As part of its criminal investigation into Donald Trump, the Manhattan district attorney’s office has, for many months now, been trying to get Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, who knows where all the bodies are buried and could likely put the dots together for a jury, to flip. Thus far, it doesn‘t appear as if he’s done so, but the fact that Weisselberg could reportedly face charges this summer presumably ups the chances he’ll cooperate to save himself. In the meantime, though, Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office is apparently looking into another figure who may have some extremely helpful information to share.
The Wall Street Journal reports that New York prosecutors are investigating Matthew Calamari, Trump’s bodyguard turned chief operating officer, and the question of whether or not he was the recipient of “tax-free fringe benefits,” as part of their probe into the company possibly giving out such perks to employees as a way to avoid paying taxes. Calamari has reportedly lived for years in an apartment at the Trump Park Avenue building on the East Side and driven a Mercedes leased through the Trump Organization. His son, Matthew Calamari Jr., also lives in a company-owned building (Junior joined the family business in 2011 right after graduating high school and was named corporate director of security in 2017, according to a LinkedIn profile.) While neither Calamari has been accused of wrongdoing, prosecutors recently advised both men to hire lawyers, sources told the Journal, which is generally not a great sign.
Weisselberg has not been accused of wrongdoing. Last month, The Washington Post reported that Vance’s office had assembled a grand jury that had already begun hearing evidence, a development that suggests the probe had “reached an advanced stage” after more than two years, and that charges against the ex-president could be coming.
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Sheldon Whitehouse is sorry about the rather white beach club he belongs to
Not enough to resign as a member, as he reportedly said he would when first running for Senate in 2006, but sorry this issue is coming up again nevertheless! Per The Washington Post:
A spokesperson for Whitehouse, Richard Davidson, told the Post on Monday that Bailey’s Beach Club has “no such restrictive policy” regarding the race or ethnicity of its members and that it “has had and has members of color.”
Report: The American wing of the Catholic Church is pretty terrible
Its leadership—which has made a cottage industry of covering up the abuse of children—wants to block Joe Biden from receiving communion because he believes a woman shouldn’t be forced to carry a pregnancy to term. Per The New York Times:
Asked about the bishops’ decision on Friday, Biden said it was “a private matter and I don’t think that’s going to happen.” On Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters, “Joe Biden is a strong man of faith…. It’s personal to him, he doesn’t see it through a political prism, and we’re not going to comment otherwise on the inner workings of the Catholic Church.”
In other Trump comings and goings
On Sunday, the former president wished a “Happy Father’s Day to all, including the Radical Left, RINOs, and other Losers of the world. Hopefully, eventually, everyone will come together!” The message was reminiscent of an equally thoughtful tweet he sent in 2013 commemorating 9/11, in which he wrote: “I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th.”
Remember Ammon Bundy?
The anti-government militant who helped lead an armed occupation of federal land in 2016, which followed a separate 2014 occupation and armed standoff with federal agents alongside his father, Cliven Bundy, who’d refused to pay grazing fees? Well he’s running for governor of Idaho and sounds extremely sane:
Not surprisingly, Bundy was arrested twice in 2020 for leading a protest of Idaho’s stay-at-home orders at the state Capitol and was subsequently charged with criminal trespass for disrupting a meeting of the legislature. In April 2021, he was arrested again over a similar incident (pleading not guilty in one case and not yet entering a plea in the other). Earlier this month, the Idaho Republican Party said Bundy is not welcome inside the Idaho GOP, writing in a statement: “We do not support his antics or his chaotic political theater. That is not the Idaho Republican Party, and we will not turn a blind eye to his behaviors.”