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Businessman, television personality and author
Born: June 14th, 1946  (age 70)


Trump Controversies

Housing Discrimination Scandal (1973-1978)


In 1973, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Trump Management Corporation, charging them with discriminatory rental practices towards minorities in violation of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 for 39 properties the firm managed. The Trumps countersued the federal government with a $100 million suit two months later, arguing that the original suit was “irresponsible and baseless.” Mr. Trump claimed that the government suit was meant to indirectly pressure Trump Management Corporation to rent out homes to welfare recipients. The case was settled in 1975 when the two parties reached a settlement. A recent allegation linking Fred Trump, Mr. Trump’s father, with a Ku Klux Klan march in New York on May 30, 1927 has reignited interest in the case.

Undocumented Polish Workers at Trump Towers


In 1979, Mr. Trump hired contractors to demolish the Bonwit Teller & Co. department store to make way for the construction of Trump Tower. One of the contractors, Kaszycki & Sons Contractors, fell behind schedule, and decided to hire at least 200 undocumented Polish construction workers to help out existing union workers on the project. The Polish workers, derisively called the “Polish Brigade” by locals, were allegedly promised $4/hour wages, and worked 12-hour shifts seven days a week for well over a year to complete the project – but most were never paid for it. Many struggled to feed themselves, and ended up squatting on the site itself. Union workers, meanwhile, felt the illegal hiring of the Polish Brigade deprived them of wages and pensions, and decided to sue the Trump Organization $1 million in damages. The case was settled out-of-court in 1999 – but the Polish laborers, who had mostly returned home by then, were not part of the settlement. Mr. Trump has always denied any knowledge of the hiring of illegal Polish laborers, or their deplorable working/living conditions.


Links to Organized Crime


There have been allegations that Mr. Trump’s companies have had business relationships with several organized crimes-owned businesses in the 80s and 90s, including those of the Gambino, Scarfo and Genovese crime families. Trump Plaza was once fined at least $450,000 for unexplained complimentary gifts to Robert LiButti, a convicted felon with ties to Mafia boss John Gotti. Trump Plaza was also fined for facilitating Libutti’s alleged racist abuse of fellow gamblers at the casino. It is also reported that The Trump Organization had a close, decade-long relationship with another Mafia-linked figure turned federal mole, Felix Sater. Mr. Trump and Sater are still currently defending themselves against lawsuits brought by investors of their failed Bayrock Group development project.


Misleading Earning Figures for Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc.


In 2002, the Security Exchange Commission (SEC) initiated a cease-and-desist proceeding against Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc. for making inflated announcement of the company’s earnings. The SEC also found that Trump Hotels’ executives knowingly violated the commission’s antifraud provisions when releasing the company’s quarterly profits on Oct 25, 1999.


The Four Bankruptcies


Mr. Trump has never filed for bankruptcy on a personal level, but two of his companies have filed for bankruptcies four times - Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., (formerly Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts) in 1991, 1992 and 2009, and Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City in 2004. Mr. Trump argues that he is merely using the country’s bankruptcy laws to his advantage by renegotiating debts with creditors and investors.


'Art of the Deal' Ghostwriting Scandal


Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter of Trump’s bestselling memoir, The Art of the Deal, revealed in an interview in July 2016 that Mr. Trump made zero writing contributions to the book despite being named as a co-author. Schwartz also claimed to have created the deal maker persona that Mr. Trump subsequently latched unto and made into his own, and noted that “I created a character far more winning than Trump actually is.”
 
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Former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady
Born: October 26th, 1947  (age 69)


Clinton Controversies

Whitewater Controversy (1978-1998)


The scandal revolves around Whitewater Development Corporation, a firm which was established in the mid-70s as a real estate investment vehicle for Bill and Hillary Clinton, with partners James and Susan McDougal. The complainant argued that the Clintons leveraged their political and legal connections to facilitate loans and favors for the firm and the McDougals. The case led to fraud charges and convictions against James and Susan McDougal and former Arkansas governor, Jim Guy Tucker.


Monica Lewinsky Scandal (1995-1997)


The Lewinsky scandal led to Bill Clinton earning the distinction of being only the second ever American president in history to be impeached. The scandal revolved around nine sexual encounters between President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky inside the Oval Office.

In an appearance on NBC's The Today Show on January 27, 1998, Secretary Clinton blamed the Whitewater controversy and the Lewinsky scandal on a “vast right-wing controversy”, lending weight to claims of the Arkansas Project made by David Brock, a self-described Republican "hitman".


Pardongate (2001)


Pardongate refers to the 450 pardons granted by President Bill Clinton on the last day of his presidency on January 20, 2001. There were accusations that some of the pardons were made in return for favors or donations, and were arranged by Secretary Clinton’s brothers, Hugh and Tony Rodham.


Benghazi (2012)


On September 11, 2012, on the anniversary of 9/11, four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed during a terrorist attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Secretary Clinton, who was serving as Secretary of State at the time, was accused of failing to provide sufficient protection to American personnel and assets abroad, and perpetrating a cover-up on the real cause of the attack. However, her original narrative was actually based on CIA talking points. The CIA (and its station chief in Libya) originally concluded that the attack was caused by an inflammatory anti-Islam video mainly because a total of 65 American embassies or consulates around the world had issued emergency messages about threats of violence in the 24-hour period leading to the attack.


Private Email Server Controversy (2015)


Secretary Clinton was accused of violating government protocols by hosting her official email on private servers in her residence in Chappaqua, New York. After the issue was made public and access to her servers were requested by State Department officials, Secretary Clinton deleted over 32,000 emails which she deemed to be too sensitive. Since then, 87 of the emails in her servers have been retroactively upgraded to either “Secret” or “Top Secret”.
 
 
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