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Inside one of Trump’s Twin Towers in Istanbul, Turkey.

Trump Tower 5th Ave.

Last Wednesday, March 8th, several NGOs sent a letter to Preet Bharara, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. They requested an “investigation to determine if the Trump Organization LLC, the Trump Organization, Inc., and any related Trump businesses based in the Southern District of New York are receiving payments and financial benefits from foreign governments that benefit President Donald Trump and that do not comply with Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution, the “Foreign Emoluments Clause.”. They also asked that Preet Bharara “take whatever steps may be necessary and appropriate to ensure that the Trump Organization and related Trump business enterprises do not receive payments and financial benefits from foreign governments that benefit President Trump and that do not comply with the Emoluments Clause.

President Trump reportedly tried to call Preet Bharara either Wednesday, or Thursday, supposedly to tell him his service was appreciated, blah, blah. He (wisely) did not answer because it was inappropriate without permission of higher-ups in the Justice Department. Then on Friday, March 10th, he and 45 other US Attorneys were asked to resign. He did not, and was fired on Friday or Saturday. Preet Bharara oversaw this case involving Trump tenant(s): https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/trump-tower-tenant-living-below-trump-sent-to-jail-for-racketeering-conspiracy-with-russian-american-organized-crime/

Norm Eisen, a former White House ethics lawyer “questioned the timing of the firings” (Reuters, 13 Mar 2017)

The letter sent to Preet Bharara with blue and red emphasis added (pdf to original found below):






The original pdf found here: http://www.democracy21.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Group-letter-to-US-Attoney-calling-for-investigation-Trump-Organization.pdf

They have also filed suit:
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington v. Donald J. Trump, No. 17-00458 https://www.plainsite.org/dockets/33whmst4i/new-york-southern-district-court/citizens-for-responsibility-and-ethics-in-washington-v-trump/

While it sounds “nice” that Trump tried to call him, it may have been a set-up. Preet Bharara didn’t take the call because it was improper without the “approval of his superiors“:
Trump tried to call Bharara before firing him – officials
Posted:Mon, 13 Mar 2017 08:42:42 +0530
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two days before U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was fired, President Donald Trump tried to call the high-profile New York prosecutor in what a White House official said was an effort to “thank him for his service and to wish him good luck.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/Imq5z37lJ9Q/usa-trump-justice-idINKBN16K077

Wishful thinking?
Post-firing, NY prosecutor’s office likely to plot similar course
Posted:Mon, 13 Mar 2017 08:19:06 +0530
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration’s firing of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara sent shockwaves through New York, but veterans of the high-profile office expect a longstanding mission of cracking down on political corruption and Wall Street wrongdoing to remain intact.

http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/ELFTtKKZaqQ/usa-trump-justice-new-york-idINKBN16K067