considered lies.

  • How did Trump's supporters react to his claims of wealth?

    -Many Trump voters in Iowa believed that the wealth he claimed to have was a virtue and thought that he would be incorruptible because of it. Despite the exposure of his lies, some supporters continue to believe in his claimed wealth.

  • What is the role of the former Federal prosecutor, Barbara Jones, in this case?

    -Barbara Jones, a former Federal prosecutor, is monitoring any efforts to secure bonds and has the authority to examine any representations made by the Trump organization in connection with securing such bonds, ensuring transparency and preventing financial shenanigans.

  • What is the potential impact of the upcoming criminal trial on Donald Trump?

    -The upcoming criminal trial could be significant as it marks the first criminal prosecution of Donald Trump. It could lead to further legal and financial consequences if he is found guilty.

  • How might the Republican Party's financial support for Trump's legal fees affect his tax obligations?

    -If the Republican Party pays Trump's legal fees, it could potentially be considered taxable income for Trump. However, depending on the nature of the legal fees, they might be deductible, complicating the tax implications.

  • What are the implications of using campaign funds to pay for legal defense?

    -Using campaign funds to pay for legal defense could raise questions about the legitimacy of the expenditure under federal election law. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has rules regarding the use of campaign funds, but enforcement has been weak.

  • What is the status of the civil suits related to the January 6th attack on the Capitol?

    -There are multiple civil suits filed against Donald Trump for his alleged role in inciting the January 6th attack on the Capitol. These cases could potentially result in significant financial judgments against him.

  • How is Donald Trump's financial situation affecting his presidential campaign?

    -Trump's financial situation is causing his campaign to spend significant amounts on legal fees, which is impacting his ability to fund campaign activities effectively. This is putting him at a disadvantage compared to the Biden Harris campaign.

Outlines

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🏛️ Legal Troubles and Financial Woes for Trump

The paragraph discusses the legal and financial challenges facing Donald Trump. It highlights his inability to prevent New York's attorney general, Leticia James, from attaching his assets to guarantee the payment of a $464 million civil fraud judgment. It also mentions the merger between Trump's social media company and a higher-valued company, the Digital World Acquisition Corporation, which cannot change Trump's financial situation. The paragraph emphasizes Trump's lack of funds, his unsuccessful attempts to secure loans, and the court's 30-day deadline for him to resolve the issue. It also addresses Trump's repeated lies about his financial status on social media and his past broken promises regarding campaign financing.

05:02

💰 Trump's False Claims of Wealth and Corruption Beliefs

This paragraph delves into the false claims made by Donald Trump about his wealth and the belief held by his voters that he was incorruptible due to his supposed financial independence. It points out that Trump's claims of having hundreds of millions of dollars were lies and that he has never spent his own money on his political campaigns. The paragraph also compares Trump's financial situation with that of billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Michael Bloomberg, who could easily cover a $500 million bill, and contrasts Trump's failures with their successes. It highlights the disillusionment of Trump's voters who believed in his wealth and the likelihood that they might still support him despite the truth.

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📉 Trump's Inability to Anticipate Risk and Consequences

The paragraph focuses on Trump's inability to anticipate risks and the consequences of his actions, using his bankruptcy in Atlantic City as an example. It discusses his poor risk management skills in business and finance, and how these traits have led to his current financial and legal troubles. The paragraph also mentions an instance where Trump admitted to personally guaranteeing too much debt in the past and how he repeated the same mistake. It suggests that Trump's lack of maturity and strategic insight is leading to his downfall and that the process of revealing his true financial state will be gradual and uneventful.

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🚨 Upcoming Legal Actions and Enforcement Against Trump

This paragraph discusses the impending legal actions against Donald Trump, including the collection of a $500 million judgment and the potential criminal prosecution in Manhattan. It mentions the role of Barbara Jones, a former federal prosecutor, in monitoring any efforts to secure bonds and examining representations made by the Trump organization. The paragraph also highlights the potential actions by New York's attorney general, Leticia James, such as sending restraining notices to Trump's banks and the possibility of seizing his personal property and real estate. It emphasizes the complexity of these legal proceedings and the potential for Trump's assets to be frozen or seized.

20:08

🔍 Analysis of Trump's Legal and Financial Situation

The paragraph provides an analysis of Trump's legal and financial situation, including the challenges he faces in the civil case brought by the Attorney General and the potential criminal prosecution. It discusses the thoroughness of the DA's office in laying out the case and the likelihood of a trial date being set soon. The paragraph also touches on Trump's mindset, suggesting that he only deals with immediate issues and is unlikely to start worrying about the criminal trial until just a few days before it begins. It highlights the potential difficulties Trump could face as a witness in his own defense due to his tendency to lie and not follow script.

25:10

🏦 Implications of Using Campaign Funds for Legal Fees

This paragraph explores the implications of using campaign funds to pay for legal fees and the potential tax consequences for Donald Trump. It discusses the Federal Election Commission's (FEC) rules and the IRS's stance on what constitutes taxable income. The paragraph suggests that while the FEC has largely stopped enforcing its rules, the IRS has its own definitions of income and could potentially view campaign funds used for personal legal fees as taxable income. It also raises the question of whether these funds could be deducted as business expenses, depending on the nature of the legal case.

Mindmap

Keywords

💡Civil Fraud Judgment

A legal decision in a civil case where the defendant is found liable for fraudulent actions, often resulting in a monetary penalty. In the context of the video, this refers to the $464 million judgment against Donald Trump, which is a significant financial burden and legal consequence he faces.

💡Asset Attachment

A legal process where a court seizes a debtor's assets to satisfy a financial judgment. In the video, this term is used to describe the impending action against Donald Trump's assets to secure the payment of the civil fraud judgment.

💡Digital World Acquisition Corporation

A company involved in a merger with Donald Trump's social media company. The merger is suggested to be of higher value but is not capable of altering Trump's financial capacities, especially in relation to the impending civil judgment deadline.

💡Financial Capacity

Refers to the ability of an individual or entity to meet their financial obligations. In the video, it is used to discuss Donald Trump's inability to cover the $464 million judgment against him.

💡Political Campaign

A series of activities and strategies employed by candidates to promote their candidacy and secure votes in an election. The video discusses Donald Trump's claims about using his own money for his political campaigns, which is disputed in the transcript.

💡Insolvency

The state of being unable to pay debts or meet financial obligations. In the context of the video, it refers to Donald Trump's financial situation as he faces a significant civil judgment without the means to satisfy it.

💡Social Media

Online platforms that allow users to create and share content or participate in social networking. In the video, it is mentioned in relation to Donald Trump's social media company, which is merging with a higher-valued company but is not sufficient to resolve his financial issues.

💡Bankruptcy

A legal process that helps individuals or businesses struggling with debt to eliminate or repay their debts under the protection of the federal bankruptcy court. The video implies that Donald Trump has faced bankruptcy in the past and may be approaching a similar situation.

💡Accountability

The obligation to accept responsibility for one's actions and decisions. The video emphasizes the theme of holding Donald Trump accountable for his actions, particularly in relation to the civil and criminal lawsuits he faces.

💡Campaign Finance

The financing of political campaigns, which includes the rules, practices, and strategies surrounding the funding of political candidates and parties. The video touches on the legality and implications of using campaign funds to pay for legal fees.

Highlights

Donald Trump faces a $464 million civil fraud judgment.

Trump's social media company is merging with a higher-valued company called Digital World Acquisition Corporation, but this cannot prevent the attachment of his assets.

Trump has not been able to satisfy the financial judgment against him by the deadline.

Despite claims of wealth, Trump does not have $464 million and has not been able to secure a loan to post a bond with the court.

Trump's past claims of having substantial wealth are contradicted by his current financial struggles.

Trump has a history of not using his own money for political campaigns, despite promising to do so.

Trump's lawyers admitted in court that it is practically impossible for Trump to come up with $500 million in cash.

The drama surrounding Trump's financial situation was foretold after his loss in the presidential election.

Trump's inability to anticipate risk and manage finances properly has led to his current predicament.

New York's attorney general, Leticia James, is preparing to attach Trump's assets to guarantee payment of the judgment.

Trump's claims of having almost $500 million in cash are contradicted by his legal and financial actions.

The real billionaire politicians like Mike Bloomberg did not brag about their wealth and could easily cover a sudden bill of $500 million.

Trump's false claims of wealth were believed by many of his supporters, who saw it as a virtue and a sign of being incorruptible.

The upcoming Monday is expected to reveal the truth about Trump's financial situation and expose his long-standing lies.

Trump's legal issues include multiple lawsuits over the January 6th attack on the Capitol, which could cost him hundreds of millions in judgments.

The Biden Harris campaign has a significant financial advantage over the Trump campaign, partly due to Trump's legal fees.

The use of campaign money to pay for Trump's legal fees could have tax implications, as it may be seen as taxable income.

The Republican Party and Trump's campaign are spending large amounts on legal fees, impacting his campaign financing.

The potential tax implications of using campaign funds for legal fees are complex and depend on the nature of the legal case.

The FEC has largely given up on enforcement due to political gridlock, allowing questionable campaign finance practices to go unchecked.

Transcripts

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to a special Friday edition of The Last

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Word focusing on defendant Trump Donald

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Trump has not come up with a magical

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solution to prevent New York's attorney

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general Laticia James from beginning the

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process of attaching his assets on

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Monday in order to guarantee the payment

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of a $464 million civil fraud judgment

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against Donald Trump the merger

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announced today between Donald Trump's

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social media company with a much higher

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valued company called the digital world

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acquisition Corporation can do nothing

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to change Donald Trump's Financial

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capacities on Monday when Donald Trump

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hits the deadline for satisfying the

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Judgment against him if Donald Trump had

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$464

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million he could just post it with the

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court as a guarantee that he could cover

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the Judgment if he loses his appeal of

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the case but Donald Trump doesn't have

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that much money despite claiming to have

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had much more than that for many many

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years now and Donald Trump has not been

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able to get anyone to lend him that

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money so that he could post a bond with

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the court for the Judgment which would

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then protect his assets the court gave

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Donald Trump 30 days to figure this out

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and he hasn't been able to and so now as

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Financial reality closes in on him

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Donald Trump goes to bed lying and wakes

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up lying last night at 1:54 a.m. he

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posted one of his familiar lies on

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social media saying that the Judgment

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against him was unconstitutional and

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unfair and that it was

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designed by the judge to quote not allow

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me to use any of the large amount of

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cash I have built up over the years

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through hard work Insight Instinct and

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diligence on my political campaign for

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president so the LIE there is that

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Donald Trump does not have hundreds of

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millions of dollars just doesn't have it

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and the lie that he was going to spend

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that money on his political campaign

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that is a complete and total lie Donald

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Trump has never spent one penny of his

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own money on any of his political

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campaigns in his first campaign for

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president after promising that he would

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Finance his entire campaign himself and

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would never ask anyone to donate to his

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campaign

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Donald Trump loaned a total of $10.8

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million to his campaign to get it

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started and then he quickly began

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begging for money every day of his life

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online to his supporters and when his

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supporters sent in enough

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money Donald Trump paid himself back the

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$10 million that he loaned to his

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campaign so no Donald Trump was not

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hoarding large amounts of cash hundreds

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of millions of dollars so that he could

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spend that money on his political

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campaign as he said just before 2 am.

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last night and then when he woke up this

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morning if he slept at all at 7:14 a.m.

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Donald Trump repeated that lie saying I

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currently have almost $500 million in

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cash a substantial amount of which I

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intended to use in my campaign for

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president no he did not he has never

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intended to use one penny of his own

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money in his

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campaign and saying that he now has

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almost $500 million in cash would mean

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that his lawyers were lying when they

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told the judge at the beginning of the

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week that it was quote an impossibility

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that was their word an impossibility for

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Donald Trump to come up with $500

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million in cash Trump's lawyers actually

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called that quote a practical

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impossibility the Trump lawyers

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explained to the court just how

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thoroughly Donald Trump failed in coming

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up with the money the lawyers said quote

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these diligent efforts have included

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approaching about 30 shorty companies

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through four separate Brokers a bond

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requirement of this enormous magnitude

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effectively requiring cash reserves

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approaching $1

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billion is unprecedented for a private

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company so in a Manhattan courtroom on

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Monday the foundational lie of Donald

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Trump's image building as a poli

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politician will be

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exposed I don't need anybody's money

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it's nice I don't need anybody's money

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I'm using my own money I'm not using the

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lobbyists I'm not using donors I don't

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care I'm really rich that was an

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enormous part of Donald Trump's initial

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appeal when he began as a candidate he

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mounted other appeals including direct

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appeals to racist to expand his base of

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support but many Trump voters in Iowa

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believed that and said then in

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interviews that the Trump wealth that

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they believed he had was a virtue they

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believed he would be Incorruptible

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because he had too much money already to

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be corrupted Donald Trump was lying

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about that and his voters were wrong to

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believe it but they have forgiven or

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overlooked every Trump lie that has been

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exposed and so at the end of the day on

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Monday most of them might still be

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willing to believe that Donald Trump is

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as rich as he has always pretended to

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be but Donald Trump knows better and

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Donald Trump has proved how rich he

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isn't to anyone who can

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think the world's famous billionaires

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have no problem coming up with $500

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million Jeff Bezos has that in his

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pocket Bill Gates has given away more

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money than Donald Trump has ever had in

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his life life Bill Gates has given away

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billions of

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dollars and the real billionaire New

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York politician former mayor of New York

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Mike Bloomberg who has also given away

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billions of dollars never brags about

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his wealth he could easily cover a

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sudden bill of $500 million at any time

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from his current Holdings of

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106.2

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billion Mike Bloomberg started with

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nothing grew up in Suburban Boston moved

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to New York City had to work to make

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every single penny he has earned had to

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do it on his

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own Donald Trump hates billionaires like

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Mike Bloomberg who came to the big city

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where Donald Trump was born rich and

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left Donald Trump far behind in the

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building of important businesses and the

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accumulation of wealth that staggers

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Donald Trump's poisoned

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imagination Donald Trump has never dared

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to even pretend that he is as rich as

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Mike Bloomberg never mind the younger

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men like Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos who

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have hit the stratospheric level of

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wealth that Donald Trump sees with

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jealousy about every day of his

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life the drama Donald Trump is living

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through now now the drama he's living

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through tonight the drama that we are

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all

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watching was foretold when the

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presidential election was called for Joe

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Biden and Donald Trump officially

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entered the history books as a loser on

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that day Peter Marx the drama critic of

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the Washington Post

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wrote I imagine it as a chilling final

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turn of the plot his world is coming to

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an end

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he will never have another good day

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loser label will haunt him the law will

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pursue him mental illness will hobble

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him his

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properties will bankrupt

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him leading off our discussion tonight

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is Tim O'Brien senior executive editor

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for Bloomberg opinion and author of

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trump Nation he is host of the Bloomberg

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podcast crash course and an MSNBC

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political analyst also Ander Weissman

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former FBI general counsel and former

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Chief of the Criminal Division in the

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eastern district of New York he is the

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coauthor of the New York Times

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best-selling book the Trump indictments

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uh Andrew Eisman as we close in on

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Monday uh what will you be looking for

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on

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Monday the trial date you know I think

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um looking at the

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papers uh leaving a leaving aside one

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caveat which is that one of Donald

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Trump's lawyers is really a superb

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ethical lawyer so you never want to sort

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of count her out I'm I'm going to be

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interested to seeing what Susan necklace

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that defense lawyer has to say what

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arguments she makes but having read the

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papers on both sides this really looks

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like a sort of minor kurur fuckle I

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think the judge will be focused on is

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there anything there that's going to

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take more than the 30 days that he is

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granted uh and whether the judge will

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stick with essentially this trial

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starting on ironically given your

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opening and what you talked about April

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15th um but I I sort of expect that we

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will get a trial date that is if not

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that date shortly thereafter so uh Tim

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O'Brien in the Civil uh case now which

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enters this new zone of the $454 billion

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million doll collection period um we get

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the feeling uh from the outside you've

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dealt with Donald Trump up close he sued

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you for telling the truth about how rich

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he wasn't uh you won of course um you

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get the feeling that he doesn't actually

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feel he can't anticipate danger properly

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it's why he went bankrupt in Atlantic

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City the the ability to anticipate risk

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is what saves businesses from disaster

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it saves all areas of life from disaster

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he he seems surprised that it has come

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to this yeah you know business is

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riskmanagement banking is riskmanagement

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managing money is risk management I was

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he and I were walking around Mara Lago

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once in around 2005 talking about when

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he almost went personally bankrupt in

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the early 1990s and he said you know my

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father always said to me never

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personally guarantee any loans and and I

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made a mistake I I personally guaranteed

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too much money in the early 1990s I

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didn't think it would catch up with me

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and it did and I learned my lesson I

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decided I'd never personally guarantee a

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loan again after that I later found out

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that he was lying to me in that very

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moment I didn't know it but it turned

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out he had personally guaranteed some of

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the loans on a new building he was he

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was developing in Chicago that only came

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out a few years later um so he goes

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through these searing moments where he

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almost loses everything he can has and

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he says I've learned these lessons and I

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should have listened to my father and

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then lo and behold he's doing the same

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old thing and now here we are in you

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know in

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2024 and and he is about to get exposed

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it's going to be a slow grind I don't

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think there's going to be a lot of drama

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on Monday but the process of opening the

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kimono and and discovering that indeed

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Donald Trump has no Financial clothing

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at least not the kind of financial

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clothing he's claimed he's had begins

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and and it is a demonstration that he

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doesn't learn his lessons he doesn't

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anticipate problems properly and he

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doesn't do it because he's a juvenile

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delinquent he he lacks the maturity and

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the wisdom and the Strategic Insight of

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an adult uh and and Andrew Barbara Jones

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role in this uh by that's been expanded

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uh by judge andoran includes the

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following it it says that uh she should

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monitor in advance any efforts to secure

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shy bonds so that would mean if anything

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was going on this weekend you have to go

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through her first or in the last few

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days and it says uh she also has the

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authority uh to examine any

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representations made by the Trump

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organization in connection with securing

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such bonds so Andrew that seems to

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indicate that whatever goes on here uh

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cannot be done secretly e even some

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magical multi-billionaire Angel who

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wants to come in and drop that money uh

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in Donald Trump's pocket it's seems

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Barbara Jones would have to know about

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that that's absolutely right and so

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people understand Barbara Jones is a

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former Federal prosecutor who for years

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served as an article 3 federal judge in

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the southern district of New York and

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has been engaged in oversight of the

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Trump organization judging Goran in the

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Civil fraud case has expanded her role

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to as exactly you said making sure that

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that there are no Financial Shenanigans

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going on um because the judge has found

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that there was a history of Fraud and

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financial Shenanigans and so he's trying

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to make sure that does not repeat itself

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so she will be overseeing whether for

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instance um there's a purported sale of

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an asset with you know which was not

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really at market value um making sure

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that there is no fraud going on to at

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the last minute somehow manufacturer the

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sum of money that Donald Trump needs I

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would also just point out the stupidity

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of Donald Trump saying today that he

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actually has the money he has pending

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before the court an application where

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the application to the court is please

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lower the bond amount because I cannot

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pay it and at the same time he has said

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I can pay it so just put yourself in the

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shoes of the judges who have that

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application

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them do you think they would grant that

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based on the defendant now saying oh I

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can actually pay it I mean one way or

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the other somebody is lying about that

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and I've never seen a stupider litigant

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in court on a very consistent basis uh

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and Andrew let me take you back to uh

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the criminal prosecution you're talking

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about in Manhattan which is obviously

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going to be the first criminal

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prosecution of Donald Trump and it's

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pretty clear that it is going to happen

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uh if not in April ail certainly by May

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and and with the latest pleadings we've

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seen in this case uh that concern the

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recently developed evidence that the

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district attorney is saying look there

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isn't much there it's largely

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duplicative it doesn't require a lot of

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time to uh to modify the defense in a

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way that includes that new evidence so

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uh we are going to know uh do you expect

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that we will have a trial date set soon

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or might might the trial date discussion

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uh be be continued for a

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bit it is possible but you know this is

15:38

a serious judge and he clearly was not

15:42

happy about this predicament I I would

15:45

be surprised if we don't hear something

15:49

on Monday if not Tuesday about the trial

15:52

date I I just think the papers that were

15:55

submitted by the DA's office are so

15:58

thorough um because they laid out they

16:00

gave so many affidavits as to what it

16:03

precisely happened but I just think it

16:05

Narrows the issues for the judge on

16:08

Monday that I'd be surprised that he

16:11

doesn't just you know hear from the

16:13

defense rule on it and then say this is

16:16

the trial date and give everyone advaned

16:18

warning that that's what I would

16:20

anticipate and Tim to Donald Trump who

16:24

apparently his his mind works like a

16:27

junkies he he only deals with the thing

16:29

in front of them at that moment right so

16:32

when we get past the whole issue of

16:35

what's happening with the collection of

16:36

the the half a billion dollars for any

16:40

other person the looming criminal trial

16:42

that is right behind it right behind it

16:45

would be really top of mine now it's it

16:47

seems like his brain won't even start to

16:49

worry about that until it's a couple of

16:51

days before going to going to trial and

16:54

where and in which he might have to

16:56

testify and and he is a lawyer's worst

16:59

Nightmare on the stand he is he he

17:01

bloviates he lies he doesn't stay on

17:04

script and undoubtedly he's not

17:07

listening to any advice he's getting

17:08

from them right now it is the legal

17:10

equivalent of what he does financially

17:12

in his business life which is to not

17:14

anticipate the freight trains that are

17:17

rolling towards him in an existential

17:19

way and and he just doesn't know what to

17:21

do Tim O'Brien's going to stick with us

17:23

to guide us through more of this Andrew

17:25

Weissman thank you very much for

17:26

starting off our discussion tonight and

17:28

a podcast note as Donald Trump's first

17:31

criminal the sheriff literally send the

17:34

sheriff to begin collecting from Donald

17:37

Trump that's

17:41

next New York attorney general Leticia

17:43

James first move against Donald Trump's

17:46

assets might be at the most liquid

17:49

assets beginning of course with cash the

17:52

near Times reports she could send