by Gideon Resnick and Brandy Zadrozny, The Daily Beast, 11/23/16
Why Did Donald Trump Take Money From This Sketchy Ukrainian Oligarch?
When Victor Pinchuk gave the Clinton Foundation money, Trump called it ‘crooked.’ When the same billionaire gave to his charity, Trump buttered the guy up.
Almost $600,000 per hour.
That’s the fee Donald Trump’s charity got for recording a video on behalf of a Ukrainian oligarch.
It’s a payment that could be in violation of tax laws, legal experts told The Daily Beast. When Hillary Clinton’s foundation received money from the very same billionaire, Donald Trump blasted her as “crooked.”
Ukrainian steel magnate Victor Pinchuk’s foundation was the single largest outside donor to Donald Trump’s private charity in 2015, according to new IRS filings filed by the organization. The $150,000 gift amounted to 20 percent of the foundation’s total donations during that time, the documents showed. The filings also affirmed Trump violated tax laws by using his private foundation to self-deal, or enrich himself and his businesses instead of fulfilling a charitable mission.
Pinchuk’s gift was given in conjunction with a short video Trump made for the Yalta European Strategy annual meeting, held in Kiev in September of 2015, according to The Washington Post….
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