We all knew this would happen. The MSM is digging up as much ‘dirt’ on Trump as they can find the closer we get to election day.
And this morning, they are out with a story suggesting Trump did business with Iran even though it was illegal.
Here’s the story:
NBC NEWS – Donald Trump’s real estate organization rented New York office space from 1998 to 2003 to an Iranian bank that U.S. authorities have linked to terrorist groups and Iran’s nuclear program.
Trump inherited Bank Melli, one of Iran’s largest state-controlled banks, as a tenant when he purchased the General Motors Building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, according to public records reviewed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The Trump Organization kept the bank on as a tenant for four more years after the U.S. Treasury Department designated Bank Melli in 1999 as being controlled by the Iranian government.
U.S. officials later alleged that Bank Melli had been used to obtain sensitive materials for Iran’s nuclear program. U.S. authorities also alleged that the bank had been used between 2002 and 2006 to funnel money to a unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard that has sponsored terrorist attacks – a period that overlapped with the time the bank rented office space from Trump.
A court document obtained by ICIJ indicates that Bank Melli’s rent on more than 8,000 square feet on the GM Building’s 44th floor may have topped half a million dollars a year.
So this sounds bad right? Maybe even hypocritical.
But pay attention to the line I bolded:
The legal ramifications of the Trump Organization taking rent payments from Bank Melli are unclear.
At the time, the U.S. had a sweeping embargo in place which prohibited Americans from doing business with Iran, including receiving rent payments. However, some Iranian organizations were granted licenses exempting specific transactions from sanctions. If the payments were licensed, it may have been legally difficult for the Trump Organization to evict the bank.
The Treasury Department does not publicly disclose individual licenses granting companies exemptions from sanctions rules. The Treasury Department, the Trump campaign and Bank Melli all declined to answer whether the agency had issued a license to the Trump Organization or the bank permitting rent payments during Trump’s ownership of the building.
The Trump campaign declined to answer any of ICIJ’s questions about Bank Melli, but said Trump would take steps to avoid any conflicts of interest with his business dealings if he is elected president.
“Mr. Trump’s sole focus is and will be on making our country great again,” campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in an email. “He has already committed to putting his assets in a blind trust and will have no involvement whatsoever in the Trump Organization.”
So they don’t know if Trump did anything wrong because they don’t know if this bank was licensed to operate despite the sanctions. Plus, Trump inherited this bank as a tenant when he bought the building, yet this story is all the rage today?
This is why I put dirt in quotes.
But when is the MSM going to use the same scrutiny to look into all the shady dealings we know Hillary did through her Clinton Foundation? When will they start digging up dirt on her?
That’s all I ask. If you are going to do it for one, you must do it for the other. But we all know that’s not going to happen because the media wants Hillary Clinton to win.