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Rudy Giuliani Fixed Trump's Little Mob Problem

Why, oh why, am I not surprised?
Rudy Giuliani Fixed Trump's Little Mob Problem

Nothing says crook and liar more than a mobbed-up real estate developer in New York under federal investigation until suddenly he isn't. But that's exactly how the love affair between Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump began.

It's been going strong ever since.

The New York Daily News has the full report, tracking Trump's close relationship with Greenberg Traurig, Giuliani's current employer, and also the Jack Abramoff connected law firm with close ties to the very corrupt Republican establishment.

But the story of Rudy's fix for Trump caught my eye:

Rudy and Donald first got together in the late 1980s shortly before Donald became a co-chair of Giuliani's first fundraiser for his 1989 mayoral campaign, sitting on the Waldorf dais and steering $41,000 to the campaign. A year earlier, Tony Lombardi, the federal agent closest to then-U.S. Attorney Giuliani, opened a probe of Trump's role in the suspect sale of two Trump Tower apartments to Robert Hopkins, the mob-connected head of the city's largest gambling ring.

Trump attended the closing himself and Hopkins arrived with a briefcase loaded with up to $200,000 in cash, a deposit the soon-to-felon counted at the table. Despite Hopkins' wholesale lack of verifiable income or assets, he got a loan from a Jersey bank that did business with Trump's casino. A Trump limo delivered the cash to the bank.

The government subsequently nailed Hopkins' mortgage broker, Frank LaMagra, on an unrelated charge and he offered to give up Donald, claiming Trump "participated" in the money-laundering — and volunteering to wear a wire on him.

Instead, Lombardi, who discussed the case with Giuliani personally (and with me for a 1993 Village Voice piece called "The Case of the Missing Case"), went straight to Donald for two hour-long interviews with him. Within weeks of the interviews, Donald announced he'd raise $2 million in a half hour if Rudy ran for mayor. Lamagra got no deal and was convicted, as was his mob associate, Louis (Louie HaHa) Attanasio, who was later also nailed for seven underworld murders. Hopkins was convicted of running his gambling operation partly out of the Trump Tower apartment, where he was arrested.


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Always nice to have friends in high places with the money to buy high offices, isn't it?

Joy Reid has a grave reminder:

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