Disloyal (1)

Presumably a lot of excerpts have already been reported from this book, none of which I have seen. Here are mine so far.

Trump’s theory of life, business, and politics revolved around threats and the prospect of destruction – financial, electoral, physical – as a weapon. (page 12)

Trump had cheated in the election, with Russian connivance, as you will discover in these pages, because doing anything – and I mean anything – to “win” has always been his business model and way of life. (page 15)

In some ways, I knew him better than even his family did, because I bore witness to the real man, in strip clubs, shady business meetings, and in the unguarded moments when he revealed who he really was: a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a con man. (page 17)

from golden showers in a sex club in Vegas, to tax fraud, to deals with corrupt officials from the former Soviet Union, to catch-and-kill conspiracies to silence Trump’s clandestine lovers, I wasn’t just a witness to the President’s rise – I was an active and eager participant. (page 17)

He projects his own sins and crimes onto others, partly to distract and confuse, but mostly because he thinks everyone is as corrupt and shameless and ruthless as he is; a poisonous mindset I know all too well. (page 21)

I would come to understand that questions of right and wrong didn’t matter to Trump in the slightest – all that counted to him, and then to me, was winning and displaying blind loyalty. (page 32)

Don Jr., who oversaw development and acquisitions for the Trump Organization, sat quietly as his father demeaned him. Over time, I would come to learn that his father held him in extremely low esteem. (page 37)

One thing I had learned from my limited interactions with Trump was that he is not a forgiving person. Once he sours on you, you are done. (page 41)

He didn’t need me to be a lawyer when he was in the right. He needed a lawyer for when he was in the wrong: when he was trying to go around the law, or offer a twisted or tortured interpretation to an agreement that could be used to screw the other side. (pages 48-9)

Trump’s father Fred also had long experience wit the wise guys of Brooklyn, who controlled the cement industry, and he had taught his son how to stay on the good side of the mafia and ensure construction projects came in on time by greasing the right palms. (page 65)

Like so many others at the El Caribe, Balagula was connected with Lucchese boss Gaspipe Casso and together they ran an illegal “tax” scam skimming two cnets for every gallon of gasoline the Russian mob sold from scores of Brooklyn gas stations – one of the most lucrative swindles the mafia ever concocted, netting millions upon millions. ()pages 73-4)

My business model was to accumulate as many cases as possible and settle them as quickly as possible, but what I was really doing was learning how to negotiate and conduct business in New York City, which was the equivalent of learnings how to knife fight with gangsters – only these mobsters were wearing suits and ties. (page 76)

No tactic or ruse was too low, including preying on the weak or vulnerable – in fact, that became Trump’s business model, perhaps because he’d gone broke so many times himself, only to be bailed out by his Daddy, that he knew just how defenseless the insolvent really were. (page 77)

In the beginning, it was obvious that my role as Trump’s personal attorney was essentially managing chaos, as he was always, always, always enveloped by crisis and teetering on the brink of disaster. (page 82)

I would discover that [David] Pecker‘s considerable power emanated from a virtually complete lack of morality or basic decency or shame, compounded by a brazen willingness to cover up rapes and assaults and despicable acts of all varieties, provided he was benefitting a powerful man and that he would receive a favor in return; in a way he was like me, a fixer, but on the next level, with tabloids doing his bidding. (page 83)

Trump only cared about subjects that concerned him, and his benefit and well-being, so anything that detracted or distracted from the complete and utter focus on him and his ego was a waste of time and energy. The rejection was weirdly a kind of compliment from Trump, in that he was treating me just as he treated his children: badly. (page 91)

Conversely, as you’ll see in later pages with potential criminal consequences, when it came time to pay taxes – an obligation Trump didn’t minimize or avoid, but rather almost certainly illegally evaded – the same properties would be deemed essentially worthless, or better yet the subject of giant capital losses which he could then deduct. I remember sitting in Trump’s office on the 26th floor when a tax refund check for $10 million from the government arrived. He held the check up for me to see, flabbergasted but also delighted. “Can you believe how fucking stupid the IRS is?” Trump asked. “Who would give me a refund of ten fucking million dollars? They are so stupid!” (page 94)

Trump was a big man, 6’3″, easily 275 pounds, and even though he was in terrible shape and flabby, I knew he was plenty strong. (page 96)

That was always Trump’s way, learned at the feet of Roy Cohn, his first attack-dog attorney: Never apologize, and never admit to error or weakness. Never. Ever. Not even in the time of Coronavirus, as the world would discover. (page 104)

 

 

17 responses to this post.

  1. Trump is not a good choice for president and not someone most Republicans really want in there. However, where is Biden?
    Seems his only sit down interview outside of the basement has been with Cardi B. Pathetic.
    IMagine if Trump, who has interviewed with legitimate reporters, took that path and was interviewed by someone like that.
    Anyone who takes cardi b as anything more than a successful rapper is brain dead.
    Biden will not be the one running the country. Hell, we don’t even know if Harris will. Who knows? Expect the socialists to run AOC next time no matter who wins this time. She will “primary” Harris , who herself will spend the last two years of a Biden presidency campaigning for her own shot in 2024.

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    • No thanks. Stop making law enforcement the enemy. Stop implying that is ok for people to destroy a business someone has worked hard for their whole life, in 5 min cause ya know they have insurance and cops are killing us every day. 🧐
      You lost me this cycle. Distance yourself from activist DA’s who say cops should consider if people needed the items before charging them with looting. Distance yourself from AOC who said that they were stealing bread. Stop with the white fragility and turning a blind eye to BLM harassment of people just sitting there eating.

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    • Posted by Anonymous on September 8, 2020 at 3:25 pm

      President Obama interviewed with some sick chick who posed in a bathtub of Fruit Loops so there is that. Now Cardi B a self admitted whore. The democrats left me a long time ago, but not John Bury. lol

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  2. Has anyone noticed that AOC’s big mouth has not been heard at all? Silence. And silence from the rest of the “squad”
    Anybody think they have been muzzled for the time being?

    Cardi B??? has anyone read the lyrics to her latest hit song with the Mustang woman?
    Would make even E blush…….

    What does everyone think of the Murphy administration’s order to take down the American flags that have been hanging on the overpasses since 9/11?

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  3. Posted by Anonymous on September 8, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Maybe it’s just me but I don’t trust lawyers, especially lawyers who have been disbarred. And no, I’m not voting for a candidate who clearly is in mental decline.

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    • You probably should be more specific on that last point.

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    • Posted by Tough Love on September 8, 2020 at 11:31 pm

      The I guess you don’t trust Michael Cohen who, in his recently published book, described Trump (based on his many years of being Trump’s lawyer and “fixer”) as …………………… “a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a conman”.

      He said he had the mentality of a “mob boss”. …….

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      • Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog! 🐶🐶🐶🦴🦴🦴 on September 9, 2020 at 6:00 pm

        The I guess you don’t trust Michael Cohen who…
        ==
        Errr…No Shit Sherlock!

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  4. TL, Trump didn’t run down a ramp. He was cautiously walking down a slippery ramp in dress shoes and didn’t want to slip and fall. Pretty typical for someone of his age I would say. Heck, I hold onto railings on steep inclines or slippery surfaces and not even close to him in age. I believe he made the joke that the MSM would have a field day if he were to slip and fall……..and we all know that’s true

    I’m sure that you would have loved to see him fall and possible be injured and would have laughed about it for days but hey whatever floats your boat

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  5. Posted by Tough Love on September 10, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    I know he didn’t “run” down that ramp.

    HE said he did ………. what a joke, a physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral MESS, and a huge global embarrassment for America.

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