Passed in 1970, (click here) the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law designed to combat organized crime in the United States. It allows prosecution and civil penalties for racketeering activity performed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise. Such activity may include illegal gambling, bribery, kidnapping, murder, money laundering, counterfeiting, embezzlement, drug trafficking, slavery, and a host of other unsavory business practices....
February 6, 2017
By McKay Coppins
...The question is not whether he’s vengeful,” (click here) conservative columnist Ben Shapiro told me. “The question is how willing he is to use the levers of government to exact that revenge.”...
Revenge is the enforcement of standards not widely accepted. Revenge is the basis of organized crime. ie: The "Sniffer Dogs" of law enforcement were being exceptionally successful in ferreting out heroine. In retribution, the drug cartels of Mexico placed fentanyl in heroine shipments to kill the dogs.
One has to question the idea that Trump has exceptional personal wealth worth in the face of so many business failures. There are legitimate questions that brings the IRS to his enterprises. No doubt about it. There is no harassment, there are IRS agents that have sincere concerns about the legitimacy of his taxes.
Revenge and cronyism are not desirable characteristics in a president. His statements about Dodd-Frank are proof enough he has plans for his power and it isn't to benefit the American people so much as him, his family and friends. The ethics are obvious and the idea he is committing crimes all along the way from his days as a real estate broker has to be asked.
Who did Trump level revenge of and why? If those he sought revenge are breaking the law he should be reporting that and advocating for better laws. There is no excuse for revenge. After the people and businesses he left in the breach when he declared bankruptcy again and again.
How did this guy make it into the White House? Oh, yeah, Russia. He is loyal to his financial backers without a doubt. Ruling by consensus is fine if it is legal, but, what Trump practices is illegal. He goes over the line.
In my opinion, he practiced intimidation with the banks from his earliest investments. Banks could not afford to foreclose. The banks were then required to restructure the debt and allow different payment arrangements. Intimidation of such nature is unethical, but, when realizing he pre-determined the crimes he was prepared to commit as a strategy it changes from ethical issues to one of illegal exploitation and lies to banks who first saw their investments as secure.