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Donald Trump

Fig. 1. Trump International Hotel, Las Vegas, undated image credited to [bad link], via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.

See also:

Craig Unger, “Trump’s Russian Laundromat,” New Republic, July 13, 2017,

Michael Hirsh, “How Russian Money Helped Save Trump’s Business,” Foreign Policy, December 21, 2018,

Masha Gessen, “The Trump-Russia Investigation and the Mafia State,” New Yorker, January 31, 2019,

Craig Unger, “Trump’s businesses are full of dirty Russian money. The scandal is that it’s legal,” Washington Post, March 29, 2019,

Brian Faler, “Treasury misses congressional deadline for turning over Trump’s tax returns,” Politico, April 10, 2019,

David A. Fahrenthold, Rachael Bade, and John Wagner, “Trump sues in bid to block congressional subpoena of financial records,” Washington Post, April 22, 2019,

Walter Shapiro, “The Worst Businessman in America,” New Republic, May 8, 2019,

Bess Levin, “G.O.P. Voters Think Losing $1 Billion Makes Someone (Trump) a Good Businessman,” Vanity Fair, May 15, 2019,

Spencer S. Hsu, “Judge denies Trump bid to quash House subpoena for years of financial records,” Washington Post, May 20, 2019,

Ann E. Marimow, Spencer S. Hsu, and David A. Fahrenthold, “Appeals court rules against Trump in fight with Congress over president’s accounting firm records,” Washington Post, October 11, 2019,

Ann E. Marimow, “Congress can seek 8 years of Trump’s tax records, court order indicates,” Washington Post, November 13, 2019,

Robert Barnes, “Supreme Court will take up Trump’s broad claims of protection from investigation,” Washington Post, December 13, 2019,

Robert Barnes, “Supreme Court says Manhattan prosecutor may pursue Trump’s financial records, denies Congress access for now,” Washington Post, July 9, 2020,

Russ Buettner, Susanne Craig, and Mike McIntire, “Trump’s Taxes Show Chronic Losses and Years of Income Tax Avoidance,” New York Times, September 27, 2020, Orden, Kara Scannell and Sonia Moghe, “Manhattan grand jury indicts Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg, sources say,” CNN, June 30, 2021,

Corinne Ramey, “Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg Expected to Be Charged Thursday,” Wall Street Journal, June 30, 2021,

Dominic Rushe, “Trump Organization and financial chief charged in a tax-related investigation,” Guardian, June 30, 2021,

Aaron Blake, “4 takeaways from the Trump Organization and Allen Weisselberg indictments,” Washington Post, July 1, 2021,

Matt Ford, “The Empire State Strikes Back,” New Republic, July 1, 2021,

Shayna Jacobs et al., “Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg arraigned on multiple criminal charges as prosecutors alleged a 15-year tax fraud scheme,” Washington Post, July 1, 2021,

Daniel Hemel, “The Trump Organization Is in Big Trouble,” Atlantic, July 2, 2021,

Arwa Mahdawi, “The Trump kids look likely to turn on their dad – and I suspect Ivanka will go first,” Guardian, July 6, 2021,

Bess Levin, “Report: Prosecutors Have Obtained Damning Information Allegedly Implicating Trump In His Company’s Crimes,” Vanity Fair, July 19, 2021,

Aruna Viswanatha and Sadie Gurman, “Justice Department Advises Treasury to Release Trump Tax Returns,” Wall Street Journal, July 30, 2021,

Katelyn Polantz and Tierney Sneed, “House Democrats can get some of Trump’s tax records from accounting firm Mazars USA, judge rules,” CNN, August 11, 2021,

William D. Cohan, “The Case for Not Prosecuting Donald J. Trump,” Puck News, October 13, 2021,

Corinne Ramey, “New York Attorney General Says Evidence Suggests Trump, Company Falsely Valued Assets,” Wall Street Journal, January 19, 2022,

Felicia Sonmez, Josh Dawsey, and Jonathan O’Connell, “Supreme Court, investigators force Trump and his children on the defensive on multiple fronts,” Washington Post, January 21, 2022,

Heather Vogell, “New Legal Filing Reveals Startling Details of Possible Fraud by Trump Organization,” ProPublica, January 21, 2022,

Ed Pilkington, “‘House of Trump is crumbling’: why ex-president’s legal net is tightening,” Guardian, January 22, 2022,

Richard Luscombe, “‘The walls are closing in’: Trump reels from week of political setbacks,” Guardian, January 23, 2022,

Olafimihan Oshin, “Trump calls for protests if prosecutors ‘do anything illegal’ in targeting him,” Hill, January 30, 2022,

Dominic Rushe, “Trump Organization’s accountants cut ties, calling years of filings unreliable,” Guardian, February 14, 2022,

Tierney Sneed and Kara Scannell, “Trump and his children may be deposed by New York attorney general, judge rules,” CNN, February 17, 2022,

George T. Conway, III, “Trump’s luck may finally be running out,” Washington Post, February 18, 2022,

Corinne Ramey and Deanna Paul, “Two Prosecutors in New York Investigation of Donald Trump Resign,” Wall Street Journal, February 23, 2022,

Jane Mayer, “Why Does New York’s Criminal Investigation of Donald Trump Appear All But Over?” New Yorker, February 24, 2022,

Corinne Ramey and Deanna Paul, “Ex-Manhattan Prosecutor Who Resigned Said He Believed Trump Committed Numerous Felonies,” Wall Street Journal, March 23, 2022,

William D. Cohan, “The Billion-Dollar Trump-Wall Street Mystery,” Puck News, April 6, 2022,

Corinne Ramey, “Trump Criminal Probe Continues, While New York Attorney General Seeks Contempt in Civil Case,” Wall Street Journal, April 7, 2022,

Tierney Sneed and Sonia Moghe, “New York AG asks court to hold Donald Trump in contempt,” CNN, April 7, 2022,

Sonia Moghe and Kara Scannell, “Judge holds former President Trump in civil contempt for failing to comply with document subpoenas from New York attorney general,” CNN, April 25, 2022,

Kara Scannell, “Judge rejects Trump’s affidavit saying he doesn’t have documents sought by New York’s attorney general,” CNN, April 29, 2022,

Shayna Jacobs, “Federal judge dismisses Trump’s lawsuit against N.Y. attorney general,” Washington Post, May 27, 2022,

Margaret Hartmann, “Trump, Who Once Said ‘the Mob Takes the Fifth,’ Takes the Fifth,” New York, August 10, 2022,

Corinne Ramey and James Fanelli, “Donald Trump Takes Fifth Amendment in New York Attorney General’s Probe,” Wall Street Journal, August 10, 2022,

Bess Levin, “The Complete Guide to All the Ways Donald Trump Is Legally Screwed,” Vanity Fair, August 17, 2022,

Bess Levin, “Trump’s Longtime CFO Agrees to Throw the Trump Organization Under the Bus,” Vanity Fair, August 18, 2022,

Sheila McClear and Mark Berman, “Allen Weisselberg, longtime Trump executive, pleads guilty to tax fraud,” Washington Post, August 18, 2022,

Shayna Jacobs and Jonathan O’Connell, “Donald Trump, 3 of his children sued for business fraud by New York AG,” Washington Post, September 21, 2022,

Hugo Lowell, Maya Yang, and Martin Pengelly, “New York attorney general lawsuit accuses Trump of ‘staggering’ fraud,” Guardian, September 21, 2022,

Eugene Robinson, “Letitia James used Trump’s boasts against him. It was devastating,” Washington Post, September 21, 2022,

David Smith, “‘He’s done’: how Donald Trump’s legal woes have just gotten a lot worse,” Guardian, September 22, 2022,

William D. Cohan, “The Trump Lawsuit’s Known Unknowns & New ‘Shittrix’ Drama,” Puck News, September 25, 2022,

Edward Helmore, “Trump Organization to face criminal tax fraud charges in New York court on Monday,” Guardian, October 23, 2022,

Tierney Sneed, “Trump asks Supreme Court to stop IRS from turning over his tax returns to the House,” CNN, October 31, 2022,

Michael R. Sisak, “Judge says he’ll appoint monitor for Donald Trump’s company,” Associated Press, November 2, 2022,

Robert Barnes, “Supreme Court denies Trump bid to withhold tax returns from Congress,” Washington Post, November 22, 2022,

Katelyn Polantz, “House committee receives Donald Trump’s federal tax returns from IRS,” CNN, November 30, 2022,

Lauren del Valle and Kara Scannell, “Trump Organization found guilty on all counts of criminal tax fraud,” CNN, December 6, 2022,

Jonah E. Bromwich, William K. Rashbaum, and Ben Protess, “Trump Organization Was Held in Contempt After Secret Trial Last Year,” New York Times, December 13, 2022,

Dareh Gregorian and Sahil Kapur, “House committee votes to make public Donald Trump’s personal and business tax records,” NBC News, December 20, 2022,

Russ Buettner, Susanne Craig, and Mike McIntire, “Trump’s Taxes: Red Flags, Big Losses and a Windfall From His Father,” New York Times, December 21, 2022,

Charlie Savage and Alan Rappeport, “I.R.S. Routinely Audited Obama and Biden, Raising Questions Over Delays for Trump,” New York Times, December 21, 2022,

Catherine Rampell, “Why did the IRS drop the ball on Trump’s tax audits?” Washington Post, December 22, 2022,

Jeanne Sahadi, Maegan Vazquez, and David Goldman, “Trump’s tax returns confirm he paid little in federal income taxes in his first and last year of presidency,” CNN, December 30, 2022,

Marianna Sotomayor, Jonathan O’Connell and Michael Kranish, “House panel releases Trump tax returns in another setback for former president,” Washington Post, December 30, 2022,

Julie Zauzmer Weil and Eugene Scott, “What we’ve learned from Trump’s tax returns,” Washington Post, December 30, 2022,

Shayna Jacobs, “Trump financial officer Allen Weisselberg sentenced to five months in jail,” Washington Post, January 10, 2023,

Corinne Ramey, “Trump Organization Ordered to Pay About $1.6 Million in Criminal Fines for Tax Fraud,” Wall Street Journal, January 13, 2023,

Ben Protess, Jonah E. Bromwich, and William K. Rashbaum, “Trump Is Questioned in N.Y. Attorney General’s Lawsuit,” New York Times, April 13, 2023,

Kara Scannell and Lauren del Valle, “New York judge finds Donald Trump liable for fraud,” CNN, September 26, 2023,

Michael R. Sisak, “Judge rules Donald Trump defrauded banks and insurers while building real estate empire,” Associated Press, September 26, 2023,

David McAfee, “Trump just crossed the line with furious attack on fraud judge: experts,” Raw Story, September 27, 2023,

Shayna Jacobs, “N.Y. appeals court refuses to delay Trump fraud trial set to start Monday,” Washington Post, September 28, 2023,

Shayna Jacobs and Mark Berman, “Judge issues gag order in fraud case after Trump assails staffer on social media,” Washington Post, October 3, 2023,

Kara Scannell and Sabrina Souza, “Donald Trump fined $5,000 for violating gag order in New York fraud trial and warned twice about imprisonment,” CNN, October 20, 2023,

Shayna Jacobs and Devlin Barrett, “Judge fines Trump $10,000 for second violation of New York gag order,” Washington Post, October 25, 2023,

Lee Moran, “George Conway Has Some Blunt Advice For Donald Trump In Fraud Trial,” Huffington Post, October 31, 2023,

Lauren Aratani, “‘Expect the unexpected’: Trump fraud trial becomes family affair,” Guardian, November 1, 2023,

Caleb Ecarma, “Don Jr. Has a Conveniently Fuzzy Memory of Trump Org Finances: ‘I Leave It to My CPAs,’ Vanity Fair, November 1, 2023,

Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling, “Uh-Oh: Eric Trump Stumbles in Key “Gotcha” Moment in Fraud Trial,” New Republic, November 2, 2023,

Rozina Sabur, “Eric Trump loses temper during New York fraud trial testimony,” Telegraph, November 2, 2023,

Kara Scannell, “Judge in Trump fraud trial expands gag order to Trump’s attorneys,” CNN, November 3, 2023,

Dominic Rushe and Maya Yang, “Trump claims financial statements at heart of $250m fraud trial are ‘worthless,’” Guardian, November 6, 2023,

Tori Otten, “Trump’s Desperate Legal Team Files for Mistrial in Fraud Case,” New Republic, November 15, 2023,

David Badash, “’Every time you talk it’s a campaign speech’: Judge blasts Trump’s lawyer,” Alternet, November 27, 2023,

Jennifer Peltz, “Appeals court reinstates gag order that barred Trump from maligning court staff in NY fraud trial,” Associated Press, November 30, 2023,

Michael R. Sisak and Jennifer Peltz, “Donald Trump defies judge, gives courtroom speech on tense final day of New York civil fraud trial,” Associated Press, January 11, 2024,

Lukas I. Alpert, “Trump is backed further into a financial corner after losing control of his company,” MarketWatch, February 16, 2024,

Jacob Gershman and James Fanelli, “Judge Orders Trump to Pay More Than $350 Million for Misrepresenting His Wealth,” Wall Street Journal, February 16, 2024,

Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling, “Trump Enters Full Meltdown Mode Over $355 Million Verdict in Fraud Trial,” New Republic, February 16, 2024,

Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling, “Very Stable Genius Trump Hammered to Tune of $350 Million in Fraud Trial,” New Republic, February 16, 2024,

Joy Wiltermuth, “No quick end to Trump’s real-estate business after New York fraud case ruling,” MarketWatch, February 16, 2024,

Lloyd Green, “Trump, the ‘law-and-order’ candidate, is an adjudicated fraudster,” Guardian, February 16, 2024,

Jonathan O’Connell, “Hefty fines, penalties will rock Trump family’s business and fortune,” Washington Post, February 16, 2024,

Joe Hernandez, “What to know about the debut of Trump’s $399 golden, high-top sneakers,” National Public Radio, February 20, 2024,

Aaron Katersky and Peter Charalambous, “Letitia James says she’s prepared to seize Trump’s buildings if he can’t pay his $354M civil fraud fine,” ABC News, February 20, 2024,

William D. Cohan, “Sussing the Trump Estate Sale,” Puck, February 21, 2024,

Tori Otten, “It Sure Looks Like Trump Can’t Pay the Bond in His Fraud Trial,” New Republic, February 22, 2024,

Jonathan O’Connell, Shayna Jacobs, and Josh Dawsey, “Clock is ticking for Trump to post bonds worth half a billion dollars,” Washington Post, February 25, 2024,

Jacob Gershman, Corinne Ramey, and James Fanelli, “Trump Appeals $355 Million Civil-Fraud Ruling,” Wall Street Journal, February 26, 2024,

Philip Bump, “This time, Trump’s going to have to pay his own bills,” Washington Post, February 27, 2024,

Tori Otten, “Trump Has a Hilarious New Excuse for Why He Can’t Put Up Bond,” New Republic, February 27, 2024,

Shayna Jacobs and Mark Berman, “Judge won’t delay Trump financial penalty but lets sons remain atop company for now,” Washington Post, February 28, 2024,

Tori Otten, “It Seems Trump Still Has No Idea How to Post That Massive Fraud Bond,” New Republic, March 13, 2024,

James Fanelli and Corinne Ramey, “Trump Says He Can’t Secure Bond for $454 Million Civil-Fraud Judgment,” Wall Street Journal, March 18, 2024,

Tori Otten, “Broke Donald Trump Admits He Can’t Post That Massive $464 Million Bond,” New Republic, March 18, 2024,

Adam Reiss and Dareh Gregorian, “Trump has been unable to get bond for $464 million judgment, his lawyers say,” NBC News, March 18, 2024,

Matt Stieb, “Trump Says He Can’t Pay His $464 Million Bond. Now What?” New York, March 18, 2024,

John Cassidy, “A Financial Reckoning for Donald Trump,” New Yorker, March 19, 2024,

Joshua Chaffin, “NY attorney-general rejects Donald Trump’s pleas for leniency over $464mn bond,” Financial Times, March 20, 2024,

Jonathan O’Connell and Josh Dawsey, “Bankruptcy is one way out of Trump’s financial jam. He doesn’t want to take it,” Washington Post, March 20, 2024,

Bess Levin, “Donald Trump Should Probably File for Bankruptcy, but Likely Won’t Because He’s Worried It Would Make Him Look Like a Loser: Report,” Vanity Fair, March 21, 2024,

Tori Otten, “Letitia James Is Prepared to Seize One of Trump’s Favorite Assets,” New Republic, March 21, 2024,

Kara Scannell, “New York Attorney General takes initial step to prepare to seize Trump assets,” CNN, March 21, 2024,

Stephen Collinson, Caitlin Hu, and Shelby Rose to Meanwhile in America list, “Brother, Can You Spare Half a Billion Bucks?” CNN, March 22, 2024,

Edward Helmore, “Seizing Trump’s New York properties will not be easy for Letitia James,” Guardian, March 24, 2024,

Mark Berman, Jonathan O’Connell and Shayna Jacobs, “Trump wins partial stay of fraud judgment, allowed to post $175 million,” Washington Post, March 25, 2024,

Timothy Noah, “Trump Might Be Too Broke for a $175 Million Bond, Too,” New Republic, March 25, 2024,

Zach Everson, “Trump Posts $175 Million Bond In New York Civil Fraud Lawsuit,” Forbes, April 1, 2024,

Shayna Jacobs, “Trump posts $175M bond to keep N.Y. authorities from seizing property,” Washington Post, April 1, 2024,

Heather Cox Richardson, “April 1, 2024,” Letters from an American, April 2, 2024,

Richard N. Velotta, “Officials mum about potential sale of Las Vegas Trump Hotel,” Las Vegas Review Journal, April 5, 2024,

David McAfee, “’They had a duty’: Experts erupt over Trump lawyers’ potential ‘deception’ on fraud bond,” Raw Story, April 7, 2024,

Ben Metzner, “The Shady Company Backing Trump’s Bond Somehow Just Got Even Shadier,” New Republic, April 8, 2024,

Shayna Jacobs, “Ex-Trump company executive Weisselberg sentenced to 5 months in jail,” Washington Post, April 10, 2024,

Ben Metzner, “Trump’s Bond Is So Weak, Letitia James May Still Seize His Assets,” New Republic, April 10, 2024,

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