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New York Prosecutors Know Exactly how to Bring Down a New York Mob Boss

posted Aug 28, 2018, 9:50 AM by Rahni Jere Sumler   [ updated Aug 31, 2018, 9:24 AM ]
Reposted from Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos Staff at Daily Kos 

Nothing has come more clearly into focus this August than the fact that Donald Trump has been running a criminal enterprise, likely for decades, in which he surrounded himself with criminals willing to commit criminal acts. 

Now, it's also becoming clear that federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York have applied their mob boss playbook to taking down Trump. In just one week, they secured the guilty plea of Trump's top lawyer, and we also discovered they granted immunity to both his chief media ally and lead finance guy. Of course, that would be Michael Cohen, David Pecker, and Allen Weisselberg. 

New York Brown Rat

NYC Brown Rat

"Rats" or "Flippers" is colloquial known to be used by organized crime members to describe fellow members who are disloyal, exposing the business. President Trump mentioned in an interview that he had been "watching flippers" for decades, and suggested that flipping should be illegal. 
By G. Scott Segler [CC BY-SA 4.0  (], from Wikimedia Commons
In Essence, they Found People's Legal Liabilities and Turned them Against each Other 

Ultimately, this isolated their boss by choking off all exit strategies around him. Weisselberg, by almost all accounts, is the biggest fish when it comes to Trump world and the Trump Organization, the family business where he has worked for decades. From the CNBC report:

He has overseen the Trump Organization's finances, been involved in the Trump Foundation, the president's charity, and has managed Trump's private trust alongside his eldest sons, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

Anyone who has listened to former federal prosecutors from the Southern District or from the FBI's criminal division has certainly heard them talk about how the Trump case has so classically tracked with that of the mafia cases they have prosecuted in the past. 

Trump himself has sounded more and more like the mob bosses those prosecutors have taken down. "I know all about flipping," Trump told Fox News this week, adding that he had been watching "flippers … for 30, 40 years." Flipping, i.e. disloyalty, "almost ought to be illegal," he concluded. 

Trump has also referred to "rats" in recent texts, co-opting the language of none other than famous fictional mob boss Tony Soprano. He also began his tenure in the White House by demanding a loyalty pledge from then-FBI director James Comey, asking him to see his way clear to just "let this go" with embattled aide Michael Flynn, and finally axing Comey when he wouldn't do exactly as Trump wanted. 

“It’s the kind of subculture that most people avoid,” said Michael D’Antonio, one of Mr. Trump’s biographers, told the New York Times. “You cross the street to get away from people like that. Donald brings them close. He’s most comfortable with them.”

Fortunately for the Nation, Flipping isn't Illegal 

You're never gonna stop the activity of a crime boss by merely taking out his underlings. There are always more conspirators to be found, as long as the head is intact. New York prosecutors know that and they've clearly got their eyes on the top prize: Trump.

It’s not their first rodeo, and that’s becoming more pointedly obvious by the day.